Tag: DC Super Hero Girls

Lots of New DC Super Hero Girls Stuff…Well Kinda

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.

UPDATE:

I made a fun discovery whilst finishing up this article, and rather having to run back and try to rewrite it with this info in mind, I just decided to tack it onto the end.

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!

Stuff I Plan to Write About

Update: Just in case you noticed, yes, I did add a few things to this list. That is all.

I was glancing through some older posts and I realize that I pretty much complain in every entry about not getting around to writing what I want to write as often as I want to write it. Just so I don’t come off as a total tool, I wanted to take a moment or two to figuratively jot down what I intend to write about.

This list is mildly haphazard and in no particular order. As new developments arise – new purchases, new toys, etc. – these will tend to take precedence and already accounts for part of the reason why it’s taking me so long to bang shit out. Anyway, here it is. As I said, there is no order whatsoever to these, just a simple little color coded system.

  • RED is for stuff I really want to get done because it’s time sensitive or just because I personally want to get around to the subject.
  • BLACK just means regular ol’ normal priority article.
  • GREEN is for stuff a bit more personal in nature and not strongly related to toys – more like stuff I just happen to feel like talking about.
  • FAVORITE SONGS – People all the time are like, “that’s my favorite song!” or, “this is my favorite song of all time!” This is a question that plagues me from time to time. I even try to be conscientious and say stuff like, “this is probably one of my top 5 favorite songs.” So this is a question I wanted to try really hard to accurately answer.
  • FAVORITE ALBUMS – Pretty much the same as the above, just taken to an album level. I thought this would be especially interesting in an era where the album is dying…fast.
  • MY GROWING DISCOMFORT WITH TECHNOLOGY – Yeah that’s right, I’m sort of a technophobe. A while back I really sat down and thought about what it was that everyone else loved about technology and how that translates into what makes me so uncomfortable. I think it’ll be a fun read when I’m in the mood to really flesh it out!
  • MARIO SPORTS SUPERSTARS AMIIBO CARDS – I kinda wanted to do a little piece about tracking these down, buying and selling them, etc. but the moment may have passed. We’ll see.
  • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS 12″ DOLLS – I really want to get all these opened and posed and photographed…I just can’t seem to find that perfect intersection of motivation and availability.
  • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS 6″ FIGURES – Pretty much the same as above, except with the “action figures” instead of the “dolls.”
  • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS LEGOS – I’ve got all 7 sets of these and I want to get some good photos and a decent article put together, especially before I start losing pieces or things go missing or the new summer batch comes out.
  • LEGO BATMAN MOVIE BATMOBILE LEGO – I know that reads redundant as hell; just read it carefully. I’ve had this forever and really would like to do a short piece on it.
  • IMAGINEXT POWER RANGERS COLLECTION – My son loves these things and I always enjoy seeing them as they’re a trigger for nostalgia when it comes to those early years of Power Rangers. We’ve got the whole collection thus far apart from the “Warrior Mode” of the White Tigerzord, which I’m not even convinced is widely available yet.
  • SERPENTERA – Man, I wanted to get to this forever ago. I snagged a real Serpentera zord from the local used toy store, and it’s way cool, especially since folks my age totally remember Serpentera but never remember it made into a toy!
  • ARTILLATRON – Another cool find at the same store several weeks beforehand. A very cool piece that I want to show off, even if it’s a little less well known than others.
  • CUBES – One of my other big passions is cubes, more accurately called “rotational puzzles.” Ya know, like a Rubik’s Cube and all of its variations. I have tons of these things and would really love to do reviews, methodologies, and maybe a few outright solution guides / tutorials. This is a daunting task though. Successfully teaching someone how to solve these puzzles can be difficult and require lots of precise language as well as a multitude of diagrams. I thought I might start discussing these on a sort of intermediate level and maybe going from there, as well as putting together solid guides for some puzzles. I dunno. We’ll see, though at the very least I would like to review specific puzzles.
  • ALL FAST & FURIOUS CARS – I actually have a ton of these things spread across different sizes and brands. It’s by no means a complete collection, but taking stock of them all at once could e cool.
  • STAR WARS “FAKE CHARACTER CARS” – I have a few of these little themed Star Wars sets that I really want to photo-document and then open and admire, including the set with the planet-themed cars, the “factions” set, and the set with the movies and TV shows.
  • LOTSA OTHER “FAKE CHARACTER CARS” – Besides the 3 (I think) Star Wars sets, there are plenty of others I want to bust into, like Batman v Superman, Captain America, Civil War, and I think I even have a small set of He-Man cars and oh oh of course Spider-Man. Maybe more.
  • LAST 2 CORGIS – Way back forever ago when I posted pictures of all my Batman-related Corgis, the store I was getting them from had 2 left. Not long afterwards I went ahead and got those 2, eager to write about them at the time. Now this doesn’t mean I have all Batman-related Corgis, just all of the ones that I could go buy off a shelf at the time. At the time I wanted to go ahead and get this done, but it’s been so long, I’ll have to recap the collection anyway.
  • MINUTE DIFFERENCES – This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I guess if I’m smart I need to keep a running tally of these “differences” when I notice them. What differences am I talking about? Well mainly I’m referring to small differences in detail and/or paint job between different editions of the same character car. For example, if we look at Iron Man and what is now known as Iron Man Mark XLVI, these are supposed to be different and are intended as 2 distinct cars. But then look at pre-Civil War Hawkeye versus Civil War-era Hawkeye. The latter uses a noticeably darker shade of purple and a more subdued silver/chrome on the arrows on the front and back of the vehicle. Pre-Civil War Black Widow features gold accents, whereas Civil War Black Widow sports silver accents. Other differences are even more subtle, such as the metalflake used only in first editions of Superman and not in the 2nd and 3rd releases and the darker shade of blue in newer editions of Blue-Yellow Wolverine. These differences are most prevalent in Marvel and least apparent in the Star Wars line. I do want to take a serious look at these variations and carefully document them.
  • 1:50 SCALE HOT WHEELS BATMOBILES – This was supposed to be a sort of nerd-erific surprise, but it’s just slipped way from me due to one thing after another. This project will probably be 2-part – as both a casual entry and as a more formal fixed page on the site – so that means a lot of work. Anyway, as of a couple of months ago, I procured the Batblade and Batgirl’s Batcycle as part of Hot Wheels’ 1:50 scale line of Batmobiles and other Bat-vehicles, which marked the completion of my collection! As such, I really wanna do a piece featuring all of them and discussing them a little bit, and then extending that into a full fledged “guide” or whatever, just something to say, “this is the collection and here’s everything in it.”
  • SHIT I DON’T HAVE – There’s no real rush on getting this done, but I did want to do a fun piece on stuff I don’t have that I really want, or that would fill in major holes in my collection, i.e. Hot Rod Batman with the GOLD Base and R2-KT, the only Star Wars car I’m missing.
  • WANTED TOYS – Yeah ok, I get that this is kind of an inversion of the previous topic. I guess I just thought of it as a blanket list of stuff I wanted, regardless of how serious I was about actually getting it, versus the former, which was more about specific holes in my collections.
  • FLICKR! – Maybe you know this AND MAYBE YOU DON’T but I started this whole endeavor on Tumblr. To register on Tumblr, you need a Yahoo.com email addy. Well, with that addy, you get some space on Flickr. I don’t want Flickr to necessarily be a pic by pic record of what’s on the blog, but that’d be a good starting point. I’d like to take elaborate sets of pictures of individual collections, and I think having these to view on Flickr would be a nice counterpart to the largely text-based material here. I wouldn’t really call it “urgent,” though it would certainly be easier to upload pics as I go through articles. But that’s not to say I couldn’t just upload a bunch of random pics whenever I felt like.
  • “HEAVY METAL MONDAYS” OR “ALBUM OF THE WEEK” OR SOME SUCH SHIZ THAT STRIKES A BALANCE BETWEEN SUPER CORNY & ULTRA BORING – Yeah that kinda came outta left field, eh? Am I a fan of extreme metal?!? Maybe…? Do I wanna be? I think so… I suppose what I want is more time to explore the extreme subgenres of heavy metal. Running errands and toy-hunting with the 10 year old aren’t the greatest places to pump Thergothon or Buzzoven or Benighted. So I sortta want to give myself a reason to listen to this stuff and naturally, chronicle the results. I have an assload of albums from all sorts of extreme metal subgenres (and other stuff that purists would probably call subsets of heavy metal though not necessarily extreme metal) downloaded on my computer and I’d love to go through them methodically. They were actually all on my old laptop, and when it died, I thought that was it. Well, this $3 dohickey I bought off eBay finally got here 11 weeks later and I was able to access the old HD and blah blah all that good stuff. At the end of the day I’ve got something like 22,000 tracks spread across roughly 1,700 albums totaling 140GB.
  • NEW “REGULAR CARS” / RECENT HAULS – The thing about wanting to share “recent” purchases is that “recent” very quickly becomes “a while back” and after that it’s just some indeterminate point in the past and who really gives a damn by then? I mean I love all that I have, but there’s that rush of excitement when I first run across something new – and I wanna get on this damn thing and convey that excitement and shiny newness – but it gets put off and put off and overlaid by another haul and buried under another batch of awesome shit and then those 8 or 10 cars I wanted to take a moment to recognize are just lost in the fray of “shit I’ve collected.” So yeah. Maybe I should’ve marked this as a RED entry…what I really need to do is make it a weekly thing, and like every Whatever-day gather up new stuff to share. Hopefully I can get some of this backlogged stuff taken care of and this can become a bit of a routine.
  • ALL 1:24 SCALE JADA BATMOBILES – Right now I think this material is divided among 2 separate posts, which is OK. What I’d like to do is create (maybe) one of my first fixed pages on the site showcasing all 4 of them “permanently” and in one place.
  • GIANT 1:18 LYKAN HYPERSPORT – Here’s another case where “new” gets less and less relevant everyday, though I still want to take a second at some point to give it some special attention, maybe alongside my other Lykans from FF7 as well.
  • GROOT HAULER – I got this quite a while ago and I think it’s a neat direction to take the whole Character Car thing – not permanently mind you but as an occasional offshoot. Anyway, I was so excited about this guy, I got him fairly quick, and I just can’t get it together enough to write a quick blurb and snap a few photos!
  • “THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 7” PART 2 – I guess this is more a personal thing than anything, but I remember being so impassioned regarding the direction of the first half of Season 7 that I would hate to not follow it up. I actually caught the last half during the last couple of weeks while it was airing new episodes. I’m excited to gather my thoughts and write something up, but it could take a while. Problem is I need to go ahead and due it while I can still remember a lot of the minutia from episode to episode.
  • SO I BOUGHT A SWITCH… – I definitely have an ancient and deep-seated love for video games, even if that tends to wane a little as I get older and as the games (and the hardware) get more complex. Still, I’ve held on to the fact that “Nintendo” and “Mario” are pretty much synonymous with “FUN” and have kept up with their efforts over the last several years. I got the Deluxe Wii U back on launch day, toughed out that rough first year, and I think I own every first party title for the system. And please, the 3DS is like the coolest shit ever. And I don’t even give a damn about the 3D technology, it’s just a damn fine handheld. Anyway, I hemmed and hawed when it came to the Switch and the days leading up to it. Then I watched one micro-pre-order window after another pass me by on the internet. Well about a week and a half ago I broke down and bought one. It got here a few days later and I’ve been sussing it up ever since. Being a Nintendo nut I really want to put out my thoughts and first impressions on the machine. I wouldn’t mind spending a little more time with it first, but ideally I’d like to have something up before we cross the 3-month (since launch) mark. So this is something I’d like to get going on fairly soon, which also means spending time on the Switch and not blogging. So yeah. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.
  • 1:64 SCALE BATMOBILES – I have a farqing hyperton of these things and they’ll probably keep growing, at least for a little while. There are only a few basic designs but within them are also certain variations. I’ve talked about this before, but basically there are 5 main factors: body shape, main paint color, accents and/or graphics, window color, and luster. I don’t know if I’m quite ready to put together a comprehensive and exhaustive list yet, though I wouldn’t mind doing a post that quickly points to each piece I have.
  • MY FAVORITE RAP VERSES – Does that sound crazy? Maybe it is. I’m not sold on the concept just yet. I mean I know exactly what I want to write about, I just don’t know if it belongs here. Again, it’s weird intersection of interests that could be seen as either bringing diversity to “Site Title” or veering pointlessly off topic.
  • “TOONED” / “GLOW WHEELS” / ETC. – This sortta falls in line with sharing new hauls, but really it’s just me wanting to showcase specific collections/sets within the yearly Hot Wheels’ sets. This is one of those things that wouldn’t take so long except for the damn pictures pictures pictures.
  • GHOSTBUSTERS – I’ve got a handful of Ghostbusters vehicles (mainly Ecto-1 and variations thereof) that I wanna share just because I think it’s a neato car, up there with the likes of the Batmobile!
  • IMAGINEXT BLIND BAG – DC SUPER FRIENDS SERIES 1Ideally this is the next thing you’ll see me cover. It involves pictures and formatting and all that damn shit but I think it’s worth it! I won’t say too much more except that I think it’s really fucking bizarre how some tiny little pockets of these Series 1 guys have popped up.
  • SOMETHING KINDA LIKE CHARACTER CARS – I wont go into a lot of detail here because I’m not sure if I want to write about it at length yet. But anyway, Mattel makes Hot Wheels. Mattel also make a ton of other stuff, including Fisher-Price. Fisher-Price is mostly pre-school stuff, but they’ve put out a couple of lines based on younger children’s shows. Diecast and everything.
  • OLD STUFF, FROM ANOTHER LIFE…KINDA – The idea for this material just popped in my head not so long ago. Long story short, I used to put a lot of time and effort into another website. I won’t mention it because I don’t want any judgment passed. I still love those guys and I hope to return one day, it’s just not an obligation I’ve been able to handle for a while. Anyway, I spent a lot of time putting together some really cool articles like consoles that never made it to market, and totally obscure Castlevania games (and how to play them!), and Mortal Kombat characters that should be playable, and re-purposing a router into a bridge, AP, and/or wi-fi extender… stuff like that. It’s stuff I’m proud of, stuff I think might be useful and/or informative, and stuff I’d like to preserve. It doesn’t really have anything to do with toys – mostly – but “moving it” wouldn’t be that hard or time consuming. Drop me a comment or something: should I bring this older material over the blog…? The material is pretty varied, though it mostly centers on video gaming, which really isn’t that far off from the world of toys, so I wouldn’t feel like there was a giant disconnect between the two types of content.

Well, um, I think that about does it! There you have it: my “to-do list,” if you will. Something in particular grabbing your interest? Let me know and maybe I can do something about it!

Upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS Stuff

Upcoming DC SUPER HERO GIRLS Stuff

I don’t know exactly what it is about this new line of DC Super Hero Girls that has everyone going crazy over them, but man, it’s like everyone’s got the fever, especially adult collectors. Is it the level of detail? Is it the fact that girls from DC are getting a light-hearted treatment? Is there some sort of pyscho-sexual Freudian mechanism at play? Who knows. What I kinda like – from a collectability standpoint – is how we start off with 6 core characters, and then Katana is phased in, followed by Starfire, then Frost, etc. It has that building effect that us collectors love.

Anyway, whatever the reason is, there are multiple avenues that the overall DC Super Hero Girls collection takes. We’ve got the 12″ Dolls, highly detailed and articulated, with subsets of their own, including deluxe versions, “in training,” some sort of sound/action gimmick, and then the “___ of ___” format, as in “Supergirl of Krypton” and “Wonder Woman of Themyscira” and the upcoming Starfire. Then there’s the 6″ Action Figures, which as the name implies, strongly resemble typical “boy” figures – like Power Rangers, TMNT, and basically all toys from the ’90s. These aren’t as detailed as the dolls, but they definitely feel more like an “action figure” for those put off by the term “doll,” the main difference being a few points of articulation and lack of soft hair.

Those are probably the most well-known, but there’s also a set of Plushies which I know next to nothing about, as well as a set of 3″ Mini Figures that feature the characters with a removable base/accessory. We also don’t want to forget about the Character Cars from Hot Wheels, which have become collectible to several factions – Super Hero Girl fans, Character Cars, etc. Lastly we have a handful of LEGO Sets, which promises to be expanded upon soon. The distinguishing feature of the LEGOs is that they’re the first format to include villains from the show, something I hope the other lines will eventually branch out into as well. (Keep on the look out for an entire entry devoted to the LEGO line eventually…lots of pics and cropping and editing are what’s holding me back!)


DC SHG Dolls

A few opened dolls from my collection: “Deluxe” Starfire, Mission/Training Gear Harley, and Supergirl of Krypton.

12″ Dolls

Just in case you’re out of the loop, I’ll quickly bring you up to speed. So far, 8 characters have been released as 12″ dolls excluding Frost who just came out days ago. This includes the “core” set of Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. There’s also a mission gear / in-training subset which includes all of the above apart from Poison Ivy. There’s also a “special” series (not sure what to call it) which so far consists of Wonder Woman of Themyscira and Supergirl of Krypton. Then there are some odds and ends, like Batgirl with a bunch of accessories and a Wonder Woman that makes noise.

In addition to the core 6, there’s a special edition SDCC exclusive version of Katana. Then Starfire was added to the core, followed very recently by a “regular” Katana. When I say “regular” or “core,” I’m essentially talking about the $20 dolls that come with a Student ID Card. Some people may not yet be aware of this Katana; she’s touted as an Amazon.com exclusive. However, I purchased her off of eBay several days before Amazon’s release date, and she arrived 2 days later in a box from Amazon. Go figure! So for anyone wanting to grab a Katana who doesn’t want to spend the dough on the SDCC version, she’s easy to snag from Amazon.

SDCC Exclusive Katana

The SDCC Exclusive 12″ Katana

I’ve also noticed lately that Targets and TRUs in particular seem to be trying to thin their stock of Super Hero Girls. Hopefully this means that some of these new dolls and figures will be on shelves very soon!

Frost Doll

Frost – box crushed courtesy of Amazon’s unusually poor choice of shipping material! I got a 50% refund though, so ‘s all good.

Frost

Technically, Frost has moved over from “upcoming” to “released” but I wanted to put this out there since she is so new. Don’t even pay attention to the scalpers on eBay for this one – she’s on Amazon.com all day long for a cool $20. Couple that with a Prime membership (which is totally worth it; even if you don’t use the streaming service it pays for itself if you order even twice a month) and you’ve got a better deal than you’ll find on eBay right now. Beware though: Amazon uncharacteristically shipped mine in a fucking padded envelope which means that even under the best handling circumstances the corners of the plastic are crushed. It doesn’t matter too much since I’ll eventually unbox it, but I know some collectors will be pissed. The good news is that I emailed Amazon about it and they promptly issued me a 50% refund. With Frost added to the mix, this currently makes 9 dolls in the core series.

Hawkgirl

Well, we know that a 6″ figure of Hawkgirl is coming (more on that in a second) but what about a doll? The DC Super Hero Girls Dolls Facebook page vaguely alludes to a Hawkgirl doll sometime down the road. Ostensibly it appears to depend on how many “likes” something gets, though the statement read more like a pun and not nearly formal enough to suggest that a serious contest was going on. I think we can say with some degree of certainty that 12″ Hawkgirl will be coming sometime in the near-ish future.

Catwoman

There’s pretty much an identical post pertaining to Catwoman as we see with Hawkgirl. Something about, “would you ‘LIKE’ to get a Catwoman doll!?” or whatever. No pics though, and no other mentions of Catwoman, so this could be a ways away.

Intergalactic Gala – Starfire, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl

I knew I had seen a different version of a 12″ Starfire in some pictures, but I had to dig around on the FB page to find out exactly what I’d seen. I guess I subconsciously made the Wonder Woman / Supergirl connection, because at first I figured it’d be a “Starfire of Tamaran” figure much like Supergirl of Krypton and Wonder Woman of Themyscira. Turns out it’s something altogether different, along with new versions of Supergirl and Wonder Woman as well, known as Intergalactic Gala. So yeah, whatever that’s about, it’s comin’.

Intergalactic Gala Dolls

Action Figures

My collection of the 7 6″ action figures.

6″ Action Figures

Alright, once again let’s bring ourselves up to speed. This’ll be pretty quick – basically there are 7 action figures, our core 6 plus Katana. Now there are a few other versions floating around, such as both Wonder Woman and Batgirl with their respective vehicles, an exclusive Batgirl with the school playset, and possibly a very small number of others I’m missing. But mainly there are these 7 – you can even snatch up the core 6 in a package all together.

Hawkgirl Action Figure

Hawkgirl

Hawkgirl is confirmed for a recent, upcoming release in 6″ form. Initially she’ll be available within a 9-pack of action figures, including the previous 7 plus a brand-new 6″ Starfire. Hopefully a timely standalone release will follow.

Super Hero Girls 9-Pack

Starfire

…Pretty much the same story as above. A 6″ Starfire will debut in that same freakin’ 9-pack alongside the new Hawkgirl and 7 previously released figures.


Minis

My Minis! And no, I haven’t opened a single one yet…

3″ Minis

So currently we’ve got a somewhat strange assortment of these gals on shelves: Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn, and Katana. Why the hell did they leave Ivy out!? I don’t know, but it kinda pisses me off! Anyways, those 6 are where we stand.

Poison Ivy Mini

Poison Ivy

Yeah yeah, I have no idea why they wanted to put Poison Ivy in the second wave of these things, but c’est la vie. At least she’s a’comin’, and from the pictures, she (and the other new ones) look a bit better than the initial offering.

Starfire Mini

Starfire

Alright, cool, looks like Mattel is finally closing ranks on these guys (girls) to create a sort of new “core 8,” the 2 additional members being Starfire and Katana.

Frost Mini

Frost

And here comes Frost outta nowhere, first bustin’ up in doll form and soon to be a brand new mini figure. I definitely dig the new faces, I just don’t get why they want to stagger things up all weird.


So, to recap, here’s where we stand: we’ve got a new Frost doll. New Catwoman
and Hawkgirl dolls may be coming at some damn point, as well as “Intergalactic Gala” versions of Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Starfire. The action figures will add Starfire and Hawkgirl to the mix, though it looks like they may only be available within a huge 9-pack for at least the early stages of its release. The population of Minis will catch up to our current collection of dolls, adding Poison Ivy, Starfire, and Frost.


Super Hero Girls Plushies

Plushies

Not sure if these are something I’ll ever personally collect, but since the Super Hero Girls FB page thinks it’s worth mentioning, I’ll quickly give ’em a once over. A series of small plush toys is set to drop soon, including Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn. They have a bit of that toddler-toy look to them – they’re very much a 2D front stitched to a 2D back and then stuffed. I think I’d dig them more if they were “normal” 3D like pretty much every other stuffed animal. For the record, it looks like you can pick these up over at shop.mattel.com right now for $9.99 a piece.


Super Hero Girls Character Cars

My babies! What’s funny is that 4 out of 5 of these exist in another form: Katana and Batgirl have counterparts in the DCU line, Harley has another DCU version as well plus her special Suicide Squad release, and Wonder Woman now has 4 “sisters:” the original DCU, the BvS version, the new Wonder Woman version, and the exclusive vehicle in the Wonder Woman / Ares 2-Pack. Supergirl may be left out, though she does closely resemble the original Superman Character Car.

Character Cars

That’s right! We may be able to get our latest updates on the DC Super Hero Girls Character Cars right there on the FB page. Nothing new on this front, but the page did acknowledge the recent-ish releases of Harley Quinn and Katana. These came after the initial wave consisting of Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. So far we’re still at 5 with no official word on what’s to come next, but it has been a while. With most every other branch of the Super Hero Girls getting a bump, I’ll predict at least 2 Character Cars in the near future, pooled from Poison Ivy, Bumblebee, Starfire, and Hawkgirl judging from other releases. Ivy is my personal first choice, and as much as I’d like to see Starfire as well, I really want Hot Wheels to hone in on the core 6 before branching out too much further.


Super Hero Girls LEGOs

Here are the LEGO figures spanning the first 7 sets (minus the one extra Krypto).

LEGO

The DC Super Hero Girls Dolls FB page doesn’t directly address the franchise’s foray into LEGOs, which I guess kinda makes sense if this particular FB page is dedicated to dolls. There is in fact a wholly different FB page for the franchise itself. Anyway, I wanted to touch on LEGOs because they’re one of the most visible outlets for the girls (and boys).

At present there are 7 sets pertaining to the DC Super Girls. Now wait a minute – before you start counting on your fingers and doing a Google Image search and start shaking your head muttering, “no dude, there’s only 6 sets,” just reign it back in a little, take a breath, and then be reminded of the little set in the bag, Krypto Saves the Day coming in at a cool 55 pieces. (Looks like the set may also be available in a box as well.) “Ok dude but Krypto is not a Super Hero Girl!” Well that might just be true, except the set is branded with the “DC Super Hero Girls” logo and all that good stuff. “Man, weird ass specials and promos and stuff shouldn’t count as ‘a set’!” Well, um, wrong again. I found this (my son found it actually) hanging on an end rack at Toys R Us, right next to a bunch of LEGO friends baggies of similar size and the Mixels. So boom, 7 sets, get the hell wit it.

So yeah, 7 sets right now. I don’t know the exact names offhand, but we’ve got Krypto Saves the Day, the big Super Hero High set, the cafe, Wonder Woman’s dorm room, Batgirl’s Batwing, Lashina’s little vehicle, and Bumblebee’s crazy ass helicopter rig. I’m not sure if we have an official word on new sets, but there are some pics of upcoming sets like Lena Luthor’s Kryptomite Factory, Batgirl’s Secret Bunker, Eclipso Dark Palace, and Harley Quinn’s Dorm Room. Again, nothing so concrete as a release date(s) yet, but it’s worth noting that pictures of this second wave have been floating around quite a while – a month, maybe more – along with other information such as the MSRP. Where are these sets? Most sources point to a Summer 2017 release. I will offer up some quick advice if you’re interested in Super Hero Girls sets and you don’t have all the current ones…2 pieces of advice actually.

First, buy them at Walmart. They are significantly cheaper than somewhere like Target or god forbid TRU. For instance, the largest set, Super Hero High, is $79.99 over at Target. Go right next door to Walmart and you can get it for like $63.24. (Ok, I don’t remember the exact change, but the “63” is right.) That’s an incredible difference and it holds true with not only other Super Hero Girls LEGOs but all LEGOs, of any subseries. Second, go ahead and get those older sets now if you want them, or either start scooping them up quickly when the new ones hit shelves. Yeah, it’s possible they might hang around your particular store for a month or 3, but more likely than not, they will disappear fast. The Super Hero Girls have limited shelfspace, so when those new sets start rolling out, they’ll want to move the old ones out quickly. Walmarts in particular will probably start marking them down (“rollbacks”) little by little until they disappear, a strategy that generally works. This is less likely at places like Target or TRU. Generally they’ll concoct a formula telling them how many of the older sets they’re likely to sell in X period of time, and then shuffle whatever’s left to stores with less turnover where they can afford to let it sit for months and months just to be sure they get full price for it. Ever been to those sort of “graveyard TRUs” or “graveyard Targets” where they’ve got toys on the shelves that disappeared 18 months ago yet they’re still fetching full retail? Well, that’s how/why only certain stores seem to fall prey to this weirdness.

I kinda got on a roll there, but I like to try to help when I can. I know what it’s like to get up one day and be like, “ok, I’m just gonna finally go to so-and-so and buy such-and-such,” and then you get there and suddenly what you want is gone. Just remember that new waves replace older ones, they don’t all hang out on the shelf together (maybe very briefly during the transition, but you get the idea).

Lena's Kryptomite Factory

Lena Luthor Kryptomite Factory

Batgirl Secret Bunker

Batgirl Secret Bunker

We had some interesting characters in the first run so I’m excited to see what the new ones may include. The first sets gave us our core 6 plus Steve Trevor and Krypto the Superdog. The villains are the most interesting, and so far, LEGO is the only place to get any Super Hero Girls’ villains, Lashina and Lena Luthor. And those crazy Kryptomites. Based on pics of the new boxes, besides alternate outfits for some of our existing characters, it looks like we can expect Eclipso, Mad Harriet, and The Flash (I’m pretty sure it says The Flash and not Kid Flash). Looks like DC is dredging up some real obscurities for this whole “Super Girls” thing…which is good! It may turn out to be a great way to introduce established yet non-mainstream characters to the masses. I guess DC wants more than Batman and Superman to stand on…even though they have the Teen Titans, which they refuse to give proper treatment to. I DIGRESS.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn Dorm

Eclipso Dark Palace

Eclipso Dark Palace

If you really dig the LEGOs, be on the lookout for an entry all about them. It’ll be a chore (mostly because of the photos and subsequent editing) but I’d really like to do a big(ish) piece on the current 7 sets before we’re knee-deep in new releases. And if you really want me to get off my ass and get this piece going, drop me a comment and let me know!


Whew, I think that’s it for the young ladies. And yes, I am aware that there are other avenues of merchandise, I just stuck to these because of what I found on the FB page and of course the visibility of the LEGOs. If you want to keep up with the updates yourself, take note that the proper page to check is the DC Super Hero Girls Dolls Facebook page, and not the “regular” DC Super Hero Girls page.

Now I know this took me waaay too fucking long to type up, but I think it was worth putting out there. The “downside,” if you can call it that, is that there’s been 2 totally awesome and newsworthy events since I started this, and I’m anxious to put the info out there. So if you’ve made it this far, read my recent posts for awesome new stuff – and if those posts don’t exist yet, keep a careful eye on this until they do!

Awesome Find – QUEEN HIPPOLYTA (& Horse) and STEVE TREVOR

A long time ago you may have heard me complain about not being able to have all 8 of the DC Super Hero Girls in a single form – 12″, 6″, Mini, whatever – it just didn’t seem like it was possible to have them all in the same format. Some time after that, I reported on the upcoming 12″ Katana doll, effectively meaning that all 8 would be available as 12″ dolls. I also mentioned the SDCC exclusive 12″ Katana, which came out quite a while back and rendered my argument null and void in the first place.

Since then, I’ve gotten several dolls I wanna show off (coming soon, I promise) and a few upcoming pieces. So far we know that a 12″ Frost doll and a 6″ Hawkgirl figure will be available mid-April. Well, it turns out there was some other cool stuff I hadn’t heard about too!

Rewind to like, 2 days ago, and I noticed some brand new stuff over with the DC Super Hero Girls dolls. These new packages were emblazoned with the new theatrical “Wonder Woman” logo! Ok, so it’s not technically Super Girls stuff, but it’s pretty darn close, right? The dolls are beautifully done in Gal Gadot’s likeness (when applicable) and some of them have some sort of “action movement. Check out what I got:

Queen Hippolyta and Horse

Cool right? It’s Queen Hippolyta and a big white horse! And it’s all mine!

Steve Trevor & Wonder Woman

It took a little searching, but I also happily snatched this up too – it’s an exclusive Steve Trevor doll (along with a more casual Wonder Woman).

Five other items are also available, including Wonder Woman with a black horse! The rest are singles of – you guessed it – Wonder Woman in different garb. There’s Battle Ready and Shield Wielding featuring her in her typical outfit, a Bow Wielding version where she has more subdued and less flashy clothes (same outfit she wears in the pack with Steve), and then a Diana Prince version where she wears a robe.

Other Wonder Woman Movie Dolls

Will I splurge on the other 5 of these? I don’t know…I wouldn’t mind having the black horse, but at the same time, I’m not nearly as interested in gimmicky “moving action” features; I’d rather just have a simple, articulated doll. Currently I’m a little more interested in gathering up all the strange variations of the regular line of DC Super Hero Girls. For the time being though, I do at least have one of each character. Man, I really need to gather up all my Super Hero Girls gear and show it off!

I haven’t brought myself to open them up yet, but the time will come soon enough, especially since I’ve already gotten some decent pictures while writing this piece. I doubt these dolls will ever expand much into “boy” territory, though it would be awesome if we could get a decent roster of DC characters out of it. So far the DC Super Hero Girls series seems to be crazy popular, and though the movie Wonder Woman stuff isn’t exactly in the same line, you can bet that they’re targeting the Super Hero Girls fans and collectors above all else.

Keep an eye out – I’ve got LOTS more doll stuff to share!

Yippie! A 12″ Katana Doll is on the Way!

A while back I was bitching about not being able to own all 8 of the DC Super Hero Girls in any one single form. “Ooh, I dig the 6″ action figures…but no Starfire. Oh wow, the 12″ dolls look great…but no Katana. Ok ok, I’ll settle for the mini-figures…wait, no Starfire and – what the hell – no Poison Ivy.” I just want to line all 8 of them up in the same form, damn is that too much to ask!?

Turns out that not long after that rant I found out about the SDCC-exclusive 12″ Katana doll. I almost immediately jumped on it, but damn, these things are pricey. The low end is around $55 to $70 while some folks have tried asking anywhere from $140 to $200. That seemed to close the book on my issue: I can have all 8 in 12″ doll form, but I’ma have to pony up for Katana.

12 inch Katana Doll - SDCC

I was actually checking out the “Katana scene” a little bit ago for any good deal, I spotted the coolest thing: a 12″ Katana doll in “regular” packaging! The seller has it listed as pre-order that ships on March 25th. I then found it on Amazon, where it has an April 15th release date.

12 inch Katana doll

And check out this other little tidbit I stumbled across while trying to nail down a release date. The site simply listed Katana as coming out sometime in April, but it was a couple of other items that interested me the most…an upcoming 12″ Frost doll and a 6″ Hawkgirl action figure.

12 inch Frost
6 inch Hawkgirl

Does this just mean we’ll have a whole set of dolls minus Hawkgirl…? I hope not…

DC Super Hero Girls – A True Source of Collector Frustration

Originally posted on January 17th, 2017.

I’ll admit that I’ve never really had much of a reason to go to the girls’ section of toys.  I glance down there and it’s just two or three rows of PINK DAMMIT.  I guess there were a couple of girl toys I may have wanted as a kid, but by and large I was glad to be a boy and enjoyed my action figures and guns and lazers and swords and muscles and cars and missiles and so forth.

But when I saw that the DC Super Hero Girls were making their way to the character car arena a few months back, I started giving them a closer look.  I’m still on the fence about collection or even buying an actual doll, but I did spend some time gathering up the 6 inch “action figures,” you know, smaller, more articulated, and sans “real” hair.

Here’s the thing:

To the best of my knowledge, as of right now, there have been toys – in some form or another – based on 8 characters from the show:  Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Bumblebee, Katana, and Starfire.  (Note:  I’m excluding Legos from this discussion because most of the time you’ve gotta spring for 2 or 3 $80 sets (maybe worse) just to get all the characters of a particular series.  (Note Again:  I looked it up and neither Katana nor Starfire has made it to Lego form yet, although Steve Trevor has.))  Of these, Katana and Starfire are by far he least common, with Starfire being the newest addition.  The part that sucks is that Mattel (or whoever, I think Mattel) refuses to make all 8 within the same fucking format, so it’s impossible to line up all 8 of ‘em all nice and neat!

If we start with the Character Cars, we only got Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman.  Most people probably won’t pay attention to this branch, but I felt the need to mention it since that’s what drew my attention to them in the first place.

Mini DC Super Hero Girls

Recently I started seeing the little 2.5 inch mini-figures around.  Ok, no Starfire, but I guess I can live with that…for now.  Oh cool, they have Katana, that’s a good sign…but wait…no Poison Ivy…why!?  She’s like, one of the “core 6,” why is she randomly left out of the minis?  It’s strange to be sure, but everyone else is included.

Katana - 6 inch

Moving on to the 6 inch figures, which really are much more similar to a traditional boys’ action figure (like a Ninja Turtle, X-Men, Power Rangers, etc.), we seem to be off to a good start.  We’ve got our “core 6″ plus Katana, who it seems was an exclusive to this form for some time.  She damn sure was hard enough to find, although now I’m seeing her everywhere.  But guess what…no freakin’ Starfire.  Ugh.

Lastly are the big 12 inch dolls – yes, I’m calling these dolls because they have far fewer points of articulation than the action figures and they have “real,” style-able hair.  You guessed it; so far this is where Starfire makes her one and only appearance.  The dolls come in 3 different formats: there’s the bare-bones “doll-only” package for $15, then you move up a tier into “doll +” where you get a few accessories for a cool $20, and then finally there’s the “doll deluxe” and I’m not sure what the hell all comes with it, but the packages are enormous and run $25.  Now I don’t know if everyone is available in all 3 forms, but I’m still counting all of these as “dolls” since the figures are all the same size / shape / composition / etc.  Starfire has shown up in the “doll +” packaging, the “core 6″ can easily be found in one of the 3 forms, but of course damn Katana appears to be relegated to smaller sizes.  WHY MATTEL WHY GODDAMNIT!?

Starfire - 12 inch

Anyway, that’s it, rant over.  I mean I would love love love to have all 8 of them as cars, but that’s probably a pipe dream.  Beyond that, I prefer the action figures but honestly I’d be willing to “convert” to any format so long as Mattel would stick to it and continually release at least 1 iteration of each character in said format.  I do have all 7 in action figure form (and 3 minis) but I don’t know if I’m ready to own a doll yet or not…plus I won’t exactly be rushing out to get dolls of the other characters since there’s no way to really complete the set.  UGH…as a collector it just drives me crazy that I can’t line up all 8 of them and admire my collection!!!

Collectors out there, do you feel my pain?  I know you do!  If you don’t, it’s ok, you’ll get there.  Anyone have any insight into this issue or know of any upcoming releases that would help me scratch this itch?  Character Cars aside, it’s obvious that Mattel is doing this deliberately, but why?  They’ve got to know they make 8 characters, and they’ve got to realize you can get all of them except for Katana in doll form and all of them except Starfire in action figure form.  As to why 2 of them are left out of the minis, well, that’s just plain weird.

I’m equally open to speculation and information…someone just please tell me why Mattel won’t let me have a nice neat set of DC Super Hero Girls!

And P.S. – When you gonna throw some villains in!?  Lego makes a Lena Luthor figure for God’s sake!  And Lashina, whoever the hell that is.  And Kryptomite, whatever the hell that is!

LEGOs...or something