This past weekend was the 2011 New York Comic Con and Mattel revealed some cool new additions to their DC Universe Classics and Batman Legacy toy lines. There is so much to go over so lets take a look at some of the new action figures we can look forward to seeing in 2012
Starting off with the Batman Legacy toy line, Mattel is releasing a "First Appearance Batman" action figure (above). If you're not familiar with this look, google some images of some of the first Batman comic books.
Catwoman seems to getting more press these days, with her appearance in the The Dark Knight rises movie coming next year, as well as Batman Year One and her role in the new Arkham City video Game. Now Mattel will also be releasing a Silver/Bronze Age Catwoman action figure too. More on Catwoman in a bit.
Mattel's next Arkham City Two-Pack from the Batman Legacy edition and based on the Batman: Arkham City Video Game, will be the combo of Robin (Tim Drake) and Joker. We already new about these action figures from the SDCC but not that they were going to be sold together as a two pack.
Could this combo (above) be the next two pack? Possibly. We have seen prototypes of Harley Quinn but not Nightwing until now. Since it appears that these Arkham City action figures are being sold as two-packs, my money is on this group being the next edition.
You can probably also count on this duo (above) to be sold as a two pack. Catwoman and a blue version of Batman, similar to the Batman action figure from the two pack with Arkham City Two-Face.
Now, I'm not sure if the above Super Powers version of The Penguin is going to be part of the Batman Legacy toy line or the DC Universe Classics toy line, but really, does it matter? We know it will be released at retail but not part of a specific wave. I'm really curious to see what Mattel will be doing with the DCUC stuff at the retail level. Apparently just popular characters, but will they still be released as waves and no CNC figures (a la DC Superheroes toy line back in 2007-08)
Penguin's head sculpt is brand new and looks a little cartoony. The rest of the body and his umbrella are exactly the same sculpt as the original DCUC Penguin in Wave 1 . Okay, that's it for Batman Legacy, on to the DC Universe Classics
wave 20 of the DC Universe Classics toy line was announced however, we did not get a look at White Lantern Flash or the size corrected Sinestro Corps Sinestro. At NYCC 2011, as you can see, the entire set was on display. Sinestro appears to have been given the same body size as the many Hal Jordan action figures we've seen released in this toy line.
White Lantern Flash has been given similar attachments that we saw back in DCUC Wave 2 on the red and blue Superman variants.
New Toys R Us Two Packs were also announced but they are also just repaints of previous figures. We have a Blue Lantern Kyle Rainer & Sinestro Corps Hal Jordan Two-pack. I'm not 100% sure but i believe the Hal Jordan head is from one of the Wave 17 Hal Jordan's (White Lantern i believe).
The second Two-Pack is a Battle Damaged Batman and Azrael two pack. Again, these appear to just be repaints. The symbol on Batman's chest is ripped and his head is pure blue. Other than that, this is similar to the original Wave 1 Batman and the many repaints after that. Azrael is a repaint of Wave 16 Azrael. The blue on the original figure has been replaced with red.
A lot of Rainbow Lantern action figures coming out here and there, makes you wonder if the rumors of another Rainbow Lantern wave was true at one point. Mattel will be releasing this Orange Lantern Larfleeze action figure at retail apparently but on an individual basis. He will not be part of any set....?
He's got a very cool head sculpt. Love the horns coming out of the side of his head and the teeth look amazing!!
On display again were the Matty Collector DCUC Infinite Earth Club action figures, Starman, Jay Garrick and Atrocitus. No other Infinite Earth Club action figures were present or announced so members will have to hold their breath a little longer for more news.
The winning action figure and the first large size action figure to be released in the Infinite Earth Club of the Matty collector poll is Metron and he was on display at the 2011 NYCC along with the Mobius Chair. Metron apparently will stand 12 inches tall.
A close up of the Mobius chair above and a close up of Metron below.
Finally, you can't go to Comic Con without there being an exclusive action figure. This year is a scary version of the Joker from Arkham City. It is different from the Arkham City two pack Joker
That is one messed up head sculpt! I've actually seen a few of these on eBay already. There's only 4000of these Joker action figures out there so if you want to get your hands on one, click here immediately!
Unfortunately, there was no sign of any Mattel version of the "New 52" Justice League or any other rebooted characters, so i guess we'll have to wait and see if Mattel does anything in the future
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