DC Signature Collection – Ra’s Al Ghul
November 15, 2013

Ra’s Al Ghul, aka The Demon’s Head, wants to keep it all in the family after daughter Talia Al Ghul has a son with Bruce Wayne, but his desire to make the crime fighter his heir is second to his desire to eliminate most of humanity. Brilliant physician and proud owner of unique facial hair, this criminal mastermind is one of the deadliest and smartest villains ever to face off with Batman™. The deadly doctor finally arrives in the DC Universe lineup as a 6″ figure with his signature scimitar and a non-removable cape.

Ra’s Al Ghul is the November 2013 DC Club Infinite Earths figure, the next to the last of the monthly sub figures.   We’ll be getting the 4 quarterly figures next year, but with each release I get a little sad and I will miss this line when it’s over… warts and all.

Ra’s Ah Ghul is a great villain, but he’s not always visually interesting so he usually ends up pretty far down the road for Batman villains in toy lines if you get him at all.  Fortunately his appearance in the Nolan Batman films has raised his profile in the public so we have gotten a few over the past decade.  The character was created in 1971 by Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams and originally appeared in Detective Comics #232.

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Ra’s Al Ghul uses the DCUC suit body buck that we have seen many time before on characters like the Question, Clark Kent and Phantom Stranger.   This time it comes with a non-removable cape.  Ra’s has had a few looks over the years, but this green suit is what I consider to be the most iconic.   It’s unfortunate we will never get his daughter Talia from Mattel in this line since the 2014 sub did not go through.   Ra’s has one accessory – his scimitar.

An interesting new “add-on” to the end of the DC Signature Collection is the inclusion of a code on the mailer box that gives buyers a free download of digital DC Comic featuring said character.  In this instance a Batman annual starring Ra’s Al Ghul.   This is a deal the DC approached Mattel with in exchange for some advertizing.   It’s a great idea that I wish had happened earlier in the line.

 

If you are not a DC Club Infinite Earths subscriber you can order your own Ra’s Al Ghul on November 15th, 2013 on MattyCollector.com.

This sample was provided by Mattel.

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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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2 Comments »

  • Lynn Walker says:

    I agree that providing a free download code for a comic about a figure is a good idea. I’m not so sure it was a good idea to post a picture of the code so anybody can use it, whether or not they bought the figure.

  • Hellpop says:

    Dan, are you suggesting that Talia was in the works for 2014, or am I just inferring that?

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