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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SDCC 2015: Mezco One:12 Collective – Awesome Figures, Could Use Some Focus

SDCC 2015 - Mezco One 12 Collective (1 of 18)

Mezco was actually my first stop during Preview Night (if you don’t count the stop on the way at Mondo, to sneak a quick look at the 1/6 scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I wanted to get there to get my hands on the one of the 150 One:12 Collective Batman / Mutant Leader 2-packs that was on sale for the day. I was lucky and got a set (haven’t had the chance to open it yet), and asked if they had any more figures coming in the line. I was told to look around the corner.

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SDCC 2015: Two More Batman-Related Exclusives Coming from Mezco

Mez-Itz Poison Ivy announced and One:12 Collective Batman TDKR Mutant Leader teased

Mezco Convention Exclusives (with Poison Ivy Mez Itz)

Mezco has continued to be busy leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, with two more exclusives revealed for the show. First, they announced a Mez-Itz mini clip-on Poison Ivy. She’s all killer attitude wrapped up in a cute vinyl package, suitable as a key chain or zipper pull, for $8.

Second, they’ve collaborated with Entertainment Earth to put out a teaser for the One:12 Collective Mutant Leader from Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. We’d seen the mutant leader in Mezco’s display at NY Comic Con, but had not heard till now when and where he would be released. Entertainment Earth teased the news in a wrap-up of Mezco’s summer exclusives.

Incidentally, that feature also revealed another Batman variant from One:12 Collective, to be released exclusively at the Puerto Rico Comic Con. That’s limited to 300 pieces – a killer for completionists on the line.

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Win a Toy Fair Exclusive One:12 Collective Batman in Mezco Instagram Giveaway

Mezco One 12 Collective Dark Knight Returns Batman Toy Fair exclusive Instagram giveaway

We love the Dark Knight Returns Batman, the first from Mezco’s One:12 Collective line of 6-inch mixed-media action figures. And now, Mezco is giving away one of the rarest of their Batman figures – an exclusive black and white version of the TDKR Bats that was a Toy Fair issue of just 100 figures. If you’re on Instagram, it’s easy to enter:

  1. Follow @mezcotoyz on Instagram.
  2. Like their Instagram photo for the contest (seen on the right side of the image above).
  3. Repost that photo with the hashtag #ONE12TFEX – if you can’t figure out how to get the photo out of Instagram (for example, by taking a screenshot of it in the Instagram app on your phone), you can download the photo here.

Mezco will pick a lucky winner on Monday, April 6. Good luck!

(By the way, while you’re on Instagram, please follow my AFP Instagram account too. Thanks!)