Sculpted by the Four Horsemen, Mattel's DC Universe Classics line is a favorite among 6" action figure fans for balancing detailed sculpts with hearty amounts of articulation and often spotlighting some of the DCU's more obscure heroes and villains. But there's an element of collectibility that goes beyond the line's basic figures and even limited edition variants. The most hardcore collectors seek prototypes. Now Mattel and Warner Bros. are teaming up to give fans a chance to win paint master prototypes of select characters at auction, with 100% of proceeds going to fund the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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It's a pretty good time for Masters of the Universe comics, what with DC's line of MOTU books being shockingly terrific. Those new comics aren't what has toymaker Mattel and its attorneys' attention, however. They're looking back to a handful of minicomics from 30-plus years ago, the writer of which is claiming he has a stake in the MOTU franchise.
Not to be outdone by DC Collectibles' ongoing Batman: Arkham Origins/Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate video game tie-in action figure reveals, Mattel's unloaded two new promotional images of its 6" B:AO Batman and Deathstroke toys. The timing is solid considering last week's steady stream of E3 reveals, including new gameplay footage and screen shots of Batman confronting an army of goons hired by Black Mask to wipe him from the streets of Gotham. Serving as Batman's most capable rival in terms of combat, Deathstroke's been a major player in game promos, which is probably why Mattel's honed in on the increasingly action figure-ified villain for its retail line.The Batman figure seems not to include any overt accessories, although Mattel may stick him with at least a Batarang. Deathstroke, on the other hand, is armed to the teeth with a pistol, rifle, staff, sword and scabbard.
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Following their reveal at last week's Warner Bros. Consumer Products/Junk Food Clothing launch event last week at Meltdown Comics (where DC's new Batman '66 comic was announced), Mattel has released official images of two upcoming Batman Classic TV Series 6" action figures including a Cesar Romero Joker and "Batusi" Batman. The Joker figure is expected as part of the second wave of Batman Classics following the first wave's rollout in July, while the "Batusi" Bats is slated to be a San Diego Comic-con 2013 exclusive
Fans have known about the basic figures set to roll out during the first wave of Mattel's Batman Classics 1966 line since its debut during Toy Fair 2013, but there's a newly-preorderable option available to collectors set on snagging an Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin in one fell swoop. Joining the first wave of Batman, Riddler and P
Between DC Collectibles Justice League line and Mattel's DC Universe toys, the flagship heroes of the Jim Lee-designed New 52 are getting their share of collector-aimed action figures featuring detailed sculpts and lots of articulation. For
In advance of next week's Toy Fair 2013, Mattel has rolled out first looks at its upcoming action figures based on the 1966 live action Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. So far USA Today has posted images of a 6" Batman bearing a West likeness and an accompanying in-scale Batmobile for him to cruise around i