Yesterday DC Direct unveiled their newest line of designer vinyl figures based on the heroes and villains of the DC Universe, Blammoids. The Blot’s not a huge fan of the name DC Direct gave this new platform toy, but I am glad to see they are thinking outside the box. Plus, these cute little chunky figures are actually pretty cool looking. According to DC’s official release, Blammoids are “a striking, hyper-stylized twist on the world’s greatest heroes and their biggest foes.” (link) Blammoids! Series 1 includes heroes Batman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman and Firestorm, and villains the Joker and Sinestro.
Blammoids is a series of 2.5” to 4” PVC mini figures. Each figure is packaged on a blister card and comes with three points of articulation. Thankfully this will not be a blind box series, but some figures will be harder to get than others. Each case of Blammoids will contain 3 Batman figures, 3 Joker figures, 2 Green Lantern Hal Jordan figures, 2 Sinestro figures, 1 Aquaman figure and 1 Firestorm figure. As you can imagine the second tier characters included in Blammoids Series 1, like Aquaman and Firestorm, should be relatively difficult to find.
I think these turned out really well, and I absolutely love the Firestorm Blammoid. It’s great to see DC Direct producing characters mainstream America may be unfamiliar with, especially since this version of Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond, is currently deceased. The fact that Aquaman has no facial features does bother me a little bit, but it works. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing which characters will be included in DC’s Blammoids Series 2! Maybe we'll get a Zatanna, Mr. Terrific or even a Jack Knight Starman.
Blammoids Series 1 will go on sale January 20, 2010, with each figure retailing for around $10.