Born On A Monday!
September 9, 2006

The Exclusive and Elusive JLU


By Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett


One of the most requested and anticipated figures in the Justice League line is Solomon Grundy. First rumored to be coming in a second wave of 2-packs at the beginning of the line, it has been a long journey for Grundy to finally see plastic.

The figure comes blind boxed so fans won’t know if they are getting the regular version or the rare variant. According to Mattel there were fewer Grundys made than last years Catwoman exclusive. The quantities were split between Comic Con in San Diego and Wizard World Chicago. There was some early talk that this figure might be available later, perhaps as a redecoed or repackaged store exclusive, but when the budget came back on what it would take to make the figure the decision was made to use cheaper copper tooling which breakdown faster so smaller runs are required. This has been upsetting to many fans not able to make the cons, but it was either use copper tools or we wouldn’t get Grundy in the line at all.

Outer box

Grundy has been a long time coming. I was told by a former Mattel employee that there was an older sculpt of him, that never made it to the prototype phase because he was lost by the engineering department.When Boy Wonder took over the line he made it his mission to get two large, fan favorite, villains into the line: Grundy and Doomsday. The original plan is that they would both be Comic Con exclusives with packaging that would fit together to form a scene.




Once they knew that there would only be one JLU exclusive they had to abandon the idea of the interactive packaging and come up with something else interesting. The Grundy package keeps the same basic shape as the previous two years of Mattel exclusives but adds an action feature. There is a pull tab on the front of the box, when the string is pulled it makes the box vibrate, thus making the ribbons of sewage on either side of Grundy look like they are flowing.

The other great thing about this package is the all over design that went into it. The top flap with the window to allow light in to better see the figure looks like the street with Grundy’s footprints leading up to a displaced manhole cover. This innovative and fun package won an internal packaging award at Mattel.

Grundy is articulated at the neck, shoulders, waist and hips.

Grundy is a hefty figure. He’s big and he’s solid. Here are a few comparison shots for scale.

The variant

The variant figure (quantities unknown) has a cloth jacket and is covered in dripping sludge. The variant Grundy also has glowing eyes. Quantites of the variant are still unknown.

Grundy with all of his "friends"

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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