In my last post, I told you all why I’ve subscribed to Club Infinite Earths. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of conversation about the club here, and elsewhere, and I feel like there’s a crippling amount of cross-talk and misinformation coloring perceptions on all sides of the issue. So, here are two letters I hope will make things plain to all concerned.
First, my frequent Men of Action pen pal…
Four figures isn’t enough. I understand what you’re saying about the haste with which this has been done, but Atrocitus, Jay Garrick, another Starman, a picture of Poison Ivy, and the possibility of Metron’s chair or Rocket Red clearly isn’t enough.
There is one consistent concern flowing through the torrential flow of complaints and bile surrounding this club; it’s too blind. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect every figure to be revealed in prototype, but you’ve got to give people something else. One of the over-sized figures, a Doom Patrol member, another Metal Man; something to make this less a blind purchase and more an indicator of the depth and direction you’re willing to go.
I think there are a lot of people out there who want to subscribe to this club, but are rightly reticent to commit their money to so much uncertainty. Only you can change that. You should change that.
Now the other group…
My Fellow Serious DCUC Collectors,
Let me translate for Matty and tell you what he can’t, DCUC as you’ve purchased it is dead and it’s not coming back in the foreseeable future. If you have the means to do so and you don’t subscribe to this club, you’ll have only yourself to blame when the only 6″ Mattel DC figures available to you are those Jim Lee and Dan DiDio allow you. That’s what every single indicator points to, none stronger than the prospect of Club Infinite Earths itself.
You don’t like the way Mattel’s handled a lot of things, I don’t like the way Mattel’s handled a lot of things; neither of us particularly like the way they’ve handled this thing, but you have to see past that. DCUC isn’t going away because the sales aren’t there, or Matty butchered the distribution; it’s going away because it’s been ordered away. In 99.99% of cases, so ends the line. This is the .01% of the time there’s a chance to do something about it.
If you’d rather see Hasbro handle DC, I’m not talking to you. If you want to see DC 6″ die so you can have a 3 3/4″ line, I’m not talking to you. If you’re not someone who’s purchased the vast majority of existing DCUC figures, I’m not talking to you. If you can’t afford the sub and what it entails, I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to you, the serious, hardcore DC fan whose been with this line since the beginning, loves it, but feels burned by Matty and how he handles his business.
Matty’s not the problem this time. Don’t spite yourself to spite him; we’re all going to lose, that way.
Three days left. Really think about it.
Thanks for reading,