#AquaMonday – @CollectDST Aquaman DC Gallery PVC Diorama
February 4, 2019

With the Aquaman movie recently crossing the $1billon world wide mark I figured it was time to take a victory lap and get back on the AquaMonday train!   We can all celebrate some Aqua-awesomness in the form of some great new Aquaman products that are now available.

I know I normally do these a videos, but I ran into some tech trouble with my laptop last week and I wanted to get this posted this week, so we are going with an old school photo feature!

My friends over at Diamond Select Toys know of my love of all things Aquaman, and over the past few years they have allowed us to break news of new Aquaman products here on AFi, as well as sometimes sending us said product to add into the Aquacollection.   Just before the end of 2018 I received a box that contained the brand new DST Aquaman DC Gallery PVC Diorama.

The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas now adds the King of Atlantis, Aquaman! Springing from the sea with his trident poised to attack, Arthur Curry is the subject of this 9-inch-scale diorama, wearing his classic orange-and-green outfit. Made of a high-quality plastic, and featuring a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean!

This piece made it’s original debut last year at New York Toy Fair when Diamond announced the line.  Let’s take a look at that piece now…


The packaging is really phenomenal using and playing of the colors and patterns of Aquaman’s costume.   The PVC diorama is clearly visible from the outside with large windows in the front, side and top of the package which lets a lot of light in to help highlight the piece on store shelves.


The technology has advanced to greatly in the molding and casting of PVC now that you can get an equally dynamic and detailed piece that can absolutely rival what was previously only available in resin or polystone.  DST has really carved out a great, affordable nitch in the DC Entertainment license with these new 9″ scale dioramas.    Their dynamic posing, use of different materials and price make it an easy choice to start picking these up and adding them to your collection.

In the Aquaman statue, sculpted by be buddy Jean St. Jean, we see Arthur Curry leaping from the ocean on a wave with his trident over his head getting ready of stab down some two-handed justice!  The use of the translucent PVC for the wave combined with their use of paint both on the crest of the wave as well as the costume make this statue pop in some surprising ways that can truly be appreciated seeing this piece first hand.   It’s delightful that DST was able to use a more classic version of the costume (even if it is from ReBirth) as opposed to the New 52 costumes that some licensors as still being forced to use by WB.


Here is a closer look at some of the details of the piece.  I think these really help showcase the quality of the piece and the detail they are now capable of being able to capture in the PVC material now.


The Aquaman DC Gallery PVC Diaorama is available now at your local comic book shop through Diamond Previews or you can order it directly from Diamond Select Toys here at this link.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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