Mr. Domo goes DC

Jan 03 // Scarecroodle

It's a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington reference. Deal with it.

I must confess that I never saw the appeal of Domo... until now, that is. Domo has received a DC comic treatment, courtesy of Funko, for a blind-boxed 2.5-inch figurine set as well as a larger (not pictured in header) Pop! 4-inch series.

For those unfamiliar with Domo (in that you've seen him but never knew nor cared enough to find out his origins), this curious meatloaf-looking fellow is the mascot for Japan's NHK television station (a station perhaps best associated with Welcome to the N.H.K.). But why does he look like a walking, killer meatloaf like something out of the film Young Sherklock Holmes where leftovers come alive to attack the chubby kid and gave me nightmares for years? Who knows. All that's said is the character hatched from an egg.

While I've generally detested Domo, something about seeing him in the costumes of iconic DC comics superheroes and villains actually renders him pretty cute. I'm especially digging those Riddler, Two-Face, and Shazam/Captain Marvel Domo (or Domos? Domon?). Domo is available in 14 flavors of DC although three of those flavors are Batman (detective style, New 52, and Nolan movie) and another three are Superman (New 52, a rare classic outfit, and an ultra rare partially changed Clark Kent).  The other selections are: Aquaman, Robin (two versions), Flash, Green Lantern, Riddler, Two-Face, and Shazam (yes, he's just called Shazam these days). Thankfully some of my faves (Riddler and Shazam) occupy the common slots. The blind boxes will have a US$6 MSRP when they release in February, although you can pre-order them now.

The larger Pop! figures features a smaller selection of just two versions of Batman (Domo Batman & Domo Dark Knight), a Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash. They sport slightly different sculpts than their 2.5-inch counterparts and will lack the thrill of not knowing what you'll get. These versions will retail for US$11 and are slated for a February release as well.

I'm looking forward to picking up a blind box or two, but how about you?

[ Pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store ]

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