Brightest Day Wave 1 – No Mera?
July 19, 2010

OK, I called it on these.  That they were coming ages ago:
Forum topic started in April 2010.

And just before they were announced, I wrote this:
Blog I wrote the day before they were announced.

These are pretty AWESOME.

(From left to right – Aquaman, Green Arrow, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Mera)

Earlier this week, DC Direct released an image of 8 Brightest Day figures, two waves.  Today we found out who is in wave 1.



Green Arrow


Is DC Nuts?  The MOST requested figure out of Blackest Night into Brightest Day is MERA.  So where is she in today’s solicitations for March of 2011?  Nowhere.  That’s right, DC Direct left the MOST desired figure to wave 2.

I like that Green Arrow is here.  It really lets us know that DC Direct is going to hit not only the Brightest Day main series, but also the other series that intersect with it as well. Birds of Prey. Justice League Generation Lost.  Flash.  Green Lantern and the other Lantern Corps.  And probably another title or two I forgot.

But MERA is THE cream of the crop.  In one form or another, these guys have all been made in plastic.  In the 6 inch to 7 inch scale.  From both DC Direct and Mattel.  Many of us have multiple prior versions of these characters.  Only MERA is a first time character as a figure.  To leave her out of the first batch seems crazy.

(And Deadman needs to be presented as he is in the series, with a trench coat and without the mask.  Done as "Aliveman" as Geoff Johns calls him.)


While we (I) wait and see if wave 2 will be next month or farther down the line, I have to wonder how far this series will go.  We got 8 waves of Blackest Night.  I cannot think of ANY other DC Direct series that has gone on for that many waves.  In case DC Direct needs some ideas for more waves, why not chime in with your suggestions below.

– – This is The Brightest Day – –


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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  • Neil says:

    Totally agree. Mera is the only figure i don’t already have in a 7/8 inch. i’ll be passing on all the rest. i already have 2 aquamans, 2 green arrows etc

    • Erik superfriend says:

      Well, to be honest, I never bought a Martian Manhunter or a Jason Rusch Firestorm. I like this version of MM. I could see myself buying it. And if this is what Firestorm looks like now, I might buy that one too.

  • Erik superfriend says:

    My hopes for future waves:

    Flash – None were made to go with Flash:Rebirth event?
    Rocket Red

    Maxwell Lord IV

  • Erik says:

    well if u look at the first picture they released, the waves are pretty obvious, 4 and 4, but i agree, i would think the first wave should have been Hawkman, J’onn, Firestorm (who looks colored wrong) and Mera.

    as far as other waves:

    Lady Blackhawk..

  • Shellhead says:

    Yeah, having to wait even longer for Mera is a bit of a bummer. But at least they made her finally!

  • Tony C says:

    it is kind of strange that they aren’t releasing Aquaman and Mera together. And why split up the Hawks? But yeah, at least they’re getting made at all, right?
    As for future waves:
    Max Lord

    • Erik superfriend says:

      Splitting the couples actually does make some sense. People who are only interested in one subgroup of the DCU are then forced to make two separate trips to the store, which is likely to increase overall sales.

      • Brainlock says:

        yeah, that sucks, but there is a certain logic to that.
        still, I head expected the two couple to be together (and Ollie with the Hawks!)

        I think Deadman and Aquaman are the only two I’ll be passing on.
        I have the DCUC Boston, but would have picked up Boston/ALIVEman for sure. Aquaman I have several already, from both lines. the others have something unique that hasn’t been done before, or I just don’t have them (the ladies; I passed on all Hawkgirls since original DCD 2pk, so shelf is lacking, never saw DCUC HG)

  • Daniel Pickett JuliusMarx says:

    I suspect that she is in the 2nd wave because they want to space out the Meras a bit since we are also getting a Red Lantern Mera towards the end of this year. I know that’s not the exact same thing, but I imagine that is part of their thinking.

    They don’t want to over saturate the Mera Market. 🙂

  • demoncat says:

    even though she really should be wave one. fans should be happy Dc direct finaly listen and did Mera besides it will be the main reason for wave two as for how many more waves. the third wave no doubt will finish off who the white latern resurrected mainly hawk and dove. max lord . jade and orisis and zoom finishing off the resurrected ones. though those who can not wait for Mera in brightest day can always get red lantern one. me i am only picking up hawk girl and Mera.

  • Sidewinder says:

    I was kind of hoping that Captain Boomerang would have been in wave 1 or 2.

    I’ve always wondered why DC Direct didn’t put out a Suicide Squad set years ago. Would have been really cool.

    • Brainlock says:

      Did Boomerang even get an Identity Crisis figure?
      I know we got Dr. Light and Boonmer Jr (both now DOA), but no Digger, yet? 🙁

  • TimW says:

    Eh does it really matter what wave she ships in? She’s coming one way or another. It’s not like DC Direct isn’t going to ship her based on the performance of the first wave. These are usually ordered by Comic Book stores and speciality retailers so they know what’s going on. People will be able to pre-order her from Diamond months in advance. It’s not like if Wave 1 “clogs the pegs” is going to prevent Wave 2 from coming out.

    I know that personally I don’t have much connection with Mera outside of Blackest night, so I’m looking forward to the Red Lantern one much more than the Brightest Day one. I imagine other younger readers feel the same way as well.

  • Erik superfriend says:

    Now that it has been revealed that Deadman comes with a separate extra head, I’m more likely to pick him up.

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