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.
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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.
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.