Everyone else at AFi seems to have weighed in on the DCUC Subscription, so why not me?
I was among the first to tell Mattel they were doing a lousy job with character selection in JLU. That is why I started with the JLU Most Wanted Polls here at AFi. With DCUC I never had that feeling. DCUC gave us character selection from across the DC universe. Wave 1 gave us Batman, Penguin, Red Tornado, Orion, Etrigan, Metamorpho. With that assortment, we got
2 Batman characters
1 Silver Age JLA
2 Satellite JLA
2 Morrison JLA
2 JL International
1 JL Europe
1 New God
and whatever groups Etrigan falls into.
Wave 2 gave us more JLA, more Batman characters, Superman, Aquaman characters and a Flash villain. Wave 3 gave us more JLA, Green Lantern characters, more Batman characters, Titans characters. Wave 4 gave us more JLA, Wonder Woman characters, JL International, Titans, and Batman Beyond. Wave 5 gave us more JLA, Superman characters, Batman characters. Wave 6 gave us Superman, Shazam characters, more JLA, more New Gods, more JLI. That is 6 waves of great stuff.
Did I like every decision and selection Mattel made? No. But my first ‘criticism’ doesn’t show up until wave 7. Sure Captain Atom in his gold costume was an obscure choice which few people wanted, but there was no need to buy it to complete the CNC. Meanwhile, using Wonder Woman as a way to sneak Artemis into the line was genius.
Camoflauge Aquaman was the first strange choice. I never understood why Adam Strange was on Matty instead of in the retail line. But wave 7 also gave us Flash characters, more JLI, more new Gods, etc. Eventually we get to the Green Lantern Corps in wave 11. The Titans lead wave 13. The JSA headlines wave 14. Wave 15 gives us the Martain Manhunter for the Silver Age JLA, the JLI, and the Morrison JLA while giving us J’emm for the Morrison Injustice League.
Completely themed waves for 16 – 19 split the collectors into fragments. This is by far the most controversal move Mattel has made with the line. Complaints of remakes hurt wave 16. Short lived costumes upset fans in wave 17. TV toon characters upset comic purists in wave 18 (personally I love these). Wave 19 being all JSA passes the tests which hurt the prior waves, but if you are not into the JSA it is a wasted wave. IMO, if Mattel had done this earlier in the line, entire waves based on the New Gods or the Kenner made SuperPowers toys would have also upset fans. So why the switch to themed waves? We will probably never know. IMO, if Mattel had split these themed waves across multiple waves, the vitrol from fans would have been minimal to zero. One deputy lantern or one TV toon character per wave would have gotten a better reaction.
What does all this have to do with the sub? Simple. I think all the crying about needing to know the characters in advance is unfounded. If you like what Mattel has done so far, you will like what they will do in the future. Look back over the length of the line. You know from experience what percentage of figures you had to have right away and what percentage you wished were scrapped in favor other choices. What is your most wanted unmade choice? Are you more upset that they have not made Jay Garrick or Wally West? Was Jay really your top choice or was that just because he was rumored for wave 19 and did not end up in it? Answer these questions honestly and I think you will know whether or not the subscription is for you.