Hey Speed Readers,
Earlier this morning, DC Collectibles revealed what they had been teasing for the last week or so on their Facebook page; a trio of Teen Titans based on the New 52 designs. Superboy, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash along with many other heroes were reimagined for the New 52 2 years ago and we are just now getting figures of these designs courtesy of DC Collectibles who has seemingly kicked it into high gear when it comes to releases:
DC COMICS — THE NEW 52 TEEN TITANS KID FLASH, SUPERBOY & WONDER GIRL ACTION FIGURES
From the pages of Teen Titans, comes Superboy alongside Kid Flash and Wonder Girl. Based on designs by artist Brett Booth, these three are ready to battle whatever comes next!
WONDER GIRL – 6.6″
SUPERBOY – 6.6″
KID FLASH – 6.5″
* Action Figures * $24.95 US • On Sale May 2014 * Allocations May Occur
This preview comes hot on the heels of the announcements of action figures featuring Earth 2‘s Jay Garrick and a Barry Allen based on the latest animated film, Justice League: War followed by Forever Evil‘s, Johnny Quick. With the recent release of Captain Cold, and Captain Boomerang right around the corner (maybe if Weather Wizard, Trickster, and Heat Wave were “Captains” they’d have more figures…) this is looking to be quite the next few months for the Scarlet Speedster and his corner of the New 52. Not to mention the recently released (and hopefully in the mail) New 52 Heroes vs. Villains 7-Pack featuring a redeco’d metallic Flashand a Captain Cold (again with the “Captains”) with a darker color scheme and lacking the accessories. As a general Flash collector, I am quite the happy camper.
As far as the figure goes, I have to say first off that this is definitely not my favorite when it comes to Kid Flash costume designs. Although many hated the fact that Bart became Kid Flash (although Young Justice had, in my opinion, great reasoning for this) and the costume that followed (mainly the tech-inspired boots, which I loved) the figure released based on him was excellent. This coupled with his Impulse figure from 2000(!) gives us the best and most definitive representations of Bart Allen that we’ve had thus far:
A few years after these releases we would get another version of Bart based on his appearance on the WB/CW superhero soap opera,Smallville as portrayed by Kyle Gallner. The figure has a fleeting likeness compared to the actor and is much taller than he should be compared to the other members of the “League”, but it is still nice to have a representation of the character. I think I actually remember saying to myself as I watched this episode that I hope they make action figures of these guys. Thankfully, DC Direct did not disappoint in that respect:
Now before the travesty that has been the New 52 Teen Titans, the Teen Titans had several different incarnations over the years. The two more popular being the Marv Wolfman/George Perez, New Teen Titans, in the eighties and the Geoff Johns/Mike McKone, Teen Titans, of the early 2000s. Both have had figures released based on them but only one set matches up perfectly to the line-up recently revealed as coming soon:
While I really dig the looks for Bart and Cassie from the Johns/McKone Titans, I will say that I have never been a fan of Superboy’s t-shirt and jeans combo that has become his most popular look. At the same time I’m not sure that Tron was the way to go when restoring his costume; that look for Kon already looks dated and it’s barely been a couple of years. I had no problem with the suit he sported in the infamous, Graduation Day(which was, in my opinion, the beginning of the end of fun in DC Comics) but every suit since has just severely lacked in the imagination/style department. Then again it is all subjective.
I just wish that DC Direct/DC Collectibles had been this quick on the draw back in the last days of the old DCU. I’m still lamenting the loss of the Justice League Heroes and Foes set and we could have definitely used some updated figures for characters like Wally West and The Ray before the collapse of the old DCU.
As far as the new figures go? I’m not a huge fan of these designs but I don’t hate them. Wonder Girl reminds me of a combination of Fury and Donna Troy now that I really look at it and while I definitely prefer the look of the original figure based on Cassandra Sandsmark I could definitely get down with the sculpt of the new figure. Unlike the Earth 2 version of Jay Garrick, this new version of Bart Allen has yet to grow on me. Maybe once I get all three Flashes together I will feel better about it.
Since I could really use updated versions of all three figures I think I will be picking all of these up, although I have to wonder when we will be seeing the release of Red Robin, arguably the most popular character (and design) of the New 52 Teen Titans.
So what do you all think of the New Titans figures? Anyone else plan on picking up all three? Please let us know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,