I found this review particularly difficult to write. Some figures you love right away, some figures make you love them, some figures just fill out the shelf a bit (or came with a critical C&C piece), and some figures you buy only because you maintain a DC Universe Classics Checklist.
Earlier this week, Mattel released images of the DC Universe Classics Wave 17. This wave stirred up a lot of controversy when it was announced, so how it sells in the next few weeks will be interesting. I’m buying because I want to build the Anti-Monitor and, hey,
Well, they got me. I was able to resist the Batman: Brave and the Bold Action League figures for two years. But when I saw the first wave of DC Universe Action League figures at my local Wal-Mart, I had to see what they were like.
Normally, I gobble up DC Classics releases as soon as possible. I like DC and I’ll buy figures of just about anybody. Add that to the fact that I’ve only seen some figures once or twice, and I’ve learned to buy ‘em when I see ‘em. But this 2pk? I left it at TRU plenty of times. It just didn’t seem worth it.
ToyFare #163 (on-sale today) has images of the newest MOTU Classics figures: She-Ra’s adversary Catra and a Hal Jordan vs. Zodac 2pk for Toys R Us. Along with these reveals, Mattel has given collectors an online image of Catra from behind as well as the full schedule (chock full of reissues) up through May 2011.
In the last few waves, the figures that have visible eyes are painted to be looking up while older waves had the figures looking forward. Is this a design choice by Mattel or being done at the factory? At IAT, we’d prefer they look forward.
On Facebook today, Mattel showed us our first packaged pics of DCUC Wave 16. I was expecting this delayed wave to be in the Super Power packaging (with buttons!), but it now serves as our first look at the 2011 packaging – the nice part? It’s bigger! Plus, some early TRU finds of that exclusive Renegade after all.
One official, fully painted DC Universe Classics Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) 2-up prototype figure is be being auctioned right now to benefit the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA!! One official, fully painted DC Universe Classics Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) 2-up prototype figure is be being auctioned right now to benefit the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA!! This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind piece of DCUC memorabilia! No DC Universe Classics 2-up prototype has EVER been officially released to the public, so that makes this one very special event for a very worthy cause.
My long search for the GL 5pk is finally over. After striking out at Wal-Marts in Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas, and Florida, (I promise I wasn’t really looking as hard as that sounds) the rascally thing finally arrived at a Wal-Mart not twelve miles from my house. Toy collecting can be funny like that.
Today we have a Blackest Night double feature! Last week, DC Direct released the second wave of Blackest Night figures hot on the heels of Mattel’s release of the DC Classics Color of Fear two-pack. In this review, we’ll take a look at Kryb and Indigo from DC Direct and then we’ll follow up