New York Comic Con 2012: Mattel DC Figures on Display

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We here at MLD Central spent a good portion of our weekend in New York City for the 2012 New York Comic Con. We had a pretty fun time and took tons of pictures of all of the crazy happenings. While many of the companies we were expecting to see such as Hasbro did not have presence on the convention floor, Mattel had a large booth promoting Voltron, Ghostbusters, Masters of the Universe, WWFE and their various DC Comics lines. Despite being a massive DC Comics fan, I don’t really keep up on the latest news concerning all of Mattel’s lines because in my opinion it feels like their products tend to be overpriced with poor distribution, and the company regularly displays a poor attitude towards the customers who support their business. As a result, I’m not totally sure how many of the photos below actually feature newly announced Mattel product.

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Before Watchmen: Watchmen Babies or Watchmen 2 Electric Boogaloo

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So today was the day DC Comics finally got around to announcing their worst kept secret since their line wide relaunch: a prequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Thanks mostly to Bleeding Cool, we had been hearing about the development of this series for at least a year. We knew many of the key players. We’ve even seen some concept art. (Seriously DC – Your employees CANNOT keep a secret… Even your new logo design was a hint. Unless it was all leaked deliberately.) So here we are just months away from new Watchmen stories; an event so inevitable that it was parodied on the Simpsons years ago in the form of Watchmen Babies. And yet it has still proven to be controversial at the time of the announcement.

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Who Watches the Watchmen?

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So I know I went out to see the Watchmen last week, but I haven’t been able to catch up with the other members of MLD to ask them what THEY thought. What say, folks?

I did read the graphic novel a year or two ago, before I even knew there would be a movie. I read it because of rumors that the storytelling devices Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore employed were how the writers/producers of LOST told their story, at least in the first 3 seasons. Not only was that hugely evident on first reading the book, the complexity with how the lives of all the characters lives, both good and bad, became interconnected became a jumping off point to ask deeper questions, both in terms of the LOST universe and the Watchmen universe. But that is perhaps beyond the scope of what I’m trying to say here.

I liked it, though there were some differences from the graphic novel that were irksome. Overall, though, I think Zach Snyder (of “300” fame) did a respectable job at trying to film a heretofore unfilmable comic book.

No spoilers here, but I’ll join the chorus and say: BEST… OPENING… CREDITS… EVER! Just wish Snyder could have gone a little more in-depth with both Rorschach and Adrian’s stories.

See it, and I reiterate my question to my MLD cohorts… What say, folks?