by Christopher Troy
Before addressing the topic of this article, I just want to point out the current FPNYC-fueled addiction in my life: The Persona 3&4 keychains by Megahouse. The cult-fave PS2/PSP J-rpgs released by Atlus have seen little to no merchandise (outside of a few artbooks, statues or a Figma or 2), and this is the first time I’ve seen certain characters from both games get the plastic treatment. FPNYC has (or had, not sure if I’ve cleaned them out or not on Thursday) them in stock for about $7 a pop, and if you’re a Persona fan, their cute, well made and worth it. Anywho, speaking of the supernatural, let’s get onto Blackest Night.
Aside from a massive crossover with a ton of spin-off/tie in books that’s STILL affecting the modern DC Universe, Blackest Night was a huge merchandise hit for DC comics. At FPNYC alone, you can find t-shirts based on all the various corps that appeared in Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corp and Blackest Night, magnets, shot-glasses, and plastic rings. We’ll be focusing on the figures that have spawned from the event, as 6 lines of toys have been released, and we have at least 1 or 2 more due out before the “Brightest Day” line drops in 2011.
Best Bet: The New Guardians:
Ironically, my best of choices were both wave one releases: Red Lantern Guardian Atrocious and Blue Lantern Saint Walker. While we’ve seen releases from the other 5 corps (Sinstero was released in his redesigned Corp outfit during the actual Green Lantern line FYI), these 2 remains my favorite due to the great sculpts based on awesome designs, and excellent metallic paint jobs on their respected uniforms that make them pop out a bit. And yes, I know I’m performing an act of comic nerd heresy for not picking Larfreeze, I’m just not a fan of the figure, despite Geoff Johns writing the hell of him in the proper Green Lantern title. Continue reading