DC Collectibles Revisits Batman and Robin Figures, Adam Hughes’ Wonder Woman [Exclusive]
Back before the turn of the decade, DC Collectibles was still going by the name DC Direct and had just launched a new statue series, Cover Girls of the DC Universe. Kicked off in 2009, the statues were based on the artwork of Adam Hughes, and featured characters like Black Canary, Catwoman, and Zatanna as full 3D recreations from Hughes' covers from the comics at that time. The statues were some of the most sought after collectibles on the market, as each had a limited run of anywhere from 5000-8000 pieces. After about a half-dozen pieces the line ceased, and as you can imagine, the secondary market demand skyrocketed. Many of those Hughes-designed pieces still fetch absurd prices, which is why it was a bit of a delight to see DC Collectibles would be re-releasing the Adam Hughes Wonder Woman statue as part of its new Designer Series.
Based on the artwork for his cover to Wonder Woman #150, the DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman by Adam Hughes statue is sure to make a lot of fans very happy. This particular design has been out of circulation for years, and though it will retail for $130 (up from the $99.99 the Cover Girls line retailed for), that's still a better bargain than any you could find from any re-seller. The sculpt is still by Jack Mathews, who did a great job developing the piece back in 2009, and as a result, it obviously maintains that wonderfully realized Hughes aesthetic. Some artists just don't transition well to the physical realm from the page, but that's not been a problem for Hughes' work at DC or any of the other premium statue makers that have developed his creations.
Previous statues in the Designer Series (Adam Kubert's DKIII Batman, Bruce Timm's Harley Quinn) have had runs of just 5200, which is a staple number for DC Collectibles ever since the re-branding. It's safe to assume Wonder Woman here will follow suit.
In addition to that Wonder Woman statue getting a second life, DC Collectibles has heard the demand from Batman: The Animated Series fans, and will be officially releasing the Batman and Robin set with the Bat-signal separately from the upcoming deluxe Batmobile set. Announced back in January, the deluxe Batmobile set featured a new paint app for the Bruce Timm-inspired vehicle, as well as re-releases of Batman and Robin with cloth capes to better fit inside the cockpit. There was also a working Bat-signal thrown into the mix, which was a nice little diorama addition for anyone that had been following the line since the start.
Of course, offering the cloth cape versions and the Bat-signal exclusively in this package caused some consternation from fans who'd already purchased the first run of the Batmobile and the figures. After hearing the feedback from Toy Fair, DC Collectibles has decided it will offer the figure set with the Bat-signal separately from the deluxe Batmobile. There's not much different about Batman and Robin (originally sculpted by Irene Matar and Gentle Giant respectively), outside of the capes, and the set will be sans accessories. You're pretty much just getting the light-up Bat-signal and the ability to pose these figures without the plastic capes. For some, that will certainly be enough impetus to purchase this $70 set.
The official solicitation info for both collectibles is available below.
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATMAN AND ROBIN WITH BATMAN & ROBIN
- Product info:
- Price: $70
- On sale August 2016
- Size: 6” scale
- Sculptors: Irene Matar for Batman. Gentle Giant for Robin. In house for the Bat-Signal
- Batman and Robin feature pose able, cloth capes
- The Bat-Signal lights up
- Product info:
DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN STATUE by ADAM HUGHES
- Price: $130
- Release Month: December 2016
Size: 12” scale
Sculptor: Jack Mathews