Each week we pick out some comic book collectibles and take them out of the package to see how cool they really are. This next one was released a little bit ago but that doesn't mean it's not still cool. Let's find out how the box set for the Flashpoint figures is.
Even though this is a DC Direct set, the box comes in another box. The white box is similar to the MattyCollector Signature Series for 'adult collectors.' It's a plain white box with simple lettering but the other side does have a cool picture from the story arc.
In case you're unaware or have forgotten, Flashpoint was the precursor to the New 52. Long story short, Barry Allen woke up in an altered timeline and the whole DCU was turned upside down. As he tried to stop Reverse Flash and fix everything, he came upon different versions of the heroes.
This box set is an online exclusive the DC shop. It originally was $60 but the price has been slashed.
Inside the white box you can see the figures included. The set contains a regular version of Barry Allen as the Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Batman. We'll go more into detail on their differences in just a bit.
The back of the box gives some covers from the miniseries.
Each figure comes with their own stand. Some of them don't necessarily need it (like Flash) but it does help for figures like Wonder Woman or Batman where their capes weigh them down a little.
Starting the the Flash, you'll see he's the simple plain version of the Flash. It's actually a little weird looking at this figure after the current New 52 version.
The thing I don't like but also like at the same time is his boots. They look pretty bulky. But I do like that they are bulky as it's a reminder of the way they used to be. I am digging the streamlined New 52 costumes but it's almost as if comics were a little different in the old days.
Wonder Woman was more of a warrior in the Flashpoint world. Her war against the Atlantians resulted in the deaths of many innocents in Western Europe. By looking at her, you can tell she meant business.
Aquaman had a rough time in the Flashpoint world as well. War and the death of loved ones will do that to you. If that wasn't enough, poor guy has a nasty scar on his face. The darker color of his top and black pants makes him look pretty cool. Aquaman has become very cool in the New 52 world but you can clearly see that he's a pretty tough guy here.
And finally there's Batman. This isn't the Batman you're familiar with. This is actually Thomas Wayne. In the Flashpoint world, Thomas survived that dreadful night. He became Batman for certain reasons and had a more serious and violent approach to crimefighting. His alter ego ran Wayne Casinos (which I'm surprised does not have a page here on ComicVine...)
Now how about a group shot?
You might have noticed on the box that it mentions and shows the exclusive $500 Wayne Casino chip included in this set.
The Wayne Casino chips were given out in 2011. They came in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100. I managed to get all except the rare $100 one. Here they all are:
Again, only the $500 chip is included.
That's it for this week. We'll have another spotlight on some collectibles next week.