Mattel’s DC Universe Classics has consistently been one our favorite modern toy lines. It’s hard to believe that there have been 16 waves released so far with two more (17 & 18) that were announced at this year’s Toy Fair. Lately DCUC has featured themed lineups, to many a fan’s aggravation as they patiently wait to complete their various classic teams. While the upcoming Wave 19 is themed as well, it features mostly classic interpretations of the Justice Society of America and their villains. That’s right, a JSA wave – and we’ve got both the first pics AND the complete bios for all of the figures in the lineup, including a shot of the Collect & Connect figure: S.T.R.I.P.E.!
We, here at MTV Geek!, are proud to present this Exclusive First Look at Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Series 19!
The wealthy Wesley Dodds spent much of his youth in the Far East where he learned martial arts and the wisdom of the ancients. In adulthood, Wesley was tortured by prophetic dreams that inspired him to create a gas mask, gas gun, and costume. As the Sandman, he used his skills and social connections to fight crime, eventually becoming a founding member of the Justice Society of America and serving with the All-Star Squadron.
FIRST APPEARANCE: ADVENTURE COMICS #40 (July 1939)
REAL NAME: Wesley Dodds
OCCUPATION: Socialite; crime fighter
BASE OF OPERATIONS: New York City
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Genius chemist and inventor; gas gun that emits a sleeping gas; “wirepoon” gun; speaks several languages
Al Pratt was an unlikely choice for a boxer, much less a costumed crime fighter; however, the “98 pound weakling” and college student became an American hero. Devoid of super powers, Pratt nevertheless fought crime as The Atom and was a founding member of the Justice Society of America and All-Star Squadron. It wasn’t until he was exposed to radioactive elements that Pratt changed into a bona fide super-powered hero.
FIRST APPEARANCE: ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #19 (October 1940)
REAL NAME: Al Pratt
OCCUPATION: Professor of Nuclear Physics
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Calvin College
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Skilled boxer; atomic strength and agility
During ancient Egypt’s 15th dynasty, Prince Khufu and his beloved Princess Chay-Ara discovered a downed spacecraft from the planet Thanagar. Exposure to the ship’s anti-gravity Nth Metal allowed Khufu and Chay-Ara to be reincarnated countless times throughout the ages to follow. In modern times, Khufu became the hero Hawkman, Chay-Ara reincarnated as his beloved Hawkgirl.
FIRST APPEARANCE: FLASH COMICS #1 (January 1940)
REAL NAME: Carter Hall
BASE OF OPERATIONS: St. Roch, Louisiana
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Wing-maneuvered flight enabled by anti-gravity Nth Metal; wields a variety of ancient weapons; expert hand-to-hand combatant
As an infant, Lord Naga and his conjoined twin were taken from their parents by the Cobra Cult of India. The cultists separated the twins and raised Lord Naga to be a brilliant and vicious international terrorist, with hopes that he would lead them through the Kali Yuga—the time of great chaos. He may not have super powers, but with his devious intelligence and ability to manipulate thousands, Lord Naga is one of the most dangerous villains ever to exist.
FIRST APPEARANCE: KOBRA #1 (March 1976)
REAL NAME: Lord Naga
OCCUPATION: International terrorist
BASE OF OPERATIONS: The Himalayas
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Evil mastermind; expert combatant; wears bulletproof cobra costume
Lance Corporal David Reid already had the distinction of being a U.S. Marine and the great-grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt before he touched the stone fragment that gave him plasma energy powers. While investigating the resurgence of the old God Gog, he was tragically killed by a military attack. Resurrected by Gog, given new powers and the name Magog, he became a devoted disciple. However, Magog eventually saw the evil in his master and heroically helped to destroy it.
FIRST APPEARANCE: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #18 (March 2008)
REAL NAME: Lance Corporal David Reid
OCCUPATION: Adventurer, former Lance Corporal of the U.S. Marine Corps
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Unknown (??)
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Projects focused energy beams from metallic left arm through staff; flight, enhanced strength and vision
Courtney Whitmore was a happy, all-American girl when her mother married Pat Dugan (formerly the hero Stripesy) and abruptly moved the family to Nebraska. Irritated by her new stepfather, Courtney found the Star Spangled Kid’s cosmic converter belt and decided to do some adventuring of her own. Dugan responded in kind by developing a robotic suit and accompanying her as S.T.R.I.P.E. Ultimately, Whitmore thrived in her new identity, becoming a principal member of the new JSA.
FIRST APPEARANCE: STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 (July 1999)
REAL NAME: Courtney Whitmore
OCCUPATION: High school student; adventurer
BASE OF OPERATIONS: Blue Valley, Nebraska
SPECIAL ABILITIES: Cosmic converter belt and cosmic rod make her superstrong, agile, and able to fly and project solar energy blasts.
Collect & Connect S.T.R.I.P.E.
On a personal note, DCUC is THE line that I (Lemonjuice Mcgee) feverishly collect. Seeing that Wesley Dodds Sandman figure made my day and I’m hoping there will be a Sandman Mystery Theater variant paintjob with more muted colors. He will join the ranks of my “DC Characters That I Love” shelf with the likes of Deadman, the Doom Patrol, Deathstroke, Jonah Hex, and a few other DCUCs! Overall I’m more excited for this wave than some of the previous ones and I think it will help to fill out the ranks of one of DC Comics’ largest super teams, so that’s definitely been a long time coming.
Look for more coverage on these figures, plus tons of other DC Universe Classics announcements, as we cover this year’s San Diego Comic Con! For other updates straight from Mattel, be sure to check out their Matty Collector website and their Facebook page.
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