Mattel’s DC Signature Collection – Uncle Sam and Doll Man
November 13, 2012

Here we have an early look at the November 2012 figure for Mattel’s DC Club Infinite Earths subscription – Uncle Sam and Doll Man.

Uncle Sam first appeared in National Comics #1 (July, 1940), which was published by Quality Comics during the Golden Age of Comic Books. He was depicted as a mystical being who was originally the spirit of a slain patriotic soldier from the American Revolutionary War, and who now appears in the world whenever his country needs him. The character was used for a few years from 1940 to 1944, briefly receiving its own series, Uncle Sam Quarterly. During this time, he had a non-costumed sidekick named Buddy (Buddy Smith).

DC Comics acquired the character as part of its acquisition of the Quality characters in the 1950s, and he was used as a supporting character in Justice League of America in the 1970s. This established Uncle Sam as the leader of the Freedom Fighters, a team of former Quality characters that briefly received its own title.[1] This team was initially based on a parallel world called Earth-X, where World War II had lasted into the 1970s. – Wikipedia.org

My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty… answering the call of duty whenever he’s needed, the spirit of the stars and stripes lives on in Uncle Sam, the most patriotic Freedom Fighter of all! From fighting evil in WWII to facing today’s threats, he stands strong and proud, a symbol of everything that is good and just about the United States. This fully-articulated 6” figure arrives in his iconic red striped pants, white shirt, blue jacket, and star-spangled hat. Also included is fellow Freedom Fighter Doll Man, “the World’s Mightiest Mite.”

Uncle Sam uses the DCUC Joker buck (or more accurately the Gentlemen Ghost bust as he was released first).   This is more of the modern Uncle Sam with the longer hair, first introduced in the Alex Ross Vertigo miniseries.  Uncle Sam has the exact same articulation as the Joker figure.  His hat is not removable.

Some fans raised concern that giving us Uncle Sam in the sub starts a team, the ‘Freedom Fighters’ that Mattel will most likely not finish.  But Uncle Sam and all the Freedom Fighters also rolled up as members of “The All-Star Squadron”, which encompassed most of the DC Universe pre-Crisis.

The Doll Man mini-igure is a solid PVC with no articulation.  He’s larger than the Atom and Elasti-Girl minifigures we have gotten in the line.

Uncle Sam and Doll Man will be available November 15th on MattyCollector.com for fans without a subscription.

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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, 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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