Supergirl premieres this fall on CBS. You can read our review of the pilot episode here.
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Winter is coming, and you know what that means — another season chock-full of awesome products from Diamond Select Toys! In the new assortment of items currently up for pre-order (and releasing around the end of this year), DST has new offerings from Aliens, the Batman TV show, the DC Animated universe, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, iZombie, Marvel Comics, Predator, Star Trek, TMNT, The Walking Dead, and The Muppets,! Read on for more details, and pre-order at your local comic shop!
Aliens Warrior Alien Ceramic Cookie Jar
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cookie thieves mostly come out at night, mostly, so make sure your cookies are safe with this detailed ceramic cookie jar in the shape of a ferocious Alien Warrior from the sci-fi classic Aliens! Even if it doesn’t instantly send thieves running from the room, no one will dare lift the jar’s removable skullcap to get at the sweet, sweet cookies inside – there are way too many nasty things inside a xenomorph to take the risk! This approximately 12” tall cookie jar comes packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #AUG152314, SRP: $44.99)
Batman The Animated Series Batmobile Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! Where does Batman get those wonderful toys? He saves up for them! In fact, if Batman used a piggy bank, it would probably be in the shape of the classic, streamlined Batmobile as seen in Batman: The Animated Series. This approximately 12” long vinyl bank looks like it just drove off the streets of animated Gotham City, and has a coin slot in the top and an access door underneath so you can save up for that grappling hook you’ve had your eye on. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152308, SRP: $29.99)
Batman Animated Premier Collection Mad Love Harley Quinn Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for some Harley Quinn romance! The psychologist once known as Harleen Quinzel may have the hots for The Joker, but the Clown Prince of Crime doesn’t always realize what he’s got! This 12” resin statue of Harley Quinn is based on her look in the timeless New Batman Adventures episode “Mad Love,” and depicts a dolled-up Harley wielding her mallet and pistol. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this statue is limited to 3,000 pieces and is a must-have item for any fan of Batman, Harley or the Joker himself. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item #AUG152310, SRP $150.00)
Batman Classic TV Series Batusi Batman Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! We’ll say this for Batman, the caped crusader sure knows how to party! Based on the very first episode of the Batman Classic TV Series, this resin bust features Batman doing his “Batusi” dance moves, which soon became a pop-culture touchstone. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall and featuring the likeness of actor Adam West, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #AUG152312, SRP: $59.99)
Justice League Animated Femme Fatales Wonder Woman PVC Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s not your ordinary princess! As the daughter of the Amazon queen of Themyscira, Wonder Woman was granted strength and flight by the gods, and stands side-by-side with Batman and Superman as a member of the Justice League! This 9-inch-scale PVC statue of Wonder Woman is based on her appearance in the animated series Justice League, and has her placing a raised foot on a broken column, golden lasso at the ready. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152311, SRP: $45.00)
Godzilla Jet Jaguar Vinyl Figural Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! The robotic hero Jet Jaguar is now the next bank in DST’s line of vinyl Godzilla banks! Originally inspired by a fan submission to Toho Studios, the size-changing Jet Jaguar famously teamed up with Godzilla to fight Megalon and Gigan in 1973’s Godzilla vs. Megalon. Standing approximately 12 inches tall, this vinyl bank has a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door to remove your loose change. NOTE: Bank does not change size. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152323, SRP: $24.99)
Ghostbusters Glow in the Dark Slimer Vinyl Bank
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to see one of DST’s most popular banks in a whole new light! Slimer, the slime-dispensing spud from the Ghostbusters movies is back, and this time, this engorged ghost glows in the dark! The original 8” vinyl bank has been given a glow-in-the-dark color scheme, so you can see Slimer hovering nearby in your room at night, but it still has a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, so he can keep your spare change in his near-bottomless gullet. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #AUG152325, SRP: $24.99)
iZombie TV Liv Moore Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! You only Liv twice! As a doctor who became a zombie, Liv Moore is the focus of the hit CW show iZombie, in which she solves crimes by eating the brains (and memories) of the victims. And now she’s the newest action figure from Diamond Select Toys! Sculpted in a 7” scale, this Liv Moore action figure includes an interchangeable chopsticks-holding hand, as well as a pipe, coffee cup, hot sauce bottle, and a delicious brain casserole. The figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged on a blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #AUG152313, SRP: $19.99)
Marvel Minimates Series 64 Secret Wars 2-Pack Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Secret Wars are upon us! With Earth transformed into a fractured Battleworld, with various regions pulled from a variety of alternate realities, DST has created an assortment of Marvel Minimates that spans the globe! From the Armor Wars world of Technopolis, Iron Man 2020 faces off with Ultron from the Age of Ultron’s Perfection! From the Wastelands, Old Man Logan takes on Dystopia’s Maestro Hulk, from Future Imperfect! From the world of Arcadia, A-Force’s Captain Marvel teams up with the new Thor, of the Thor Corps! And finally, A-Force’s Dazzler partners with New Quack City’s resident detective, Howard the Duck! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152318, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Premier Collection Wolverine Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn’t pretty… except when it really is! The first statue in DST’s revived Marvel Premier Collection series is none other than Wolverine, captured unmasked and mid-stride in a snowy landscape. Meticulously sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this diorama piece depicts the X-Man and Avenger in his brown costume and leather jacket, standing approximately 9 inches tall, on a base that measures 10 inches by 15 inches. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. (Item #AUG152317, SRP: $199.99)
Muppets Logos Collectable Pint Glasses
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to pour a beverage! It’s time to make some snacks! The Muppets are returning to television this fall, which means you’ll need to have a tall beverage handy for when your laugh muscles get sore. Make sure your drink is fully Muppified with these four different styles of Muppet logo pint glasses! Choose from the Muppet Show, Muppet Labs, Pigs in Space and the Electric Mayhem logos. Each glass ships in a full-color window box. Collect them all!
Muppet Show Glass (Item #AUG152321, SRP: $10.99)
Pigs in Space Glass (Item #AUG152322, SRP: $10.99)
Muppet Labs Glass (Item #AUG152320, SRP: $10.99)
Electric Mayhem Glass (Item #AUG152319, SRP: $10.99)
Predator Minimates 2-packs Series 1 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Clear the LZ, because a chopperload of new Predator Minimates are coming in for a landing! The first assortment of Predator Minimate 2-packs features the original Predator movie’s Dutch vs. Unmasked Predator, Dillon vs. Masked Predator, Predator 2’s Harrigan vs. City Hunter Predator, and a rare one-per-case Mud-Covered Dutch vs. War Cry Predator! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each 2-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152315, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Superman The Animated Series Supergirl Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Criminals of Metropolis beware! While she may not truly be Superman’s cousin, Kara In-Ze hails from the same region of space, making her strong, fast and tough under Earth’s yellow sun. So think twice before committing a crime within the city limits! This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Supergirl as she appeared on Superman: The Animated Series, striking a confident pose atop an architectural base. The bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, and is limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #AUG152309, SRP: $59.99)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 3 Counter Display Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! TMNT fans are loving DST’s line of Ninja Turtle Minimates, and Series 3 kicks things up a notch! Featuring the four turtles in their Vision Quest outfits, this individually foil-bagged assortment also expands on the line’s mutant roster, with Slash, Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as rare, one-per-case figures of Ivan Steranko and Vision Quest Splinter! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has up to 14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Each full-color counter display contains 18 foil-bagged Minimates, including a full set of all nine characters! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item # AUG152316, SRP: $5.99/ea.)
Walking Dead Minimates 2-Packs Series 8 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! With the hit comic series expanding in new, shocking directions, and a new TV series on the air, there’s never been a better time to be a Walking Dead fan! This all-new assortment of comic-based Minimates mini-figures spans the time-jump, featuring “New Beginning”-era Carl with Sophia, “All-Out War”-era Rosita with Father Gabriel, Hilltop leader Gregory with a Forest Zombie, and a rare, one-per-case two-pack of new Hilltop leader Maggie Greene with a Forest Zombie! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure has 10-14 points of articulation and features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #AUG152324, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Star Trek TOS Retro Cloth Spock & Khan Action Figure Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! With the 50th anniversary of Star Trek approaching at warp speed, the return of DST’s popular Star Trek Retro Action Figure line is highly logical! Back in stock for the first time in several years, this assortment of 8-inch, cloth-costumed figures includes Mr. Spock of the starship Enterprise, as well as the genetically superior Khan Noonien Singh, each packaged in a collector-friendly plastic clamshell with a full-color insert. Fill the holes in your Star Trek Retro collection, or start your crew from the ground up right here! (Item #AUG152331, SRP: $19.99/ea.)
Marvel Super-Heroes Snap-Together Model Kits
A Diamond Select Toys release! Assembling a model kit is now a snap! With these snap-together kits of Wolverine, Hulk and Spider-Man, you can assemble your favorite character with ease, then simply add paint! Wolverine stands atop a Sentinel head, is cast in yellow plastic with chrome claws, and has unmasked and masked head options! The Hulk is cast in both purple and green plastic, and has options for fists and open hands, so you can put different items in his hands to “throw” as he rampages on a rocky base! And Spider-Man is cast in both red and blue plastic, and can stand on a web base, or be hung on the wall! Hulk and Spidey are reproductions of classic 1979 kits! Each model is 1:8 scale, stands between 8 and 10 inches tall, and comes packaged in a full-color box with instructions.
Spider-Man model kit (Item #MAY121887, SRP: $29.99)
Hulk model kit (Item #MAR121670, SRP: $29.99)
Wolverine model kit (Item #JUN131966, SRP: $29.99)
Marvel Super-Heroes Comic Scenes Reproduction Model Kits
A Diamond Select Toys release! Character model kits have been the rage since the boom of the 1960s, and DST is proud to bring back two of the first-ever Marvel model kits, depicting Captain America and Spider-Man! Based on the 1966 Aurora originals, these new editions are enlarged to 1:8 scale, and stand over 8-10 inches tall. Spider-Man, webbing up Kraven the Hunter from a staircase, is cast in red plastic, with a clear web diorama piece. Captain America and his battlefield diorama are cast in blue, with clear water splash pieces. Both require glue and paint for assembly, and each can be placed in front of a full-color cardboard backdrop to complete the scene! Both kits come packaged in a full-color, vintage-style “Comic Scenes” box, with a mini-comic book that contains instructions and an exclusive comic story! Re-create a piece of pop-culture history with your own hands!
Spider-Man model kit (Item #JAN111789, SRP: $34.99)
Captain America model kit (Item #FEB111669, SRP: $34.99)
A new teaser for this fall’s Supergirl has hit the web! You can read our review here.
With the fall television season quickly approaching, there’s tons of news coming out for this coming seasons of Arrow, The Flash and more!
Bummed that Constantine was cancelled? Well, the character is back from the dead. Matt Ryan will be guest starring as John Constantine on an episode of Arrow in this upcoming season. There was an effort to get the show moved to The CW when the series was renewed by NBC. Could this be a test to see more of Ryan’s fan favorite Constantine?
Wally West is coming to The Flash! Warner Bros. and The CW have cast Keiynan Lonsdale as West. In comics, the character is also known as Kid Flash! With Iris and Joe West it’s not a surprise the character would eventually show up, but his role, or if he becomes Kid Flash, remain a mystery. Lonsdale is a series regular, so chances are good we’ll see exactly that!
We know DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s villain is Vandal Savage, but who is bringing the classic character to life? We won’t have to wait for the team to assemble in 2016 to find out. It has been announced that Casper Crump has been cast in the role.
Vandal Savage is immortal, having spent the past 6,000 years moving like a virulent disease through history, whispering in the ears of despots and dictators, all leading to his eventual domination of the world.
First introduced in 1944, Vandal Savage has been one of the DC Universe’s biggest heavies for over 70 years, frequently going up against the Justice Society and most recently fighting alongside Etrigan the Demon and Madame Xanadu in The New 52’s Demon Knights. However, he’s never been brought to live action life before (though he’s appeared in animated movies and shows, including Justice League: Doom and Young Justice).
Crump will first be seen in the role in the crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash, before continuing onto DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
We know Hawkgirl is part of DC’s Legend of Tomorrow, but we now have a Hawkman too! Falk Hentschel will be taking on the role of Carter Hall.
On DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Carter Hall is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is fated to reincarnate throughout time along with his soulmate, Kendra Saunders. Like Kendra, Carter can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus, transforming him into the winged warrior known as “Hawkman.”
The character will first appear in crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash.
While her older sister Lois may still be hunting down stories in Metropolis, it appears that Lucy Lane is heading for National City. It has been revealed that Jenna Dewan-Tatum has been cast in the recurring role of the younger Ms. Lane on CBS’s upcoming Supergirl. Described as brash, funny and as beautiful as her older sister Lois Lane, Lucy is strong, smart and successful in her own right. She’s got a history with Jimmy Olsen and she’s come to town to right a previous wrong. She’ll first appear in the third episode of the show.
While not as well known as her sister, Lucy Lane was first introduced back in the Silver Age, where she worked as both a flight attendant and an air traffic coordinator. She also initially served as a sometimes love interest for Jimmy Olsen, so her “history” on the show with Brooks’ Olsen isn’t all that surprising. However, she’s probably best known to DC Comics fans as the most recent iteration of Superwoman. In pre-New 52 storylines, Lucy obtained powers similar to a Kryptonian by wearing a mysterious suit. Whether we’ll ever see this take place on Supergirl, however, remains to be seen.
The character has previously shown up on Superman: The Animated Series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville.
Don’t miss the premiere of Supergirl coming to CBS this fall. You can read our review of the pilot.
San Diego Comic-Con is over, and while I make my way back to the East coast and recover, here’s some news to keep you busy.
Make sure to come back throughout the day too for tons of news and reviews. SDCC is over, but we’re not slowing down!
Around the Tubes
Paste Magazine – Matt Kindt Announces Dept. H, A Deep Sea Survivalist Murder Mystery – This sounds awesome.
Press Telegram – Comic-Con 2015: Long Beach mayor is a nerd — and it’s awesome – Cool!
Newsarama – Barnes & Noble To Double Size of Graphic Novel/Manga Section – This could be good news.
Comics Alliance – CBS ‘Supergirl’ Adds Peter Facinelli as DC’s Maxwell Lord, Livewire and Reactron to Come – Cool.
ICv2 – Milestone Returns to DC – Woo hoo!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Comic Vine – Archie #1
Talking Comics – Lando #1
Talking Comics – Venture #1
DC Entertainment has revealed the SEVEN new WB/DCE activated logos, which will appear with each episode of Arrow, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash, iZombie and Lucifer, respectively.
In their quest to get new and unique products into the hands of collectors, Diamond Select Toys has frequently teamed up with retailer Action Figure Xpress on exclusive items that expand on DST’s existing lines in very exciting ways. And at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, AFX will offer four new items developed by DST, each more exciting than the last! With new items from Alien, Predator, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League Unlimited, there’s something for every kind of fan!
Predator Exclusive Masked Predator Metal Bottle Opener
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Predators love the heat, and nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing drink. Whether you’re slogging through an impenetrable jungle or walking the beat in a Los Angeles barrio, this AFX-exclusive Masked Predator metal bottle opener will pop the cap off of your favorite bottled beverage faster than you can say “Get to the choppah!” Plus, magnets on the back will hold it fast to your refrigerator or trophy case, so you’ll never have to “hunt” for an opener again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $20.00)
Alien Minimates 1979-Style Exclusive Retro Single Pack
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! In 1979, a nearly 2-foot tall Alien action figure appeared on toy store shelves, kicking off global excitement for the Alien film franchise and its numerous toy tie-ins. Now, 35 years later, Diamond Select Toys has created a 2-inch Minimates mini-figure of the Alien that pays tribute to that classic action figure! Contained in a classically styled window box, this single-packed Alien Minimate features 16 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a translucent skull dome with glow-in-the-dark skull, just like the original toy! Celebrate 35 years of horror! Limited to 2000 pieces! (PRICE: $7.00)
Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates Exclusive Box Set
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! The biggest Marvel movie yet continues to conquer the Minimates Universe! This five-pack of Minimates based on Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron features new characters and new looks that fans of the movie have been waiting for! Tony Stark, Nick Fury, Iron Man Mk. 45 and Iron Legion #01 take on a more powerful Final Form Ultron in the must-have box set for any Marvel movie fan! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a clear display stand. Packaged in a full-color window box. Limited to 2000 sets! (PRICE: $28.00)
Justice League Unlimited Femme Fatales Exclusive Supergirl PVC Statue
An Action Figure Xpress Exclusive! Diamond Select Toys kicks off their line of DC Animated Universe products this fall, but AFX is kicking things off early with an exclusive Femme Fatales statue of Supergirl! Featuring Kara In-Ze in her blue-and-red uniform from later seasons of Justice League Unlimited, this statue of Supergirl poses above an icy arctic landscape, ready to hurl herself at the next foe to threaten her adopted planet. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall atop her sculpted base, Supergirl comes packed in a full-color window box, and is in scale with other Femme Fatales PVC statues. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios. Limited to 1500 pieces! (PRICE: $50.00)
It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man. It’s Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be. This Fall on CBS.
There may be no comic book writer who needs to not only be in his exact element of genre, but also to have the exact right characters to make his stories happen as Keith Giffen. Giffen is perhaps best known for his work in the late 1980s and early 1990s when his humor infused comic book writing acted as a counterpoint to the super-serious and dark approaches used for other heroes. The problem with Giffen then as now was that he needed the right characters to work with in order to make his sometimes serious and sometimes comedic stories work. For instance, when writing Justice League he used Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle as main characters to focus the comedy around through some odd hijinks. The problem was that the pair did not really work well together most of the time instead resulting in some awkward situations. The same could be said for the first issue of this two-parter where Gifffen tried to play the humor of Lady Quark and Lord Volt against one another. For the most part this failed and the first issue did not bode well for the second issue.
That is until the arrival of the Ambush Bug. Put together with the titular hero in this story, the two play off each other well in this story. There are still some groan-worthy moments, but mostly the action and banter keeps itself going pretty well throughout this issue. And while other parts of Convergence have introduced the Extremists who are rip-offs of Marvel characters, this has perhaps the strangest pseudo-appearance of another character, with Convergence’s version of Spider-Man showing up.
This issue ends up being what is perhaps one of the better indicators of the impact of Convergence. While this follows along with the overall story line, it doesn’t dwell on it, and instead focuses on the fun dynamic between Supergirl and Ambush Bug. It doesn’t always work, but it works a lot better than the plot has so far in most of the Convergence tie-ins as well as the overall story. This is maybe a forgettable entry into a sub-par crossover, but it is also one of the more entertaining thus far, even if the story is far surpassed by the interaction of the characters.
Story: Keith Giffen Art: Timothy Green II
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read