The number 52 has had much significance in the DC Universe lately. The weekly comic book series entitled 52 ran from mid-2006 through mid-2007, and ended with there existing 52 separate universes within the DC multiverse.
However for DC action figure fans, it appears that 54 is a pretty important number, too.
This August Mattel will launch their new 3-3/4 DC Universe: Infinite Heroes action figure line. This is a toyline that I have waited much of my life for. That sounds like hyperbole, but it’s really not. It’s no secret that I love the 3-3/4" scale. And it is also no secret that I love the DC characters. For me DCU:IH is like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of action figure collecting. Two great tastes that go great together.
What’s that all have to do with the number 54?
This weekend, at the New York Comic Con, Mattel announced that this line would see 54 figures released in 2008.
That’s a lot of figures, especially for a line that isn’t scheduled for release until August. It’s certainly an ambitious launch.
Wave 1 of the single carded assortment was confirmed (Adam Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Adam, Black Hand, Zoom and Guy Gardner) as well as two three packs (Commissioner Gordon and two GCPD Swat cops & Flash, Weather Wizard and Mirror Master). We know that six packs are coming as well as a TRU-exclusive 8 pack (which is believe to be Green Lantern-related from a recent article in Lee’s).
This line truly deserves the DC Universe branding.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the DC Universe Classics line and the absolutely brilliant work being done there by the Four Horsemen design team. But, DCU:IH is the line I’ve been dreaming about for longer than I can remember. Probably since MEGO stopped production Comic Action Heroes back in the 1970s.
I know the new line is catching some flak in some circles because of the detailing (or perceived lack thereof), size and even the proportions. Personally I love that the line has a more, for lack of a better term, toyetic quality to them. These aren’t collectibles. These are toys that can be enjoyed by kids and collectors alike. I know I’ll probably be fighting to keep these out of my daughters hands! And that’s ok!
I’m excited to see where this line goes. There’s been hints that some of the boxed sets will actually tell some sort of story. That sounds cool and I can’t wait to see how that plays out.
So, to Mattel…Thank you for Infinite Heroes. May the line live up to it’s name!