Okay, only a scant twelve hours have passed since the big Friday Mattel showings of SDCC 2010…and I think it’s high time I shut the hell up.
I believe I owe Scott Neitlich an apology. I’m sorry, Scott…you have it right. Not only that, but you took the general criticism of the "loud but not numerous" AFi faithful and applied it directly to the Justice League Unlimited line in such a way that I have absolutely zero complaints from the big reveal yesterday. Zero.
I knew that even if the overall assortment was something I was pleased with that 100% of the want list in my mind wouldn’t be there. I could live with that as long as a concentrated effort in what I believe the "right direction" for the line was put forth.
Oh yes…was it EVER so strongly communicated! Loud and crystal clear.
Toyman! Kalibak! Killer Frost! Parademons! Killer MAJOR wants!
Angle Man! Warlord! Demos! Naked Green Fire! Awesome show-accurate character representation!
Golden Age Flash, Hawkman, and Green Lantern! Animal Man! Adam Strange! Blue Beetle! Inspired comic choices!
I’m now firmly seated on the bus Scott is driving, and if all these are readily available online (between Matty.com’s 2-packs and the select online retailers) I will probably jump back into the line. I shudder to say that given how much cash I already am shelling out for vintage items and the amount of JLU I had that I’ve let go…but there it is. I always have had a fondness and passion for this property, and purposely got out of it because I never thought I’d see the likes of Lobo, the Manhunter Robots, Toyman, Kalibak, and the Parademon.
I honestly thought the line would end before they were produced, and I was wrong. Dead wrong.
Now my obsessive-compulsive self can rest easy on any questions I have. Volcana? Yup, she’ll be back. Vandal Savage, Clayface and Mongul? They’re on the way. The eBay-leaked Firefly and Dr. Destiny? A sure thing. Hell, I’d even bet Queen Bee will make an appearance at some point. The line is stronger now than it’s been in years…and that’s wonderful.
Justice League Unlimited is here to stay. For the purposes of posterity, I present the current "Top 10" in my humble opinion of who’s left to produce that would "complete" the line.
Enjoy, and long live JLU.
#1 – Vandal Savage
Now the most important character left to produce, and probably the easiest. Given the basic nature of his character design, he would not have much new tooling needed. Repaint with a new head.
#2 – S.T.R.I.P.E.
One of the very few characters on the program to sport entirely different looks as the show went on, his unexplained downsizing of armor shouldn’t have to hurt his chances of being an important character that needs to be made as a figure. Multiple speaking parts, highlighted action in more than a handful of episodes, and with the amount of new tooling shown on figures like Kalibak, Parademon, and Toyman…he’s a shoo-in.
#3 – Clayface
With ties all the way back to the original Batman : The Animated Series, Clayface is overdue. Not only a major part of the Batman Animated mythos, Clayface was the key ingredient in Grodd’s JL-second-season attack on the Justice League. Redesigned three times, the latest JLU incarnation just screams for an updated figure…and it’s a lock we’ll see a new Clayface before the line’s time is up.
#4 – Granny Goodness
Multiple appearances. Major parts of episodes. Speaking parts galore. Importance to plot lines over three different shows. Ed Asner. Need I say any more to you?
#5 – Mongul
He’s been the feature of several episodes, and wouldn’t have to be bigger than Darkseid, who already has come in a three-pack. Given the reveal of the Matty.com two-packs that are sure to sell-out quickly, Mongul is perfectly suited for a release in that avenue.
A cool design, and an important character from a GREAT episode. Yes, the Flash has stones and can stand toe-to-toe with the mega-powerful heroes in the League. I’ll bet good money we’ll see this guy by the end of 2011.
#7 -Static (Adult version ONLY, Erik!)
According to multiple sources it’s now clear Mattel can make him. Use the Question body and tweak it along with adding a new head.
#8 – Crimson Avenger
Now that you have The Question, not much new tooling is needed. I could see him in a Matty.com two-pack with The General.
#9 – Gypsy
I’m just trying to make the list interesting at this point. Heh. Gypsy outranked Crimson Avenger in our polls, however she does require more new tooling than CA so I’m ranking her behind him. Still, an important member to both flesh out the league AND complete the JL Detroit sub-team along with MM, Steel, Vibe, and Vixen.
#10 – Circe
A much needed Wonder Woman villain, and she would nearly complete an whole episode of characters what with Batman, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Wonder Pig, B’wana Beast, etc. already being released. If Crimson Avenger joins her in 2011 all of us happy children can re-enact that entire show. In fact, put her in a three-pack with CA and Batman & include a microphone for Bats. I’ll be there with my twenty bucks.
As such, this blog is hereby retired. By next year’s SDCC reveals I will, in all probability, have nothing but empty space where the unproduced characters are…and that’s a great thing. I’m shutting the hell up now, so thanks much for reading!