Over the last week or so, the DC Super Hero Girls camp has released a ton of stuff, though it seems to be limited to wildly fluctuating availability status on Amazon.com.
First off are 2 dorm room sets sized for the 6″ action figures: one for Wonder Woman, the other for Harley Quinn. At the moment, it doesn’t look like Amazon has either for sale, or either the search tagging is incorrect (as it is with another of these releases). The 6″ figures are exclusive to these sets and I wouldn’t mind having them, especially the Harley looking like her classic Batman: Animated Series iteration, but at $20 a pop. no thanks.
The series of 3 Intergalactic Gala dolls – Starfire, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman were also released. The problem is that Amazon calls them “Premium” or some shit and won’t even acknowledge the official “Intergalactic Gala” moniker. Stocks of these have been all over the place as well. A couple of days ago all 3 were available for $20 a piece. Then late last night all of them were available through 3rd party sellers for $41.99. I checked just now, and Starfire is completely out of stock, Supergirl is still hanging up there at $42, and Amazon.com seems to have gotten their own (current) stash of 9 Wonder Woman’s at the regular $20 cost. Again, I would like to have these, but not with all this added cost and headache.
Finally we have 3 long-awaited mini figures: Poison Ivy, Frost, and Starfire. Now out of the 3 groups, these are probably the ones I wanted most and were most willing to jump on, especially because they’re like $5 each. Anyway, the FB page made the announcement that these mini figs were available on Amazon at like 1:04a.m. (this was about a week back). By the time I saw it, some time around 5 the following day, all 3 were unavailable. Around 24 hours after that, Stafire became available, but she was available as an add-on. If you’re not familiar, “add-on’s” are this sortta stupid thing Amazon has been doing for a while, claiming to slash shipping costs. When you have an add-on item, it’ll only ship when you buy at least $25 worth of stuff at one time. Thankfully, what ever you’re spending on the toy counts towards the $25. The dilemma here should be obvious: if I want Starfire, I’ma have to pick out another $20 worth of stuff to buy to get her. Not totally crazy, but what about the other 2? Am I gonna have to do the same thing which each one of those, too? In this case, Amazon is just fucking me out of money I don’t plan on spending yet. Now if I could just grab all 3 – even if they were relegated to goddamn “add-on” status – I’d have $15 of the $25 covered and I’d only have to go and “waste” $10 to get the goods. As of this moment, none of the new mini figs are available.
So yeah, not such a good day to be a DC Super Hero Girls fan. I mean I don’t mind missing out on the first wave or whatever, but this availability situation is too much to keep up with. Actually, I’ll be perfectly happy if this stuff just started showing up in stores…and it’s kinda worrying me that we’ve gone so long without seeing the 12″ Katana doll or the 12″ Frost.
I know I didn’t include any pictures; you can find pics of most of this stuff on an earlier post about this same stuff. I’ma cut Mattel some leeway here and hope that this all straightens itself out within a couple of weeks, at least when it comes to online availability, I just hope they do a little better at meeting demand in the future.
UPDATE: Just as I was wrapping up this piece, I had to make a quick trip to the store – Target to be exact – so I quickly scurried through the toys. Having written much of this, those damn DC Girls were on my mind. I kept my spirits up as I made my way down the aisle bathed in pink and quickly noticed the same thinning numbers of SHG toys that has been the norm in several stores for the last couple of months. As I carefully scanned the boxes for any of the new “dorm room” sets, something did catch my eye…it’s a 6 pack of 6″ figures without Bumblebee and Poison Ivy, who’ve been replaced with Katana and – wait for it – BEAST BOY!!! Aside from Katana, the others are in “alternate outfits” just so it isn’t a total ripoff, and really, the outfits aren’t any different, just the colors. I should’ve taken a picture of the damn thing but didn’t think to; then again, I might head over there when they open in a few hours and just get the damn thing. I know it’ll bug me until I do. The price tag kind of sucks, and yeah I’d rather have a nicer doll and the minis, but whatever.
What’s totally fucking bizarre is that the webpage has spent all of its time focusing on Hawkgirl as the newcomer, even discussing an upcoming 9-pack to feature the core 6, Katana, and the debut of 6″ Hawkgirl and 6″ Starfire. Sooo why the hell do we get…Beast Boy…? Hawkgirl is being dangled…Catwoman is too recognizable to leave out for much longer…chicks like Cheetah and Raven and Star Sapphire deserve some love…and we’ve got baddies like Lena Luthor and Lashina…why Beast Boy!? Oh well, the alternate “outfights” might be kinda cool…at least they could function as evil clones or some shit. Not sure why, but companies nowadays are oddly reluctant to produce figures of villains. Now don’t go and list every villain currently on shelves right now. I’m not saying they don’t exist, but they are far outweighed by the amount of heroes made.
…I’ll stop there before I start going off on something completely different! If you’re in the process of collecting DC SHG stuff or some subset thereof, let me know how your search is going and if you’ve got any tips or tricks for the rest of us!