Last weeks Toyark Discussion of the Week had a great turnout. Our members are very passionate about their love of comic based toys. Most of the posters sided with Marvel. A few of our members went against the grain and sided with DC. Here is a sampling of what people said on the subject of Marvel vs DC toys.
I’m a Marvel guy, myself, so I lean heavily towards that direction. However, DC Direct has done a fantastic job of producing figures based on specific artist interpretations of characters. The DC Universe Classics line is great and reminds me of being a kid and playing with the Super Powers line. The 3.75″ stuff is just not on par with Marvel’s.
In the end I have to go with Marvel. From the original Secret Wars line, 90’s Marvel, X-Men and Spider-Man, Marvel Legends and now Marvel Universe, Marvel has consistently had great toys on store shelves that I always want to pick up.
im a HUUUGE Marvel fan, but im thinking DC is actually putting some work into their 6″ line even tho there was a half a wave i couldnt find, im kind of tired of never seeing some of the marvel stuff and then only to be kind of dissapointed in some of it when i do find it. So to me its a draw, i love the DC figures but the personal attatchment to the characters isnt there, and well Hasbro has kinda been letting me down lately, i dont care for MU at all and so the lack of love for Legends is turning me off.
I think DC would have won if this conversation was held before 1989. The Super Powers line was pure awesome, while Secret Wars was pretty cool, but not on the Super Powers level. From about 1990 on, Toy Biz took Marvel and expanded the universe to include 3 versions of every character ever made. Then there was the Spider-man Classics/Marvel Legends line which is one of the best toy lines ever. DCUC is cool, it’s just 8 years behind the pace, not to mention that the figures are impossible to find with any regularity.
I don’t need ot get into the 3 3/4 lines.
Make mine Marvel!
Well I am DC guy all the way. I have every DC figure made in the US for the last 15 years, though in the last 5 years I have back way off of repaints or the weird named batman figures. Even the sorry ToyBiz ones with eh DC superheroes Aquaman that was so bad that wrote on the card back that he had to have armor under his shirt to keep him wet ( which did happen in the comics way back but not because his chest was three times the proportion of his body)
But this is because I like DC. I have to say that come of the marvel figs look amazing. Some look twisted in enough to be in the infinite heroes line if they were shorter.
The Marvel 3 3/4 quarter line far surpasses the DCIH line really in every way but scope. But I am really hoping that they catch up and Have already made up my mind if I have to re-buy every figure to get new better sculpts.
We do need accessories though badly for all of the DC lines. And some vehicles. The Batmobile and Supermobile being chief among them.
But to to put things into perspective….. If they made figures that looked like clayface with a bat of his chest… I would hunting them.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Look for the next discussion very soon.