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Just before the holidays I got a package from Mattel.  One of the most surprising things in the box was a carded sample from DC Universe Classics Wave 7.

The week before the holidays,  I had visited a local comic shop that is located up the street from Mattel HQ.  On display in the shop, they had the 2-up prototype of Shazam! from DCUC Wave 6 and a carded sample of the finished product of the same figure.  I’m told that there are several of the 2-ups from Wave 6 that were sent out to comic shops across the country to help advertise the line.  Has anyone else seen any of more at their local shops?

I know there is one picture of Barda on Matty’s Facebook page, but I didn’t think that was enough.  Here is a full rundown of this figure.

(No Helmet Variant)

Big Barda Variant Carded 


The Collect and Connect figure for Wave 7 is Atom Smasher.  From the looks of this arm he will be at least as big as Lobo.

 Atom Smasher's Arm for the Collect and Connect figureSize Comparison with Collect and Connect piece

Barda Front Barda SideBarda's back

Barda's Face Barda's accessory


Below is a comparison with the first DC Direct Version (DCD is releasing another Barda in their second wave of Kirby New Gods line)

Comparison with DC Direct Barda- With helmet Comparison with DC Direct - without helmet

Comparison with Starfire from the upcoming MattyCollector 2-pack and Wonder Woman from DCUC wave 4.

Comparison of Barda, Starfire, and Wonder Woman

And finally…



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And on the off chance you have forgotten "the reason for the season," let me jog your memory with the story of the birth of Jesus… as told entirely with Lego.


The Brick Testament



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I thought this was an interesting article in the LA Times this week.

For that special someone who has everything: Custom Lego portraits

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 For the past couple of  years, right around the holidays, Mattel headquarters here in Southern California opens a big holiday clearance tent sale in the parking lot behind their campus.   They have a retail store on site too and also open a few regional stores for the month of December, but the tent sale really deals in bulk.

Last year I picked up 20-30 Cars from Pixar’s Cars to fill out my loose set.  They were $1.00each, spread out in 2 giant bins… and it was a MADHOUSE scramble of people trying to find each different one they had!  Another item of interest was TMX Elmo.   They had several pallets of those for really cheap.  The only catch?   They all spoke Spanish!

I stopped by during my lunch break this week to see if there was anything interesting, and this was the first thing that greeted me when I walked in the doors:

 The stack in the picture above is on top of four pallets pushed together.  There were three of these four pallet stacks in the tent.   The only figures in the stacks: The Demon, Red Tornado, and Penguin.    They were $3.99 each.

So, the next time you think wave one of DCUC is clogging up the pegs in your local store… it could be a LOT worse!

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I got a surprise box from our friends at Mattel yesterday and I’ll be showing them all to you in the next few days here.  Lets start off with a set that I was very much looking forward to and that didn’t disappoint:  the upcoming DC Universe Classics/MattyCollector.com exclusive "Space Heroes 2-pack" featuring Adam Strange and Starfire.


White Mailer Box



Box Front and Back









My Starfire has a little bit of a wonky knee.  I get these late last night and didn’t have time to try and fix it.  The set I received had been opened before and Starfire had been removed at least once and replaced back in the package, and I think that had something to do with the bend.  I don’t think that will be the case for all of them.




More soon….

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