Early Look – Mattel’s DC Signature Collection LEAD of the Metal Men
October 25, 2012

I don’t think there were many of us that started collecting the original 6″ Mattel Batman line who could have predicted that it would eventually lead to us getting the Metal Men as articulated figures.   We already have Iron, Gold and Mercury from the retail DCUC Line.  We know that Platinum and Tim will be coming later in the line as a 2-pack.

Lead will be the 2nd quarterly over-sized figure in the 2012 Club Infinite Earths subscription.

Lead is built on the Collect-and-Connect Darkseid buck.  Some think this buck is too tall.  Lead traditionally is drawn to be much wider than the rest of the team, not necessarily that much taller.   Unfortunately Mattel doesn’t have a full buck inbetween the over sized and the regular size.   The Etrigan/Bizarro upper body would work well, but there’s not plain proportionate legs for that torso, so they had to go with the tooling they had.   It still very much works and creates an imposing presence for the team.   It’s a lot of fun putting this team together for the first time as articulated figures.  Previous to Mattel the only way to get the Metal Men were as a now hard to fin DC Direct PVC boxed set.

Lead does not have the die-cast metal hands that the previous Metal Men had, also he does not have any of the clip-on accessories.  Lead’s tunic is created as a rubber over piece that is shaped more like a bib and skirt so that he retains all of his articulation.

Lead will be available to non-subscribers on MattyCollector.com.

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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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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