Here I am, knowing 5 waves of Mattel’s DCUC, and debating. Do I buy or not. I saw Black Manta again yesterday. At 10$ each and in the 6" scale, they look a lot like DCDirect figures to me. And that’s the problem.
For every figure Mattel has offered so far – and is offering as far as I can see through wave 5 – I’ve already had the chance to buy this character in this scale.
The price of DCDirect kept me away from a lot of them. I picked and chose my figures carefully based upon characters I love. In fact the only one I have that I do not like is one I bought on clearance for 6$. I feel the same way about Mattel’s DCUC. At 10$ each I am not going to buy a character I do not like.
By the same token, I am not likely to buy a character I already have in that scale. I already paid 10$ – or more - to get a figure of that character. Why would I buy it again? Aquaman is cool, but I love my Ed McGuiness one with all the sculpted scales.
I find myself torn. I would love to support this line from Mattel. But I am so picky. And cheap. If they want my money, they will need to make characters I have not gotten around to buying and make them easy to buy individually (I’m looking at you, Metamorpho). The other thing is, can I wait? I’ve been a fan of Black Lightning since the 70′s. DCD finally made him a figure, but in his new costume. The Mattel one coming is also in his new costume. If I have to choose between two which are virtually identical, why would I wait?
So, how do you see DCDirect impacting Mattel’s 6" DCUC line? Does it impact it for you? Do they compete for your money (and space on your shelf)? Or have you never bought DCD and are starting new? Are you selling off DCD and starting again?