2020 was a load of a year in our pants, but with the bad there was good, especially in the world of DC Comics-based toys, collectibles and other ancillary merchandise.
My favorites for 2020:
● Toyline: Spin Master’s DC Heroes Unite, followed very closely by their Batman: The Caped Crusader line.
The character variety, sculpts, articulation, accessories, availability and pricing across both lines was absolutely fantastic. I can’t say enough good things about what Spin Master is doing with the DC license. In my years of collecting, Spin Master has absolutely and unequivocally had the best Year One performance out of any new DC licensee.
● Action Figure: While I love Spin Master’s product, this goes to McFarlane’s DC Multiverse line, specifically Devastator.
He’s a huge chunk of an exceptionally detailed figure. Sculpt, articulation (even his tongue moves!), mass, this Dark Multiverse Dark Knight absolutely has it all. Truly a standout in a line that is full of standouts.
● Hot Wheels: The Batskiboat in the $5.99+ Batman vehicle line.
While hard to find for a while, this superbly detailed vehicle has since become an easy find and is highly recommended for anyone who likes Batman and/or cool stuff.
● Imaginext DC Super Friends: The series 7 single-bag figures.
From a comic-accurate Batman that appeared in Tom King’s run of the current Batman series, to the Court of Owls Talon (Mattel’s first figure of them), classic Killer Moth, Wildcat, Bronze Tiger and the very first figure of JSA adversary Killer Wasp, this series was wonderfully designed and executed.
● Favorite Character That Made a Surprising Number of Appearances: Killer Moth.
Spin Master produced 2-inch
versions of this sometimes derided, but always cool, Bat-villain while Mattel produced their second figure of the classic version of the character via the aforementioned assortment of Imaginext figures (and seen in the series 7 packaging picture above). For a character that had gone a decade since his last figure, Killer Moth spread his wings in 2020 and then some.
So, those are my picks for the best of the best in 2020. What toys and other fun merchandise were your favorites this year?