Watchmen collectibles unveiled at New York Toy Fair

With the hype for Watchmen hitting a fever pitch, DC Direct is hoping to divert some of that buzz over to their lineup of collectibles inspired by the movie. At the 2009 American International Toy Fair in New York this week, the company revealed their full line of Watchmen deluxe figures, action figures and mini-busts.

Based on Zack Snyder's adaptation of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel, the DC Direct Watchmen characters are sculpted to reflect the likenesses of the actors who play them, and there are three focused figure lines: a 1:6 deluxe scale, 6.75-inch action figures and cold-cast porcelain mini-busts. Every piece in each series is individually numbered and also reflects an overall limited run number.

Initially there will be two waves of action figures. Series 1 is out now and includes Nite Owl (Modern), Ozymandias, Silk Spectre (Modern) and Rorschach. Series 2 is available soon and includes Silk Spectre (Classic), the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl (Classic). The DC Direct rep also confirmed to SCI FI Wire that they will have three variant action figures available: a translucent Dr. Manhattan that is going to comic shops, a younger version of the Comedian without the mask and scar and an unmasked Rorschach that will be released after the movie hits theaters.

The mini-busts will roll out in three waves: Ozymandias and Rorschach (available now), the Comedian and Dr. Manhattan (available this month) and Silk Spectre and Nite Owl (available by March 6, the film's release date).

The 1:6 scale (16-inch) collector figures feature only the three Watchmen characters of Dr. Manhattan in his civilian suit, the Comedian in his mask and Rorschach in his trench coat and mask.

There will also be three limited-edition collectible movie props available, including Rorschach's grappling gun and mask (available now), the Comedian's guns (which are cast from the actual props in the movie and are set in a display frame) (available March), and a cold-cast 1:24 scale replica of the Owl Ship (available in July).

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