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January 11, 2012

Ryan, our fellow blogger, inspired me twice in the creation of this blog.  First, I wanted to show how easy it is to write a blog.  Second, he posted in the forums about something that made me want to respond.  I could have responded in the thread, but since Julius gave me this soapbox (and pays me 3 times as much as Ryan Laughing), I figured I’d post it here.

Ryan was engaging in two of our favorite past times here at AFi.  Talking about how he hopes Mattel will make some of his favorite characters AND reviving long dead threads.  While I’ll leave the sleeping threads to others, discussing the merits of one character over another is not something I can pass up.  In this case, a DCUC version of the classic Silver Age version of Adam Strange.  My take is not that creating this is good or bad, but why not use something else until Mattel gets around to it.

The other current competing line of DC 6 inch figures is DC Direct.  To be fair, DC Direct is actually a bunch of lines, where they are often artist specific versions.  This might bother some collectors, but the various groups give us characters which we can use to fill in our Mattel collection until Mattel makes them.  Above we have Ryan Choi Atom, Elongated Man, Mera, silver age Adam Strange, Geo Force and Metron.

DC Direct fans can also take advantage of this idea in reverse.  Using Mattel to fill in their DC Direct collection.  If you group the Mattel characters together, you could pretend they are just another artist version.  Above we have Toyman, El Dorado, J’emm Son of Saturn and Samauri.  With the current focus on the modern DCU, I do not expect to see the Super Friends as figures from DC Direct any time soon.

Taking this one step farther, Hasbro had a short lived line of 6 inch DC heroes.  I am rather fond of the Shazam above because the styling is a bit more cartoony than Mattel or DC Direct’s versions and to me, that fits the character.

I like getting to choose which version is my favorite.  I like the Ronnie Firestorm from Mattel and I am using the Brightest Day Firestorm to represent Jason in my collection.

What gives me the greatest satisfaction is mixing them together.   My current line up of the classic JLA consists of figures from Mattel and several of DC Direct’s lines.  Ed Benes Batman, Superman and Aquaman.  Dodson Wonder Woman.  Mattel Flash and Martain Manhunter.  Green Lantern is from Green Lantern Series 1.

The odd thing I’ve found is that some people sell off their DC Direct when Mattel produces the same character.  So, Mattel, hurry up and make that Huntress so I can get the one from Hush for a reasonable price!  (I need it for my Morrison era JLA.)

And since Ryan started it, here is a bonus.


Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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  • demoncat says:

    could not agree more about mixing dcdirect and Mattel figures since that way most fans are almost close to having their own dcu in plastic or just use the dcdirect as place holder till mattel makes said character. and love the video

  • Ryan The Superfly says:

    Bravo! While many of the DCD figures are way out of scale with DCUC, there are a few that mix very well…Phantom Stranger, for instance. psst – those are the McGuiness Superman, Batman, and Aquaman. While I LOVE that series, they are too different stylistically to stand with the others on my shelf. I also found the Kingdom Come Cap Marvel to be my favorite of them all, with the whole DCD Shazam series a close second.

  • Jasper says:

    I actually mix DCD and DCUC because it helps me build the DC Universe faster than waiting for Mattel to release their versions. And yes, I was one of the recipients of the DCD collectors selling their DCD’s in exchange for the DCUCs. Try checking how the DC Universe looks if you mix both DCD and DCUCs here in my collection

  • bnjmnrlyr says:

    Nice blog and great examples to illustrate all your points.

    I do need to point out that you are using and highlighting Batman, Superman, and Aquaman by Ed MCGUINNESS, not Ed Benes.

    Otherwise, keep it coming

  • Shellhead says:

    Ugh. Sorry, but the MCGunness figures look terrible next to the DCUC’s. I do have Mera in there, though, even though she’s a bit taller than Arthur.

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