Poison Ivy and the Penguin round out the Batman: The Animated Series lineup

Few supervillains are as deadly as Poison Ivy. Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, one of Batman’s arch-adversaries for almost 50 years now. But her appearance in Batman: The Animated Series at the beginning of the ’90s was nothing less than iconic — and holds a lot of nostalgia value for Millennial DC fans.

We’re way excited to announce two additions to this lineup of figures based on the TV show, one of them being the lethal lady with the red tresses. Series 2’s Poison Ivy, standing six inches tall, sports a shredded-aesthetic black costume with accessories. And we’ve got the Penguin, too! Four inches tall from Series 5, he’s proportional to your other Animated Series figures. Click the photo below and get your order in now!

That girl is poison.

That girl is poison.

DC Comics Supervillains Poison Ivy, with The New 52 look

DC Comics fans are about to be all agape over this Poison Ivy, specially based on The New 52 series reboot! Batman’s most lovely, most venomous adversary is here in six-inch format, clad in a skintight suit of leafy green and charcoal black. She’s also set with her signature fiery mane, of course. She’s an integral part of the collection of Batman’s enemies known as the rogue gallery, and she definitely deserves a place in the spotlight.

Whether her kiss is poison or antidote, one can never know. She comes in classic window-box packaging, already set for display alongside your other DC collectibles. Or free her from her cardboard-and-plastic prison and re-create the most memorable of comic-book scenes.

That girl is poison.

That girl is poison.

San Diego Comic-Con exclusive: Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy

Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, despite her ladylike and flowery name, is one of Batman’s primary and ruthless enemies. First appearing in comics as early as 1966, the supervillainess is a part-time botanist and a part-time eco-terrorist. Using her extensive knowledge of the biological plant world as a lethal weapon, she leaves destruction and fury in her red-haired wake.

This Poison Ivy, however, comes in a decidedly cuter package. Modeled after the Poison Ivy variation that appears in the 2012-and-onwards TV series Super Best Friends Forever, this six-inch figure points her cheeky, slightly innocent-looking gaze at you while outfitted in a metallic green bustier leotard. Arms akimbo, she demands what exactly you think you’re doing in her presence. Succumb to her charm this holiday season with this limited-edition San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figurine. Don’t miss out on Ms. Ivy!

Do gingers have souls?

Do gingers have souls?

Poison Ivy : New 52

Sporting her New 52 jumpsuit, Poison Ivy is lifted by a curling vine. She’s a femme fatale to be sure, but the reboot has seen her working with the Birds of Prey and we couldn’t be happier to see a new side to Pamela Isley.

This new statue figure stands about 10 inches tall and features amazing sculpting that really brings the character to life. If you’re a fan of the new DC Universe, be sure to grab this one!

Kotobuyika and DC Direct : POISON IVY

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import, Poison Ivy is just the latest in a line of very awesome Bishoujo figures. Standing about 9-inches tall, the PVC statue is a stunning rendition of one of DC’s most deadly femmes fatale.

Constructed of high-quality pvc plastic, the green lady stands on an exclusive base featuring intricate vines and snake-like creepers, some of which wind seductively up her legs! Stay tuned, because coming soon will be Poison Ivy’s partner in crime Harley Quinn…

ARKHAM ASYLUM: SERIES 2

An Armored version of Batman joins Bane, Victor Zsasz and the seductive Poison Ivy in the second series of Arkham Asylum toys. You can order them now since they’re arriving in a matter of days and you can expect them to be just as brilliant as the first wave.

Each one is about 6 or 7 inches tall and the level of detail is stunning. If you enjoyed the game, you’re going to love the way these figures bring those CG designs to new, plastic life with accessories and great articulation on all counts.

As you await the release of Arkham City, this is a great addition to your display shelf and might help make killing time until October just a little bit easier.

ARKHAM CITY: This Ain’t No Place for a Hero

The first official gameplay trailer for Arkham City has been released and it’s a stunner! Check it out:

Of course, while we wait for the game to be released, some of us are also waiting for the companion figures that make up series 2 of DC Direct’s ARKHAM ASYLUM collection.

Batman, Poison Ivy, Victor Zsasz and Bane can be pre-ordered now, individually or as a set. They’ll be shipping out in May of this year, so while there’ll still be plenty of time before Arkham City hits shelves, maybe these 6-inch figures will make the wait just a little bit easier…

Arkham City News and Arkham Asylum Figures!

As announced by ComputerandVideoGames.com, CALENDAR MAN is the latest character to be confirmed for the upcoming ARKHAM CITY. Here’s the story and a first look at his design!

We got what was thought to be our first look at Arkham City’s Calendar Man at the end of last year.

But, with the Rocksteady design looking a bit chubby and generic goon-like (except for the distinctive tattoo around his head) we couldn’t be sure back then that the spotted character wasn’t just a Calendar Man thug.

A new image attached to a short Calendar Man bio, however, has emerged on the internet seemingly confirming the design.

It’s already been confirmed that Calendar Man will feature in Arkham City with script cues that will be activated according to the time in real life. More specifically, if you visit the criminal at his cell during any real-life holiday, he’ll have a natter with you about the crimes he performed on that day.

And there’s more good news! We’ve just gotten our shipment of 6-inch DC Direct figures based on Arkham City’s awesome predecessor, Arkham Asylum:

The first series includes Batman, Joker (with Scarface), Harley Quinn and Scarecrow, each rendered brilliantly by the talented artists at DC Direct. They capture the look of the game perfectly. The next series, which includes the likes of Poison Ivy and Bane, will be available in May and are pre-orderable now!

Ame-Comi Heroine Mini Figures Series 1

The Ame-Comi Heroine Mini-Figures are here! The girls of Gotham City – Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy – are the first in an all new, super-cute line of mini-figures, affectionately known as “mini-comis.” Based on the larger Ame-Comi Heroine PVC Statue line, these miniature Ame-Comi PVC figures are all brand-new sculpts! Batgirl cuddles a squishable baby bat toy, as Harley Quinn wields a deadly pop-gun and Poison Ivy charms a serpentine vine.

Each Mini-figure stands at 5″ high and is packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook, each non-articulated PVC mini figure is sold separately (or as a complete set from Cmdstore.com), and includes a display base.

Ame-Comi Heroine Mini Figure Series 1

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What Comic Book Games Can Learn From Batman: Arkham Asylum

Platform Nation has a great article telling video game companies what they should take away from the success and general awesomeness of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Last year, one game took everyone by surprise. Rocksteady Studios came out of nowhere (literally; it was their second game they ever made) with Batman: Arkham Asylum. I would go so far as to say that they re-wrote the book on how to make a game based on a comic book. This year, another superhero looks to rise from the video game ashes after several disappointing efforts. Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions will be arriving shortly, so let’s go over pages from the Batman: Arkham Asylum manual that Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions should take from.

Throw the storyline from the movie out the window. The first thing any comic book game needs to do is come up with a completely new and original story. I hate to say this, but if I have seen the movie and know how the story goes, what is going to keep me playing all the way to the very end? Batman: AA’s story was original, compelling, was stayed in line with the Batman canon for the most part, and brought out the best in the Batman universe. All your favorite characters make an appearance in one way or another. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, with enough plot twists scattered throughout to keep you saying “Just fifteen more minutes!”

Put me in the character’s shoes. I can’t tell you how many times bad voice acting has ruined a good story. Rocksteady Studios did exactly the right thing: they got the most beloved actors from the Batman series for the roles. Yes, that means Mark Hamill for the Joker and Kevin Conroy to voice the Batman. Just hiring these two actors alone did wonders for the story, as it brought me back to the days were I watched the cartoons on Saturday morning. All of the sudden, I was playing these cartoons. And that is a really, really good feeling. In addition, the graphics fit the game just right. The graphics were dark and gritty, which really enhanced the “creepy asylum” aurora. It was so satisfying to crunch a bad guy, and then see a bunch of tiny bats fly out of his body. All the character models look amazing, and you can see the influences from the comic books sneaking through, which is vital. The small details like Batman’s suit showing damage over the course of the game helped immerse you into the game. And the cut scenes looked and sounded fabulous and they helped move along the story at an acceptable rate.

Make the game fun to play. Everyone knows how horrible controls have ruined Spiderman and Superman games for years. Rocksteady took a “easy to learn, difficult to master” approach which was implemented beautifully. And it wasn’t just a button-masher either. Rocksteady did a fabulous job introducing various mechanics into the game that allowed you to vary the way you took out the bad guys. In addition, the game played in a stealth-like manner similar to the Tom Clancy games, which was really different and ran counter to my “superheros can do everything and beat anybody, no problem” mentality.

Spice things up. As I alluded to above, Rocksteady put many different styles of gameplay in their game. All the boss battles are different, there are some puzzle sections sprinkled about, and the whole “stealthy Batman” mindset really makes this game stand out from many of the other comic book games I have seen. Compare Batman: AA to one of the recent Iron Man games and it becomes clear the variety of gameplay really do make a difference in keeping the game fresh for 8 hours.

Give us the unlockables and extras we crave. For all the comic book fans and achievement hunters out there, Rocksteady didn’t forget you. There are a bunch of riddles set up by The Riddler for you to unlock. These often revolve around obscure comic book villians or Gotham City lore that comic book fans will crave. In addition, there are tons of audio tapes for you to unlock to take the story to another level altogether. Solving all these riddles and finding all the secrets will add on many more hours to the campaign length, because there is just SO MUCH for you to do.

Don’t deny your heritage. Whatever you do, don’t forget the comic books that you are coming from. Batman: AA gave a shout-out to these comics in the form of riddles and Easter eggs, but most importantly they did their research and they designed a game where you were Batman, not some modern evolution of such. That might have been their biggest decision of all.

Of course, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to Arkham City and maybe a few replays of AA, but there’s one more thing you might want to check out and that’s this DC Direct series of Arkham Asylum figures. Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and MORE are coming your way in 2011 as a group of brilliantly-crafted 7-inch figures. Naturally, they’re pre-orderable now!