I’ve been looking forward to CW’s The Flash since it was first announced. I followed the casting, the costume reveal, and have not missed an episode since the pilot. I’ve often said that I felt that CW’s The Flash was going to do for The Scarlet Speedster what Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man outing did for everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. Since its premiere, I’ve seen more people excitedly look for the DC Comics and search for all sorts of action figures and collectibles. It’s been fun seeing this character develop and so much of it centers around DC Entertainment’s wonderful handling of their superhero. The Flash airs Tuesday nights on the CW at 8 PM ET and this past week was one you would not want to miss.
On display at NY Toy Fair was the first wave of action figures for The Flash. Following the success of the action figures based on CW’s other hit series, Arrow, DC Collectibles has once again ventured back to their television based properties. The first wave of Arrow figures were exceptional and only until a few weeks ago did the figures of Canary and Oliver Queen arrive back in stock. If you want to speculate on the collectibility of an action figure, then I’d say it’s safe to say that The Flash lineup will flash off shelves. (Pun intended.) The first wave consists of The Flash, Captain Cold, and a 1/6 scale statue that “faithfully captures The Flash’s new look of the hit TV series.” All three are highly detailed and held to the highest standards of quality by DC Collectibles. They look fantastic and are perfect representations of Grant Gustin and Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller. Oh, and it’s highly possible we may get a Heatwave figure based on Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell to complete our dreams of having the two founding members of Central City’s Rogues.
The Flash statue is a true sight to behold. Keeping in tradition with DC Collectibles other 1/6 scale, the statue has been produced using the same kind of technology they have been using to create their statues. One aspect that is immediately noticed is the realistic skin texture, complete with blemishes. It’s an amazing statue that is worth adding to your collection whether you watch the show, read the comics, or just enjoy DC.
If you think that’s where DC Collectibles TV based action figures end, you will be extraordinarily pleased to learn that the Arrow line will continue with a Wave 2. The Arrow figures include Diggle, Arrow, Arsenal, Felicity and perhaps a few other surprises. The actors are terrifically recreated in an action figure format and measure 6.75″ in height. All four were on display and I’d be sloppily reporting if I left out that the Felicity Smoak action figure was the most photographed. Emily Bett Rickards performance as Felicity has become somewhat of a pop-culture phenomenon as she has grown with audiences since her debut in the series. Felicty Smoak was recently introduced in the pages of The New 52, found in issue #35 of Green Arrow. Each figure comes with a screen accurate accessory, much like the Batman: The Animated Series line of figures.
Both The Flash and Arrow waves of figures are worth getting excited for, even with most of their release dates being set for this October. Don’t be too disappointed because the Oliver Queen season 2 action figure along with The Flash are set for this April. I know I could speak for What’cha Reading in saying that we can’t wait to get our hands on these figures! Expect a full review once they come out and start clearing some shelf space now because I have a feeling you’re going to want all of them.