You can read all about my glorious adventures at Wizard World Philly 2013, here.
At Wizard World Philly this year, my buddy, Paco Reban, asked me an interesting question as we were perusing one of the many toy booths there.
“So…what’s your disposable toy purchase this year?” Paco asked, thumbing through the pegs.
“What do you mean?” I asked, looking at him a bit askewed.
“You know…that one toy you don’t really need. Or want. Or is on any of your lists. But, it’s cheap. And you figure…what the hell. Like an impulse buy.”
I thought about it for a moment. He had a point. I’ve probably been doing this all along. Last year I bought this green slime at Wizard World. I’m too old to remember what I bought years prior to that, but I’d wager dollars to donuts I bought something “disposable”. “You know…I don’t know. I hadn’t really given it any thought. You?”
“Haven’t found it yet.” He replied, examining a carded My Little Pony.
“I don’t get those.” I said, looking at the pony. “You should get it.”
He rolled his eyes, putting the pony down. “We’ll come back. If there’s nothing else I can’t find.”
So…this year I ended up with two disposable toy purchases from Wizard World Philly. A loose Black Lantern Wonder Woman and a loose Mary Marvel figure. Loose figures are a great way to get a figure you’re on the fence about, but don’t want to spend the +20 bucks on. I ended up getting both of these figures for $20. More than I wanted to spend, but…still not bad. I haggled a bit with the vendor. He was asking 18 for Wondie and 12 for Mary. I asked if he’d sell both for 15. He short of laughed at me. Said the least he could do was 20. So…I settled.
I don’t know much about the Blackest Night story line. Truth be told, your friendly neighborhood jman doesn’t know anything about the story. At all. I wasn’t following the story line. But, it seems like it’s DC’s foray into the whole zombie craze. Either way, the Black Lantern figures from the then called DC Direct are all pretty cool.
Wondie here is from series 4. The Black Lanterns didn’t come out as a whole line. Instead they were peppered in throughout DC Direct’s Blackest Night series. In total, there were 8 lines under the Blackest Night banner.
Some of the other Black Lanterns DC Direct made were: Earth 2 Superman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Firestorm, Batman, and 117 others. Cause just about every character in the DC Universe has been dead at one time or another.
Why? I don’t know. I don’t even like Shazam all that much. So, I’m not even sure why I got her.
Ok. That’s a lie. I’m totally lying. Some secret part of me is hoping Mary turns into this:
But, probably not.
I’ll tell you what. As soon as DC Collectibles comes out with that figure? Oh…I’m there!
Until then, we’ll just have to settle on “good” Mary. She hails from DC Direct’s Shazam! Series 1 line. She’s actually a pretty decent figure. I’m sure I’ll be able to find many stupid things to do with her in one of my on going bits.
Image courtesy of:
Mary marvel: gallery.xcave.net