Definitely one of the high points of Toy Fair every year is getting a tour of the DC Collectibles booth from gentleman Jim Fletcher, the company’s Design Director, and just like in previous years, they have a ton of cool things coming out this year that we got to see up close with a few nice surprises.
Let’s start with some of the newest action figures and statues being produced by DC Collectibles and those are the ones that tie into The CW’s new “The Flash” series, “Arrow” as well as Fox’s new “Gotham” series. All shows are proving to be very popular and DC Collectibles is rolling out action figures and statues throughout the year, including statues of Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and the TV Flash, and action figures based on The Flash, Captain Cold, Arrow with Arsenal, Felicity and Diggle coming later this year.
There are no DC movies coming out this year, but DC Collectibles still has lots of other lines that tie into the comic books, as well as toys based on “Batman: The Animated Series.” This year, they’re making new ventures with their first moving electronic vehicle of Batman’s Batmobile from the Animated Series (above left). They’re also releasing their first figure ever based on Roxy Rocket.
They’re also continuing their figures based on the Arkham franchises, including both the video games and the “Arkham Origins” comic book, with a new “Arkham Knight” Batman and a special Arkham 5-pack of four Batman figures and their first ever Bruce Wayne. There’s also an “Arkham Origins” 3-pack of Shiva, the Electrocutioner and Dr. Harleen Quinzel planned for December 2015.
DC Collectibles continues to make terrific statues and action figures based on the art of some of the top artists in the field, including busts based on Jim Lee’s designs for Wonder Woman, Deadshot and Catwoman, and action figures based on characters designed by Jae Lee for his “Batman Superman” comic book and by Terry Dodson for the “Earth One” graphic novel (in the Designer Series). The ongoing Batman Black and White has sculpts based on Arkham designer Carlos D’anda’s Batman and Scarecrow, and a black and white Harley Quinn based on one of Paul Dini’s early designs for the character which has never been seen. What’s amazing about these statues and action figures is that most of them are based on the two-dimensional comic art, but they’re extrapolated into highly-detailed 3 dimensions, which is pretty amazing.
DCC is continuing their Blockbusters line with a fun sculpture of the Joker and Harley Quinn in a take on the VJ Day “Kiss” plus Catwoman, Batwoman and Lois Lane sculptures all based on Ant Lucia’s original designs. The Wonder Woman Art of War statues continue with new ones based on designs by animator Robert Valley and artist Jill Thompson (out in September and October, respectively.) They’re also continuing the Gotham City Garage series with a new statue of Harley Quinn on a motorcycle and Cover Girls is branching out into more obscure characters like Red Lantern Bleez, which will be out in October.
The new action figure line that DC Collectibles may be proudest of is their new Icons line, which allows them to delve into the entire history of DC Comics to create a new line of 6″ action figures based on all different characters from the DC Universe. The first wave will hit stores in November, and it will include Batman, Green Arrow (from Mike Grell’s The Long Bow Hunters era), Mister Miracle and a Deadman with a special ghost head that can be put on other figures. Wave 2 out in December will be The Flash, Blue Beetle, Lex Luther, Black Adam and a special Green Lantern complete with emerald space suit. Wave 3 includes Superman, Harley Quinn, Aquaman and three generations of the Atom, all at different sizes, which you can see on the left. You’ll have to wait until February 2016 for those ones, although they were all on display at the DC Collectibles booth as were three of the Icons 11″ statues of Firestorm, Shazam and Green Lantern, all which take a more photorealistic approach.
Other fun stuff includes a full-scale Dr. Fate helmet replica, a replica of a Mother Box complete with lights and sounds, a beautifully-designed Tarot Deck featuring the Justice League and other DCU characters, replicas of the Reverse Flash’s ring and a Gotham badge from their respective shows. But the cutest things on display were their new Super Pets plus figures including Krypto, Hoppy, Streaky and even Red Lantern Dex-starr (right). Those also won’t be available until early 2016, but I took the chance to cuddle with them a year in advance. (No, we won’t share that picture.)
You can check out pictures of all of the above in the gallery below, but we’ll add the caveat that our pictures don’t do justice to the amount of intricate detail DC Collectibles puts into all their statues and action figures. It’s always best if you check them out at your local comic shop or toy fair when they become available.