Toy Fair is always a wonderful time of year for comics fans, a chance to see what superhero merchandise will drain your wallet alongside your weekly comics subscription does. DC is no exception, and their slate of new toys this year is amazing—including a Batwing the size of your torso.
DC’s Icons range—meant to create the most iconic versions of their heroes—is already expanding in some amazing ways. Not only are new waves of classic figures based on Darkseid, Deathstroke, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman coming, the line is bumping up with deluxe figures.
Darkseid himself will come in at a whopping 12" tall in a bundle with his daughter, Grail, while there’s also a deluxe Cyborg based on his appearance in “Forever Evil”, complete with swappable arms and a power generator.
The coolest addition, however? An amazing set based on the updated version of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl—the soft-reboot that first appeared in late 2014 and took the comics world by storm. This version of Barbara, in her fancy updated outfit, comes with a motorbike to ride around on.
The Icon line is also getting some accessory packs for already released figures—bundles that include elements like trick arrows for the Green Arrow, or extra Lantern constructs for Green Lantern, as well as bonus minifigures like Bat-Mite or Ch’p, the Lantern Squirrel.
DC Cinematic Universe
DC Collectibles also announced its first line solely based on DC’s cinematic adventures—debuting 6" figures from Batman v Superman, Man of Steel, and for the first time, Suicide Squad. Batman v Superman will be represented by its three heroes and Lex Luthor, Man of Steel by General Zod, Faora, and Jor-El, and Suicide Squad by Harley Quinn and El Diablo.
Harley Quinn Collection
Yes, Harley Quinn has gotten so popular that she’s getting her own dedicated line of 6.75" action figures. Designed by Amanda Connor, the artist on Harley’s current ongoing comic, the line will depict Harley in a variety of kooky getups befitting the character’s oddball nature—everything from retro spacesuits to her classic Harlequin getup.
The animated figure series—though not without its problems—is one of the jewels in DC Collectibles’ crown, and now it’s getting better with a huge swathe of fan favourite characters and designs making their way to the line. In the header image above, you can see the amazing 3 pack based on Batman Beyond, featuring Terry McGinnis’ Batman, the elderly Bruce Wayne, and his pet dog Ace, but it’s not the only figure pack coming from the range—“Tales of the Dark Knight”, based on the “Legends of the Dark Knight” episode of The New Batman Adventures (itself adapting the classic Dark Knight Returns graphic novel), features Batman, Carrie Kelley’s Robin, and the Mutant Leader.
The “Girl’s Night Out” episode from the series provides inspiration for a five pack of female heroes and villains, including Batgirl and Supergirl.
And “Christmas with The Joker” from Batman: The Animated Series inspires a festive set featuring a Holiday Joker and his meagre Christmas tree.
Aside from special sets, regular waves of the series are still coming out. The next wave features Harley Quinn, Firefly, Harvey Bullock, Scarface, Talia al Ghul, Joker, and Anti-Fire Suit Batman.
On top of that, a deluxe Clayface is on the way as well.
But the absolute highlight of the animated series reveals is the massive, 36" long Batwing. Featuring working lights and space to set two figures, the massive vehicle can take pride of place next to the recently released Batmobile... if you’ve got the space.
Finally, DC also unveiled a few new entries in its series based on emulating the different art styles and designs of DC comics artists. A new wave of figures will see Darwyn Cooke’s takes on John Stewart and Catwoman, as well as Greg Capullo’s Aquaman, join the series.
There were a few bonus surprises for the line though—like this deluxe twinpack featuring Greg Capullo’s design for Jim Gordon and his mechanised Batsuit, the current version of Batman seen in DC’s comics (although... not for much longer, it seems).
Finally, joining the jaw-dropping Jim Lee “sketch” Batman from San Diego Comic Con last year is Lee’s take on Superman. Unlike Batman, Superman will be wildly available, and includes a piece of Jim Lee art in the packaging as well as the 6.75" figure itself, designed to look like a 3D sketch.
Featured image: Batman Beyond 3-pack. $50/£35, in shops January 2017.