At Mattel’s DC Universe panel yesterday, they announced pretty nonchalantly that wave 20 of DC Universe Classics would be the last at retail and that they are launching (if they meet the pre-sales target) a direct to consumer subscription on MattyCollector.com called Club Infinite Earths. After the initial shock, it became more clear that this was *not* the end of DC Universe Classics, but rather that Mattel was taking advantage of the DCnU reboot at DC Comics to refresh the retail line.
A little more on that with the pics, and we’ll get to even more detail when we talk to the Four Horsemen and the Mattel team before the show closes.
I guess you can tell that the star of wave 20 for me is Green Lantern, who appears in his Brightest Day costume. It’s not that I’m a fan of Brightest Day (it lost me after a handful of issues) – it’s that we’ve got here a hooded Green Arrow that has some awesome details.
Red Arrow has gone through some pretty dramatic changes in the comics since he wore this costume, but I’m glad they went this route for him. For Reverse Flash, Hawk and Dove, and the Collect & Connect Nekron, I think they hit all the right notes. They will reveal the last two figures, Sinestro in his Sinestro Corps costume and Flash in his White Lantern costume, at New York Comic Con.
I also expect them to reveal the details around the refresh for the DCUC line then too, since NYCC occurs right around the time that Mattel and the other toy manufacturers are dealing with the big box retail buyers. I hope they don’t fiddle too much with the formula – because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but the team was a little elusive when asked for details like if they will continue the C&C. When asked if the Four Horsemen were on the new line, the answer was “We love working with the Four Horsemen.” A simple “Yes” would have been more definitive, but maybe there’s still some moving pieces.
For those of you wondering why Jay Garrick wasn’t in the recently revealed wave 19 JSA line-up, Club Infinite Earths is the answer. Atrocitus is another figure that for now has a DC Direct stand-in in my collection, but I’ll be glad to replace with a more articulated DCUC version – as long as he’s big enough. That can be hard to tell from the 2-ups. Starman will be a nice team extender for Legion or JSA fans.
A subscription that will run for 9 months, Club Infinite Earths will include 6 regular-sized figures, 3 oversized figures, and 1 oversized Club Exclusive that will be determined by a Fan’s Choice poll. If Metron doesn’t win that, I’ll set the rest of my New Gods on fire (I won’t really do that.) They hinted strongly that we’d see more Metal Men and Doom Patrol in the subscription too.
All this will start in April next year – if they get enough subscriptions. So sign up for a Club Infinite Earths subscription now!