So, I’m in the middle of three-too-many projects at the moment, but Vault got my attention today with a simple text, “have you seen the new DC figures?” I had no idea what he was talking about. Apparently, new DC & Batman Unlimited figure pics had been circulating all day. Oops!
You guys may not know it, and may not believe me, but I totally brought these new “retailer reveals” on today. See, I just updated the 2012 DCClassics.Com page with images of the Unlimited figures. So, naturally, the visual checklist pretty much instantly became outdated. I hate that.
Anyway, so some poking around the new shows that BigBadToyStore posted some new pre-orders and images today for Batman Unlimited & DC Unlimited Wave 2. Mattel has said they’re going to a rotating case format (similar to Hasbro’s Marvel Universe), so the two new assortments onyl reveal four additional figures. Scheduled for early 2013, here’s the new line-up:
The three images on the left compromise the Batman Unlimited Wave 2 offerings and I’m pretty happy with what I’m seeing. Well, there is the caveat that it kinda sucks that three of the first five Batman Unlimited figures are, in fact, Batman. That kinda sucks when the line is still without DickBats, Damien, Spoiler, Oracle, Ra’s, Talia, Classic Ivy, the Ventriloquist, Prometheus, Hush, or any version of Huntress (just to name a few). That said, they have won me over with these two newest figures.
First up, we have the ridiculous “Zurr-En-Arrh” Batman. This is Grant Morrison’s modern spin on a one-off 1958 Batman character. The original story featured a brightly-colored Batman from another planet. In the modern take, Morrison wove a tale that showed Bruce had become so
prepared paranoid that he’d created a back-up personality that would assert itself should he ever be brainwashed. The backup personality created the brightly-colored costume, carried a bat, and had hallucinations of Bat-Mite. I loved the story and, as you can see in the enlarged pics the new Batman figure pretty much comes with everything you need right down to the sculpted “Bat Radia” on his belt. A silly figure to be sure, but one I definitely want.
The other Batman figure should be recognizable to just about everyone, the Dark Knight Returns Batman. This figure wouldn’t normally be of a ton interest to me, but it appears to be built like or around a MOTUC buck. If he really is the size of MOTUCs*, then my He-Shelf is getting a Batman (Superman, please?). If not, this guy may not be coming over to my house.
* – I really, really, really want Mattel to make a second (provided that they would get around to making a first DCUC Warlord, damn it!) Warlord on a MOTUC buck in the tradition of those old Remco figures. He could have a sweet little bio about a portal between Eternia & Skartaris and I know the figure would totally rock. Total, pipe dream though, I know.
Okay, so, moving on to DC Unlimited Wave 2, things get a little less exciting. Wonder Woman here can join the Superman, Batman, & Flash from the previous wave and *boom* more than half your DCnU Justice League right there. The only thing about Wonder Woman that bugs me is the lack of an ab crunch, that mid-chest swivel that’s been used on newer DC female figures kinda sucks. I appreciate the visual aspect it gives them over the ab crunch, but I don’t think it’s functional enough. Anyway, I’m not the biggest fan of the nU designs (I think I’ve made that clear over the last year) and I’m not really looking for any nU figures right now, so this is a likely pass. (Though metallic Bats & Supes from Wave 1 are shaping up to be gateway figures…)
The last figure, another Batman, is the one I can tell you right now won’t be reviewed here because I won’t be buying. One of the cool things about “DC Unlimited” is that it can happily pull from any era or incarnation of DC’s long history. No more silly “it’s called Classics!” argument. I’m excited for what they can entail, but it doesn’t mean I’ll always buy the figures. This Batman hails from the 2013 DC video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. As you can see here, the 4H successfully captured the look of the figure, but the initial design just doesn’t work for me (I haven’t liked much of anything I’ve seen from that game actually). Some folks are going to want the figure, particularly if the game is kick ass, so I’m glad it’s there for ’em when they do.
Alright, I think that’s everything. If I missed something, I have no doubt you guys will let me know in the comments!