Continuing our coverage of WonderCon from last weekend, here’s the updates for DC Universe Classics. There were a couple of items I hadn’t seen in other than official press shots, and the official reveal was for the 2-up of Karate Kid for the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes Mattycollector.com exclusive.
Let me start with the Crime Syndicate 5-pack, which mixes classic and modern iterations of the Earth-3’s version of the Justice League. First off, sorry for the aggressive flash – these are probably my favorite DC figures coming from Mattel in the near future, so I shot these first. They’re indicated as coming to Wal-Mart this summer – I thought previous reports had indicated no more retailer exclusives, but this may be an exception.
The mix of modern and classic doesn’t bother me so much, but I can understand the anxiety that collectors may have a long wait for the final 2 figures from each of the teams.
We’d seen the SuperFriends wave (DC Universe Classics wave 18) at Toy Fair, but Mattel didn’t have Apache Chief on hand back then. It makes for an interesting display, since 18 is still shown here in the 2-up form, while the Apache Chief Collect and Connect figure is shown at production size. I think the Four Horsemen have done some of their finest head sculpts for this group.
Karate Kid was a new reveal for WonderCon. The Legion of Super-Heroes 12-pack is still coming to MattyCollector.com, and while I didn’t get the timing, I think it’s probably still later in the year, given that we still have more figures to be revealed. Frank Varela did mention that he just finished work on the packaging for it – you’ll be able to see all the figures in it, and LoSH fans will instantly recognize it. Frank wouldn’t say any more, but I suspect it’s going to be cool.
To wrap up, Mattel had production samples of the Rainbow Lantern wave (DC Universe Classics wave 17) on hand, so these must be close to retail. I hadn’t seen the Anti-Monitor outside of official press pics, so it was nice to see him compared to the actual figures for a size comparison.
I noted some detail loss in the Hal headsculpts – I think that’s the danger of seeing 2-ups first, because the actual production figures can never match up in terms of details and paint. For this wave, I think I may just be picking up a couple of the figures.