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Diamond Select Toys Coming this Summer: Buffy, Batman, Kylo Ren, and More!

Summer is coming! Yes, we know it’s the middle of winter, but the warm weather will be here soon enough, and with it will come new products from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd.! The new issue of Diamond Comics’ Previews catalog is out now, and the following items are available for pre-order for summer delivery. With products based on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, DC films, IT, Ghostbusters, Cthulhu and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (!), there’s something for every kind of collector!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! Buffy is back! The fan-favorite vampire drama remains incredibly popular, and now you can collect your favorite characters as part of the Vinimates vinyl figure line! Buffy, Angel and Spike kick off this new series, each standing 4 inches tall and striking a pose from the TV show. Each has an articulated neck for further posing options, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield.

Buffy (Item #JAN202459, SRP: $9.99)
Angel (Item #JAN202460, SRP: $9.99)
Spike (Item #JAN202461, SRP: $9.99)

DC Comic Gallery Diorama Bane PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Venom-infused super-villain is coming for Batman, and he’s doing it in the Gallery Diorama line! This approximately 9-inch PVC diorama of Bane depicts the muscle-bound misanthrope clutching Batman’s cowl in one hand, with his Venom tube snaking down the other. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #JAN202452, SRP: $49.99)

DC Classic TV Gallery Diorama Wonder Woman PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The star of the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series joins the Gallery Diorama line! Based on her appearance in the classic TV show, this approximately 9-inch diorama shows her crossing her magic bracelets in front of her, as her logo rises up from below. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202453, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Diorama Batman Returns Catwoman PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Meow! One of the screen’s most captivating Catwomen joins the Gallery Diorama line with this flashback sculpture! As seen in 1992’s Batman Returns, actress Michelle Pfeiffer stalks an icy rooftop in her iconic vinyl outfit, holding her trademark whip. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202450, SRP: $49.99)

DC TV Premier Collection Justice League Superman Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The epic trinity of Justice League resin statues continues with the Man of Steel! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this animated-style statue depicts Superman hovering over a white architectural base and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Displays with Batman, available now, and Wonder Woman, coming soon! Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JAN202451, SRP: $150.00)

It Chapter 2 Gallery Diorama Pennywise Swamp PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Pennywise is back, and he’s creepier than ever! The star of It Chapter 2, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, lurks in the swamp in this all-new Gallery Diorama. Tilting his head to one side as if sizing you up for a meal, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202457, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D TV Batman TAS Half-Scale Bust 

A Diamond Select Toys release! Pay tribute to the Legend of the Dark Knight with this half-scale bust of Batman, as he appeared in Batman: The Animated Series! Part of the Legends in 3D line of busts, this approximately 10-inch portrait is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JAN202449, SRP: $200.00)

Legends in 3D Cthulhu ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The literary legend is now the latest Legend in 3-D! Part of the Legends in 3D “half-scale” bust line, this approximately 10-inch resin sculpture depicts the tentacled monstrosity as he is described in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed and sculpted by Eli Livingston. (Item #JAN202458, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Animated X-Men Jean Grey Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The groundbreaking animated-style line of X-Men busts continues with the X-Men’s resident redhead, Jean Grey! Looking like she just stepped off the screen from the hit cartoon, Jean focuses her telepathic abilities in this 6-inch resin bust, featuring detailed sculpting and animation-inspired paint details. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color window box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item #JAN202454, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Emma Frost Diamond PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! Try to keep your mind clear when you look at this sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost! Depicting the powerful telepath in her rock-hard diamond form, this approximately 12-inch diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #JAN202462, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Diorama Longshot PVC

A Diamond Select Toys release! The luckiest man in the Mojoverse has arrived! Sometime X-Men member Longshot unleashes a flurry of throwing blades while leaping over fellow Mojo-World resident Magog in this dynamic diorama. Made of high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #JAN202455,  SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Black Panther Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Panther strikes a pose amid the greenery of Wakanda in this elegant statue. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this piece is made of high-quality resin and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It is limited to 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore. (Item #JAN202456, SRP: $150.00)

Star Wars Premier Collection Rise of Skywalker Kylo Ren 1/7 Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Rise of Skywalker is upon us! With the final installment of the Skywalker nonology in theaters, Sith lord Kylo Ren is now a 1/7 scale statue in the Star Wars Premier Collection. Depicting him with his lightsaber at the ready, this approximately 10-inch sculpture is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JAN202448, SRP: $150.00)

Underrated: Superman/Batman: World’s Finest

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Superman/Batman: World’s Finest


Fifteen years ago, I picked up this book when I had first moved to Canada and I was looking for something to read that wasn’t Marvel related. Volume one of a series seemed like a good enough place to start, and despite knowing very little about DC’s comics at the time I was more than aware who Batman and Superman was in the general sense from the movies and TV shows that had been released at the time.

The story was also adapted for DVD in 2009 or so under the title Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Because I’m not talking about the adaption today, I’m referring to the story under the comic book title.

No, today I wanted to revisit a story I hadn’t read in years because my wife picked me up a Batman blind box recently, and this was one of the books within the box. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading it until I flicked through the softcover collection again.

Collecting the first six issues of the series, Superman/Batman: World’s Finest was released in April 2004, and was written by Jeph Loeb with art by Ed McGuinness and colours by Dexter Vines. The story features a then President Lex Luthor, the framing of the man of steel for Metallo’s murder and a fantastic twin narrative device that allows Loeb to use the internal monologues of both Batman and Superman to great effect. It is often the source of my laughter when reading the book, as both men have some diametrically opposed viewpoints on things, and their thoughts in the moment are almost mirrored.

It’s honestly worth reading for that alone.

The story itself is largely free of any major continuity trappings from other series, by which I mean at the time I was able to go into this entirely blind about the state of the DC universe in 2004/2005 and still thoroughly enjoy the story. And my introduction to a cast of new characters like Captain Atom, Black Adam, Major Force and others I had never heard of before.

Although there have been a lot of really good Batman/Superman stories since this came out, the writing of Loeb and the way he has the two leads play off each other makes this collection stand out. If you’re not that keen on reading yet more stories featuring two of DC most popular heroes, then that’s fine. But you’ll be missing out on one of the coolest and most underrated aspects of this collection – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it happily again – the dueling monologues of Superman and Batman highlight Loeb’s understanding of the two characters and their relationship.

The only downside is that as my introduction to DC comics, this remains one of the finest examples of that relationship I’ve read to this day.

You can find this collection at your local comic shop; it’s still in print so shouldn’t be too hard to find if you’re looking for it. I highly recommend checking it out when you get a chance.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

McFarlane Toys’ DC Multiverse Revealed

McFarlane Toys, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and DC, have revealed images and details of the highly anticipated new DC Multiverse collector figure line by McFarlane Toys, available in both mass and specialty retailers beginning January 2020.

The new DC Multiverse collector line features incredibly detailed 7-inch figures designed with an impressive 22 points of articulation. Each figure comes with a collectible card that has character-specific art and biography, multiple accessories, and a display base. MSRP is $19.99 to $24.99 USD for each figure.

The first wave of figures includes:

Batman: Detective Comics #1000

  • Batman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Batman accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang

Batman: Detective Comics #1000
Variant Chase

  • Batman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Batman accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang
  • Showcases a different chest emblem as homage to the Classic Batman

Superman: Action Comics #1000

  • Superman figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Superman accessory includes a flight stand for 360-degree aerial figure posing

Batgirl: Art of the Crime- Part of a 3-figure collector set -Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs – that includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately. 

  • Batgirl figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Batgirl accessories include Grapnel Launcher and Batarang
  • The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled

Nightwing: Better Than Batman – Part of a 3-figure collector set – Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs – that includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately. 

  • Nightwing figure based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Nightwing accessories include two Escrima sticks
  • The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled

The Batman Who Laughs – Part of a 3-figure collector set – Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Batman Who Laughs each includes a piece of a buildable Batmobile featured in the DC Rebirth comic books.  Each figure sold separately. 

  • The Batman Who Laughs figure is based on the DC comic book series Dark Nights: Metal
  • The Batman Who Laughs accessories include a Knife and a Sickle
  • The Build-A-Batmobile features rolling wheels and is 7 inches in length when fully assembled

Batman: Batman the Animated Series

  • Batman figure is based on the iconic style of Batman the Animated Series
  • Batman’s accessories include a Grapnel Launcher and Batarang

Superman: Superman the Animated Series

  • Superman figure is based on the iconic style of Superman the Animated Series
  • Superman’s accessories include a piece of bent steel
  • Includes bonus pair of alternate fists

Green Lantern: Justice League

  • Green Lantern figure is based on the iconic style of Justice League Animated Series Green Lantern’s accessories include a Lantern Willpower Projection Blaster, headset, and visor

Harley Quinn: Classic

  • Harley Quinn figure is based on the DC Rebirth comic books
  • Harley Quinn’s accessories include a Mallet and (Gag) Bang! Blaster

Green Arrow: Arrow

  • Green Arrow figure is based on The CW TV series Arrow
  • Green Arrow’s accessories include a bow with knocked arrow and quiver with bundled arrows

Superman: Unchained Armor

  • Superman Unchained figure is based on the DC comic book series of the same name
  • Superman features rotating posable wings that can extend the figure height to 9 inches tall and 10 inches wide (some assembly required)

Batman: Hellbat Suit

  • Batman (Hellbat Suit) figure is based on the DC comic book series Batman and Robin
  • Batman (Hellbat Suit) features articulated posable wings that can extend the figure height to 9 inches tall and 14 inches wide (some assembly required)

Bat-Raptor

  • Incredibly detailed vehicle based on The Batman Who Laughs’ Batmobile from the DC comic book mini-series The Batman Who Laughs
  • Designed to fit a 7-inch scale DC Multiverse figure
  • 8-inch width, and has a telescoping front end to extend vehicle to full 12-inch length  
  • Features rolling wheels

The first wave of McFarlane Toys’ DC Multiverse launches today with pre-orders at retailers around the globe. The DC Multiverse collector figures and related toys will be available at major retail locations beginning in January 2020 including Walmart, Target, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and Walgreens.  

Holiday Gift Guide: DC Pawzplay

Iconic DC characters get the plush treatment with cute dogs and cats with DC Pawzplay!

Wave 1 includes Diana the Persian, Harley the Calico, Bruce the Doberman, and Clark the Husky.

Order one:

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Entertainment Earth

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Preview: Batman/Superman #5

Batman/Superman #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Batman Who Laughs has unleashed his Secret Six! Now these infected heroes threaten to spread their dark infection across our world, and the only thing that might stop them is the combined might of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. If they fail, the planet will become the seed that grows a new Dark Multiverse-heroes will fall, villains will rise, and a new era dawns for the DCU in this explosive first arc finale that leads directly into Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1!

Batman/Superman #5

Superman: Red Son arrives Arrives Digitally February and DVD/Blu-Ray in March 2020

Superman: Red Son

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting February 25, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 17, 2020.

Superman: Red Son will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?  

Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Isaacs, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, Star Trek: Discovery and more than 120 films and television series, gets his turn as a Super Hero after three memorable appearances in DC Universe Movies as famous Super-Villains from the DC library. Isaacs previously voiced Sinestro in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Lex Luthor in Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

“Elseworlds tales from DC’s vast library of stories have long electrified fans across the globe, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has now begun to mine these fascinating stories – first with last year’s release of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, and now with Superman: Red Son,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “Together with Bruce Timm’s animated short, Phantom Stranger, this combination of unique storytelling promises to entertain in unexpected ways.”

Superman: Red Son Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

  • DC Showcase: Phantom Stranger (Animated Short) –Animation legendBruce Timm helms Phantom Stranger as both executive producer & director from a script written by Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Set in the 1970s, the short follows young adult Jess as she joins her friends at a party in a dilapidated mansion hosted by the mysterious Seth … when odd things begin to happen to Jess and her friends, can Phantom Stranger intervene? Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.
  • Cold Red War (New Featurette) – An exploration of the Cold War through the lensof the Elseworlds classic Superman: Red Son, as Superman rises to power and tension escalates between the United States and the Soviet Union.  
  • Two episodes from Superman: Red Son – The Motion Comics.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War –     An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Superman: Red Son will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Superman: Red Son via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 25, 2020.

Preview: Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (of 3)

Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (of 3)

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Gurihiru
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $7.99

Teenager Tommy Lee is missing, and Superman is on the case! It can’t be a coincidence that just last night, Tommy bravely confronted the Klan of the Fiery Cross when they surrounded the Lee family’s Metropolis house and told them to go back to Chinatown.

The year is 1946, and Clark Kent is so new to being Superman that he hasn’t yet learned to fly-so his search for Tommy is conducted in huge, gravity-defying leaps that make Tommy’s sister, Roberta, suspect the Man of Tomorrow may not be an earthling at all! But if this strange, young hero can adjust to his adopted home, perhaps she can, too.

First, though, they must stop the Klan from blowing up Unity House, which has welcomed the Chinese-American Lee family into their community. But could the real target be across town, where Superman’s friends Jimmy, Lois, and Perry work at the Daily Planet?

Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man) brings us part two of his personal retelling of the adventures of the Lee family as they team up with Superman to smash the Klan!

Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (of 3)

Around the Tubes

Superman #18

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Superman #18, From Script to Page

Superman #18

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Cover and Interior art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019

The secret is out! In a story already making headlines, Superman’s family is scattered across the galaxy, and our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis along with Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair and Dave Sharpe to introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life, ever! 

Take an inside look at pages of script, interior artwork, colors and lettering from a double-page spread out of Superman #18.

Superman #18

Preview: Superman #18

Superman #18

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

With Superman’s family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever!

Superman #18
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