This summer was a challenging time for me as a MOTUC collector. The loss of our subscription sent me back to the Monthly Matty Madhouse. The con exclusive Faker had me (successfully) watching TRU.com like a hawk, but another TRU 2pk, Zodac vs Green Lantern, slipped through my fingers… until now.
Before I get too far into this article, I should warn you all (especially you, Fire King) that calling this a review might be a bit of a stretch. I don’t really have much to say about the figure (this’ll undoubtedly be a one-pager). He’s a perfectly fine figure. In fact, I’m much happier with the painted gloves and swapped in boot-feet than I was with the original Zodac and I liked him well enough at the time. This Zodac brings the figure more in line with how the character was presented in Filmation cartoon, so that’s cool too.
The only thing I didn’t like was that I was going to have to buy yet another Hal Jordan to get him. Luckily, I didn’t end up having to; a fellow collector snagged a set during the one-day $15 sale and was willing to split the cost of the set with me as long as he could keep the Hal Jordan (a reissue of the TRU Hal Jordan with John Stewart’s rifle construct). I still think he got the short end of the stick, but I wasn’t about to turn down that deal.
If you haven’t heard, this will be my last DC Classics vs. MOTU Classics review as the exclusive 2pk line is cancelled. I don’t think any of us were surprised too much when we heard the news, I still have a pile of Lex Luthor & Skeletor’s at my TRU after that aforementioned half-price sale (think the folks at Mattel wish they’d tossed Batman in that 2pk instead of Lex Luthor?). On the one hand, I’m sad to see the line go. I enjoyed the MOTU redecos for the first four figures quite a bit and I love my long-championed-for Battle Armor Faker. I’ll definitely miss these 2pks as an avenue to get slight redecos that wouldn’t fit well into my MOTU subscription.
That said, all of these 2pk kinda sucked for one very big reason: the repackaged DCUC figures. Whether it be the Mattel beancounters, the limits of making changes to a small-run store exclusive, some issue with DC approval, or whatever – reissuing the DC figures with no changes* was a mistake on Mattel’s part. (*Bizarro did feature a more traditional red/blue color scheme, different from previous releases). I can’t say it was the mistake that killed this line, but it surely contributed.
See, these 2pks should’ve been win-win. Two of Mattel’s popular boy’s lines – smashed together! This should’ve been like Reese’s Cups or PB&J sandwiches, but Mattel opted to only make half of each pack worthwhile and ensure that few if any DC Collectors had a reason to snag these 2pks. Yeah, there would’ve been some grumbling from the DC, non-MOTUC collectors, but 1) there’s always grumbling and 2) DC & MOTU collectors could’ve teamed up to split the packs just like I did with this one.
As a collector of both lines, I snapped up the first four two-packs for the MOTU figures, but basically cast the duplicate DCUC figures aside afterwards. It seemed like a waste to me and I think that’s true for most collectors.
Regardless, the TRU Exclusive DC vs MOTU line, lasting only three waves and one SDCC exclusive, has moved on (though it’ll be awhile until they move on from TRU shelves). It’s survived by the MOTU Classics line proper and a poor imitation of the DC Classics line. In lieu of flowers, Mattel would ask that you just sign up for future Mattycollector subscriptions.
For my part, I picked up six of the seven packs (the seventh pack featured Supergirl & She-Ra; neither figure had any changes) and enjoyed the MOTU halves for all six, even Zodac here. I can’t say the same for the DC side though and it’s for that reason I don’t mind saving the $30 a pop these 2pks were running – even though that means I’ll have to go without a toy colors Man-E-Faces or mini-comic colors Trap Jaw.
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