Latest DC Direct/DC Collectibles Haul!
Earth 2 Superman and Batman, the one and only birds of prey, Oracle (finally!), Black Canary and The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire from Red Hood and the Outlaws, Orion from the New Gods series, and the World’s Finest, The Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Power Girl (Karen Starr). 
These actually arrived right after I got back from vacation but I had to get settled before I snapped some Haul pics. I am super excited to finally have an Oracle action figure. In my own universe I see no point in reversing the amazing character development of Barbara Gordon and since in the New 52 her paralysis has been reversed this may be the one and only figure we get of Oracle, ever. 
Unfortunately, poor quality control reports have been rampant with just about every figure I just received barring the much older Birds of Prey set from when DC Collectibles was known as DC Direct. So wish me luck and no breakage or needing to boil/freeze parts. 
Have a great week,
-Flash Johnson

Latest DC Direct/DC Collectibles Haul!

Earth 2 Superman and Batman, the one and only birds of prey, Oracle (finally!), Black Canary and The Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire from Red Hood and the Outlaws, Orion from the New Gods series, and the World’s Finest, The Huntress (Helena Wayne) and Power Girl (Karen Starr). 

These actually arrived right after I got back from vacation but I had to get settled before I snapped some Haul pics. I am super excited to finally have an Oracle action figure. In my own universe I see no point in reversing the amazing character development of Barbara Gordon and since in the New 52 her paralysis has been reversed this may be the one and only figure we get of Oracle, ever. 

Unfortunately, poor quality control reports have been rampant with just about every figure I just received barring the much older Birds of Prey set from when DC Collectibles was known as DC Direct. So wish me luck and no breakage or needing to boil/freeze parts. 

Have a great week,

-Flash Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah Flash Haul!
So this past week I visited Salt Lake City on a week vacation and checked out a lot of the local sights including six (!) comic book shops. Unfortunately, I had already owned a lot of what I saw at the shops but I did come across Figures Toy Co.’s Mego Kid Flash reproduction action figure that was released a few months back. Early followers will note that I finally picked up an original release Mego Kid Flash about a year back but it is still cool to have a pristine copy to look at. I also stopped by a great shop called the Nerd Store, and not only met an awesome Flash fan that works there named Tyler, but also picked up that classy Flash cigarette holder/wallet on the bottom right.
The rest, oddly enough, was found at stores that are not directly comic-related. Both of the watches were found at Spencer’s, and the gift bag in the back featuring The Flash (as well as Green Lantern, Superman and Batman) was found at Target. I actually picked up the Animated Justice League War figure on the far left a few weeks back but I figured why not toss it up there too.
A special Thank you to my Lightning Rod for a fantastic trip and an amazing time. Despite what goes on and what ends up happening in the future I will always love you and you will always be my very special Lightning Rod. .
-Flash Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah Flash Haul!

So this past week I visited Salt Lake City on a week vacation and checked out a lot of the local sights including six (!) comic book shops. Unfortunately, I had already owned a lot of what I saw at the shops but I did come across Figures Toy Co.’s Mego Kid Flash reproduction action figure that was released a few months back. Early followers will note that I finally picked up an original release Mego Kid Flash about a year back but it is still cool to have a pristine copy to look at. I also stopped by a great shop called the Nerd Store, and not only met an awesome Flash fan that works there named Tyler, but also picked up that classy Flash cigarette holder/wallet on the bottom right.

The rest, oddly enough, was found at stores that are not directly comic-related. Both of the watches were found at Spencer’s, and the gift bag in the back featuring The Flash (as well as Green Lantern, Superman and Batman) was found at Target. I actually picked up the Animated Justice League War figure on the far left a few weeks back but I figured why not toss it up there too.

A special Thank you to my Lightning Rod for a fantastic trip and an amazing time. Despite what goes on and what ends up happening in the future I will always love you and you will always be my very special Lightning Rod. .

-Flash Johnson

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A Special Happy Birthday from The Fastest Fan Alive to Jack “King” Kirby: August 28, 1917 to February 6, 1994. Long Live the King!
Obviously Jack had a hand in creating every character above and even though the Darkseid and Parademons aren’t exactly his design they definitely would not exist without The King. 
From Left to Right: The Demon, Parademon 1, Kobra, Lightray, Big Barda (with Mega-Rod), Darkseid, Orion (with Astro-Harness), Mister Miracle, Metron (sans mobius chair), Steppenwolf (Super Powers Version also designed by Kirby) and Parademon 2.
-Flash Johnson
A special thank you to DC Direct, DC Collectibles and Mattel for giving us such great Kirby creations. Especially DC Direct who as you can see made their releases look extremely Kirby-like: Big Barda, Lightray, Orion and Mister Miracle are all from the 2008/2009 New Gods Action Figure series and are pretty much perfect. While I wish Orion and Metron had come with their vehicles (Orion’s astro-harness is from the Mattel version and I still need a mobius chair) the figures themselves are about as perfect of a recreation of Kirby art in 3D form as one can ask for. 

Hey Speed Readers,Since I’m on vacation I won’t be able to do a proper picture tribute until I get back but in the meantime you can see my tribute from last year. I’ve doubled my collection of Fourth World figures and I can’t wait to show you all the new additions I have when I get back.Long Live The King!-Flash Johnson

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A Special Happy Birthday from The Fastest Fan Alive to Jack “King” Kirby: August 28, 1917 to February 6, 1994. Long Live the King!

Obviously Jack had a hand in creating every character above and even though the Darkseid and Parademons aren’t exactly his design they definitely would not exist without The King. 

From Left to Right: The Demon, Parademon 1, Kobra, Lightray, Big Barda (with Mega-Rod), Darkseid, Orion (with Astro-Harness), Mister Miracle, Metron (sans mobius chair), Steppenwolf (Super Powers Version also designed by Kirby) and Parademon 2.

-Flash Johnson

A special thank you to DC Direct, DC Collectibles and Mattel for giving us such great Kirby creations. Especially DC Direct who as you can see made their releases look extremely Kirby-like: Big Barda, Lightray, Orion and Mister Miracle are all from the 2008/2009 New Gods Action Figure series and are pretty much perfect. While I wish Orion and Metron had come with their vehicles (Orion’s astro-harness is from the Mattel version and I still need a mobius chair) the figures themselves are about as perfect of a recreation of Kirby art in 3D form as one can ask for. 

Hey Speed Readers,

Since I’m on vacation I won’t be able to do a proper picture tribute until I get back but in the meantime you can see my tribute from last year. I’ve doubled my collection of Fourth World figures and I can’t wait to show you all the new additions I have when I get back.

Long Live The King!

-Flash Johnson

Limited Edition Flash T-Shirts Available at TeeFury for a limited time!

So website, TeeFury, known for their $11 limited edition t-shirt releases, has just released two shirts based on the Scarlet Speedster.

My personal favorite, “Central City Running Club” was designed by alecxpstees and comes in red, black, and silver. I personally ordered the black one as it looks super-slick.

The second Flash-inspired t-shirt, “Speed” comes from PandaBacon. and while I didn’t like it enough to order one, the shirt is still pretty cool. It comes in black, navy, and white.

If you plan on ordering one I would do so asap. The sales typically only last for 24 hours and this one has about 10 hours and change left in the deal.

You can find both t-shirts at TeeFury.com.

-Flash Johnson

Which one do you prefer?

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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.
Originally posted at Speed Force

Gotta love Lego Flash!

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DC Comics has announced a slew of LEGO-themed variant covers for November 2014 to go with the launch of the game LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, releasing the images to various news sites. Nerdist has The Flash #36.

Originally posted at Speed Force

Gotta love Lego Flash!

Latest Haul 7/19/2014
So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!
Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.
Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.
-Flash Johnson 
Which one should I open up first?

Latest Haul 7/19/2014

So I came home from work today to find a gigantic box filled to the brim with DC Collectibles goodies!

Altogether we have Earth 2 Series 1 which consists of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern, a deluxe action figure of Lex Luthor and a slightly older release in the Trinity 3-Pack featuring Superman with a metallic color scheme and Wonder Woman with a new face sculpt.

Look for a review of Earth 2 Flash in the next couple of days.

-Flash Johnson 

Which one should I open up first?

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Full 5 minute trailer for The Flash

If you haven’t seen it already, there are definitely major spoilers for the pilot episode!  But it’s very cool, I enjoyed it.

Lightning gave me abs?

DC Collectibles DC Comics Super-Villains Crime Syndicate Action Figures!

So this past Saturday on Free Comic Book Day I was finally able to complete my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate team. I’d already picked up Johnny Quick, Atomica and Owlman a couple weeks back and with Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, and Deathstorm, the Crime Syndicate is complete. 

As far as the figures go they do a great job of furthering DC Collectibles rep as a legitimate successor to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics but a couple things hinder these figures from being all that they can be. Quality control issues continue to rear their ugly head especially when it comes to attention to detail and the metallic paint they’ve been using. Johnny Quick’s belt was glued on slightly askew so I had to peel the belt off to reposition it. Johnny’s paint also fused the top left leg joint and when I pulled it free it took a bit of paint with it. Not a lot to be noticed (especially in certain poses) but still annoying. Ultraman had a similar issue with his belt being glued slightly off center. Ultraman’s “U” on his chest is also missing a little bit of paint. The rest got off relatively easy and honestly the issues aren’t enough to break the figures or anything. Just annoying.

Now on to the good. The figures overall look great! Especially when put together as a team. The extra articulation continues to impress and takes nothing away from the wonderful sculpts courtesy of Gentle Giant Studios. The designs of the Crime Syndicate this time around are provided by David Finch, the main artist on DC’s latest crossover, Forever Evil.

I have to say that Deathstorm is easily one of my favorites. DC Collectibles sculpted an excellent head sculpt along with some cool new innovations like realistic sleeves that cover the elbow articulation. It pulls of the baggy Firestorm-look really well without breaking up the look with joints. The paint is perfect with no issues that I can see in that department. 

I’m also partial to the Guy Gardner-esque Johnny Quick suit. The lightning is a little much but I like the usage of different shades of red to make the details stand out a little better. Especially the headgear and vest. Johnny came with a mini version of Atomica which makes me wish that I had one of the mini Atoms. While I would have rather had a full-sized figure of Atomica to go with the mini one it is a great pack-in as Johnny and Atomica were pretty much inseparable the entire time in Forever Evil. 

Superwoman is just an overall great looking figure. Featuring a removable cape and a pretty basic body design and sculpt I’m sure that the figure will be rife for customization. Again the articulation is utilized pretty well and the paint job is probably the best of the bunch as far as clean lines and shading goes. No issues that I could see anywhere. The only thing I could see making this figure better would have been the inclusion of her golden barbwire lasso thing. I couldn’t see it working with that silly string they’ve included with some past Wonder Woman releases but if they went with a more flexible plastic I could see it looking great. Still, excellent release. 

Power Ring came with an awesome Lantern that resembles an Alien Xenomorph that like devours his hand each time he charges his ring or something. In this twisted version of Green Lantern, Power Ring’s ring is a curse and the voice inside the ring constantly talks down to and berates it’s user. Apparently utilizing the ring is incredibly painful and you can see that in the design and the sculpt. It looks like the ring has literally infected him and has deformed his right arm and the right side of his face. It is really cool that they included an extra ‘Lantern’ accessory but it is even cooler that he can actually hold the Lantern. Inexplicably DC Collectibles’ Green Lantern came with a closed left hand and no Lantern at all. Not to mention that his ring looked like a shapeless blob. 

Ultraman is probably the dullest of the group as far as designs go. He just looks like Superman with a “U” and a scowl. The articulation is still spot on but there is nothing really spectacular otherwise.

Owlman is one of my favorites although he doesn’t really match the source material as the actual design is a blue and silver combo. However the changes look excellent and make him look awesome when paired up with DC Collectibles’ previous release of Batman and I’d imagine he would look even better with the upcoming Greg Capullo-inspired Batman.

I posted a picture of the Crime Syndicate’s Justice League counterparts and an epic throwdown with the Crime Syndicate facing off with the Justice League. The only releases I have from the previous DC Direct and Mattel Crime Syndicate releases are the Johnny Quick figures. So I also posted a nice little comparison pic of those two along with the newest version. 

So what do you all think of the Crime Syndicate?

Thanks for reading, 

-Flash Johnson

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Beautiful promotional poster for Wally’s series. I actually picked this up and scanned it months ago when the New 52 was announced, but I’ve just now gotten around to posting it. 
Art by original Wally series artist, Jackson Guice and Ken Steacy from 1986.
*Thanks to Lia from The Rogues Kick Ass and Speed Force for the confirmation on Ken Steacy’s identity.

I think is a pretty appropriate time to reblog this beautiful poster. 
-Flash Johnson

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Beautiful promotional poster for Wally’s series. I actually picked this up and scanned it months ago when the New 52 was announced, but I’ve just now gotten around to posting it. 

Art by original Wally series artist, Jackson Guice and Ken Steacy from 1986.

*Thanks to Lia from The Rogues Kick Ass and Speed Force for the confirmation on Ken Steacy’s identity.

I think is a pretty appropriate time to reblog this beautiful poster. 

-Flash Johnson

Free Comic Book Day and Birthday Haul!
DC Collectibles New 52 Teen Titans and the stars of Forever Evil, the New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate! Special Bonus: New 52 Bizarro!
From Top left to bottom right: Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Superboy, Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, Deathstorm and New 52 Bizarro.
Yeah, not much in the “free” department but I got some awesome deals on the rest of the Crime Syndicate (Superwoman, Power Ring, Ultraman, and Deathstorm) and the New 52 Teen Titans (Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Superboy). Special thanks to E.G. Comics in Vienna, VA. (Been going there for at least 18 years or so now, and finally found out that the E.G. stands for Edwin Gumel, the owner of the store).
These represent my Free Comic Book Day purchases AND my birthday purchases. My birthday was last week (April 24th) and I got some money from my sister, Laura (Iris by way of Wally), and my brother, Dederick. I used the gift to finally finish my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate (already had Johnny Quick + Atomica and Owlman), and to purchase the newly released New 52 Teen Titans: Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Superboy. While I’m not a big fan of the current iteration of the Teen Titans, I’m hoping the figures will at least be up to snuff. We will find out together in a few when I post my reviews. All in all a GREAT Free Comic Book Day and I can’t wait to bust open my Teen Titans and complete my Crime Syndicate. 
-Flash Johnson

Free Comic Book Day and Birthday Haul!

DC Collectibles New 52 Teen Titans and the stars of Forever Evil, the New 52 version of the Crime Syndicate! Special Bonus: New 52 Bizarro!

From Top left to bottom right: Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Superboy, Superwoman, Ultraman, Power Ring, Deathstorm and New 52 Bizarro.

Yeah, not much in the “free” department but I got some awesome deals on the rest of the Crime Syndicate (Superwoman, Power Ring, Ultraman, and Deathstorm) and the New 52 Teen Titans (Wonder Girl, Kid Flash and Superboy). Special thanks to E.G. Comics in Vienna, VA. (Been going there for at least 18 years or so now, and finally found out that the E.G. stands for Edwin Gumel, the owner of the store).

These represent my Free Comic Book Day purchases AND my birthday purchases. My birthday was last week (April 24th) and I got some money from my sister, Laura (Iris by way of Wally), and my brother, Dederick. I used the gift to finally finish my DC Collectibles Crime Syndicate (already had Johnny Quick + Atomica and Owlman), and to purchase the newly released New 52 Teen Titans: Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Superboy. While I’m not a big fan of the current iteration of the Teen Titans, I’m hoping the figures will at least be up to snuff. We will find out together in a few when I post my reviews. All in all a GREAT Free Comic Book Day and I can’t wait to bust open my Teen Titans and complete my Crime Syndicate. 

-Flash Johnson

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