Countdown For DC Club Infinite Earths – Hook-Hand Aquaman
August 18, 2013

As we count down the final 48 hours of the 2014 Mattel subscription window we will take a closer look at the announced figures for the first quarter of the 2013 DC Signature Collection Club Infinite Earths sub.  You can order a 2014 sub with both monthly and quarterly shipping here at

First up we have the 90’s version of Aquaman aka “Hook-Hand” Aquaman.    While this would be an easy figure to kit bash out of existing parts and do “on the cheap” there’s a lot of new tooling to make this figure accurate.   It would have been easy to re-use the legs of the original Aquaman, the hook-hand version had scales on the sides of the pants and so does this version.  Also we’ve seen that sometimes Mattel uses the tampo-printing for some of the detail (like the SDCC New 52 Shazam) but this figure has sculpted armor which means a new upper torso and a new right arm.  Aquaman also has a new head and hook hand.  Heck he even has a sculpted nipple!  That alone is worth the price of the sub.  🙂



The first time we saw this version of the character as an action figure was way back in Hasbro/Kenner’s Total Justice line.   This figure will bring us one step closer to an Grant Morrison original era JLA.

Hook-Hand Aquaman is one of five figures revealed for the 2014 subscription so far.


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  • noam choseed says:

    Nice figure but over $200. not quite. I hope that Mattel fans reach the subscription. I’m sure MOTU will be renewed but DCUC is still a maybe. Ecto 1 seems unlikely, but I hope those who want it can get it. Mattel should give fans more time to decide if they are able to commit that much money over a year.

  • jay says:

    not sure that a nipple is worth dropping $300 on badly painted plastic that has a 50/50 shot at being assembled correctly.

  • blubeetle3 says:

    Wow! That left shoulder joint looks like dog doo-doo. And the head is way too small.

  • Alex says:

    Brilliant head sculpt. For detractors this is a prototype, so paint apps are not like final factory quality, neither is the assembly.

    • jay says:

      not that it matters now, but it is actually VERY much like the quality that comes from mattel’s factory. i have/ had about 60 dc figures from mattel and am sad to say that only 3 of them are in my display. 3 out of 50 or 60 are good enough to make the cut. between shoddy assembly and god-awful paint apps, most just don’t make it.

  • demoncat4 says:

    if the dc retail line had lived they should have saved him for that . for don’t remember much demand for hook hand aquaman just like batzarro

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