New in the AFI Archive – DCUC 18 Samurai
June 17, 2011

At last the circle is now complete.  While we don’t yet have all of the line accurate versions of all 33 Super Power figures in the DC Universe Classics line, we at least have some version of each character that appeared in the line now with the addition of DCUC’s Wave 18 – Samurai.

As a Super Powers fan I’m very glad to have him in the line, but I don’t get quite the same attention to detail from him that I have from the Horsemen’s other DCUC/Super Powers interpretations.   I’m not really the sort of collector that nitpicks everything and in the grand scheme of things these are minor details, but:

A) He’s got regular boots and not the same textured front, swoop backed version as the original Samurai.

 B) He can only hold his sword in the oposite hand.

C) He is missing the chopping hand.

I suspect these were cost cutting measures to get him into the line and for such a minor character we’re probably lucky to get him at all.    I’m not going to loose a wink of sleep over any of those issues, I just notice them because the 4 Horsemen have set such a high bar with how they have adapted the other Super Powers characters.

All in all, he is a welcome addition to my DCUC collection and I LOVE that we have the whole SP line in the DCUC style now.   I’ve been in the middle of a move this past week so all of my figures are packed otherwise I’d have done a big picture with the Super Powers line and their DCUC counterparts.

You can see all of the images of DCUC Samurai here in the AFi Archive.

We’ll be showing you the rest of DCUC wave 18 soon so stay tuned!

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 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,,, 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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