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One of the highlights of my visit to the 115th North American International Toy Fair this past February was a meeting at the DC Collectibles booth. If you haven't seen what they're doing, the folks at DC are offering up some stellar toys and collectibles "direct from the source" - meaning their in-house team. First-announced back in May of 2017, the DC Collectibles Artists Alley collection was on-display at Toy Fair and this summer they're finally hitting the streets. These PVC figures are inspired by the Artists Alley experience of a comic convention, in which fans can ask their favorite artists to craft reimaginings of popular characters infused with their own unique style. Among the figures in the first wave, the DC Trinity - Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as designed by artist Chris Uminga and sculpted by Joe Menna. At Toy Fair, I was presented with an early sample - one of just 300 exclusive Batman figures created just for the event. Now they're available to the masses, but just like their comic counterparts, the Artists Alley collection is being offered in variant form, with wave one available now in Standard Edition, Black & White Variants and the Hot Topic-Exclusive Zombie Variants - the latter of which I received for review here at Rock Father HQ. Let's take a look...

There was some big news from DC Comics this week as the full details on their DC UNIVERSE streaming service arrived. But it's not just a streaming service, but "a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise." The latter piece is going to be a big one for toy fans and collectors, and the first piece of that will be a brand-new series of 6" Justice League Animated action figures. Here's what the folks at DC Collectibles had to say about that...

It was on April 18, 1938 that the world first discovered the exploits of Superman - the iconic creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first hitting the public eye on the cover of ACTION COMICS #1 (cover dated June). Some four decades later, the "last son of Krypton" would come to life on the big screen with the release of 1978's Superman: The Movie, fueling kicking off another generation of heroics that caught the eye of many - myself among them. While my childhood was filled with superheroes, it was Superman that really grabbed me and pulled me into the medium where it all began - comics. Specifically, it was John Byrne's 1986 mini-series, The Man of Steel that did it (a series I've since shared with my daughters), and for the Christmas of 1987 I asked for one thing: the collected trade paperback edition, which I received and still have. Byrne's run on Superman introduced me to the countless spinoffs and made me a regular reader of Action Comics during an era where you had to buy three books (Superman, Action Comics, Adventures of Superman) to follow a complete story arc. From there I discovered the back issue bins, eventually delving into the five decades of storytelling that came before. Fast-forward another three decades and Superman is turning 80 - and as part of that celebration, Action Comics becomes the first superhero title to reach an incredible milestone - the publication of its 1000th issue. 

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When it comes to "unboxings," I usually don't post them if it's not myself or The Rock Daughters™ doing the unboxing and reviewing. Exceptions are to be made, and this is one of those - just because the toys in question are just pretty cool. Here we have the team from DC Collectibles doing an unboxing via Facebook Live of two new sets - the Batman: The Animated Series "Expressions Pack," and the DC Rebirth Justice League DC Icons 7-pack set. Check out the video below...

The DC Comics Bombshells line is a unique collection of higher-end statues that celebrate popular characters as presented in the style of 1940s and '50s pinups. Over the past few years, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Lois Lane, Hawkgirl and Catwoman have been among the characters given the Bombshell treatment, as has Batgirl, who just got a special statue for the 2016 Halloween season. The DC Comics Bombshells "Halloween Batgirl" switches out the traditional purple and gold outfit for a festive orange and black vampire costume, complete with fangs and a very appropriate hairdo. Based on the art of ANT LUCIA. Check it out below, and get yours from my ally, Entertainment Earth.

Comic books are certainly a family affair, and when it comes to those for younger readers, the work of Chicago artist Art Baltazar comes to mind - particularly SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, TINY TITANS, and DC Comics SUPER-PETS. The latter recently spawned a new line of plush toys that are based on the lesser-known sidekicks of some Earth's mightiest heroes. Indeed, every Super Hero needs a Super Pet, and two of the newest plush releases are none other than Superman's (or Superboy, depending on continuity) trusty dog Krypto, and Shazam's cuddly bunny, HoppyDC Collectibles and I have teamed-up to give readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a chance to win one of two pairs of DC Comics Super-Pets Plush! 

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