You think YOUR local store has alot of DCUC Wave 1?
December 12, 2008

 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!

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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  • John says:

    I wopuld welcome thet stack at the local toy stores as there is no DCUC to be found in a hundred mile radius where I live.Target has a empty peg but never has product.I have lucked out a few times at discount chains and found Variant Deathstroke,Green Lantern ,And Nightwing for $5.00 each.

  • Brainlock says:

    yep, St Louis county is empty of all DCUC at the moment.

  • dean says:

    i have never seen a dc figure other then wave 1. i want these figures, too bad i’ll never get the chance to give mattel any of my money. guess i’ll go buy some well stocked transformers and g.i.joe’s. i just don’t understand why this company has so many problems getting it’s product to consumers.

  • Spilldog says:

    Whoever is in charge of distribution at Mattel should be FIRED! They go overboard flooding the market with DCUC Wave 1 to the extent that they aren’t even that valuable… yet the distribution of Waves 2-4 (as well as the Walmart exclusive Wave 5) is sketchy at best. Heads should roll!

  • Rish Outfield says:

    It’s so frustrating. I’d buy pretty much any series that wasn’t Wave 1, but the only store in town that carries them is Toys R Us, and because they couldn’t sell the truckload of Wave 1 they got in the first time, they refuse to order the new waves. I even had them look it up on the computer, and it said they had been discontinued at the store. Arrrgh.

  • Tony Stark says:

    I’ve been fortunate out here in the Metro Phoenix area. I’ve seen all five waves at one point or another (only Artemis eludes me), but I agree Wave One seems to have been produces at abount a 10:1 ratio compared to the other waves.

  • Fengschwing says:

    Ha! Try living in the UK! You’ll NEVER see these things in the wild. The only choice is to import via ebay at lunatic prices.

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