A few years ago DC Collectibles or DC Direct as they were known then had the brilliant idea of doing a line of statues dedicated to Batman. These Black & White statues each portrayed Batman and occasionally his villains from the perspective of the artists over the years. From Perez, Kubert, Mignola, Miller, & Capullo just to name a few. After years of success in that line DC Collectibles is trying more favorite characters with similar lines.
The Man of Steel line will feature different artist versions of Superman. Unlike the Black & White Batman line this line will feature the statues in color all with a metallic paint finish. With 4 or 5 statues available in stores currently this line gives us some great sculpts of our favorite flying hero. My favorite is the Lee Bermejo statue. It’s the first Superman statue I have seen that shows his cape going straight up as if he just landed. Another great thing about this line is all the mid air sculpts gives a nice variety of poses.
Not to be out done or left out is the Art of War Wonder Woman statue line. Everyone’s favorite Amazon is ready to do battle in every pose. With only 2 statues announced so far we can’t wait to see what other great Wonder Woman statues we will come next.
What other heroes or villains do you want to see get their own statue line? Which artists do you think they still need to do on these?
We are over halfway through the ArtFX+ Justice League statues from Kotobukiya. Batman just joined Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. This only leaves Wonder Woman and Cyborg to complete this set. Here is the final set from Toy Fair 2013, but we’d love to see your display so far! The good news is Kotobukiya is going to continue with the DC ArtFX+, as they’ve already announced Catwoman and Shazam! There was also a prototype of a Black Adam statue that was posted with the early Shazam pictures. We are excited to complete the Justice League set, and even more interested in what will be added to the lineup in the future! Which characters would you like to see in this scale?
When we were at Toy Fair, we came across these Mimobot USB Flash drives, and we really thought they were a cool idea. You need to share some pictures or a document from a flash drive?Just pull out your Dark Knight Rises Batman USB drive, and you can share your document and start an interesting conversation about your favorite character. We went with the 8GB size for our first order featuring the Dark Knight Rises Batman, Catwoman, Robin, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, R2D2, Stormtrooper, Einstein, and Adventure Time Finn! Two interesting variations happen with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper.
Remove Darth Vader’s helmet to see which version you received! There is a 1 in 6 chance that you will receive the Return of the Jedi version with the pale, scarred face of Darth Vader. For the Stormtrooper, you remove the helmet, and find out if you have Luke Skywalker or Han Solo under the helmet. There is a 50/50 chance between each one.
Another cool item that we received is along the same lines, but it is a Chewbacca microSD card reader. This is in the upper right of the first picture. You can also see better pictures on our site. The card reader comes with a keychain, flip-out USB port and an LED indicator.
We hope that you all like these items as much as we do. We’re hoping to carry more of these in the future, and we do have a few others up for pre-order on our site. These are great gifts for the Star Wars and DC fans that you know!
Day 2 of Toy Fair has been interesting the last 2 years. There are no opening events, and it is usually a little less crowded, as some companies finish everything Sunday to get back to their offices. We started the day meeting with Diamond Comics. The items that we were impressed by the most was the Man of Steel line of Superman statues (unrelated to the movie). The first 5 statues were on display, and they showed quite a variety of artistic interpretations of the Superman character. We are excited to see if this line is as versatile and popular as the Batman Black and White statue line. We will have pictures of these up on our Facebook page later tonight:
Make sure to “like” our page for the latest news and updates. Diamond Comics also had the Icon statues from the Man of Steel movie on display for the first time. The Injustice 3 3/4″ figures were on display as well. If you follow DC Collectibles on Facebook, they had been teasing the Injustice Harley Quinn. It did not seem that many people liked the sculpt or costume of this figure, and I was expecting to be highly disappointed with these smaller figures. While they do not have the detail that the 6″ figures offer, the smaller size was better in person than I originally expected from the pictures I had seen. We found out there will be several Justice League box sets with exclusive sculpts and figures. I wish these sets included more new figures, instead of ones that have already been available separately, but we will see if that changes in the future. Batman Arkham City Series 4 was also on display along with the newest deluxe figure, Solomon Gundy. This will be similar in size to the Darkseid figure.
At Diamond Comics, we also saw new things from Diamond Select. The Walking Dead series 3 and 4 minimates were set up in a cool prison diorama. Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves and Invicible will also be added to the Minimates lineup later in 2013. There will also be two new Walking Dead related games- Walking Dead Monopoly and Walking Dead Risk. The boxes were all that were available to see, so we were unable to see the tokens or Risk pieces–that was kind of disappointing.
The only other meeting that we had set up was with Paladone. We found that the Tetris lamps should be available again in April or May. There will also be a few new Tetris mugs, Tetris cookie cutters, and Tetris multi-tool/Swiss Army knife. These are pretty cool little collectibles for the Tetris fans. We stopped in with Monogram International. This company carries some Marvel and DC figures and novelties, like keychains, paperweights, etc. They have a solar powered paperweight of Thor’s hammer, which lights up. They will also be releasing a solar powered Iron Man hand, which lights up in the palm. We are excited to get some of these products in stock, and we hope that you like them too.
Our pictures should be up later today or tomorrow, and we’d love to hear which products you are excited for! Let us know, or ask any questions that you may have regarding Toy Fair news.
December’s Kotobukiya releases include additions to the bishoujo, ArtFX, and ArtFX+ lines.
First up is The Dark Knight Rises ArtFX. This statue has interchangeable right hands so you can display it with the grappling gun or EMP rifle. It also features what appears to be a puddle in the shape of a bat, which actually lights up with a cool blue color. I wish this had arrived closer to the movie release, but it is still a really cool statue for fans of the Dark Knight movies.
The next ArtFX+ in the Star Wars line: Boba Fett from Return of the Jedi! ArtFX+ are 1/10 scale statues, so they are a little smaller than most statues, but you can create some really neat displays with the smaller size. Display the bounty hunter with his blaster or preparing to fire wrist-mounted weapons.
Last is Power Girl from the DC bishoujo line. This is many people’s new favorite, and I have seen many positive reviews from people that don’t even care for the Power Girl character. With her powerful stance, flexing muscles and flowing cape, Power Girl will be a center piece for any bishoujo collection.
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I have been a fan of Bane since the famed cover, Batman #497, that showed him breaking the Batman’s back. I have always wanted some kind of collectible that represented that. Well we finally have something to remind us of that iconic cover. In honor of The Dark Knight Rises, DC Collectibles has created a massive 1/6th scale statue showing off that scene from the movie. What has been your favorite collectible from The Dark Knight Rises so far? What other classic scenes would you like to see a collectible for?