The Quest for DCUC 11
November 20, 2009

This past Saturday I woke up much earlier than I would have liked, and loaded into the "Van of Action" with a couple of AFi’s own Men of Action (SpyMagician,  Fresh Monkey and Scott Rogers) as well as a few other local collector friends (Flash Ah-ahhh!, BrianMan and Randy) and we headed out to that "wretched hive of scum and villainy" know as FRANK and SONS.   Now for those of you that are not familiar with Frank and Sons, in a nutshell it is a warehouse out in the City of Industry, CA that is full of roughly 100 scalper booths with about 10 reputable, legit dealers sprinkled in. Frank and Sons is the reason it’s SO hard to find anything new in the Los Angeles area.  It’s only open Wednesday and Saturday, so the scaplers spend the rest of the week hitting the stores for more fodder to mark up.   If you are a collector in So Cal you will recognize almost every face running each booth from from running into them in stores around time.

 Our main goal was to try to track down DC Universe Classics Wave 11 as we had heard a rumor that some dealers might be getting them in.  As we wandered up and down each aisle we started to loose hope as booth after booth told us the same story:  "Not yet", "Still on the docks waiting to be unloaded" or "Having Veteran’s Day in the middle of the week messed up shipping."

We had all but given up hope of finding them that day… then at the next to the last booth on the VERY LAST ROW….

DCUC 11 at Frank and Sons 

He had five cases of wave 11 including the Deadman variant.  We saw the Super Powers style Steppenwolf, but did not see any of the green version.

And he only wanted $25 a figure!  We looked them over… and we left empty handed.

And the quest continues….

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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11 Comments »

  • David says:

    Good for you guys!!! It’s always worth it to wait. That’s why i don’t buy new things off of eBay. That Steppenwolf looks pretty sweet.

  • Nice. Shame scalpers can do that, but if Mattel made higher quantities that wouldn’t be a problem. Don’t feel too bad though, I’m still on a quest for DCUC 8, 9 and 10! Much less stuff that’s just hitting.

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Say “hi” to Flash Ah-ahhh! for me. He was over at my house years back to pick up some acrylic cases during one of my various absences from collecting. Nice guy.

    I haven’t been by Frank and Sons since 2001 or so. My former manager at Kay Bee Toys and I would always run into a Hot Wheels scalper who haunted our store on truck day. This guy made his living practically through reselling our merchandise. One comic book dealer sold me an issue of Suicide Squad once. With a distinct Aussie accent, he assured me that “this one features the first appearance of the information provider.” Um, that would be Oracle/Barbara Gordon? I just thought it was funny that he couldn’t name the character even as he was hiking up the comic’s value.

    Last time I saw the Hot Wheels guy, he needed a liver transplant or something. That place always surprised me for one reason or another.

  • TRDouble says:

    Quit complaining about prices! Don’t you see that JLU 3-Pack marked cheaper than Target’s current $11.99 sale? :D

    Seriously, that’s too bad. I am thankful I usually find what I want at retail, minus Sports Picks chase figures, and can avoid our local flea market scalpers.

  • Lightsource says:

    Well, “Julius” you already have three of them, so don’t worry, you’re nearly there. And Wave 12 samples are right around the corner….

  • demoncat says:

    good that you refused to give into the scalper even though it stil means the hunt contiues at least the scalpers did not get fed that time. for as long as the scalpers keep doing what they are doing dcucare going to be a crazy animal to track and hunt down and matel will always be the bad guy for high demand but low supply

  • Spilldog says:

    I can’t say I blame you, though I have paid high prices for DCUC in the past at my local comic speciality shop (I got impatient waiting for the Giganta wave to come out a few months back, so I bought all the figures there for $16.99 a pop–but that’s about as high as I’m willing to go).

    But the wait is definitely worth it! I came upon the Walmart exclusive Wave 10 at one of my local Walmart stores here in Nashville and got the whole set. Thus far only one other Walmart in the area has carried any of them!

    Wave 11 hasn’t hit here in Nashville yet, but I hope we’ll get them here before Christmas. It’s really hit-or-miss around here finding them; sometimes Target will surprise you (theirs are still cheaper at $11.99, as opposed to Walmart’s $12.97). I’ve given up on Toys-R-Us; my local TRU has had the same two Captain Cold figures collecting dust on the pegs for about 4 months!

  • Dave R. says:

    Man, I’d just be happy to see something like that around here in Northern Virginia. A bazaar where they sell action figures. Only 2-3 comic shops that carry action figures in good stock. 2 shops in Maryland at around 2 hours commute round trip, that have a ton of DCUC but nothing past Wave 7 it seems. I’m sure they’ll be cleaned out by next weekend after the Xmas shoppers hit! mUAHAH

  • Brainlock says:

    7 grown men in a vehicle dubbed the “Van of Action”?
    This stuff writes itself, folks.

    Seriously, tho.
    SP Mantis and Steppenwolf are the definitive versions for me, as the SP line was mi introduction to numerous characters.

    Also, can you confirm NO LANTERNS with the two individual Green LANTERN figures?

  • Cliff Francis says:

    I’m wondering, is there some reason you do not pre-order them from an online retailer?

  • The DMC says:

    You hit the nail on the head about Frank and Sons!!

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