It Hits The Fan: Holiday Hal Revealed!
December 19, 2005



By Julius Marx

In the world of action figures there have been several special edition "holiday gift" figures. These hard to find figures are sometimes sent to press and retailers as a way to say "thank you" for promoting and supporting a line. Sometimes the figures are simple repaints. Sometimes the are an existing figure with a little Santa hat glued on. Sometimes it is a figure with a special holiday message written on it. Palisades Toys have been the most prolific at creating some of these mouth watering practically unobtainable figures, but other companies such as Sideshow have also done special holiday thank you figures in their history. Over the years there have been many exclusive, impossible action figures, toys and cars. The most notorious maybe the Ken Lilly Kermit/Miss Piggy wedding gift set given only to people attending his wedding and a few select others. Figures like these often times make the collectors crazy and some begin a quest to complete their collection price be damned!

Now Mattel comes along with a figure so secret and most likely so unobtainable that it will drive many fans to drink a little more egg nog this season… and well into the new year.


In a secret project by a Mattel Executive this unique figure was created as a "Thank You" to some folks at Warner Brothers Animation, DC Comics and his team at Mattel that has worked so hard on the JLU and DC properties all year. ONLY ONE HUNDRED of these figure were made and each one was signed be JLU co-creator and Producer Bruce Timm.



Yes, fan favorite, and most popular Green Lantern Corps member Hal Jordan does exist in the JLU line, in special holiday packaging, in impossibly low numbers and unobtainable to most collectors. Hal Jordan made a very brief, unexpected appearance in the episode "The Once and Future Thing Part II: Time Warped" as a result of the time-line unraveling. Many fans will wish that the timeline WAS unraveling and that this figure would have had a wider release.


The figure sports the standard 5 points of articulation. He has his ring painted in his hand. He comes on a standard size holiday-color edition single card with a Green Lantern Corp trading card.



The story I heard is that a Mattel Executive pulled in one designer and one of the packaging team and worked this secret project to it’s conclusion. This is most likely the only Hal Jordan figure Mattel will make, and the tool for the head has already been destroyed. The text on the back of the card tells the story:

The one hundred figures started their distribution this past week. It will be interesting to see how many people hold onto them and how many will try to make a quick buck off of the rarity of this figure and the popularity of this character.

I know, I know. This is crazy making to many of you. I’m sure there will be some talk of people quitting the line altogether because they cannot ever hope to obtain one of these. That seems to happen every time a rare figure like this is released. If that describes you, just know that there are a lot of cool things to come for the JLU line. Good stuff in 2006 and they just started work on 2007. This line will continue to grow and the character selection will be more and more impressive.

Please don’t kill the messenger.


Happy Holidays All!

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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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