Earlier this month we told you about the new DC Universe series of 1/6 scale figures from Sideshow Collectibles. The company has now released new pics of its first character in the line, The Joker. The regular version of the clown prince of crime will feature two head sculpts, playing cards, a straight razor, dynamite, a lighter, revolver with BANG! flag, a tailored fabric costume, cane, multiple hands, and a display base. The Sideshow exclusive will also include some fish accessories. He’s available here
for pre-order and will ship in August.
If you had planned a digital subscription from Marvel Digital Comic Unlimited you are in luck. For only $5.17 ($6.86 in Canada) Marvel will ship this exclusive Marvel Universe action figure to you. Victor comes without his iconic mask and has a detachable Infinity Gauntlet. This offer is only valid through 7/31/12. You can find more details here.
Sideshow Collectibles brought samples of their new DC Universe license with them to San Diego Comic Con. The company posted new pics of Superman, Batman, Catwoman, the Joker and Harley Quinn on its Facebook page
. We’re still waiting to hear more details about the new action figure line.
It sounds like Mattel is having a tough time with its DC action figure license. It has officially announced the cancellation of the Young Justice 4-inch and 6-inch line. That doesn’t bother me too much. I have never really liked the smaller Young Justice figures. The DC Universe Classics line on the other hand was great. Unfortunately its second coming in the form of the troubled DC Universe All-Star line will die as well. Confirmation of its demise is supported by this reply posted by Matty in its forums:
“DC Universe is going away after 2012 and there’ll be one more wave of 4. In 2013, we’ll be relaunching our 6″ with complimentary offerings on Matty and at Mass. You guys will be able to complete your collection and I hope you’ll like what we are doing. We’ve taken lessons from DC Universe and Legacy. Overall, we need to adjust to retailers, consumers and what’s selling in volumes that can be supported.
As far as the character that we showed but haven’t released, most of them have been tooled so we’ll be looking for a way to release them in one form or another. However, I can’t 100% guarantee that.”
Poe Ghostal, a toy blogger who has written about toys for IGN.com and ToyFare magazine gives an excellent analysis of why Mattel has had trouble with the DC license recently. He quotes NoisyDvl5 of ItsAllTrue as saying the following:
“I am frustrated with Mattel, but I’m really frustrated with DC Comics. DC’s inability to market itself is what has brought about the Relaunch in the comics. DC’s inability to market itself is why Mattel has been reduced to selling figures online, directly to consumers while Hasbro is pumping out two scales of comic-based merchandise for Marvel.”
You can read the rest of his article here. I guess we’ll have to wait until 2013 to see a decently priced 6-inch DC action figure from Mattel sitting on the pegs of our local retail outlets.