U.S. District Judge Manuel Real has determined that toymaker Mattel owns the franchise and all its characters lock, stock and barrel, just in time for a proposed movie reboot from Sony.
One of the more unfortunate side effects of living in modern society is that we're expected to wear pants whenever we're in public. Seriously, they want you to do that every time you leave the house, even though that is clearly an unrealistic proposition for a society that has already perfected pajama technology. It's an undeniable hassle, but this month, Mattel released something that helps make it a little more awesome: a recreation of the classic Batman '66 utility belt, complete with a folding Batarang.
It's the latest entry in the tidal wave of merchandise that's been hitting shelves in the truly wonderful Batman TV series revival that we've been seeing over the past few months, and unless you're willing to get creative with your "Surf's Up" Batman action figure, it's the first one you can actually wear. Check out a video of the belt in action below!
While top talent -- as in, Moebius, Bruce Timm, Stan Sakai, just to name a few -- have elevated Mattel's Masters of the Universe toy, cartoon and movie franchise to something special, so far the closest thing a comic book creator had come to getting their own MOTU figure was sometime He-Man scribe Geoff Johns' childhood creation Sir Laser Lot being produced. But, thanks to the magic of... being Stan Lee? Stan Lee, who has co-created scores of iconic Marvel super heroes in addition to curiosities like Stripperella -- but has never had anything to do with MOTU -- has received a new alter ego in the realm of Eternia by the name of Standor.
Mattel's new take on 4" action figures will extend into Batman's "Arkham" video game series world in the coming months, with new toys based on Batman: Arkham Origins, plus Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and the Wii U-exclusive Arkham City Armored Edition. Like the new movie toys, these figures fall under the catch-all "DC Comics Multiverse" umbrella, which is a sound way to put Batman, Bane and Deadshot from Arkham Origins, Mr. Freeze from Arkham Asylum, and Azrael and Armored Batman from Arkham City together in one series. They're all fairly spartan accessory-wise, and seem like they'll come packed with the bare necessities (Mr. Freeze has his gun, Azrael's got some bladed weapons, Armored Batman has his electro-fists), but that could change closer to when they ship. Click through to see all of the upcoming Arkham figures.
Mattel has officially expanded its new 6" DC Total Heroes action figure line at NYCC 2013 with the reveal of several new heroes and villains. Joining the previously-seen Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Sinestro are a "Hush" style Batman, Mr. Freeze, Flash, Aquaman and Bizarro. Aw, poor Aquaman's the only dude without a villainous counterpart. Apparently, Black Manta will join the line later, along with Batman Beyond. Like Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics toys, all of the Total Heroes figures are sculpted by The Four Horsemen, although this line seems targeted primarily to kids given its limited articulation and more cartoony sculpts. Character designs seem like simplified versions of Jim Lee's New 52 Justice League suits, although Bizarro seems a little more chill than his modern counterpart. Each figure will be available at conventional retailers, along with MattyCollector and come with three swappable heads. You can see the NYCC display up close after the cut.
Serving as something of a bump up from the Target-exclusive 5.25" Justice League action figures, Mattel's new Four Horsemen-sculpted DC Total Heroes action figures are set to arrive in January. Standing at 6" tall, the line's first four figures include New 52-ish Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Sinestro figures that will retail for around $10 a piece. The toys sport a range of articulation not unlike the less cartoony DC Universe toy line and come packed with accessories that may or may not be yellow hockey sticks.
Mattel's kinda catch-all 4" tall DC Multiverse action figure line is set to kick off 2014 with half a dozen heroes and villains from the Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins video games. Batman leads the line with two figures of the hero in his standard and armored Wii U Arkham City suits, respectively, joined by AC versions of Mr. Freeze and Azrael. On the Arkham Origins side of the line are figures of Bane and Deadshot, suited up for snowy combat in Gotham.
Displaying a grasp of fake Lego mastery never before seen by human eyes, hobbyist Alex Jones (not that one, a German guy) spent two months of his life building the most amazing set of Masters of the Universe LEGO you'll ever see, and may never buy. Check out a few of the more jaw-dropping pieces after the jump.
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As San Diego Comic-Con is perhaps the only venue big enough to contain the home bases of He-Man and Skeletor, Mattel and Icon Heroes seemed happy to display their takes on Eternia's best-known landmarks at the show. Mattel displayed its fully-stocked Masters of the Universe Castle Grayskull play set in all its 25” x 26" x 28” glory while Icon Heroes laid out its own 9.75" x 9" x 11" polystone statue version. What's more, IH unveiled an accessory kit for its castle that expands the miniature kingdom substantially, plus an unpainted prototype of a polystone Snake Mountain. It was like seeing Eternia from a magic carpet, man. Dare to compare the huge MoTU toys after the jump.