However, I did want to let DCUC fans know that the DCIE Subscription is only at 36%. The subscription needs to hit Tier 1 in order to pass. The time period to sign up ends next Monday at midnight Pacific Time.
The figures revealed for the 2014 subscription include Aquaman with hookarm, Superboy in Black T Shirt, and Ice. If the Sub hits Tier 1 we get Doomsday in a suit, if the Sub gets Tier 2 we get Doomsday unleashed.
The figures revealed for the remainder of 2013 include Ocean Master, Ra's Al Ghul, Fire, Huntress, and Batzarro.
Complaints about Mattel are plentiful and justified. However, things are looking better. Character Selection for 2014 is looking better which means if you sub and get a figure you dont want, it should be easier to unload it. They are offering a bundle option which should help with the cost of shipping. Mattel has opened up the sign up period for longer that is normally does. In 2013, they opened up a mid year sign up period for those that missed out the first time.
Im not going to address the theory about the meter being a marketing ploy. Im going to address the issue of Digital River and Quality Control. If you are going to pay 20.00 for an action figure, it should be pretty damn good. However, there are the occasional QC issues. I recently sent back a Marvel Jr. Figure for a return. The process was painless. I didnt even have to pay for return shipping and the new figure is on the way.
In regards to character selection, I personally was not thrilled with Constantine, Uncle Sam, and Wally. Nor was I thrilled that Larfreeze was missing some articulation. However, I did buy a sub for 2012 and then 2013 in hopes that character selection would get better. I think that it has. Again the revealed figures for 2013 and 2014 are Fire, Huntress, Ra's Al Ghul, Ocean Master, Batzarro, Aquaman, Superboy, Ice and possibly Doomsday.
If the sub fails, Aquaman, Superboy, and Ice will be available as day of sale figures next year at higher prices. Other DCUC type figure MAYBE offered later on in the year but also at higher prices. However, this is not definate. If you want more DCUC style figures at a reasonable price (cheaper than day of sale) then run over to Matty and pic up a subsciption.
Im not a lacky or an apologist for Mattel, the sub model is dumb. However, its the only way to get these figures at the moment. I dont what to see DCUC go the way of Ghostbusters, Voltron, DCIC, or JLU. If you feel the way I do, pic up a sub.