Monday, November 17, 2014

New Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Doom play set!

I've said it before, I'll say it again here, I love the Fisher-Pirce Imaginext DC Super Friends brand. It is seriously coming close to taken over my top spot for favorite DC toy line. And this line is aimed at 3-8 year old kids. Coming up we have news that something may hit retail just around the holidays, something that has never been made in play set form before, the Legion of Doom's Hall of Doom!

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All we have so far is a Previews solicitation, and a Amazon place holder listing for the toy, but that's enough to get Imaginext collectors talking. What they're saying however is split. Most love the idea that FP is making the Hall of Doom, but about 50% of those folks hate the execution of the toy. I'm in the other 50% who either don't care or really like, I really like it. This will fall into the basic play set size that Imaginext has for it's $20-$28 price range. It's not going to be a DX large scale sized set which I think most had hoped for. Looking at the reality of it, it's a villain based set, based on a decades old design, will kids care it's not 70's Super Friends cartoon accurate? Coming along with the set is a new Lex Luther figure. A figure in this general look was released along with the other Superman sets, but it was merely a re-paint of the 70's style Luthor that came with the Armor Suit. I'm super excited for this new figure as it looks to be a better representation of his 80's armored look, sans the helmet/chest piece. With this figure and the chest protector helmet part released in the prior 2-pack, you can make an pretty good Super Powers Lex Luthor figure.

I know a lot of collectors are unhappy about this Hall of Doom, but if sales of non-hero based toys this size can stay consistent, maybe we'll see larger sets in the future. I don't know how good or bad the sales are compared to hero and villain toys, but you'd think the bad guys sell pretty well since this whole post will be about new Super Villains seeing release. Coming soon, and as of yet not known if they will be exclusive to Target's Justice League sub-line, a Riddler Hot Rod and a Penguin Copter.

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Both vehicles will fall into the lower $15 priced basics assortment, and features new figures. The Penguin Copter continues to add to the Penguins growing arsenal of what has been mostly just water based vehicles. The Riddler Hot Rod is however just a souped up auto that will replace the car the Riddler had been available with before.

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Both beings being brand new sculpts is cool, I like to see Fisher-Price not rely on the same old tools, but it's not quite a two run homer here. The Riddler was really in need of a full update. The original figure sued the basic male Imaginext blank body with an original head. The 2nd version kept the blank body, and then added a painted blank basic Imaginext head. We kinda went backwards on that one. This new version features his pin-stripe suit look, and is quite cool. Maybe be great for custom works too. The Penguin figure however,this one doesn't quite outdo the original. I'll really have to wait and see one in person to make a final judgement, but missing this figure doesn't seem that big of  a deal right now.

So there we have it, the next 3 big DC Imaginext releases coming soon are all bad guys, all upgrades of previous figures, and all basic price points. These may make a fun holiday gift to myself.



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