MattyCollector's July sale starts on Monday, July 16th, at 12 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Pacific or just 24 hours from when this story goes live). The sale features five items with no reissues (well, technically Batman and Woman in the JLU 3-pack...), a rarity for a Matty sale. I'm guessing that the sale is a bit on the smaller side because MattyCollector still has their "SDCC's Most Wanted sale" running and likely will have their leftover SDCC exclusives sale soon.
The line-up this time around is fairly mixed: a Masters of the Universe figure (Spikor), a standard DC Infinite Earths figure (Starman), an oversized figure from the same line (Rocket Red), a Justice League Unlimited pack (Mongul/Batman/Wonder Woman), and a WWE Legends figure (Arn Anderson). Then again, we're more likely to see variety in the absence of reissues.
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Spikor ~ Masters of the Universe Classics ~ US$22
Spikor personally leaves me feeling indifferent, however I expect others might really enjoy him. His "Untouchable Master of Evil Combat" likely refers to spiky vest and head (I'm not sure where the whole "evil combat" fits into it, although he probably gives one mean hug). The figure comes is billed as coming with three interchangeable hands, which I take to mean that his left hand can either be a hand, a short trident, or a long trident. He also has a bright orange club.
Like some other figures in the line, the chest piece is removable but there's really not a lot of point in taking it off. He's included in the Club Eternia subscription or can bought during the sale for US$22.
Starman ~ DC Infinite Earths ~ US$18
Starman is a future character who apparently traveled to the past at some point. He has the power to manipulate mass. I'm completely unfamiliar with him.
Starman uses a fairly standard DCU body but comes with an alternate unmasked head (one that reminds me somewhat of Dr. Niles Caulder). I suppose the major selling point here is the paint-work where the darker portions of the costume look like galaxies (a detail difficult to distinguish in the photos) although the alternate head is somewhat neat as well.
Honestly, this is something that I might buy at retail but don't feel like buying online. It's a decent design but it probably caters more to hardcore fans (or, back in the day, people trying to complete a CNC). Starman is included in Club Infinite Earths or can be purchased during the sale for US$18.
Rocket Red ~ DC Infinite Earths (oversized figure) ~ US$45
Rocket Red has been the name of a few Russian superheroes. While the character has appeared a few times in things that I've either read or watched, I honestly don't know much about him. Apparently they're usually normal people who undergo some evolutionary process and then are given a super-powered suit.
Rocket Red is more expensive for being an oversized figure. While his size isn't mentioned, a Fwoosh review reveals that he's slightly taller than the collect&connect Atom Smasher. That's certainly not a bad size for a figure, but the few times that I've seen the character I remember him being smaller. It looks like most of the figure's armor are separate pieces affixed to the figure rather than actual sculpting. Other than the greaves and boots, I imagine there's a fairly standard body mold underneath the rest.
Like Starman, Rocket Red is included with Club Infinite Earth subscriptions. Unlike Starman, he'll run you US$45 during the sale. While I understand charging more for oversized figures, I thought they were supposed to be doing something like US$33. The price for Rocket Red seems a little steep.
Mongul / Batman / Wonder Woman 3-pack ~ Justice League Unlimited ~ US$30
As previously discussed, the Mongul / Batman / Wonder Woman JLU pack is based on the Justice League Unlimited episode, "For the Man Who Has Everything", which in turn was based on a comic by Alan Moore. While the Mongul is new (and an oversized sculpt), Batman and Wonder Woman have both been reissued too many times to count. If you've ever collected JLU figures, you probably have a few of both (or slightly retooled versions) since they wound up in many 3-packs besides getting single carded releases.
I still think that the Mongul looks great but the pack is something of a rip-off at US$30 given his two companions and, more aggravatingly, the lack of a Black Mercy accessory. It seems like Mattel was trying to capitalize on what could have instead been a single-carded release. They could have easily gotten away with it, too, had they made it a 4-pack by adding Superman and included a Black Mercy accessory (or just sold Mongul single-card with a Black Mercy). The pack might be worthwhile only if you don't have either Batman or Wonder Woman.
Arn Anderson ~ WWE Legends ~ US$20
Arn Anderson is a WWE Hall of Famer, former member of the Four Horsemen (notably led by Ric Flair), and a multiple title-holder.
The WWE Legends line uses a lot of shared parts so there's not much to talk about. The headsculpt seems to have a decent enough likeness and, once again, we see painted-on hair. I can't fault them for using paint instead of sculpting since most companies end up doing it. All in all, Arn is a decent looking figure and will be available during the sale for US$20.
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