That happened a little too fast for my taste. DC Icons was introduced in 2015, soared to glory with a stellar roster of well crafted, beautifully designed figures in 2016 and 2017, and now, it’s over. Their Swan Song being the Doomsday / Superman Iconic Moments Death of Superman set. DC Collectibles has officially ended / completed the line with that last set, and they are looking to bright, bigger tomorrow’s with the DC Essentials line to launch in 2018. I can’t wait to see the line, get hands on it, the figures are similar to the design of Icons, but larger in scale. What got me about DC Icons was the design for certain. The faithful treatment of DC heroes I grew up with, from those time frames in comic history. I hope that DC Essentials continues that philosophy, if they do, I’m sure it will be another hit line for DC Collectibles. For now, let’s take a look at highlights from 2017 for DC Icons!
DC Collectibles: Dark Knight III Mini Statue
HAPPY BATMAN DAY!! We didn’t think we’d get to this till next week, but..it’s Batman Day, this is a Batman statue, some things were meant to be. Enter the DC Collectibles 7 inch Batman Dark Knight III Mini Statue by DC Designer Series by Andy Kubert. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Andy had a heavy part to play in the Batman Dark Knight III comics run of the past few years. Does it translate to statue form?
DC Comics Icons Wave 6 Group Shots
That’s all there is for Wave 6 (2017 Wave 2). It may be literally all there is of the DC Icons line, though there is a Superman / Doomsday versus pack announced, it is still to be determined if it will retain the Icons numbering, as packaging has yet been shown (at least that I know of), we don’t know yet. Whether or not we get number 27, it’s safe to consider this the end of the road for what turned out to be one of my favorite toy lines of all time and I am heartbroken to see it ride off into the sunset. So many figures we didn’t get, so much potential unfulfilled. So many figures taken right off the table after being announced. Sinestro, Shazam, Etrigan, Blue Beetle / Booster Gold 2-pack, Deadshot. I am incredibly thankful for all of the figures we did get in this line thought, right up through what I consider to be a “phew, that was a close one” moment with Nightwing. I will keep this line on my shelves and display it proudly for as long as I have a shelf to display figures. I am looking forward to the line that replaces Icons though, DC Essentials. DC Collectibles has listend to the teeming masses that spoke with their wallets and Internet faces saying they wanted a 6 inch line of figures, with more articulation, and that’s what they are giving us, and as soon as 2018. So keep eyes and ears out. We love and support DC Collectibles in all things, and our support will be behind DC Essentials as well. Here’s to a future rich with incredible DC Super Hero figures! Now go look at the pretty pictures.
DC Comics Icons Wave 6 Super Sons 2-Pack
Rounding out the final full wave of DC Comics Icons figures is the Super Sons 2-Pack featuring Superboy (Jonathan Kent) and Robin (Damien Wayne). This is set number 26 in the Icons series from the In The Name Of The Father comics run. These two little guys are an excellent send off for this figure wave, and potentially the DC Icons line. The remaining announced figure set will be Superman Vs. Doomsday, but no word on whether this will retain the Icons numbering and be released as 27, or if it will be released psuedo-independently of the line. Either way, Robin and Superboy rock, let’s take a look at them.
DC Comics Icons Wave 6 Nightwing
Next up, and a little out of number order for this DC Icons wave, we go to number 24, Nightwing from the Hush run of comics. Nightwing is one of those absolutely key characters that needs to make it to any DC figure line. He may not be considered a tier one character by some…but those some are crazy really. Yes, it’s Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, but in the next breath it’s Green Lantern, Nightwing, Robin, Aquaman, Flash. These are figures you need in any and every DC figure line. DC Icons has achieved that and quite a few more in it’s run. With Nightwing, not only has DC Collectibles achieved bringing the character to the line, but they absolutely killed it with him and made a great figure.
DC Comics Icons Wave 6 Supergirl
Five months. It has been five months since we had the sweet scent of freshly unboxed DC Collectibled DC Icons plastic filling our nose holes. That’s approximately a lot of months too long, and knowing that the pot of gold is quickly approaching at the end of the DC Icons rainbow makes writing this first Wave 6 / 2017 Wave 2 DC Icons post bitter sweet. I’ll whine more about impending doom later. But for now, let’s talk about a thing of beauty. This Supergirl figure! Featured as number 25 on the side of the package, this is Rebirth Supergirl.