This year DC Comics started something new. They redid every major comic from the view point of the villains as a kick off to Forever Evil. This served as a New 52 introduction to the Crime Syndicate. And as we know with every new introduction is a chance for collectibles gold.
Over the next 6 to 12 months DC Collectibles will be releasing a whole slew of Super Villains figures from Captain Cold and Joker to the Crime Syndicate itself with Ultraman and Superwoman. Villains figures are usually under produced, especially the more obscure villains. So this makes for a great opportunity to stock up on the rogues gallery.
With this new direction and take on the characters I for one am very excited. The villains are always the most interesting part of the story. They add depth and despair to the hero as well as set up epic battles and mind boggling mysteries. From figures to statues I am excited to see what other new villains we will see leap off the pages of comics into my display case. What villains do you want to add to your collection?
You are going to be seeing more of Slade Wilson, better known as the mercenary and assassin Deathstroke. You may have already seen the 3 3/4″ version from DC Collectibles based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us game. DC Collectibles also just announced the Super-Villains Deathstroke figure which will be approx 6.85″ tall. The super-villains figure will be available in December. Lastly, Kotobukiya has announced a Deathstroke statue for the ArtFX series. This statue is approx 12″ tall and includes a removable faceplate for the mask, so you can disply him masked or unmasked! The ArtFX statue will also be arriving in December.
With Deathstroke’s appearance in the Arkham Origins game, we may very well see some other great collectibles for this character in the future. Which one of these is your favorite?
This is the drawing that Kotobukiya used in their brochure at Toy Fair 2013 for the newly announced “Avengers Assemble” ArtFX+ line that will be released in early 2014. We had planned to ask Kotobukiya specifically about a Marvel or Avengers ArtFX+ line, so we were really excited to see this being promoted already. The Justice League ArtFX+ statues have been a huge success, and we were hoping to see some of our Marvel favorites in this scale. We have not seen any prototypes or anything, so the drawing is all that we have to go by, but here is how the drawing translated to production for the DC Justice League statues.
The DC statues came out very close to the original concept. So with that, what do you think the final outcome of the Avengers Assemble will be? Are you excited about this series? Which character are you looking forward to the most in the 1/10 scale? I know I’m excited to see what Hulk looks like in scale with the rest of the Avengers!
With 2013 here, what are you looking forward to for the next 12 months? Here at JMD Retail, we have a few events that we are excited about, as well as some highly anticipated product releases.
First is Toy Fair 2013 in NYC. It is coming up fast in February. We got to attend the Toy Fair last year, and now that we know what to expect, we are hoping ’13 is even better. We will try to share as many pics as we can of the newly announced products. We are also hoping to find some new manufacturers to add to our product line.
In April, JMD Retail will be participating in our first Comic Con here in Tampa. If you are in the area, stop in and say Hello. This is the first weekend in April, and we are excited to meet some fellow collectors. We’ve been planning our layout and trying to determine how many products to bring with us. It will be a good learning experience for future conventions, and a lot of fun all at the same time.
Product wise, I think the Justice League New 52 ArtFX+ statue line from Kotobukiya is what we are most looking forward to. These have proven to be very popular so far based primarily on the pics online. We are looking forward to getting to see them in person, as I bet they will look even better than the pics.
Add in the Superman Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, and 2013 should be a pretty good year. What are you looking forward to the most for 2013?
Here at JMD Retail we are big fans of Kotobukiya. The line we are most excited about recently is the ArtFX+ Justice League collection. We have talked about some of the other Justice League statues announced in some of our earlier blogs. Kotobukiya teased the latest member of the Justice League on their Facebook page today. As, you can probably tell from the picture, the next ArtFX+ statue from this line will be Aquaman. I for one am excited that we are more than half way through the statues being announced, and I can’t wait to see what they all look like together. Check out our website and Facebook page for updates on this incredible line.
We did a recent blog post on the ArtFX+ line from Kotobukiya. We wanted to spotlight the Justice League New 52 Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash that have been announced for this line. I’ve also seen some pics of an unpainted Wonder Woman from SDCC, so she should be coming up soon. These are 1/7th scale, and stand approximately 7.5″ tall. Each Justice League member will have a magnetic base to keep each statue standing upright. These will be slightly taller than your standard 6″ action figures, and you are getting the quality look of a statue. The color and detail looks like it should be pretty amazing in these pieces, and a display of all 7 will look incredible. Also, the price of the ArtFX+ makes this pretty affordable compared to some other series on the market. So if you’re looking for a nice Justice League collection, make sure not to miss out on these!
Kotobukiya is starting to come out with more of the ArtFX+ line. Most of the ArtFX+ have been Star Wars statues, but they did announce some New 52 Justice League statues at SDCC as well. So what is ArtFX+? If you are familiar with the regular ArtFX line, the statues are usually 1:6 scale. ArtFX+ is usually 1:10 scale, so they are smaller, and less expensive. I like collections that have a few large center piece statues, but if someone wanted to collect the entire Star Wars lineup, they may not have the space to do that, so ArtFX+ is a nice alternative. I don’t really collect all the Star Wars characters, so I never really thought about ArtFX+ for my personal collection, but once all the Justice League statues come out, I may have to make a pretty cool display of all the DC ArtFX+. Which scale do you prefer for your collections: 1:6, 1:10, or something else?
So the second and third figures from the Justice League New 52 series are starting to hit shelves. The first figure in the series, Batman, was fairly popular, and was difficult to find when it was first released in our area. After several delays, JMD Retail just got the Aquaman and Green Lantern action figures in stock. We have seen several Green Lantern figures recently with the movie figures and everything, but we do like this figure and the Justice League packaging that it comes in, compared to some of the Green Lantern carded figures that were released. This is the first Aquaman figure that we’ve gotten in a while, and it is worth the wait. This figure has nice detail, especially if you like the New 52 aquaman styling. We are happy to see what DC has done with this line so far. We are looking forward to the rest of the line, and then we are excited to compare these figures with the ArtFX statues that Kotobukiya will be releasing. It’s an exciting time to be a DC fan.
So with SDCC 2012 coming to an end, what did you find to be the most exciting? I know I caught some coverage on SpikeTV. I saw a short interview with Jim Lee that I found to be interesting. It looked like there was a lot of excitement at the event–I still wish I could have made it. Of all the news that came out, though, I think I am most interested in the New 52 ArtFX statues by Kotobukiya. Assuming that I like the pose, I tend to like statues a little more than the action figures, and the Superman and Green Lantern ArtFX were really neat. I’ve been happy with most of the Kotobukiya pieces that we’ve gotten recently, and I’m really looking forward to where they go with this new DC line. What news did you find most interesting this year, and what new figures/statues are you looking forward to?