Fans of DC Comics collectables have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. DC Direct — the action figure, replica and statue makers for DC — had a slew of pieces on display at this year’s New York Toy Fair featuring everything from “Batman: Arkham City” and New 52 figures to Anime-inspired statues, “MAD Magazine” collectibles, “Watchmen” statues and plenty more.
Considering how much hype and controversy the simple announcement of “Before Watchmen” kicked off, it’s no surprise one of the more high profile reveals at the show was the line of statues based on the upcoming summer series. Right now, the line includes Comedian and Rorschach but will go on to include others if successful. In addition to featuring comic book versions of these characters — something that’s never been done before — the pieces will also feature a mixed media approach as seen with Rorschach’s sign (which is actually made of cardboard) and the Comedian’s brush-covered base
The company also has its sights set on bringing all kinds of New 52 collectibles to fans. The New 52 action figure line kicks off with Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and the newly revealed Parademon. In conjunction with the publisher’s We Can Be Heroes charitable initiative, Superman will only be available through the We Can Be Heroes website in a box set of the Justice League figures for the first year of its existence. After that, fans will be able to purchase an individually packaged Superman. Meanwhile, the Heroes of the DC Universe line of mini-busts will switch over from its current Blackest Night focus to the New 52 characters. Swamp Thing, Cyborg, Batgirl, Batman and Grifter will be the first of the new venture.
Speaking of Batman, DC Direct had plenty to show off of the Caped Crusader. The Batman “Black and White” line of statues revealed a brand new version of the Dark Knight swooping down based on Jock’s artwork, as well as tweaked versions of other existing statues featuring different paint jobs and Bat-symbols. In addition to “Black and White,” DC Direct also had plenty of “Dark Knight Rises” collectibles on hand from large and small-scale statues of Batman, Catwoman and Bane to action figures and busts of the trio. To complete the display of Batman-themed collectables, the second and third waves of toys based on “Batman: Arkham City” also got a spotlight. The second wave features Detective Mode Batman, Catwoman, Hush and a Riddler/Mad Hatter 2-pack while the third boasts two different Joker Thugs, Ra’s al Ghul, Batman and Azrael. DC Direct will also offer three deluxe figures of Mister Freeze, Killer Croc and the hulking Titan Joker.
The Ame-Comi line will also continue with a series of repaints and brand new sculpts. The Ame-Comi PVC statues, which take the heroes and villains of the DC Universe and reinterpret them in an Anime style, will add Brainiac, Green Lantern Arisia, Harley Quinn, Hawkgirl and Star Sapphire Wonder Woman to the ranks in the coming months. In other female statue collectible news, CBR News got word that the Cover Girls line of statues from DC Direct, which had traditionally been based on Adam Hughes artwork, will be looking to other artists for inspiration moving forward.
Finally, “MAD Magazine” fans have a few pieces to look forward to — DC Direct will be reviving the Alfred E. Neuman-as-the-Justice-League line “The Just Us League of Stupid Heroes.” These figures first came out years ago but the line returns with repainted versions of Batman, Robin, Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Flash along with new figures of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Joker. “Spy vs. Spy” will also be getting in on the collectible game with traditional black and white spies with interchangeable hands and weapons to destroy one another. DC Direct plans to release store-exclusive variant figures featuring different takes on the color schemes.
With DC’s already deep library of characters expanding to fit the New 52’s recently rebooted universe, DC Direct seems to have plenty of opportunities to whet collectors’ whistles for the foreseeable future.
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Toy Fair 2012.