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Ask DC Collectibles for October

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DC Collectibles has released a new set of questions for this month. The questions are strongly focused on the action figures that they create. Below are some of the questions relating to The Batman Universe.


Question: The New Arkham City figures have new articulations, is it going to be a new standard?


DC Collectibles: We haven’t settled on a new standard yet, but you will be seeing some new articulation on certain figures going forward. The Batman in our upcoming Arkham City line will feature greater articulation, and you can look for more examples near the end of 2013.


DC Collectibles Batman: Arkham City Articulation


Question: Will you give attention to "minor" characters like Grifter?


DC Collectibles: Right now, the action figure lines are focused on Justice League and the Arkham video games. Within those lines, we definitely try to offer a mix of high profile and “minor” characters. (Though we doubt Cole Cash would take too kindly to being called minor!) Parademon, Joker Thugs and Mad Hatter are some examples of deeper characters. But we won’t stop there. Look for a range of characters in 2013 and 2014 that will diversify the selection while still keeping our major heroes out in the spotlight.


DC Collectibles Minor Characters

Question: Could unreleased figures (JL Heroes & Foes, DCU Online) be web-store exclusives?

DC Collectibles: Web-store exclusives are a great idea. We are constantly evaluating our product line-up. With last year’s launch of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 we made several decisions regarding which lines will move forward or not, mostly to make room for all of the exciting things we had planned for this year and 2013. The result of those tough decisions is that we are not moving forward with JL Heroes & Foes or DCU Online.


Question: Why not broaden the “themes” of each wave? “DC Dark,” “Earth 2,” etc…?


DC Collectibles: While the main DC Comics action figure waves have been focused on Jim Lee’s Justice League style, a broader offering will be seen in 2013 and 2014.


Question: Why not stop using flesh-colored plastic and return to painting the skin tones?


DC Collectibles: We’ve chosen to use a flesh-colored plastic for our action figures whenever it makes the most sense. You can see it in some of the new Arkham City line and our Wonder Woman figure. The idea is to give it a more realistic look by not requiring paint over the plastic. This works most efficiently on the characters showing the most skin. With Batman figures, we can sometimes start with a black or grey plastic and then just paint the bit of flesh that is visible. So expect to see flesh-colored plastics from time to time where we can get the best use from it.


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