I’ve asked before if people think that DcDirect is in direct competition for our money with Mattel’s DCUC line. The replies have been mostly, "no". However, at least in my case, more often than not, they are.
Case in point, this past week. My local comic shop, Time Capsule in Cranston, RI (free plug), was holding their anniversary sale. One of the cool things about this sale, is it includes a huge discount on everything except new comics and supplies like bags and boxes. So old comics, toys, video games, albums, T-shirts, trade paperbacks, etc are included. What did I get?
1. DcDirect Wally West Flash from Identity Crisis re-release. 7$. I’ve had my eye out for a roughly 6" Wally West for a while now. Mattel has yet to make Wally as Flash. DcDirect has at least 5 versions. Of these, the store had 3. JLA Classified-McGuiness re-release, JLA-Meltzer/Benes, and the Identity Crisis one, which I chose. Mattel is just too late getting to the game on this character.
2. DcDirect modern era Mr. Terrific from JSA series. 5$. I’ve been thinking about adding this JSAer to my display for a while. Mr T’s role in JSA (former run) issues 11-12 made me sign up for the series, even thought I had dropped it with issue 4, and I bought the entire 60 or so issue run. I was very interested in Mattel’s DCUC version of Mr T. I really liked their representation of the T-spheres. But there is one problem. I have yet to see it – or any figure post wave 7 – at retail. For 12$, I want to see the figure before I buy it. I’ve been patient, but with reports of some parts of the country getting in wave 11, I went for the DcDirect version. The price also helped.
3. DcDirect Geo-Force from JLA-Meltzer/Benes. 5$. I’ve been watching this figure since it was first announced. I’ll be honest, I’m not completely thrilled with it. In this case, it is the ONLY version of this character that exists. I thank Meltzer for his input into the character selection during his run of JLA which gave us this character in plastic. I’d have preferred a version with the big GF logo on his chest. But there is the chance that the next version made could be in those awful green/yellow colors instead of the original – and current – orange and brown. Geo-Force is a simple design, and could easily fill the ‘standard body’ slot Mattel has often been putting in a wave like Vigilante and Guardian. But with wave 13 pretty much locked down, there is no sign of him. The chance to snag him at less than half his original price was too much.
Some of you may be saying, "You could buy both versions." I just don’t do that. I have no need. I only need one version in any given scale for my collection. My Shazam is from the Hasbro DC 6" line. With the variety of styles in Dc Direct, he fits in just fine. The cost of Dc Direct figures has made me pick and choose. I’m also not willing to. I’m not going to buy another similar figure only to put one of them in storage or sell it for half of what I paid. As you can see, in these cases, Dc Direct directly impacts my purchases of Mattel’s DCUC. And this time, DC Direct has won. Again.