The highly anticipated Nightwing supersuit was officially unveiled today during a special press event for the DC Universe drama series Titans. Executive producer/showrunner Greg Walker and specialty costume designer Laura Jean Shannon were on hand to unveil the suit.
The Nightwing suit, designed by Shannon with the support of her team and built by Creative Character Engineering, will make its debut during the season two finale episode of Titans and marks the first-ever live-action portrayal of the Nightwing character.
Supersuit costumes for season two characters Jason Todd Robin, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Hawk, Dove, Ravager and Deathstroke were also on display at the event. All suits were designed by Shannon with the support of her team and built by Creative Character Engineering.
The season two finale of Titans debuts Friday, November 29, exclusively on DC Universe. All season one episodes are available now for streaming.
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Jonboy Meyers In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
William Cobb has taken the Nightwings down one by one, leaving Ric on his own in a Blüdhaven that is literally aflame. Cobb offers Ric a chance to save his city by at last fulfilling his legacy as the Gray Son and becoming the new Talon and leading the Court of Owls into a new age.
Six new collectibles are shipping to comic shops this week, and Diamond Select Toys is fully responsible! Formerly exclusive Gallery Diorama PVCs of Nightwing, Deadpool, Thanos and Red Hulk are now at comic shops for the first time, as well as brand-new Legends in 3D Half-Scale Busts of Black Panther and Spider-Man!
DC Comic Gallery Nightwing PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The prodigal sidekick returns in this dynamic PVC diorama! Part of the DC Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, this sculpture of Nightwing wielding his batons atop a clock tower is made of high-quality plastic with detailed sculpting and paint applications. It measures approximately 9 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth-panel door. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jean St. Jean. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item # JUN192398, SRP: $49.99)
Legends in 3D Marvel Comic Spider-Man 1/2 Scale Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Spider-Man is an icon of the Marvel Universe, so DST is celebrating his legendary status with a Legends in 3D bust! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this half-scale resin bust features incredible detail that’s almost as large as life. Limited to only 1000 pieces, the bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color hand-numbered box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item #APR192532, SRP: $150.00)
Legends in 3D Movie Black Panther 1/2 Scale Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Hail to the king! T’Challa, the Black Panther, assumes his place in the pantheon of Legends with this regal half-scale bust! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this resin bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a numbered box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #MAR192446, SRP: $150.00)
A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s the best there is at what he does, and he isn’t pretty! Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth, can heal any injury, except for the horrific scarring that covers every inch of his body. But rather than hide it, this PVC sculpture celebrates it with a special unmasked edition! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture shows Wade leaping out of the flames with twin katanas in hand, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Jean St. Jean! Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #APR192539, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Red Hulk PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! He’s the meanest Hulk there is! Once known as General Thunderbolt Ross, the Red Hulk has been a friend and foe to the Hulk over the years, and now this variant statue is part of the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas! Flexing his muscles atop a rocky promontory, this approximately 10-inch sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth-panel door. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item # JUN192397, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Thanos PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Mad Titan is ready to wipe out the Marvel Universe in this new Marvel Gallery PVC! Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this sculpture of Thanos shows him standing atop a pile of skulls, daring any hero to try and stop him. With the Infinity Gauntlet on one hand, your toy collection is doomed! Made of high-grade plastic, this piece features detailed sculpting by Phil Ramirez based on a design by Caesar. Packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (MAY192386, SRP: $49.99)
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Travis Moore (CA) Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund In Shops: Oct 30, 2019 SRP: $4.99
The bullet that shattered Nightwing’s life was the shot fired by the KGBeast in the now-infamous BATMAN #55-and it changed the course of Dick “Ric” Grayson’s career. Gone were the memories and alliances that once defined him, replaced by a near blank-slate persona.
Now go inside those early moments of Ric’s new life, his strained reunion with a stranger named Bruce Wayne and an entire life turned upside down. But amid the chaos lies opportunity…not for Ric, but for an old foe who’s been waiting a lifetime for a moment like this. Echoes of the past return in a story that tees up Nightwing’s own Year of the Villain!
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Bruno Redondo In Shops: Oct 16, 2019 SRP: $3.99
While the Nightwings do their best to contain the situation in Blüdhaven, Ric faces off against Talon! But the battle is one not just of brawn, as Ric’s psyche is taken to its limits when he learns about his family history for the first time since his memory was wiped. Will Ric Grayson at last become the Gray Son of Gotham he was destined to be, or will he choose the life he’s been trying to establish for himself in Blüdhaven?
Greetings again, friends! We have a veritable title wave of DC Multiverse to catch up on in our next couple of installments, as well as a look at the Imaginext Remote-Controlled Batmobile. We’re getting started today with five figures from the DC Multiverse “Batman: Ninja” Collect + Connect figure assortment. But first, we thank the fine folks at Mattel for providing us with these figures for free for the purposes of review. That said . . . Titans Together!
of the six regular figures in this group are Titans affiliated characters, and
we’re starting off the ur-Titan, the original Boy Wonder himself, Dick Grayson,
aka Nightwing. Nightwing has a pretty prestigious figure history at Mattel,
having appeared in number of comic and animation-based lines. He lines up in
verticals that include the mainstream DCU and animated product, as well as
Imaginext. This particular version is a really nicely done piece; it’s look is
taken from the recent Rebirth era in the comics.
One of the cool things about this particular figure is the hair. There was a singular look that Nightwing had in regard to his hair in the recent Titans series, via artist Brett Booth and others. Well, the sculpting and design team nailed it. On top of that, the general overall look of the figure is impressive. This is a rock-solid Nightwing. The figure comes with two sets of hands (fists and “holding”) and two escrima sticks. (I’ll talk about the individual Collect and Connect pieces in part two when I assemble Batman: Ninja).
Starfire: This is
a really good representation of Kori. Focusing on the hair for a minute again,
I really like the translucent effect that they used on the plastic; it allows
light to pass through while also giving it a fiery and otherworldly vibe. It’s
a nice resting effect for the character that gives the hair a unique look. The
costume reflects that one that Kori’s been wearing in the Rebirth-era DCU, and
that’s great. I have zero problem with her classic Perez look, which I love,
but it’s been made a few times. This is a whole new take, and I dig it.
In terms of comic accuracy, Mattel went with the heeled boots here. Frankly, that doesn’t always work out, as figures with heels tend to fall easily. However, I had no problem standing or posing Starfire with the heels; even with the large hair, the figure is incredibly well-balanced. That’s a big win for displaying collectors. I also think that the face sculpt is fine work, with the individual tendrils of hair in front being a nice touch. This figure comes with two green energy signature/blast accessories. I found them to fit really nicely and up the display presentation of the figure.
Rebirth Wally West
Flash: OG Wally West is one of my two favorite DC characters. I was a
massive fan of Mark Waid’s run, and I was sad that he vanished from the DCU. I
like the newer Wally, but I was also glad when our guy here made his return.
For me, this was the figure that I anticipated the most from this assortment.
I’m not disappointed.
Wally here has a number of cool touches. He’s got the silver
accents. He’s got the two shades of red. He also has some cool hair. (Is 2019
the greatest year for action figure hair across all companies? It might be.)
Including two sets of hands (fists and flat running/sprinting posed hands)
makes complete sense. The silver lightning effects attach to the wrists to give
the look that occurs when Wally is using his speed in the comics, which
definitely shows that Mattel is paying attention to the books when they make
the figures. Like Nightwing, Wally’s been represented a bunch of times in
several formats, going back to Justice
League, even. This is a fine version of the character that we’ve had back
for a few years, and I was glad to see Mattel give it some love.
Green Lantern John
Stewart: Not a Titan, but a stalwart of the DCU. With his somewhat recent
return to the Justice League and his long history in animation and comics, John
is definitely a DC A-lister. I’m glad to see him get a good treatment here. Of
particular note are the eyes; the eyes might be the most “alive” set of eyes
that I’ve seen on any of the DC
Multiverse figures. That’s a really refined job there; it took some real
craftsmanship to get that set and expression.
The figure overall is a pretty smooth sculpt. John doesn’t
require a lot of extra details; just precision in the paint op and general
quality, and this figure’s got both. In terms of extras, John comes with some
alternate hands. The rest one is a ring-hang with a blooming energy signature.
It’s a cool effect and looks good for display. It’s another strong showing from
Black Lightning (CW
TV version): Black Lightning (co-created by Tony Isabella and a Trevor Von
Eeden) is back! This is a great
representation of the TV version of Jefferson Pierce. First of all, that facial
likeness, even around the goggles, is terrific. You can tell its him at a glance. It’s really well done.
The best thing about this figure would be all of the little
fine details. The circuitry layout, etc. is captured really nicely and just
pops under the right light. It makes the figure distinct from other figures.
It’s a very cool effect. Also worthy of praise are the extra hands; we get
three pairs here, including fists, holding, and electrified. I shot a picture of
the lightning hand from the side to capture that “mid-action” look, and I think
the piece turned out well. I’m historically less sure of TV or film-based
figures, but this turned out to be a really good one.
So where’s Beast Boy? And the completed Batman:Ninja figure? You’re going to have to wait for the next
installment for those! We’re going check out Garfield, assemble the Batman, and
quite possibly check in with a couple of underwater inhabitants of the DCU.
What do you think of these? Did you have luck finding them in your area? What’s
your favorite? Talk to us here and on social. Thanks for reading!
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Bruno Redondo In Shops: Sep 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Blüdhaven explodes in violence as a riot erupts in the streets. Ric can’t face this alone, so he’ll have to enlist the support of the Nightwings. Meanwhile, Talon has taken Bea captive to lure Ric into his grasp and reintroduce him (for the first time, in Ric’s memory) to the Court of Owls.
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Travis Moore (CA) Bruno Redondo In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
While the Nightwings recover from their last battle against the fiendish Burnback, Ric reflects on the small portion of his past that he remembers-life in the circus as the youngest member of the Flying Graysons-in hopes of finding any clues as to what kind of man his parents hoped he’d become…perhaps a certain Talon has the answers he seeks?
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Greg Capullo In Shops: Jul 17, 2019 SRP: $4.99
After the epic conclusion to the Burnback saga, it’s clear that while he may have forgotten his past, Ric Grayson’s innate skills and instincts as a team leader elevate Team Nightwing to a new level. But what does that mean for the Blüdhaven PD, and what does that mean for a man who is looking to live a life without the baggage of his past to hold him down? Ric seeks comfort in Bea’s arms, but may find answers in another’s Talons as we dive headlong into the Year of the Villain! Plus, Lex Luthor delivers the Court of Owls the means to own what they covet most: Ric Grayson.
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Chris Mooneyham (CA) Kyle Hotz RATED T In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Blüdhaven is burning! Ric Grayson and the Nightwings are helpless against the rampage of Burnback. Will they be able to pull themselves together as a team in order to prevent Blüdhaven from becoming ash? Confronted with their most dire threat yet, Ric and the Nightwings must find a way to come together if lives are to be saved.