Based upon the feedback from my prior blog, I’ve done some thinking. What I’ve realized is that once I got started writing, I tried to put too many ideas in the blog which were not necessarily a good fit together.
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1. Saving money. In this economy, we all need to save money. Anniversary sales, like the one I attended are a good place to do this. That topic, followed by what I bought, and the prices I paid, would have made a fine blog. Since that time, I’ve picked up an odd PVC statue of a GL Guardian glued to a GL base for $1.99.
2. DcDirect vs. Mattel DCUC. In these days when money is tight, and the cost of the figures is about the same, who gets my money? DcDirect usually gets mine. Why? a) I can find them easily. I just go to my comic store on a regular stop for comics every few weeks and there they are. b) I do not care that all of my figures do not fit together exactly in style. Why is this OK for me? Because my display area is broken up into fairly small sections which only allow 4 to 8 characters to stand together. And not all people look the same in the real world either. DcDirect figures often have unique sculpts which makes them stand out more. Yes, my Shazam from Hasbro’s 6" line looks a little cartoony. To me, that makes him fit into my grouping of Justice League International heroes even better.
This is a typical display in my living room.
3. My big gripe about Mattel is that I cannot find anything new DC related at retail. I want to be able to visit a store on the way home and find some figure that I want for my collection. Mattel cannot seem to do that. People are finding DCUC wave 10, and talking about waves 13 and beyond on line. But I have not seen anything past wave 7 at retail. That is why I finally decided to buy the DcDirect Mr. Terrific even though I like the representation of his T-spheres in the Mattel version better. JLU has also been so absent at retail that I no longer even bother to stop and look for it although I could easily stop at 2 different Targets on my way home each night. Matty.com is ok, but it’s not the same.
4. Wally West Flash. I was really waiting to see what the costume change for Wally would be. DC Comics had said that his costume would be revised. To be honest, I got tired of waiting. And I realized that Kyle Rayner’s costume keeps changing. I had neither a Barry Allen or Wally West Flash in my collection. I went to the sale, bought the other 2 (Terrific and GeoForce), left, got in my car, got back out of my car, went back in the store and bought the Wally West Flash figure. The 7$ price tag was too much to pass up. As you probably know, the revised costume for Wally was revealed about a week later. Maybe Mattel too was waiting to see what his new costume would be.
5. GeoForce. To me, GeoForce is an example of that fairly basic, generic super-hero costume that could easily be done by Mattel without a lot of new real sculpting on the body. Especially in his current design. This one could have gone either way. DcDirect just got there first. As one of the respondents to my prior blog pointed out, Mattel has gotten there first with a bunch of other characters. I’m stoked about their upcoming Iron figure.
I need to add that I’ve been doing this collecting thing for a while. I have a bunch – say 35 or so – DcDirect figures. After paying 15$ on average for them, I cannot justify buying another 6" figure of the same character and putting one of them ‘away’ or selling it for half of what I paid. That includes many of the big names. I also gave up being a completist long ago. It is just too expensive. At $12 to $15, I pick and choose. Besides, I could never compete with Larfleeze. So it is the previously unmade characters in this scale (or the ones I missed the first time around) from both companies that I am most interested in.