Imaginext Most Wanted
December 3, 2013

I’m one of the late comers to this line.  I’ve been watching the Imaginext DC product for a while.  Some lines a take a while for me to get into.  I did not bite on JL Animated until Hawkgirl and Ultra Humanite were added to the line.  For Imaginext, the Superman / Krypto pack made me take notice.  It was the Justice League stuff at Target which really grabbed my attention.  The Javelin ship has several times almost become a purchase.  For a while, my trips to Walmart left me confused as to where this cool Justice League stuff was.  A recent trip to Target cleared up the issue that some product is exclusive to Target, including a new Green Arrow figure.

Imaginext Green Arrow

Imaginext Green Arrow

After 5 days of reveals here at AFi, I could very shortly have an Imaginext Justice League consisting of:

  1. Batman
  2. Robin
  3. Superman
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Flash
  6. Green Lantern
  7. Aquaman
  8. Hawkman
  9. Cyborg
  10. Red Tornado
  11. Blue Beetle
  12. Martian Manhunter
  13. Plastic Man
  14. Kilowog – if I chase down the GL based stuff.

I’m a pattern guy.  I look for patterns in everything.  It helps in my job as a computer systems analyst and programmer.  For toys, it makes me try to predict what could come next in toy lines.  I ask the questions of “What is the inspiration?”  “What (or who) is missing?”  “Why did they make character X?” and “Does that mean they will make character Y next?”

For the DC Imaginext lines, I get the following answers.
Batman stuff sells.  That is why the line started with Batman and has expanded from there.  But which Batman?  IMO, the villains we’ve seen are those most frequently used in areas outside the comics.  Batman the Animated Series, The Batman, Batman Brave and Bold, the various Batman movies of the 90s and today, even the Batman TV show from the 60′s.  So I think we can more Batman villains.  The key is how much exposure do they have.  There are also some noticeably missing Bat allies:

  • Nightwing
  • Batgirl
  • Red Hood
  • Red Robin

Superman stuff also sells.  Beyond the Superman movie stuff, we have seen Brainiac in his Superman the Animated Series design.  More Superman characters.

Superman Family

Superman Family

  • Supergirl
  • Steel
  • Metallo
  • Parasite

Batman the Brave and the Bold.  Its the one show that features Blue Beetle, Plastic Man and Red Tornado in modern times.  It also repeatedly featured a few other heroes.  If the Imaginext team is looking at this show we might get:

Batman Brave and Bold

Batman Brave and Bold

  • Shazam
  • Firestorm
  • Booster Gold
  • Dr Fate!

Some crazy villains.  Grodd’s design is almost straight from this show.
Robin and Cyborg together to me equals the Teen Titans / Teen Titans Go shows.  While concentrating on 5 characters, occasionally we were treated to other teen heroes.  If they are able, there are some easy pickings here:

Teen Titans

Teen Titans

  • Beast Boy – why is this character not part of the line already?
  • Kid Flash
  • Speedy
  • Aqualad

Conversely, Robin, Blue Beetle and Black Manta seems to be Young Justice.  Which could give us a bounty characters, for starters:

Young Justice

Young Justice

  • Kid Flash
  • Aqualad
  • Superboy
  • Static – do I dare dream this?

Running along with YJ was the Green Lantern animated series.  We have Green Lantern and Kilowog and Ch’p, but they could give us:

  • Red Lantern Razor
  • Blue Lantern Saint Walker
  • Aya the robotic AI of the ship.

Finally, the Justice League / JL Unlimited animated series had a few stars we do not have yet:

Green Lantern John Stewart

Green Lantern John Stewart

Hawkgirl

Hawkgirl

the Question

the Question

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Green Lantern John Stewart
  • Hawkgirl
  • the Question

I think that is enough from me postulating what might be in the line.  Its your turn.  Below, in no special order, list the top 5 DC characters you would most like to see in the DC Imaginext line.  Batman, Superman, Justice League or not, it doesn’t matter.  After this Imaginext Reveal Week, we know Fischer Price is listening.  Its time to tell them who you want in the line.

Many of the images here credit goes to Worlds Finest, one of my other favorites sites.

Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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14 Comments »

  • Erik Erik "Superfriend" Skov says:

    My top 5:
    Beast Boy
    Hawkgirl
    Static
    Blue Lantern Saint Walker
    Steel

    • John Bernardini says:

      It’s hard to keep it limited to five. Here are my top ideas for the Imaginext Batman/Super Friends/Justice League Line:
      1. Batgirl with Bat Cycle (or even pair in a pack including Supergirl & Hawkgirl)
      2. Clark Kent – package him with Lois Lane in a Daily Planet playset, complete with phone booth that “revolves” to complete the transformation into the Man of Steel.
      3. Wonder Twins, 2-pack with Gleek.
      4. Nightwing / Red Hood 2-pack
      5. Oracle – pair her up with Alfred Pennyworth as part of the Gotham City line.
      6. John Stewart Green Lantern / Black Lightning 2-pack.
      7. Teen Titan pack including: Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire, & Kid Flash.
      8. Wayne Enterprises playset with Lucious Fox
      9. Black Adam / Shazam! 2-pack
      10. Miscellaneous villians – Hush, Sinestro, Ra’s al Ghul (w/ Talia), Deathstroke, Doomsday, etc.

  • Aaron says:

    I would love to see Imaginext Masters of the Universe figures and vehicles.

  • Veidt says:

    Really want the Ivy/Scarecrow set, and J’onn…if i could pick 5 more, it would be:

    Huntress
    Anarky
    Prometheus
    Ravager
    Black Orchid

  • Robert says:

    Five only :(
    Wonder Twin two pack with Gleek
    Captain Marvel (Shazam) Mary Marvel two pack
    Batgirl with Batclycle – similar to the 60′s show

  • Orange Raptor says:

    Prometheus
    Deathstroke (marketed as Slade Wilson)
    Ares
    Larfleeze
    Huntress

  • Frank S. says:

    Good Guys:
    Firestorm
    Dr. Fate
    Captain Marvel
    Steel
    Vixen

    Bad Guys:
    Grundy
    Sinestro
    Cheetah
    Amazo
    Kalibak

  • Mark Huffman says:

    Nightwing
    Huntress
    Deathstroke
    Prometheus
    Firestorm

  • Miguel Valdez-Lopez says:

    Sorry, I know you said five:

    Heroes:
    - Batgirl plus motorcycle
    - Alfred
    - Hawkgirl
    - Green Lantern John Stewart
    - Wonder Twins
    - Lois Lane
    - Black Canary
    - Captain Atom
    - Red Arrow

    Villains:
    - Mad Hatter
    - Ra’s al Ghul & Talia
    - Metallo
    - Mister Mxyzptlk.
    - Faora / Ursa
    - Parasite
    - Sinestro
    - Atrocitus
    - Manhunters
    - Star Saphire
    - Cheetah

    (only because Martian Manhunter, Poison Ivy and the Scarecrow have already been announced)

  • Tony Crossland says:

    Wonder Twins (two-pack … NOT as a Con exclusive!)
    Sinestro
    Cheetah
    Hawkgirl
    Firestorm

  • oslowe says:

    my 4 year old daughter loves her Imaginext “good guys” as much as her 7 year old brother. She gets kinda mad sometimes that there is no Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Black Canary or Supergirl.

    So I’d have to put those 4 ladies, plus a larger scale (ala Grodd and Clayface) Giganta (my daughter’s favorite villainess now that she has Harley Quinn)- that would be awesome.

    Personally, I think Killer Frost (based on the DCAU version) would fit well with the Imaginext style.

  • Rex Mason says:

    My daughter and I love the Imaginext line. My picks:

    1.Batgirl
    2.Mad Hatter
    3.Nightwing
    4.Ra’s al Ghul
    5.Batwoman

    And more playsets wouldn’t hurt… (Poison Ivy’s greenhouse, Iceberg Lounge, Killer Croc sewer, Wayne Manor, etc…)

  • Jay says:

    5 heroes:
    Canary
    Bat girl
    Hawk girl
    Shazam
    Night wing

    5 villains

    Doomsday
    Sinestro
    Parasite
    Solomon Grundy
    Black Adam

    More play sets too like Arkham Asylum, Wayne manor, Daily Planet and I like the poison ivey green house idea as well.

  • Batmandrake says:

    It keeps getting harder to come up with a list since they keep giving is what I want! So excited for the Poison Ivy/Scarecrow set!

    My top 5:

    1. Batgirl (I’m sure it would never happen, but I’d love the Stephanie Brown version)
    2. Spoiler (if they don’t do a Stephanie Batgirl)
    3. The Mad Hatter
    4. Supergirl
    5. The Dark Knight Rises version of Bane (probably too scary for a kids line, but I’m dreaming here…lol)

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