Batman and Superman: World’s Finest – Bill’s Comics

Batman and Superman – World’s Finest

[Editor’s Note: You should check out Batman: Return of the Outsiders and Batman: The Two Faces of Death before reading this story.]

Even Batman needs help every once in a while! So when Gotham City is threatened with destruction by Ra’s Al Ghul and Kobra, the Dark Knight Detective must must enlist the aid of his most powerful ally – Superman! (And a couple of others.)

But even with a little help from his friends, will the Caped Crusader be able to overcome one of the greatest challenges of his crime fighting career? Well there’s no need to wonder. Just forge ahead and find out, fearless reader!

Be sure to check out the rest of Bill’s work here at AFP and at Bill’s Comics. And thanks to Extreme-Sets for providing review samples of the Control CenterAbandoned House and the Building diorama sets.

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LEGO Unites the League with Justice League Sets Due August 1st

LEGO is announcing three new Justice League sets for release on August 1st. You’ll be able to visit Atlantis, build up your armies of Parademons and Atlanteans, and add new Batman vehicles to his already impressive armory.

Aquaman (with a new deco), Batman, Cyborg, Flash, Wonder Woman, Steppenwolf, and Superman are among the mini-figures included in these sets. Wait a minute! Isn’t Superman dead? Dun dun dun!

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Toy Fair 2016: Mattel DC Multiverse and Suicide Squad

Toy Fair 2016 - Mattel DC Multiverse and Suicide Squad (15 of 31)

For those of you lamenting the death of DC Universe Classics, rest assured, Mattel is beginning to ramp up DC Comics-based figures again. And they will continue to collaborate with the Four Horsemen on them. However, if you are hoping for the return of a retail line solely focused on DC / Four Horsemen figures, that’s not happening in the near term.

Mattel’s strategy to have one line that encapsulates comics, movies, TV, and video game figures is working for them. The Four Horsemen, who were once the sole collaborators on collector-oriented DC figures from Mattel, will still have a portion of that – mostly the comics-inspired figures. Most of the others are falling outside the 4H aesthetic and are being done internally or by other design partners.

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NYCC 2015: Square Enix Play Arts Kai – Batman v Superman, Marvel Variants, and More

NYCC 2015 - Square Enix Play Arts Kai

I have been a fan of Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line for some time, but with price creep pushing single figures to the $100 range and more, I’ve curtailed my purchases somewhat. I may have to go hog wild on some of their newest reveals though. Most notably, Square Enix expanded their DC license to include Batman v Superman, revealing four figures – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Bats in his armored suit. While I’ve been particularly disappointed by what some licensees (ahem Mattel) have produced, these are the first to really pique my interest.

While Street Fighter has seemingly gone to the wayside, they’ve continued with their mainstays. DC continues with more Arkham and variant figures. The newer Marvel variants add Black Widow and Captain America. And there’s Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, and Halo, to name a few more.

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SDCC 2015: Four Horsemen Mythic Legions (with AFP Video Fly-By)

SDCC 2015 Four Horsemen Mythic Legions (1 of 15)

One of my favorite stops at San Diego Comic-Con is the with the Four Horsemen, the folks behind the scenes on some of our favorite toy lines like Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics and now Thundercats. I spoke with Eric Treadaway about their own line of toys, Mythic Legions, which launched on Kickstarter as the most-funded action figure project of all time, surpassing the previous reigning champs, Boss Fight Studios’ Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. and their previous Kickstarter for the Gothitropolis Ravens.

We also got to touch on their continuing work with Mattel, on the DC Comics Multiverse and Batman v Superman 6-inch lines. And of course, Thundercats!

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