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Mezco Toyz first teased a recreation of the epic Gotham Junkyard showdown from The Dark Knight Returns in February, but it can soon be yours, in a deluxe package that will debut in July at Comic-Con International.
The toymaker has begun accepting preorders for the One:12 Collective limited-edition Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Box Set, featuring two 6.5-inch figures, each with more than 30 points of articulation: a “battle-damaged” Batman, with torn costume, an exclusive head sculpt, alternate hands and “Knock-Out Foam” that fits over his opponent’s face; and the Mutant Leader, with “dirtied-up” paint, alternate hands and a crowbar accessory.
DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee.
In a video that premiered this morning on USA Today, the DC Comics co-publisher unboxes the collectible, which will be available in two versions: the standard $40 package, which includes and exclusive print by Lee; and the $300 limited edition of 150, each of which comes with a signed original sketch by the artist (he’ll draw 50 each of Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker).
August is the third month of DC Comics’ revamped lineup, which has yet to begin in earnest. Although you might think that would limit what there is to discuss in the August solicitations, I found a good bit to talk about. There are some unusual marketing moves, a few good guest-star opportunities, and even some nice tchotchkes. Let’s take a look.
“Truth” rolls on throughout the four Superman titles, and with its secret revealed in DC’s Free Comic Book Day preview, there’s not much point in speculating about the details. I’m not sure what to think about DC pairing its latest linewide relaunch with a couple of massive changes to Superman and Batman. I started reading The Amazing Spider-Man after the dust had settled from “One More Day,” because I didn’t want to deal with a series of big events or their immediate ramifications. Accordingly, it makes me think that Supes will have his secret restored at some point — perhaps in time for next spring’s Issue 50, which would also be just in time for the big Batman v Superman movie — and if I were thinking about returning to Superman, I might just wait until then. (Of course, since the New 52 relaunch, Supes has gotten far more attention than Clark has, so this could just be an extension of that.)
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Following the debut Wednesday of the new LEGO Dimensions trailer, we now get a look at seven of the team packs and fun packs teased in the gameplay footage — including The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Developed by TT Games for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Disney Infinity-style “toy-to-life” game will launch Sept. 27 with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigures and the Batmobile. Players will then be able to purchase of additional fun packs and team packs, containing LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that they’ll be able to introduce into the game with the Toy Pad.
I’d never really thought about it, but considering Daredevil’s blindness and sonar vision, it would’ve made way more sense for the Man Without Fear to be named “Batman.” Well, except for those pesky trademark issues, and the Caped Crusader’s 25-year head start.
Dorkly’s Andrew Bridgman makes the case in this funny animated video that finds the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen struggling to rationalize his costumed identity, only to find his shaky argument further undermined by the appearance of Ghost Rider. Sorry, Matt, from now on you’re “New Batman.”
Although you may not be ready to save the galaxy, you will be able to save your change in this Green Lantern battery vinyl bank from Diamond Select Toys.
Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the bank is based on the Green Lantern power battery shown in the Justice League animated series. There’s a coin slot and top and and access door in the base. Presumably you’re required to recite the Green Lantern Oath each time you take own money. Set to arrive in October, it’s available for preorder now.
The age-old arguments about which publisher is better and who would win in a fight take on an air of sophistication with these Marvel and DC Comics chess pieces from Eaglemoss Publications. Now you can say “Larfleeze takes Superboy” or “Molecule Man defeats Archangel” while sipping cognac in your study.
As you can see in the image above, the DC and Marvel sets feature different styles of bases, but they still blend together pretty well if you’re planning to mix and match, pitting white queen Wonder Woman against black queen Viper. (Really, Viper? Not Dark Phoenix or, y’know, the Black Queen?)
There’s nothing worse than coming up after an exhausting day battling the forces of evil only to discover you can’t get to sleep. If counting Pokémon doesn’t do the trick, you may want to try one of these superhero sleep masks.
Sold by Shuba Gift Factory, each of the three masks in the “Heroes Never Sleeps!” series features a cartoonish depiction of a different superhero fighting slumber: Batman (complete with Bat-ears), who uses matchsticks to keep his eyes open; Spider-Man, who draws alert eyes on Post-It notes; and the Incredible Hulk, who resorts to tape.
DC Comics is attempting to prevent the singer/actress Rihanna from registering a trademark for “Robyn,” arguing that it’s too similar to the name of Batman’s sidekick.
As first reported by Pirated Thoughts and The Outhousers, Rihanna — born Robyn Rihanna Fenty — filed the trademark application in June 2014 as part of a larger effort to build a fashion and cosmetics empire (she also filed an application for her last name). “Robyn” is intended to be used for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines,” which apparently sent up a red flag for DC’s lawyers.
Following a brief preview last week, Kotobukiya has unveiled Black Canary, the latest in its line of DC Comics Bishoujo statues.
Sculpted by M.I.C. from a design by Shunya Yamashita, the 9.5-inch statue depicts the character in a her classic costume, standing “triumphant on the field of battle, reaching for the stars” (although she looks more like she’s getting ready to yawn).
Better still, it’s the first in a series of vehicles that will include the Teen Titans van, the Superman van and the Gotham City Police van, each accompanied by an exclusive 8-inch figure. No word yet whether we should expect the Joker Mobile, too, but here’s hoping …
Based on the new villain from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, the 11-inch figure is highly detailed, from the “A” chest emblem to the military fatigues to the translucent visor.
Sideshow Collectibles returns to the alternative reality of the 2003 miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett with its new Superman: Red Son statue.
The first in a new collection of “Premium Format” (that is, “non-articulated”) figures based on the Elseworlds comic, the red- and gray- clad Man of Steel stands 25 inches tall atop the symbol of the Soviet Union. Wonder Woman and Batman figures will follow.
Gerry Conway has written more comics than I care to count, including career-defining runs on The Amazing Spider-Man and Justice League of America. During his tenure at DC Comics in the 1970s and ‘80s, he co-created Firestorm, Steel the Indestructible Man, Vixen and Vibe (among many others). He wrote the first relaunch of New Gods and helped craft the Robin-to-Nightwing transition. Recently, he’s been calling attention to the use of “derivative” comics characters in other media — for example, the Flash TV show’s Caitlin Snow, who shares a name, a scientific background, and a Firestorm connection with the most recent version of Killer Frost’s alter ego.
DC responded to Conway’s concerns with assurances of fair compensation, but the matter also goes to the heart of the publisher’s shared universe.
General Motors has filed two trademark applications that have car-industry websites speculating the company may be rolling out an automotive tie-in to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
GM Authority was the first to pick up on filings by the Detroit giant for “Krypton” and “Camaro Krypton,” for “motor and land vehicles.” While that blog and others note that krypton is the name of a chemical element, the capitalized version is more widely associated with the home planet of Superman.