DC Chess Collection #9 Black Pawn - from Eaglemoss Publications
I have a lot of love for Eaglemoss lead figurines (as detailed in my post from two days ago). Although the DC Comics Super Hero Collection is coming to an end, fans are very excited for the upcoming Eaglemoss DC Chess Collection. The original line-up of 32 chess characters was announced early last year, but then information became sluggish and there were rumors of cancellation. I believe that most of the delay was due to the DC Universe relaunch in September 2011 - as evidenced by the substitution of the DCnU Barbara Gordon Batgirl in place of the originally slated Stephanie Brown Batgirl. There are numerous changes in the lineup so far (mostly in regards to the order of release) but I am very excited that these are now officially rolling out!
Here's the female lineup so far::
DC Chess Collection #9 - POISON IVY (Black Pawn)
DC Chess Collection #7 - BATGIRL (White Knight)
DC Chess Collection #6 - CATWOMAN (White Queen)
Something to note is that these chess pieces won't be made of lead like the other Eaglemoss figurines, rather they are composed of a "metallic resin." I suppose constantly-handled chess pieces would need to be contructed of a less harmful material than lead. I'm assuming this will mean they will be more lightweight and possibly more fragile.
Head on over to the Eaglemoss Webpage to see more pictures. NOTE: There are some MAJOR reveals on the picture of the chess board. You can see sneak peeks of Ras Al Ghul, Red Hood, Hush, Black Mask, Penguin, Katana, and someone who I believe is Black Canary, but it's really hard to tell. I can't wait to get these chess pieces - we're expected to get Huntress, Harley Quinn, Batwoman, and The Question (possibly Renee Montoya version). One figure on the original lineup that we are now unlikely to see is Oracle. It's a shame because she was so integral in comics for the last 20 years but she's had very poor representation in plastic. I'm excited to see who they replace her with though... I'll post it when I find out!