DC Direct Coverage
2005 was another great year for DC Direct, with the introduction
of new action-figure lines like Elseworlds, Alex Ross “Justice”
and the 13” deluxe format, and . In 2006, DC Direct continues
to deliver to its fans and collectors more exciting, highly sought
after collectibles "direct from the source." We will
see popular lines continued this year (Identity Crisis, Superman/Batman,
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Elseworlds, Justice, Green Lantern)
as well as some new ones (Knightfall, Infinite Crisis, JLA: Classified,
New Frontier, Dark Victory, Re-Activated, Silver-Age Superman)
and we should see more surprises at the San Diego Comic Con in
July! In addition to action figures, DC Direct will also be continuing
the fantastic Batman Black & White statue series and Women
of the DC Universe busts, as well as supporting the much-anticipated
Superman Returns film with various figures, statues and collectibles
made in conjuntion with both WETA and GentleGiant.. Plus DC Direct
will have the usual wide variety of amazing statues, unique props
and other great collectibles for collectors of all ages. In addition
to the super-hero properties, DC Direct will also be introducing
the Looney Tunes figures to round out 2006!
Documenting the epic Batman series “Knightfall”, this series of figures is due out in February and includes Azrael Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Bane and Mask of Tengu Batman. JLA: Classified series one continues the Ed McGuinness-styled line of figures for DC Direct. Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern John Stewart, the Flash, and Aquaman are due out in April. Superman/Batman Series 2: The Return of Supergirl is another series of Michael Turner styled-action figures. Darkseid, Superman, Batman, Supergirl, and Corrupted Supergirl are due out in June.
Based on the miniseries and using the designs of artist Darwyn
Cooke, the New Frontier series recounts the dawn of the DCU's
Silver Age. These are due out in July and include Superman, Wonder
Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Blackhawk. The Batman: Dark
Victory figures are a follow up to last year’s successful
Batman: The Long Halloween figures created in the Tim Sale-style.
This series includes Batman, Robin, Penguin (Robin and Peguin
are in a 2-pack together since they are both so small), Scarecrow
and Commissioner Gordon. The second series of the popular Green
Lantern action figures are due out in August, and include the
new Manhunter Robot, a new Guy Gardner, the Shark, Saalak and
Sinestro in the Green Lantern uniform. Hot on the heels of the
popular Infinite Crisis miniseries that is turning the DC Universe
upside-down, these figures are due out in September. Beside an
awesome new Power Girl and giant Mongul, this series also contains
the villainous Alexander Luthor (featuring the action figure worlds
FIRST afro accessory. That's right it's not a second head, it's
a slip-on afro), Earth Prime Superboy and OMAC.
Let me just say that the Mongul figure is HUGE. He may be the
biggest DCD figure yet.
The Alex Ross-styled line of figures supporting the “Justice”
mini-series was a huge hit for DC Direct in 2005. Continuing the
line in 2006, wave 3 is scheduled for May and wave 4 is scheduled
for September. WAVE 3: Green Lantern, the Joker, Plastic Man,
Poison Ivy, and Wonder Woman. WAVE 4: Captain Marvel (Shazam!),
Black Adam, Hawkman, Zatanna, Solomon Grundy. The new Re-Activated
line contains reworked and repainted versions of popular figures.
This line contains Superman, Wonder Woman (with new added articulation),
Batman, the Joker and Lobo.
After a successful launch of the 13” format in 2005 with
the Superman Deluxe figure, DC Direct continues this line of realistically
proportioned, super-heroic 1/6-scale figures with some great additions
in 2006! Green Lantern is scheduled to ship in March (with a lantern
that really lights up), Lex Luthor is due in July and Two-Face
(with coin and gun) will be released in September. The previously
unannounced Batman Deluxe figure will be released at the end of
the year, with more to come! And don't forget the 13" Superman
Returns figure based on the upcoming summer blockbuster.
Who’s Who Mystery Box Series - DC Direct introduces a new figure line featuring pivotal moments in the history of the DCU! This series of 2.5" scale micro trading figures feature the greatest characters in DC Comics, and in addition each series contains bonus parts included with each character that can be combined to form another accessory (Series One is the Batmobile, and Series Two is the JLA Satellite). Each figure comes in "blind box" packaging for added collectibility. SERIES 1: Superman, Batman, Green lantern, Flash, Captain Marvel (Shazam!) and the Joker SERIES 2: Batman, Hawkman, Red Tornado, Green Lantern and Superman vs. Despero
The popular Batman Black & White statue continues in 2006
with some fantastic additions! The Mike Mignola version is due
out April and the Steve Rude version in August. We also got the
first glimpse of the Kelly Jones version too, due out at the end
of the year. We finally get a chance to buy the Ruben Procopio
sculoted CaptainMarvel/Billy Batson statue. This statue will feature
both lights and sound. DC also showed mini or half sized versions
of the Hal Jordan and Kyle Rainer light-up lantern battery props.
The new Looney Tunes Golden Collection action figures from DC
Direct capture the vintage look of the classic Loony Tunes characters
and action from the various skits. SERIES 1: “The Scarlet
Pumpernickel” Sylvester and Daffy Duck; “What's Opera
Doc?” Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny) SERIES 2: "Baseball
Bugs" Gashouse Gorilla and Bugs Bunny; "Scrambled Aches"
Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote).
Julius again sat down with the DC Direct crew for an exclusive
interview that is coming soon. But in the meantime here is an
AFI exclusive piece of news:
The next 1/4 figure in the line will be Classic Aquaman!
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