According to CBR, NECA is releasing a Watchmen collector’s box set of HeroClix figures,to first be available at Comic-Con International in San Diego, then going on sale at comic and hobby stores. From NECA:
The Watchmen Collector’s Boxed Set includes 25 highly detailed, 3D miniatures including Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre. The Collector’s Boxed Set, which includes a complete set of Watchmen HeroClix figures, comes in deluxe, display-quality packaging. The Watchmen HeroClix Dr. Manhattan Colossal Figure (sold separately) is built to movie-accurate scale and stands over 14 inches tall.
The figures are based on the movie versions of the characters.
“WizKids is very excited to add Watchmen to the HeroClix platform,” said WizKids/NECA president Lax Chandra in the release. “Watchmen is a groundbreaking movie which redefines the way costumed vigilantes are portrayed on the big screen. With 25 unique sculpts in the Collector’s Boxed Set, plus the colossal Dr. Manhattan figure, we’ve got a comprehensive offering that will satisfy both avid gamers and Watchmen movie fans.”
This could be a bellwether of things to come: Bleeding Cool recently reported that DC Comics was entertaining the idea of a Watchmen sequel, prequel or spinoff. From a dollars perspective, maybe this makes sense: Brian Hibbs’ Tilting at Windmills reported that “Watchmen” made up 5 percent of bookstore sales of graphic novels all by itself in 2009. Comics fans may have apoplexy, and Alan Moore will likely be less than thrilled. But given that Moore isn’t working for the publisher at present anyway, DC may not have that much to lose, from a financial perspective.