This week’s episode of CBS’ Supergirl saw Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) face off against Winslow Schott aka The Toyman (Henry Czerny). “Childish Things”, featuring a teleplay by Anna Musky-Goldwyn and James DeWille, and a story by Yahlin Chang played more like an Adventures of Superman episode and that’s not a critique against this week’s episode in any way. Supergirl has only improved more and more each week and is one of my personal favorites, while also entertaining me more so than The CW’s The Flash and Arrow. CBS’ first season of Supergirl has quickly found itself in a more confident and assured way than that of the often uneven first season of Fox’s Gotham. Interestingly, these are all DC Comics based television series. And among the DC television universe, Supergirl soars!
The character of Superman has often found himself reinvented and present for each passing generation. We had George Reeves in Adventures of Superman, Dean Cain in Lois & Clark, Tom Welling in Smallville, and now (if more timely) we have Supergirl (Melissa Benoist)! It could be an easy mistake to dismiss CBS’ Supergirl television series, but a disappointing one to pass on. While comic book adaptations have found the material and genre inherently growing darker as icons are transplanted into a quasi-reality of sorts, Supergirl has overwhelmingly enjoyed a decidedly more positive and optimistic tone. The heroics are more of a throwback to the early days of Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel and a time where more people believed in the ideals of “truth, justice, and the American way.” A time where people weren’t skeptical of hope and enjoyed when heroes could turn guns into pretzels. Supergirl embraces this element fully and the character is warmly embodied by the perfectly cast Benoist. In a time where super heroes are constantly recycled and played as frequently by different actors as if they were Shakespearean (or Bond!), it’s very rare where you find someone who is “definitive” in the performance they give. The late Mr. Christopher Reeve did it. Robert Downey Jr is doing it right now, and Melissa Benoist is Supergirl/Kara Danvers.
As a fan of Melissa Benoist and Supergirl, there is nothing more pleasing than to see the series being enjoyed by such a diverse group of fans. There’s no denying that Supergirl is for everyone – boys and girls, men and women. To see the iconography of a Kryptonian other than Superman be represented in comics and collectibles is very exciting. While many have debated on whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey was properly represented in Hasbro’s toy waves along with challenging others to rethink how women are presented in merchandising (lack of action figures, memorabilia, etc) it’s worth taking note of CBS’ Supergirl. The series has not been on for more than one season and already has a DC Collectibles statue, a digital comic book, and planned action figure on the way. That’s significantly quicker than the nearly 2 to 3 year wait for Arrow collectibles and the staggered release of The Flash collectibles.
In keeping with the tone of this week’s episode of Supergirl – “Childish Things”, in which the villain is Winslow Schott aka The Toyman and a climax taking place at Toy Con (a riff on Toy Fair), I thought we should take another look at the toys and collectibles for CBS’ Supergirl. As you will see, they’re anything but childish things.
In Supergirl is Flexing Her Statuesque Muscle!, we reported on the then announced DC Collectibles Supergirl statue. Featuring a sculpt by Adam Ross and standing at 12.5 inches tall, Supergirl releases this March.
This statue features Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, as seen in the new CBS series from Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl. Sculpted by Adam Ross and stands approximately 12.5 inches tall. Supergirl is up for pre-order now at DCEntertainment.com
Besides the DC Collectibles statue, we’re also getting a DC Multiverse 6 in. Supergirl TV action figure. Mattel recently relaunched their Multiverse line in 6 in. scale and, as of right now, are currently offering figures of both The Flash and the Green Arrow from Arrow. It’s only right we’ll be getting a Supergirl TV action figure in the DC Multiverse line and in a solicit by Diamond to retailers, it’s revealed that the figure has a tentative release of January 27th. While we’ve yet to even see a prototype image of this action figure, it’s possible the figure will be held back until Toy Fair in February. Either way, having a Supergirl action figure will be an important addition to one’s collection.
Supergirl fans will also be getting a digital first Adventures of Supergirl comic releasing next Monday, January 25th. Veteran Supergirl writer Sterling Gates will be penning “Adventures of Supergirl”, which will be drawn by rotating artists including Bengal, Jonboy Meyers, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Emma Vieceli. Bengal will be penciling, inking, and coloring the first three chapters.
It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Supergirl as we have a great show on CBS, along with exciting merchandise releasing alongside the series. Have you been watching Supergirl? Are you planning on picking up the DC Collectibles statue or DC Multiverse action figure? Let us know in the comments below and, don’t forget, Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) will be appearing at C2E2 on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th. For more on C2E2, please click here.