November 5th, 2007

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Shortpacked!: Somehow the story resolved just in time.

After some hemming and hawing, I decided to pick up the Batman figure from DC Direct's "Batman and Son" series when I returned to the Laughing Ogre this weekend. (He's the Batman on the right.) I dig myself some Andy Kubert, whose style this figure is derived from, and the figure itself called to me. It is extremely aesthetically-pleasing in ways I cannot determine.

He is the third DC Direct Batman I own, the other two being the Ed McGuinness "Superman/Batman" version seen in the photo on the left, and the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" Batman my Aunt Jan got me for Christmas last year. The two Batmen pictured have nearly the same articulation. Shallowly ball-jointed shoulders, hinges at the elbows and knees, a classic t-shaped crotch joint, and rotating forearms. The one difference is "Batman and Son"'s neck is on a balljoint.

Another difference is the stand. Apparently DC Direct toys package the pegs that attach the figure to the stand separately in a little bag, and give you a selection of holes on the stand to place one of the pegs. That seems a little unnecessary, but it doesn't hinder my enjoyment.

Meanwhile, yesterday's Amazi-Girl limited print is more than half-way sold out. Sweet! Just a small handful left.

Also, those of you who have amazing memories may recall some It's Walky! busts that Maggie had been working on. Well, they're about to reach the production stage, and so she's started testing paints on one of the prototypes. The photo to the right is an example of this, depicting an early Walky bust prototype being painted half-and-half in Joyce and Walky's colors to make sure they're the right ones. It's not visible here, but Walky's hood is painted up in Head Alien Helmet Purple.

I've seen the final smoothed/sanded/perfected Walky master, and it's pretty damn fantastic. We hope to have a few on hand to sell at Mid-Ohio-Con.

Meanwhile, Walkyverse fandom is kickin'. Brassydel (of Ms. Sorcellerie fame drew us some Robin fanart in the forums. Likewise, forum-poster Fisi-Visi gave us a hint at the secret lives of Faz, Inferno, and Waspinator. Robin also showed up in Trent Troop's The Adventures of Upgrade and Beatnik Baby and The Cheese was a favorite Halloween costume in Thomas Overbeck's Times Like This.

Sweetness all around!