Mattel held their DC Universe Toys panel today, and aside from a few gripes about distribution woes, it was a veritable lovefest. Of course, they took questions and answers *after* showing the crowd a bunch of new figures. In this update I’ll cover the 6-inch scale, including DC Universe Classics and Superman / Batman: Public Enemies.
DC Universe Classics
Wave 10 – Batman (Morrison), Beast Boy, Forager, Joker, Man-Bat (brown), Power Girl, Robotman, and Imperiex Collect & Connect
Mattel had teased the Joker at New York Comic-Con and revealed Power Girl on ActionFigureInsider.com, and some groaned as they learned this wave will be exclusive to Wal-Mart. Mattel assures us that these will be easier to find, as Wal-Mart has increased their order size.
Beast Boy’s accessory is a reuse of the eagle from the Wonder Twins 2-pack. Batman is based on Grant Morrison’s run on Justice League of America. Forager is from the New Gods, and adds another essential piece to my nearly complete Cosmic Odyssey collection (WHOOOO!). Man-Bat is a repaint of the white Comic-Con exclusive a couple years back. Robotman starts the Doom Patrol. And, honestly, I don’t know anything about Imperiex.
Wave 11 – Cyborg Superman, Deadman, John Stewart, Katma Tui, The Question, Shark, Steppenwolf, and Kilowog Collect & Connect
We have seen the Question a while back in Toy Fare – he was the winner of the fan vote from last Comic-Con.
Green Lantern is the main theme of this wave. Instead of Lanterns, John Stewart (whoooo! Cosmic Odyssey!!) and Katma Tui will come with constructs. Shark and Cyborg Superman, in his Sinestro Corps uniform and a bunch of Yellow Lantern rings, make up the GL villains. Kilowog is absolutely massive.
Deadman introduces a new slim body buck. Finally, Steppenwolf is another New God, and will ship 50/50 with his Super Powers variant.
Two Packs – Animal Instinct and Sinestro Corps
The two packs continue on Mattycollector.com, one per quarter.
Animal Instinct features Animal Man and B’wana Beast. B’wana Beast? The JLU tie-in strikes again.
Sinestro Corps features Romat Ru and Karu-Sil, and will tie in nicely with Wave 11.
Gotham City 5 – Batman, Catwoman, Lex Luthor, Superman, and Two Face
I’m not quite sure this is the best named set, given that two of the five figures are from Metropolis. Four of the five are repaints. Batman is a black and gray repaint of the Wave 1 Bats, minus the mud splatters that he had in the Fists of Clay 2-pack. Superman is from the Supes / Braniac 2-pack, but with normal instead of heat vision eyes. Both are highly desired in the collector community.
Two Face and Catwoman are repaints of the Bats villains from the DC Super Heroes line. And Luthor, wow – he is in his classic purple and green jumpsuit, and will be a great addition to a Legion of Doom display. The headsculpt is new, and looks great.
Superman / Batman: Public Enemies
This will be a Target-exclusive line. The line will include Batman, Black Lightning, Icicle, Major Force, Silver Banshee, Superman, and Brimstone as the Collect & Connect.
With the animated feature coming this fall, there was a lot of speculation on whether Mattel would produce a figure line. These figures look like they use the standard DCUC bucks by the Four Horsemen, with headsculpts stylized to match the animated feature, with a heavy Ed McGuinness influence.
There will also be 3.75-inch figures, in a 3-pack and 6-pack.