The DC December solicits (named for when the comics hit stands) highlight several action figures from DC Collectibles that will be available between August and December this year. Included are a 6-piece box set of Alex Ross Justice League figures, a wave of figures from Batman: Arkham Knight, and two waves and two deluxe figures from Batman: The Animated Series.
DC Collectibles’ solicits for October include figures that we saw during Toy Fair, from Batman: the Animated Series, Arrow, and The Flash.
In addition to a wave of figures for B:TAS that includes Bane and Nightwing, the line will also get its first vehicle – an in scale Batmobile (two feet long!) with working hatch, room for two 6-inch figures, and LED lights. At $99.95, it’s about double what Mattel charged for it’s 6-inch scaled Batmobile for the 1966 series – but less than half the $215 that Mattycollector wanted for the Ghostbusters Ecto-1.
So, who’s going to buy the B:TAS Batmobile (check out our video fly-by of the vehicle)? I’m on the fence.
In addition to their awesome lines for BTAS and DC Comics Icons, DC Collectibles is also continuing to support Warner Bros. TV shows and video games. DCC showed off waves of figures for The Flash, Arrow, and the newest Batman video game, Arkham Knight, which is due out in July this year.
While Constantine was represented in other parts of the showroom, the NBC series has not gotten any love yet. And it may not be forthcoming anytime soon, with NBC not extending the first season beyond the original order of 13 episodes, and the decision for a second season or cancellation still in limbo.
As I was taking pics of DC Collectibles newest line, the super-articulated DC Comics Icons, I overheard one of the DC Collectibles reps describe the line. “Yes, these are 6-inch scaled figures, so we are competing with Mattel!” News flash, DCC rep: DC Universe Classics is already history!
But even if they weren’t I’d wager that this line would give DCUC a run for its money. Even at the $24.99 price tag, the line embraces DC Collectibles aesthetics, with remarkable head and body sculpts – but they also add in the articulation scheme that DCC first tried out on their 3.75-inch figures. This makes for a pretty damn compelling combination.
Remember way back when we used to ask “How about vehicles?” for our favorite 6-inch lines? It used to be that vehicles were considered too costly to make, but Mattel finally found a way to do it for the Batman 1966 line, and now DC Collectibles will add an animated Batmobile (including LED lights and a sliding hatch for the 2-figure cockpit!) for its 6-inch scaled line for Batman: The Animated Series this year. The solution, of course, was to set a “collector” price tag. The Mattel Batmobile was $50 as a Toys R Us exclusive. We’ll have to wait and see how much the BTAS Batmobile will crush our wallets.
DCC also announced more waves of the BTAS line, including Bane and Nightwing; more from The Flash and Arrow; and a new line of 6=inch action figures called DC Comics Icons, based on the art of Ivan Reis. Should be a good year for DC collectors, even with the void left by the demise of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics.