Batman may be the one turning 75 this year, but DC Collectibles' recent celebratory release schedule was big on the Clown Prince of Crime. Topping off the some 50 pieces of Batmerch coming from the company between now and the fall will be a Batman Black and White: The Joker by Dick Sprang statue. Though the posted prototype photo recreates Sprang's simulteaneously rubbery and wizened version of the Joker as was seen in his many decades drawing Batman in periodical comics as well as the newspaper strip, it's also a dead-ringer for the villain taking a moment in front of a mirror to take a selfie. Truly fiendish!
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.
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July's going to be a big month for DC Collectibles -- not necessarily by the number of releases, which is pretty standard, but by the sheer size of its offerings. Leading the assortment of action figures, statues, prop relicas is the Batman: Arkham City Clayface figure. Revealed earlier this month, the 13" tall action figure incarnation of the shape-shifting villain is the largest figure from DCC thus far. Joining the figure is a beefy Batman Utility Belt Prop Replica, plus a three-figure assortment of Red Hood and the Outlaws toys, two new Injustice: Gods Among Us 3.75" action figure 2-packs and sizable statues of Stargirl, Batman and Harley Quinn. You can see all of the DCC items set to arrive in July, after the jump.
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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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.
If you're a fan of Paolo Rivera, you probably became familiar with the Eisner Award-winning artist because of his work on Mythos, The Amazing Spider-Man or Daredevil. But what you might not have known is that, before his Marvel work, Rivera sculpted statues for Dynamic Forces. His first professional work was a sculpted bust of Mystique, and he followed that up by working on a full statue of Red Sonja. The project was meant to only take a few weeks, but that slowly turned into two full months. On his blog, Rivera talked about the process, and posted a video chronicling his work on the statue.
If you were worried DC Collectibles had already shown its hand earlier this month with the reveal of its upcoming New 52 Swamp Thing and Supervillains series Deathstroke action figures, today's full September solicitations release ought to put the toy and statue segment of your mind at ease.