This past week saw the release of DC Collectibles Scribblenauts Unmasked line of collectible, blind-boxed figures. They will be in comic shops as well as in GameStop stores. Back in the DC Direct days DC tried a few times with different scales to release a couple lines of stylized figures lines such as Uni-Formz and Blamoids. Those lines were fun but very pricey for the average collector. These new DC Scribblenauts Unmasked figures are a more reasonable $5-$8 per figure. They are currently $4.99 at Gamestop stores. I saw them for $7.99 at a local comic book store. These figures should have a longer run because they have additional media attached to the line such as the game and comic book.
This first wave contains several of the “big gun” heavy hitters in the DCU such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. This wave has a mix of classic versions and New 52 costumes. While all of the bodies/figures look very similar most actually have extra sculpted details that are unique to the character as needed. It’s not just a line of straight repaints with new heads and capes.
Below is an interview I conducted with Kevin Kiniry and Jim Fletcher earlier in the month about this fun new form factor that DCC is releasing:
Below are some official images of some of the first wave of Scribblenauts figures:
Along with the launch of the figure line is a comic book series based on the DC Universe and Scribblenauts Unmaksed. All figures in wave one have a code included so you can have a free download of the first issue of the Digital First comic series (Issue #1 is also available in print now). In conjunction with this release, DC Collectibles has partnered with DC Publishing this month for a fun cross over that brings the Scribblenaut versions of the heroes to the covers of some of their regular books. These are all available in comic shops now.
This is a great form factor to get a wide variety of characters. They have 5 points of articulation at neck, shoulders and hips. There’s actually some side to side with the hips and shoulders it’s not just a straight swivel. Each figure comes with a stand, but they stand very well without the stand if you choose to display them that way.
Like any blind bag/box venture you run the risk of getting doubles (or triples) of characters. As a matter of fact both the samples that DCC sent me were Aquaman. His is actually one of two characters that are the heaviest packed in a tray ay 3:24 (the other heavy pack being Deadman),
Here’s a closer look at the packaging:
Here is everything you will get with your purchase:
Here’s a look at the stand. The same stand comes with all the figures:
Don’t get me wrong, getting Aquaman as my first pull isn’t a bad thing. After all, I just happen to have an Aquaman collection:
The day of release I swung by one of my local Gamestop stores and picked up 3 more, I ended up with a third Aquaman, his arch-nemesis Black Manta and Bizarro.
Even the cases the figures ship in are beautiful, with a top opening and flap that look like Oa and side artwork showing all heroes on one side and all villains on the other.
These are a really fun line of new figures. I’ll diffinitely be picking up more of the first wave and the second wave. I’ll be curious to see if we get and more reveals this weekend at Toy Fair. We will have coverage of the DC Collectibles Toy Fair booth up on Sunday 2/16.
Original samples provided by DC Collectibles. The others were bought by me.
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