Two St. Walker’s walk into a bar… ah, I forget the rest. Some collectors consider the overlap in character selection between DC Direct & Mattel to be a joke, but I try to look on the bright side – it’s an opportunity to choose the better of two figures. Too bad neither company makes that choice easy.
I can understand the frustration of seeing two companies bend over backwards to make a figure like St. Walker. If you’ve been waiting seventeen years for an Aztek figure or still long for a complete, in-scale Teen Titans roster, then seeing a relatively new character like St. Walker get two figures in just six years can be disheartening.
While I understand that frustration (seventeen years for Aztek is nothing compared to how love I’ve wanted a classic Warlord), I don’t harbor any complaints about newer characters getting the action figure treatment early on. In this case, it helps that St. Walker was one of the better additions to the DC Universe before Time Warner imploded their comic universe.
I immediately snapped up the DC Direct St. Walker figure a few years back. I liked that figure well enough. The 100% unique sculpt gave Walker a gangly, alien feel and the bright metallic blue paint still looks fantastic. But it couldn’t escape one thing – it was a DC Direct figure. The articulation was limited and some odd choices were made in the sculpting stage like the weird open hands and the slack-jawed, clueless expression.
I didn’t mind adding it to my collection, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want the Four Horsemen to take a crack at the character in Classics.
Now, when I originally wanted that to happen, the line was in a different place. With the Classics line dropping off the retail radar and only giving us thirteen classic figures in 2013 (plus whatever few scraps make it into the Unlimited line), those slots have become super precious. I’m not going to turn into one of those misers who disguise their personal wants behind characters “deserving” figure treatment or start believing my favorites are wanted by all (I know they aren’t!), but even I have to wonder about giving a spot to Walker with so few spots available.*
* – Especially in the Subscription when Walker would be at home in the Nu52 retail line… or is the GL franchise more damaged than we think? There has yet to be a single GL figure announced for DC Unlimited.
I’m going to put a pin in whether Walker should be in the sub or not and save that for another time. He’s here. He’s fun. And I betcha that he won’t be the most controversial subscription figure by year’s end anyway. Continue to Page 2…