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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.
Following a few relatively light months, this week's DC Collectibles solicitations promise a whopping 19 total items due out this September and October including the usual action figures and statues, plus props and even a board game. Many of the items were on display during Toy Fair 2013, but there's still a few surprises, including
Weapons: Tony Swatton cooks up some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flavor sais worthy of Raphael.
Statues: Hot Toys will release new 1/4 scale Iron Man 3 busts sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2013.
Digital: Anthony Clark has released a pay-what-you-wa
DC Collectibles has a lot coming out in 2013, especially for action figure fans. We've gotten pretty extensive looks at DCC's Batman: Arkham City and Injustice: Gods Among Us lines of late, but there was still plenty of new toys to see at the DCC booth including a massive AC Solomon Grundy (with removable guts) and a nimble 3.75" IGAU Flash. On the New 52/Justice League side of things, DCC had 6" versions of Captain Cold, Black Adam, Gre