I’m in a weird place right now. Since I was 8 years old, I more or less lived and breathed Hasbro (or Kenner) action figures. G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, Super Powers…sure I was a He-Man fan for a short period of time in the 80s, too, and I picked up Secret Wars and Go-Bots, but off and on for 30 years, it was Hasbro or nothing.
G.I. Joe has become more or less invisible, while Marvel isn’t capturing quite as much of my attention. Yes, I’m back into Transformers with Combiner Wars, but more and more I’m being drawn to Masters of the Universe Classics, and for the first time ever… DC Collectibles.
I blame the Batman: The Animated series action figure line, which is representing some of my favorite designs ever in animation with some nicely articulated, great looking figures. Because of my interest in the Batman: TAS line, my eyes perked up (is that even a thing?) when I saw the DC Collectibles blog post outlining the anatomy of a their newest action figures.
Specifically an action figure for their DC Comics Icon line. See, the reason I’ve been so addicted to Hasbro for so long is because they seemed to corner the market on design and articulation, combining the way an action figure looks with the way it can move in ways that other companies just didn’t seem to get.
Well, it seems like tables are turning. Hasbro figures are getting smaller and/or less mobile, while DC is taking what was once a static animated pose and injecting it with life. For toy nerds, the diagram at the DC Collectibles blog is like reading a great book. Check out the mirrored image below, and I know I’m a bit more interested in upcoming DC Collectibles toys looking at this.