June and July are going to be big months for DC's current New 52 Earth 2 characters, judging from the latest solicitation info from DC Collectibles. Earth 2 Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Wonder Woman are all getting 6.75" tall action figures alongside a Batman: Arkham City "Rabbit Hole" Batman. There's plenty of statues on the way too, including new looks for Poison Ivy, Superman, and The Flash and Gorilla Grodd. The real star of this summer might be the upcoming Deadman and Crow plush figure 2-pack, which brings the spirited hero's DC Nation look to cuddly life. You can see all of March's DC Collectibles solicitations for summer products, after the jump.
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A new DC Comics Bombshell statue, a plethora of Justice League: War figures, a Bruce Timm-designed Harley Quinn for Batman Black & White and a couple of Superman pool cues are the standouts for February's offerings from DC Collectibles.
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Greg Capullo, Forever Evil, Batman: Arkham City and George Pérez are some of the key draws in the DC Collectibles solicitations for January, with a number of the items serving as the first chance fans have had to pick them up since they appeared as San Diego Comic-Con exclusives this past summer. New Batman, Talon, Riddler and Nightwing action figures based on Capullo's artwork are slated to roll out in April and May as part of DCC's 6.75" Designer Action Figures line. Those aren't the only 6.75" scale action figures, though, with contemporary versions of Deathstorm and Bizarro coming as part of the Forever Evil line, an Arkham City Two-Face, and an Arrow Oliver Queen/Deathstroke two-pack all set to arrive in April. On the statue front, fans will be able to pick up an 8.5" Wonder Woman statue based on Pérez's iconic take on the Amazon, plus a 10" Riddler statue based on the character's Arkham City appearance. Click through to see DCC's full solicitation info and images for January.
DC Collectibles has announced two of its exclusive offerings for New York City Comic Con 2013. Fans who attend the show from October 10-13 at the Javits Center will be able to pick up a Super Best Friends Forever: Poison Ivy PVC figure as well as a DC Comics Super Heroes: Hal Jordan & Saint Walker action figure 2-pack at the Graphitti Designs booth #755.
It looks like DC Collectibles is going to make fans of DC's video game's pretty happy come March. Batman: Arkham Origins will get four more 6.75" action figures as part of the line's second series, including Deadshot, Deathstroke and the newly unveiled Firefly and Anarky. Scribblenauts Unmasked will also expand with 11 new 2.25" blind-boxed figures, such as Cyborg, Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes) and Superman Blue. Joining all the video game goodness are more New 52 Crime Syndicate action figures, a Sinestro bust, statues of Huntress, Superman and Batman, and hefty Fables bookends. You can see all of DC's December solicitation info, after the jump.
DC Collectibles gave fans a shadowy look at three of its New 52 Crime Syndicate set to roll out in February a few weeks back, but to commemorate this week's launch of Forever Evil #1, the veil has been lifted on the full lineup. Coming in 2014 are roughly 6.75" versions of Ultraman, Superwoman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick (with Atomica) and Owlman, all sporting 24-25 points of articulation.
Earlier this week, in celebration of the 50th statue in the Batman: Black & White line, we spoke with DC Collectibles VP -- Creative Services Kevin Kiniry and Design Director Jim Fletcher about the past, present and future of this enduringly popular line. Started in 2005 and based on the Eisner-winning Batman: Black & White anthology edited by Mark Chiarello, the statues have become favorites among collectors, due in large part to the various artists who have contributed designs for their three dimensional takes on The Dark Knight. Now, ComicsAlliance is teaming up with ScreenCrush and Arcade Sushi to give away a copy of the 50th statue in the series, designed by Sean Murphy.
Launched in 2005 by what was then called DC Direct, the Batman: Black & White statue series is DC Collectibles’ three-dimensional spinoff of the hugely acclaimed, Eisner-winning 1990s comic book anthology edited by Mark Chiarello that invited some of the world’s best and most idiosyncratic artists to express their own uninhibited visions of the enduringly popular and graphically compelling Dark Knight. Like the original book, the Black & White statue line has become a favorite among collectors and illustration enthusiasts for its high quality craftsmanship and impeccable taste in collaborators. Some of the artists who’ve designed for the Black & White series include Paul Pope, Simon Bisley, Eduardo Risso, Mike Mignola, Steve Rude, Alex Ross, Frank Miller, Matt Wagner, Neal Adams, Bruce Timm, Cliff Chiang, Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quietly... the list is very long and almost embarrassingly auspicious.
Having collected numerous DC and Warner Bros. Animation-related statues from the days when they were still licensed out to sculptors like Randy Bowen, the artists of Graffiti Designs and the talents at the much missed Warner Bros. Studio Store, I’m obviously a great admirer of the work of DC Collectibles. There’s something very hard to describe about how a great statue or other three-dimensional representation of your favorite hero can express their true, well, awesomeness in a way that’s utterly distinct from line art or even film or animation. It’s arguable that no collectibles line possesses this power in greater quantities than Batman: Black & White, as the line’s success with fans and creative professionals continues to demonstrate as it releases its fiftieth statue this week, designed by longtime ComicsAlliance favorite Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake).
To celebrate the occasion (which also syncs up nicely with the long-awaited return of Chiarello’s beloved anthology, for which a photograph of Murphy’s statue will serve as a variant cover), we connected with DC Collectibles VP - Creative Services Kevin Kiniry and Design Director Jim Fletcher to talk about the history of Batman: Black & White, the possibility of a Black & White villains spinoff, and why so many comic book artists consider working on the line a “badge of honor.”