If you've been paying attention over the past few months, you've undoubtedly noticed that we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty passionate about Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger, and we're far from the only ones. There's been a surge in recent years of people trying make the public aware of the truth behind Batman's creation and that the legally mandated "Created By Bob Kane" tag on every Batman comic book, film and television episode doesn't tell even half the story.
The latest effort on that front: A Kickstarter-funded "tribute film" from the Comic Arts Council called The Cape Creator that not only looks back at Finger's considerable contributions to Batman, but also features interviews with his surviving descendants.
DC Collectibles revealed so many of its upcoming action figures, statues, games and other items during Toy Fair 2014 that it may have seemed like its solicitations schedule for the coming months would yield few -- if any -- surprises. Fortunately for curious fans, May's calendar still has plenty of new toys to check out including a New 52 style Orion figure and a whole lot of Earth 2 characters. You can see everything that's shipping in August after the cut.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in May 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Highlights include an omnibus collection of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol; the launch of the Future's End weekly series; the Superman: Doomed event; and the launch of Justice League United by Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone.
DC Collectibles debuted official product images of its Toy Fair 2014 lineup a few days back, but there's still nothing quite like seeing the freshest prototypes and finished action figures, status and other items in the wild. You've already seen the proper product breakdown, so let's get straight to the photos, shall we? Check out much of what was on display at the DC Collectibles booth this year, after the jump.
I wasn't expecting to see much past new Power Rangers toys when I visited Bandai America's booth at Toy Fair 2014, but I was straight up stoked when I rounded a corner to see its upcoming line of Banda Japan-designedSprüKits. What are SprüKits? Try all-new action figure model kits of Superman, Batman, Joker, Halo soldiers and more -- all available in several scales of size and complexity. Additionally, the SprüKits line is being used to import Bandai Japan's existing Danball Senki LBX figure kits.
Good news for fans of Kenner's legendary 1980s DC Comics action figures: Mattel is concluding the DC Universe Classics line with a fun Super Powers homage. This week at Toy Fair 2014, MattyCollector announced that it will be releasing a special DC Universe Super Powers figures this fall, reissuing figures from its 6" tall Four Horsemen-sculpted DC Universe line with some modifications and new colorways in Kenner's bright comic book-style spirit. But that's not all Mattel revealed at Toy Fair -- fans also got a look at Firestorm from the 5.25" tall Total Justice line and new info about a 7-pack of 4" Batman figures.
While there's no word yet on whether or not Beware the Batman will return to the air, fans of the Cartoon Network series now have something to look forward to, as its been revealed that the first Blu-ray collection will be released Tuesday, February 18, and will include never before seen episodes.
Having spent enough to support a small child on Bandai's S.H. Figuarts action figure line, I was a bit relieved to see that Bluefin Tamashii Nations' Toy Fair 2014 booth was relatively relaxed in terms of never-before-seen figures. My relief didn't last too long, however, as I took in the big items from the show. Not only did we get a second, more fleshed-out look at the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, we also got to scope out a Shippuden-style Naruto and an articulated Michael Jackson in his Moonwalker getup.
Square Enix went big -- and, it turns out, little -- this year at Toy Fair 2014 with a hearty display of upcoming DC Comics and AppleseedPlay Arts Kai toys, plus a new line of DC Variant Static Arts Mini figures.
Initially announced in October, NECA's new Scalers line is rolling out 2" miniature figures of characters like Gizmo, Gollum, Predator, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and a Xenomorph that are meant to hang on cords, cables, threads and other, well, scalables. The effect of the line was especially apparent at the NECA booth today at Toy Fair 2014, which contained a motorized wall that perpetually raised and lowered an assortment of the new toys as display versions of the upcoming second wave's Spider-Man and Batman Scalers watched on. You can get a look at the first wave of NECA Scalers, along with the preview of the superhero-stuffed second wave, after the cut.
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