Friday, July 25, 2008

Harley Quinn - Coming Soon From Mattel

So at Mattel's DC Universe panel today in San Diego, it was announced that a new "Gotham Criminals" four-pack of animated style figures would feature some of Batman's Rogues Gallery in their The New Batman Adventures styles (see coverage at ActionFigureInsider.com). The villains chosen? The Clock King, who's never been produced by either Hasbro or Mattel, appears to be based on his appearance in the Suicide Squad (AKA Task Force X) on Justice League Unlimited. Bane & Scarecrow, neither of whom ever saw TNBA treatment from Hasbro, will be in the redesigned looks. And finally, HARLEY QUINN completes the set! I've been bugging the Mattel guys about this for years, and she's finally going to be produced. Yes, Hasbro made Harley, and sure, she's a good looking figure. She's just entirely too tall for the Mattel figures, a line that 1) looks better and 2) covers a much larger selection of DCAU characters. So after all this time, I'm getting Harley! You can see a promotional photo from their presentation at TNI. Although the line has gone exclusive to Target, these figures will be sold through Mattel's new online store, MattyCollector.com (where they will be selling the JLU Giganta figure on Monday after SDCC). Just to show my appreciation for the decision to finally produce a new Harley, I pledge to buy multiple sets.

Harley Quinn - Coming Soon From Mattel

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Dark Knight Joker Figure: I Told You So

Now anyone who knows me also knows how much I hate to say, "I told you so," but remember what I said about The Dark Knight Joker figure back in May? Anyone want to take a guess as to what I bought last night?

carded Movie Master Joker
And not for $40, $100, or $180, but for $11.44 + tax. Not only did I pick up Scarecrow, and not only was I able to get the Joker with the improved paint application that I was hoping we'd see, but one of the stores I visited received seven cases of these figures on yesterday's truck. Seven. Cases. No luck on the Batman Begins chase figure, but there's always tomorrow. And remember, kids, the Joker is scheduled to be two-per-case in the next assortment, which means you have only your own lack of patience to blame if you pay a premium for it. So no more nonsense about Mattel "replacing" the figure (although I doubt we'll see a retraction from anyone on that one), and please knock off the bullshit about Heath Ledger's family "forcing" Mattel to stop selling it. Nothing like that ever happened, so stop suggesting that it did.

carded Movie Master Joker

another site update

So after sorting through my haul from HeroesCon '08, mounting a third bookcase in the living room (using drywall anchors and 2.5" corner braces like this one), installing corner shelves against the side of that, and mounting a hidden-bracket shelf above the couch, I've updated the site with new pics from the living room. These photos basically provide a virtual tour of the room. The books in the first photo and busts in the second one are on shelves in a closet, which is directly in front of you when entering the house. I cleaned out all the stuff that was being stored in there, removed the door, stashed it away, and attached LED lights to both sides of the interior.

There's more of an update than I realized I would have. The page has gone from 27 to 89 photos, most of which are now larger in size.