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UnBoxing | DC Prime: BATMAN Action Figure

DC Collectibles inaugurates its new line of “Prime” action figures with an impressive update of The Dark Knight to commemorate the hero’s 80 Anniversary celebration!

Fans will never outgrow the hands-on experience that comes with holding an action figure inspiring them to revisit their most cherished moments from a favorite film, graphic novel or television series. It’s like owning a piece of history or becoming a part of the action, especially as the business of providing more coveted items for the adult enthusiast is manufactured to appeal to their high-end sensibilities. Always ready to seize on an opportunity, DC Collectibles joined the fray about 20 years ago and continues to aspire to greatness.

In 1998 the publishing imprint decided to take a more personal approach to produce and provide its readership with products that not only spoke to their audiences more closely but recruited DC artists, writers, and graphic designers to effectively become much more collaborative. The action figure lines produced all much easily resonated more authentically than when parsed out to manufacturers. DC Collectibles has prided itself on creating items with a functional playability but also an enthusiastic dedication to collectibility with an aesthetic to match.

The DC brand of DC Collectibles continues to excel in the market. After the recent line of  “Icon” action figures that spotlighted in extreme detail the most iconic characters in the DC Comics Universe wrapped in 2018, the next series of offerings began to take shape. The first series meant to celebrate the 20 Year Anniversary of DC Collectibles were the “Essentials” line. Based on the designs of some of DC’s most favorite artists the action figures measured approximately 6.9” in height and were tailored to appear as the characters currently in publication.

DC Collectibles | DC Prime: THE BATMAN Action Figure available now.

In order to keep up with a tradition of innovation and excellence, DC Collectibles has now pushed its boundaries with an all-new set of action figures that are primed to make your mouth water. Introducing DC Prime from DC Collectibles and it is only appropriate that the most commercially successful and popular character, The Batman inaugurate the new figures in this extreme offering!

Primed For Battle

The Dark Knight Detective is celebrating 80 years of pop-culture relevance. In his most recent incarnation since the publishing-wide “Rebirth” relaunch of the DC pantheon of heroes, The Batman was redesigned and outfitted to more properly take on the dregs of Gotham City in a streamline Kevlar armor suit that is perfect for contemporary urban warfare. That is on full display and in an ultimate representation in the new DC Prime: BATMAN Action Figure from DC Comics Collectibles.

The DC Prime action figure comes in at a whopping 9.2” and is heavily articulated for durable playability as well as intense posing. Designed by renowned artists Riccardo Federici and Wonil Song it features over 23 points of articulation and more than 18 additional parts and accessories, all specially designed to complement Federici’s urban street fighter. The wired, fabric cape is also posable and shields our Dark Knight Detective from the most perilous assaults. The figure comes packed in a blister box decorated with product designs and a stand to display the figure.

You can be guaranteed that billionaire Bruce Wayne is constantly readapting and perfecting his suit especially as his enemies become deadlier and more lethal in their tactics. Utilizing the most durable materials in his fight, Batman’s armor plating is meticulously detailed and perfectly constructed; each piece in place to defend the Caped Crusader and also traverse the concrete, steel terrain of Gotham City. His utility belt is aptly armed with the most sophisticated weapon systems including grappling guns, Batarangs, and Batman’s uniquely crafted tools.

Whether you’re a fan of The Batman or an avid collector, this DC Collectible is unlike anything offered before and is accurately suited to its new moniker as a DC Prime offering. “The Batman” figure is promised as the first in the new line, and fans are already anticipating what the second DC hero to come to life will be. Many hope that given that The Flash is celebrating its 80 Years in publication next month, DC Collectibles will honor the Scarlet Speedster with his own DC Prime interpretation.

DC Collectibles | DC Prime: BATMAN Action Figure | $125.00 available from DC Comics Collectibles here while supplies last.

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UnBoxing | Icon Heroes THE FLASH (Earth-90) Collectible Statue

Straight out of last season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event Icon Heroes delivers a stunning collectible reproduction of The Flash (Earth-90) to add to your book shelf!

Last season’s CW, DC TV primetime crossover event “Elseworlds” left an indelible mark on its audience! Over the course of the 3-night event that brought the casts of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl our heroes found themselves in the midst of an adventure unlike any they’ve ever encountered before. Certainly the annual event that marks the winter hiatus for The CW series has become the network’s most anticipated spectacle of the year. In the past, the show’s heroes faced an alien invasion, and fended off Nazis from an alternate-earth.

This past year, the shows’ show-runners decided to focus on the three bigger stars of the “Arrow-verse” Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist and open the door to a bigger crisis facing their future, all the while opening the playing field and introducing Gotham City’s enigmatic Batwoman (portrayed by Ruby Rose), but the crossover’s greatest moment came with the reintroduction of an original primetime favorite — The Flash as he was originally played by actor John Wesley Shipp was introduced into canon as “The Flash” of Earth-90!

Blast from the Past!

After the success of Tim Burton’s theatrical imaging of Batman in 1989, Warner Bros. was in search of the next DC Comics property to exploit. The answer came in the form of The Flash which was realized as a primetime series by television producers Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo and starred John Welsey Shipp as the titular character, Central City’s Scarlet Speedster, CSI investigator Barry Allen — The Flash! Although the series only lasted for one season on CBS in 1990, it made a considerable impression with fans.

With the success of Smallville and subsequently Arrow the time seemed right to reintroduce the super-powered character into primetime. The Flash returned to television in 2014 starring Grant Gustin in the lead role, and would feature Shipp as Henry Allen, Barry Allen’s father. In an interesting twist, in the same season that Henry met an untimely end at the hands of one The Flash’s enemies, Shipp was reintroduced into the mythology as another speedster — the Crimson Comet, Jay Garrick — The “Golden Age” Flash.

Standing Tall

The “Elseworlds” storyline gave the writing staff the unique opportunity to push the envelope of the Arrow-verse’s multiverse, and integrated Shipp’s “Flash” from 1990 (hence, Earth-90) into the story arc to face off against a strange interloper, a threat known as The Monitor! Icon Heroes an innovator in creating quality license pop-culture collectibles has captured The Flash (Earth-90) as the hero appeared in “Elseworlds” in a stunning 8.6 inch Limited Edition statue available exclusively through GameStop here.

Icon Heroes is also promising a statue of “The Flash” (Grant Gustin) as the hero appeared in Season 5 of the hit series, sporting his new, very streamlined outfit that harkens back to the 1990 series design.

THE FLASH (Earth-90) Collectible Statue | Icon Heroes | $79.99 available through GameStop or on the website here.

UnBoxing | JUSTICE LEAGUE Action Figures Assembled

The World’s Greatest Heroes finally come together in this impressive line of high-end action figures from Medicom Maf Ex eager to fill some space on your shelf that prove this Justice League is in a league all its own.

For the avid film aficionado and action figure collector, we’re living in very exciting times! The market has expanded to the degree that the generation of fanboys (and fangirls alike) that grew up avidly infatuated with Kenner’s extensive line of Star Wars 3 ¾ action figures and larger than life Masters of the Universe line from Mattel, have been able to add to their collections. As now adult collectors the expectations have also increased, and toy manufactures have continuously worked to meet this growing demand.

The MAFEX line of Medicom Toy Company action figures have also pushed the level of playability with extensive articulation and multiple accessory options often packaged alongside a highly detailed 6” figure that has become the envy of other various competitive manufactures. Medicom has prided itself on the ability to capture remarkably well-sculpted likenesses of characters especially those based on personalities appearing in film and other media. The MAFEX line drew great attention from collectors with the figures based on the films in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Christopher Nolan’s adaptation of the Batman mythology introduced the role of Bruce Wayne as portrayed by celebrated actor Christian Bale. The action figures captured the hero in truly authentic detail, and bared an uncanny resemblance to Bale himself. Although the experience hasn’t always been positive, in the pass many critics cited at how fragile the MAFEX figures are, with limbs that detach all too easily or figures that fail to properly stand upright because their legs are far to nimble to support their weight.

The line has come a long way and has even reissued many of its most popular first editions with far more improved sculpting, accessories and assembling, and the recently completed series of figures based on the heroes from DC’s Justice League are perhaps the best examples yet. All six of the leads assembled on the big screen have finally been released, Wonder Woman and Aquaman rounding out the bunch, that launched with Batman and Superman, and include The Flash and Cyborg!

The Justice League Assembled

The MAFEX action figures based on the line-up appearing in Justice League have fully assembled and may be among the best set of figures on the market — when they aren’t falling apart that is. Confidently Medicom has worked out many of those issues that plagued the earlier releases in the line. Batman has he appeared in Justice League and portrayed by actor Ben Affleck inaugurated the line and is a sturdy reproduction of the action star as he appeared in the Caped Crusader famously upgraded kevlar suit. MAFEX also designed a version of Batman in the “tactical suit” the hero wears in the last act of the movie.

Though the Wonder Woman figure is mostly a reissue of the version first produced for the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice line, the repaint and subtle details between the 3 released representations of Gal Gadot, as the Amazing Amazon are worthy of collectibility. Wonder Woman is accessorized with movie accurate weaponry as well. The action figure based on the King of the Seven Seas, Arthur Curry, Aquaman allows collectors to really appreciate the detail and design of the ceremonial warrior attire that Jason Mamoa wore turning the longtime comics character into the film’s most formidable badass.

The Man of Steel Superman finally appears in the more comic-accurate colors that fans have always loved; the classic red and blue is a richer, more cinematic color to the grim, darker hue of the figure released for BvS. Ray Fisher’s superstar athlete Victor Stone is the Cyborg the most impressively detailed of the bunch with plenty of accessories to recreate the film’s most action-packed moments, and Ezra Miller’s The Flash suit may not hold a candle to his primetime counterparts, but we have to remind ourselves that the suit that appeared in Justice League is a prototype.

The figures are all comparatively sized at about 6” a piece, and range accurately. Momoa’s Aquaman is armor is heftier than the others, but that doesn’t mean that Cavill’s Superman can’t float majestically posed on the included stand above his teammates. It’s unfortunate that the film didn’t do as well as expected at the box office, especially when you have the whole team assembled like this, but with the individual successes of Wonder Woman and now Aquaman there’s no doubt that the Justice League will once again gather on the big screen. In the meantime adult collectors can direct their own sequel with these impressive figures.

Ray Fisher’s Cyborg likeness is captured in this action figure from Medicom.

UnBoxing | JUSTICE LEAGUE Action Figures from MAFEX

There’s no end to the merchandising of JUSTICE LEAGUE but do the releases from MAFEX really capture the action in their latest figures based on the movie’s heroes?

The feature film may have polarized its fanbase, yet the endless marketing and branding of the Justice League has ensured the continuing proliferation of the characters that appeared in the movie that finally introduced the extended DC Cinematic Universe. With an endless opportunity to rake in the profits, the items that are most attractive to collectors are those that inspire the opportunity to bring the action home — action figures are inevitably the best way to do that, and based on the DC heroes the collectibility is boundless.

Japanese toy maker Medicom is among the licensees that have purchased the rights to produce movie accurate facsimiles of the league. The high-end line of fully articulated, intensely detailed MAFEX Action Figures are among the best available for the avid collector who wants to assembled a league of their own. Historically the on-average 6 inch figure line has experienced a share of product mishaps in early runs including those based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. The manufacture has listened to the consumer and made major improvements!

Those enhancements have made their way into the current Justice League figure line which features all 6 of the main cast members, including some alternate versions of some favorites that appeared in the film.

Assembling the League

Although the film was released theatrically in 2017, its enjoyed a significant momentum since its availability on Blu-ray and additional formats for home viewing. Merchandise continues to hit the market, including the MAFEX Action Figures which were introduced at the last Toy Fair and have now become widely available with the first in the series based on Batman hitting shelves in spring. Gotham City’s Dark Knight is captured in his current look, as portrayed by actor Ben Affleck. Since returning to full-on active duty, The Batman’s look in Justice League has been beefed up.

The action figure design by MAFEX is extremely film-accurate and captures the look of its star suited up proper in the darker and much denser color scheme than was first experienced in his theatrical introduction with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This bat-suit has more polish and a bite to it that is apparent in the highly articulated figure, and also sports a leather-looking cape that helps to complete the silhouette. The detail and paint job on the utility belt are well crafted, as are the gauntlets which are a flat gold which pops beautifully against he black.

The Batman action figure is no. 056 in the series and is packaged with a multiple set of hands for added poses, including grips for handling Batman’s weapons and paraphernalia which includes his harpoon gun and “batarangs”. There’s also a more tensely expressive face sculpt that will make the Caped Crusader appear more than battle ready. The figure’s proportions are stylistically more flattering than other figure releases on the market, especially Mattel Toys more commercially playable sculpt and even the smaller, more tout looking from competitor S.H. Figuarts.

Following on the heels of the release of The Batman figure, is Superman based on Henry Cavill who has now starred as the Man of Steel in three feature films, including Justice League. This is perhaps the most the character has ever resembled his comic book counterpart. For Justice League Superman’s classic uniform was giving a major retooling which is most evident in the vibrant color palette and clearly makes the action figure itself appear to pop like neither of its predecessors.

Certainly the previous incarnation of the Last Son of Krypton which was fashioned for BvS proved unpopular with collectors who complained the figure fell apart and was impossible to pose. It certainly didn’t capture the actor’s appearance all that well either in the face sculpt and dulled when compared with other releases like the far superior version by ONE:12 Collective from MEZCO’s which incredible articulation and a fabric suit. For MAFEX Superman from Justice League the colors are outstanding, and the figure is much more solid in construction.

Superman is also packaged with multiple hands for various poses, and 2 alternate face sculpts to help recreate the action from the movie. Fans will also be happy with the cape which can be properly positioned whether the figure is floating in air or calmly assembled alongside his teammates. An additional feature of the MAFEX line is that each figure is packaged with a display stand so you can pose your action figure is interesting positions, and given the level of articulation the action is almost limitless. Superman is no. 057 in the MAFEX line.

In The Box

Compared to other high-end manufactures including the series from S.H. Figuarts by Bandai which sport a significantly lower price tag (averaging between $50 and $60 on shelves), the MAFEX releases have really lived up to the hyped and delivery a genuinely deluxe collectible experience to fans. The face sculpts are among the best for the comparable sizes of these releases, and very closely resemble their film versions in detail, and the accessories are also scaled to match.

The colors are also beautifully captured and appropriately fixed; when a detail is glossy on film, the figure will have a sheen that reflects, and when something is matte finished, it appears as such on the figure as well. With the rest of the Justice League line from MAFEX hitting specialty retailers over the rest of the season pretty soon the league will be fully assembled. Expect Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg to round out the collection, along with a Batman in his “Tactical Suit” from the final act of the film.

Visit the Medicom Toy website here for more product information including details on the Justice League line of figures as well as others in the MAFEX inventory.

UnBoxing | “THE FLASH” DC ALL-STARS from Eaglemoss Hero Collections

Issue 4 in the series features everyone’s favorite Scarlet Speedster celebrating the herald of the Silver Age of comics with a spectacular figurine and magazine!

Flash! The name is inspirational! Barry Allen represents at his core the heartbeat of the DC Comics Universe. An everyman whose life is completely changed when on one fateful night while working on a case in his lab, his struck by lightning and attains the miraculous ability to race at the speed of sound! The Flash The Fastest Man Alive is brilliantly captured for fans in a new vinyl figurine as part of Eaglemoss Hero Collectors new line of DC All- Stars.

The newly minted line of figures, is the latest in the high-end collectibles featured by Eaglemoss Collections, who is also responsible for the smaller resin collection of DC Superhero Collections. Larger in presentation, each vinyl figurine measures about 5 inches in height, and is based on a popular design. In the case of The Flash, the figurine is based on the cover of The Flash #1 (Nov 2011) as the hero appeared in The New 52 relaunch, and following the events of the Flashpoint event that impacted the entire publication run.

The contemporary look of the Scarlet Speedster is captured in full-forward momentum on this figurine releases. The Flash’s current look has survived well into the now-relevant Rebirth arc that is still unraveling within the pages of DC Comics; the accompanying magazine details The Flash’s most defining moments from his long and fabled history, including the character’s impressive legacy from his Golden Age debut in 1940 as Jay Garrick, to his protege Wally West taking up the mantle following the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The magazine also includes a detailed (if not entirely) accurate timeline that follows the hero’s more than 75 year chronology, also highlighting the 10 most “iconic” covers of The Flash through the ages. The DC All-Stars collection also chronicles a “Year by Year” in the history of DC Comics. The subscriber price is easily well worth it. Each delivery features two collectible figures, each with a magazine focused on the hero or villain. Previous releases include Batman, Superman, The Joker and Wonder Woman and future issues will focus on Harley Quinn, Robin and other DC heroes.

For more on the collection check out Eaglemoss Collections here.

UnBoxing | DC ALL-STARS Figurine Collection

Eaglemoss Collections introduces the newest line of collectible figurine spotlighting the most iconic heroes and villains with the DC ALL-STARS Collection!

The demand from fans of collectible items based on the most popular characters in the DC Comics Universe has inspired the DC ALL-STARS Figurine Collection from Hero Collector. A collaboration of Eaglemoss Collections and DC Comics, the assortment of vinyl figurines exquisitely capture everyone from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to the chillingly frightening Joker and Harley Quinn. Each one of the little statuettes stands approximately 5” tall (1:14 scale characters) and are expertly painted to capture the spirit of each DC all-star.

The premiere issue in the subscription collection features Batman: The Dark Knight and is inspired by the heroic Caped Crusader as he appeared on the cover of Batman Rebirth #1 (Aug. 2016) as illustrated by Howard Porter for the Variant Cover release. It’s a beautifully detailed figurine worthy of display and is packaged along with a 16-page magazine that covers the “Defining Moment” in Batman’s career, along with a timeline and “Top Ten Covers”. The magazine also captures Batman throughout the multiverse and offers a “Year By Year” in DC Comics.

Future installments of DC All-STARS ship bi-monthly and arrive in pairs in sturdy display boxes and large-size magazines to add to the your collection. Early subscribers will also receive 5 free gifts including magazine binder, three Justice League posters, a prized “Black and White” Batman Figurine available only to subscribers, unique T-shirt and a display plinth for your collection. With each issue coming in at $17.95 (plus shipping and handling) the DC ALL-STARS makes for an excellent collectible. Each figure captures your DC hero in a dynamic pose.

The newly minted collection is a wonderful companion to Eaglemoss’ DC Comics Super Hero Collection of hand-painted resin figures, and will undoubtedly become the most sought after figurines available to collectors. Get yours now at www.comichero-allstars.com