Online retailers have just put up their pre-order pages for DC Universe Classics wave 17 – see the order pages for AFP sponsors Big Bad Toy Store and Enchanted Toy Chest, for example – and while they are staying mum, possibly until mid-January, the speculation on the internet about the line-up is running rampant.
One pervasive rumor is that wave 17 will consist of the “Rainbow Lanterns” (pictured above) – popular characters who were deputized-for-a-day by the various Lantern Corps during DC Comics’ recent mega-popular Blackest Night event. I found threads talking about the rumored lineup at a lot of the toy sites – Action Figure Insider, Critical Mess, the Fwoosh, and even Mattel’s forums on MattyCollector.com. The line-up that seems to be sticking is:
- Blue Lantern Flash
- Orange Lantern Lex Luthor
- Yellow Lantern Scarecrow
- Indigo Lantern Atom
- Sapphire Lantern Wonder Woman
- Black Lantern Hal Jordan
- White Lantern Hal Jordan (variant)
- Collect & Connect Anti-Monitor
Of course, if wave 17 really will be a deputy Lantern wave, then it’d be more satisfying to swap out Hal Jordan for Red Lantern Mera, and to give her a green costumed non-angry variant. After all, I already have four versions of DC Universe Classics Hal Jordan – wave 3, 2-pack with classic suit, All-Star modern metallic, and the graying temples version from the Green Lantern 5-pack.
So, is the rumored line-up true?
I have no idea, but all the right indicators are there. The folks I know who would be privy to the info aren’t saying much, and no one has stepped up to deny it. The guys who like to make it known they know but are really acting on third-hand info are all singing the same tune. So, this is either a well-coordinated spin machine or there’s some kernel of truth in it.
It certainly sheds a different light on the interview VeeBee and I conducted with Toy Guru and Bill Benecke, and the survey that FanGirl 2.0 put together, which asked, among other things, if we buy DC Direct figures and why we’d buy them over DC Universe Classics. And from our latest Ask Matty from 9/15:
2) With Green Lantern Classics announced as a new line extension, does that mean that we won’t be seeing GL-related characters in the main DC Universe Classics line in the short-term? If we’ll still see GL characters in DCUC, what will determine if they go in GLC or DCUC?
There will still be some GL related characters in the mainline, but you will certainly get more of them in the GL Classics waves! After all, 2011 will be a big year for ring slingers.
Even though none of this is confirmed, people are divided on whether this makes sense for the DC Universe Classics main line. Blackest Night was tremendously popular, at or near the top of the volume and dollar rankings for comics sales each month an issue came out. And it spawned one of DC Direct’s most popular action figure lines – each of the rumored figures were made by DC Direct. However, what’s interesting is that in our own Top Ten poll for Green Lantern Classics the included 75 GL-related characters, the Rainbow Lanterns were at the middle of the pack or lower.
|27||Barry Allen (Blue Lantern)||87|
|28||Scarecrow (Sinestro Corps)||84|
|30||Wonder Woman (Star Sapphire)||77|
|31||Lex Luthor (Orange Lantern)||74|
|33||Mera (Red Lantern)||63|
|46||Ray Palmer (Indigo Tribesman)||35|
Note: Hal Jordan was not one of the 75 available choices on the poll.
So, what do you think?
On a final note, as with all rumors, don’t bank on them until you hear them directly from the toy manufacturer – and in some cases, you’ll want to wait until you find them on the shelves yourself.