These almost snuck by me… DC Collectibles is offering a new blind box series based on the DC superheroes. This one is a merchandising tie-in with a new video game called Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventures published by Warner Bros Interactive, which is the fifth title in the Scribblenauts series. As a PS3/Xbox 360 guy, I’ve never actually played Scribblenauts, but the first one came out in 2009 and features a highly inventive premise: the main character Maxwell has to solve puzzles using a magic notepad. The gamer controlling Maxwell can bring in tens of thousands of different objects into the game to use as tools to solve problems by simply writing the name of it on the touchscreen. In Unmasked, Maxwell can summon DC superheroes to solve the puzzles, and many of the game settings are locations in the DC Universe.
These Scribblenauts Unmasked figures feature DC superheroes in the style of the video game. There are twelve different figures sold in blind boxes in counter displays at places like GameStop for $4.99. The figures in the series include Aquaman, Batman, Bizarro, Black Manta, Deadman, Joker, Superman, Vampire Batman, Wonder Woman, and two chase (1 per case) figures: Maxwell dressed as Green Lantern, and a Gold Superman.
Unfortunately, that makes the odds of pulling the character you want pretty slim, so I went to eBay and bought a loose Superman and Bizarro. (The current going rate for the Gold Superman chase is about $20… not worth it to me, but I’ll get one eventually.) Each figure stands about 2-1/4″ tall and features limited articulation… just the head which barely turns because the cape’s in the way, and the shoulders.
Here are some pictures.
As you can see, Superman’s in his modern New 52 costume.
Bizarro’s in his animated style purple uniform. I really like how he came out… looks good in this style. I also notice that he has shorts on. I guess in the New 52 it’s bizarre to wear your shorts on the outside.
Included with each figure is a stand that looks like Maxwell’s magic notepad.
These figures aren’t the only merchandising tie-in for Scribblenauts Unmasked. DC Comics released a number of limited retailer variant covers drawn in the style of Scribblenauts. Some are based on famous comic book covers in Superman history, so in the Scribblenauts style, they’re pretty funny. If you want to track them down, they were released about a month or two ago. Here are the Superman-related ones, courtesy of my friend eBay seller danderlion.