Didn’t We Almost Have It All?
February 4, 2014

Remember this old chestnut from the days of the Wizard Fan Poll for DCUC?    There were six figures in the running.   Between DC Universe Classics,  DC Signature Collection and Batman Unlimited we got 4 of the 6 as 6″ figures.   The two we did not get were Ragman and Vixen.

I suspect we would have gotten at least Vixen if the subscription had gone forward one more year.   I would have LOVED to see what the Four Horsemen would have done with  Ragman.

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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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8 Comments »

  • Glenn says:

    I bet there’s a Vixen prototype somewhere at 4H towers.
    She was on the packaging for all those waves.

    There’s probably a bunch of great DC test figures they made that we’ll never see.
    Sigh

    Love the site
    PS, I’m pals with a work colleague of yours. Her initials, SG.
    You’re office display is really cool :)

  • Ron says:

    Perhaps Vixen or Ragman will be the “goodbye” final character that will be announced at the NY Toy Fair. Vixen would be easy for them to produce as she could likely be one a Cheetah body with the head of a Katma Tui (Green Lantern).

    Whatever the “goodbye” character will be, it will likely be something that will require little or no tooling and perhaps an easy re-paint (as Mattel will not invest more money on a line that has ended.) I’m guessing it is a light blue costumed Superman ( a simple cheap re-paint) since Mattel’s last show display clue was a puzzle piece of the “Super Powers” logo and Toy Guru mentioned that it would be a character to properly close the line with and that many fans have asked for.

  • evilwilma says:

    We DID almost have it all, didn’t we? Even if we didn’t have it all, and we’ve got glaring omissions from our collections, this line has overall given me SO many plastic icons I never thought I’d see. I remember way back when the Superman and Batman lines were in stores that I just wasn’t into them, and was skeptical when the broader DC line was announced. I thought there was no WAY they’d produce B- and C- level character breadth like I’d truly want, and anticipated NOT hopping on board with a line sure to last only a few waves like so many DC lines before.

    Then my first figure found was Red Tornado, a personal fave. Sucked. In. From. Day. One.

    I don’t know what the Last Hurrah will be, but I’d be disappointed if it were simply a light blue Superman repaint. We’ve already had so many Supermans that it would just feel like TS Eliot’s ending for the Hollow Men:

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    Granted, I don’t know what ‘most requested’ item would truly take us out with a bang. Still, I’d vastly prefer Vixen, even though I’ve the parts assembled to customize her. (Or, at least, Pre-Crisis Vixen.)

    • Sais says:

      I was hoping for miss martian, Mia Dearden’s speedy, merlyn, count vertigo and maybe felix faust or clarion the witchboy.

      • Hello? Megan? says:

        Yes to all of those. But if this last figure isn’t Miss Martian? Scott can cram it right back up his He-Man carrying case as far as I’m concerned.

  • Norman says:

    Ragman would of been cool. I always like his character.

  • ero says:

    I never saw that before. Ragman looks great! I, too, subscribe to the notion that it will be light blue Superman, perhaps with pack-in, but it would be the ultimate act of good will if they offered up Vixen.

  • Gary G says:

    What if the Super Powers “R” stands for El Capitan Rayo or a Green Lantern based Riddler?

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