Awesome Toy Picks: DC Comics 'Flashpoint' Box Set

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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.

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#1 Posted by monopolyloser (74 posts) - - Show Bio

I regret not getting the Thomas Wayne figure when I could. I do have the Flash figure, but mine always falls, even with the stand.

#2 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, those chips are amazing. And what, no puny lil itsy bitsy Kal-El among the group??

#3 Posted by Alchemax_7 (347 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome, me wanty.

#4 Posted by roboadmiral (544 posts) - - Show Bio

Granted I've never read Flashpoint through (I have skimmed it at the bookstore though), but I miss Thomas Wayne as Batman a little. We got less not killing villains so they can escape from Arkham in about twelve seconds and more justice. And as we all know, if there is one thing that gives Batman a Batsmile, it is justice.

#5 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

awesome set indeed, i loved the designs for Aquaman and Wonder Woman in Flashpoint!

didnt realize it come with a Wayne Casino chip either! i remember going on a bidding frenzy for these on ebay lol

still cant wait for the DC animated movie for Flashpoint!!!

#6 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

Flash does look kinda odd

#7 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

What size are these figures?

#8 Posted by Dark_Vengeance_ (14596 posts) - - Show Bio

dat Batman and chips

#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33084 posts) - - Show Bio

No Cyborg?

#10 Posted by Hablerie (17 posts) - - Show Bio

Why does Aquaman look completely different to how he did in Flashpoint?

#11 Posted by lifeboy (1675 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol gman! Your the Flash, I just saw these advertised In current comics:-)

#12 Posted by longbowhunter (7048 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think I enjoyed Flashpoint enough to own these. I'd like to have the Batman figure though.

#13 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio

Could really do with this in my collection!!

Although Aquaman's hair isn't quite right

#14 Posted by regrivett (50 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish I had Aquaman for this collection. Cyborg is a sweet placeholder though.

#15 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1251 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

No Cyborg?

Yeah, that's what I'm most interested in.

#16 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok. So I just bought it!

http://www.wbshop.com/product/the+flash+exclusive+flashpoint+action+figures+box+set+fldcdfigset01.do Seems to be on sale :)

#17 Posted by SoA (4777 posts) - - Show Bio

i liked the flashpoint versions

#18 Posted by Selinaky (677 posts) - - Show Bio

The WW and Batman look awesome, especially WW - love the warrior look.

#19 Posted by G-Man (32687 posts) - - Show Bio

@Green_Tea_Light: Yeah, I linked to the DC Comics shop but it's basically the same thing. It's a bargain!

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#20 Edited by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man: Even living in the UK (with the shipping cost)- it's a good deal! Thanks for showcasing this :)

#21 Posted by spinningwebs (36 posts) - - Show Bio

They look great but I've read that these are extremely fragile. Anyone confirm this?

#22 Posted by Mucklefluga (2549 posts) - - Show Bio

This makes me wanna read Flashpoint again, it was an awesome event! So so so so so much better than AVsX and Fear Itself.

#23 Posted by bob808 (6769 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Flashpoint Batman.

#24 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio
This makes me wanna read Flashpoint again, it was an awesome event! So so so so so much better than AVsX and Fear Itself.

I agree with you 100%! It was a tight story, which used tie-ins effectively. For all of Marvel's talk about only needing the core books to enjoy Fear Itself (which I'd argue was not true - Journey Into Mystery was paramount to the story), DC actually delivered on making an accessible event.

Even the physical issues themselves had excellent production values - I have a weakness shiny covers

#25 Posted by Azrael66 (277 posts) - - Show Bio

The Chips are awesome.

#26 Posted by bad_rubber_piggy (10 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, for $25 shipped I had to pick this up!

#27 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7704 posts) - - Show Bio

Not sure if I like these, Aquaman seems like the best one though.

#28 Posted by Loki2u (210 posts) - - Show Bio

Never thought I would say this, but Aqua Man is the best part of this collection

#29 Posted by JakeN7 (11785 posts) - - Show Bio

@Bestostero said:

awesome set indeed, i loved the designs for Aquaman and Wonder Woman in Flashpoint!

didnt realize it come with a Wayne Casino chip either! i remember going on a bidding frenzy for these on ebay lol

still cant wait for the DC animated movie for Flashpoint!!!

Is that just a wish of yours or has there been actual news about it? Do you have any links?

#30 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

@JakeN7 said:

@Bestostero said:

awesome set indeed, i loved the designs for Aquaman and Wonder Woman in Flashpoint!

didnt realize it come with a Wayne Casino chip either! i remember going on a bidding frenzy for these on ebay lol

still cant wait for the DC animated movie for Flashpoint!!!

Is that just a wish of yours or has there been actual news about it? Do you have any links?

Kevin Conroy let it slipped that he finished recording voices for a Flash-centric movie which he said was Flashpoint.

http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/04/25/kevin-conroy-batman-flashpoint-movie/

If you scroll down that page you can actually see the video in which he states that around the 5:20 mark.

#31 Posted by JakeN7 (11785 posts) - - Show Bio

@Bestostero said:

@JakeN7 said:

@Bestostero said:

awesome set indeed, i loved the designs for Aquaman and Wonder Woman in Flashpoint!

didnt realize it come with a Wayne Casino chip either! i remember going on a bidding frenzy for these on ebay lol

still cant wait for the DC animated movie for Flashpoint!!!

Is that just a wish of yours or has there been actual news about it? Do you have any links?

Kevin Conroy let it slipped that he finished recording voices for a Flash-centric movie which he said was Flashpoint.

http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/04/25/kevin-conroy-batman-flashpoint-movie/

If you scroll down that page you can actually see the video in which he states that around the 5:20 mark.

Oh! I do remember him saying that on that episode. It's kind of an old episode so I forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me!

#32 Posted by MuyJingo (1650 posts) - - Show Bio

@Green_Tea_Light said:

This makes me wanna read Flashpoint again, it was an awesome event! So so so so so much better than AVsX and Fear Itself.

I agree with you 100%! It was a tight story, which used tie-ins effectively. For all of Marvel's talk about only needing the core books to enjoy Fear Itself (which I'd argue was not true - Journey Into Mystery was paramount to the story), DC actually delivered on making an accessible event.

Even the physical issues themselves had excellent production values - I have a weakness shiny covers

The figurines are cool, but I think Flashpoint was terrible.

It makes absolutely no sense that the death of the Flashes mother would result in Atlantis being at war with Europe, or Thomas Wayne adopting the mantle of the bat (what was his motivation) or that his wife would be the joker...or that it would result in the merging of several universes...

It was a subpar elseworlds story....it should never have been what it was.

#33 Posted by Green_Tea_Light (67 posts) - - Show Bio
It makes absolutely no sense that the death of the Flashes mother would result in Atlantis being at war with Europe, or Thomas Wayne adopting the mantle of the bat (what was his motivation) or that his wife would be the joker...or that it would result in the merging of several universes...

@MuyJingo: It does and it doesn't. The butterfly effect works on the principle that one small change can change almost anything and everything about the world. For example, What if Flash's mother inspires someone to do something, and they in turn inspire someone else, who inspires someone else, who inspires Steve Trevor to change his career, thus never finding Wonder Woman. Although Flash's mother dying has nothing to do with Wonder Woman going to war with Atlantis, Steve never meeting her could be seen to have a significant effect. (That's me playing devil's advocate.)

However, how can Bruce and Thomas decide the same mantle? I suppose it still does make some sense. Bruce was inspired by the bats around Wayne manner and Alfred must have had some input into the costume for both. But, yes you are right, the sheer amount of diverse changes coming from the Flash's mother dying is crazy. His Mother becoming the Joker is another story - pure coincidence, perhaps?

I am not disagreeing with you, though. The one change that I feel cannot be explained, is Abin Sur not dying. How can what happens on Earth effect Abin Sur's life?

I think by keeping a lot of stuff in Flashpoint vague does give the writers a lot of poetic licence. But you make a good point!

#34 Posted by Mucklefluga (2549 posts) - - Show Bio

@MuyJingo said:

@Green_Tea_Light said:

This makes me wanna read Flashpoint again, it was an awesome event! So so so so so much better than AVsX and Fear Itself.

I agree with you 100%! It was a tight story, which used tie-ins effectively. For all of Marvel's talk about only needing the core books to enjoy Fear Itself (which I'd argue was not true - Journey Into Mystery was paramount to the story), DC actually delivered on making an accessible event.

Even the physical issues themselves had excellent production values - I have a weakness shiny covers

The figurines are cool, but I think Flashpoint was terrible.

It makes absolutely no sense that the death of the Flashes mother would result in Atlantis being at war with Europe, or Thomas Wayne adopting the mantle of the bat (what was his motivation) or that his wife would be the joker...or that it would result in the merging of several universes...

It was a subpar elseworlds story....it should never have been what it was.

Dude first have you ever heard of the butterfly effect? And second it's a comic book.

It's an amazing story, as well as the tie-ins. How can you say it's terrible!!??!

#35 Posted by MuyJingo (1650 posts) - - Show Bio

@Green_Tea_Light: I'm very familiar with the butterfly effect (over and misused as it is) and the intricacies of time travel in fiction. I think you mainly agree with with me...the things like Abin Sur not dying is a great example. Flashes mother not dying should explain some thing, but it certainly should have had no impact on things that happened before she died. Steve Trevor met WW before FlashMom died in pre new 52 continuity right? Then why would her not dying retcon that?

@Mucklefluga: I think it was terrible because it seems like no thought was put into it. Just "how about we do this cause it seems cool"? I expected more from it, especially since it was the excuse to relaunch the universe.

#36 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks pretty cool.

#37 Posted by Bonzi161 (43 posts) - - Show Bio

no emaciated superman figure?

#38 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3773 posts) - - Show Bio

Such cool toys.....must act like a grown-up...screw it, I gotta get this! To the DC Comics Shop!

#39 Posted by KnightofSteel (252 posts) - - Show Bio

Always wanted to get that Flashpoint Batman figure, but my LCS sold out of it. Oh well I got the tshirt! :) I love these toy pick features G-Man, so much fun!

#40 Posted by inferiorego (23211 posts) - - Show Bio

....$500 chip?

is taunting me again

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#41 Posted by dannonzzz (5 posts) - - Show Bio

The figures are eh, Flashpoint wasn't anything spectacular in my opinion. I had high hopes for it but it didn't really live up to them.

#42 Posted by Iron Fist Angel (229 posts) - - Show Bio

@Hablerie said:

Why does Aquaman look completely different to how he did in Flashpoint?

That's exactly what I was going to say. They made almost no effort whatsoever to make him resemble his appearance in the series. He basically looks like every other Aquaman figure but with a scar.

#43 Posted by RoboShark (1208 posts) - - Show Bio

Love those Wayne Casino chips.

#44 Edited by THORSON (2368 posts) - - Show Bio

looks so sweet.

except for batman.

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