There have been quite a few Green Lantern collectibles over the years, most notably the period of time during the widely popular Geoff Johns. It seemed that DC had finally realized the potential that the franchise had and started cashing in on it. But there are some things that never make it past the prototype stage or get announced but never go into production. Here are six Green Lantern collectibles that never made it into our collections.
2011 – Green Lantern: The Animated Series action figures
2011, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Anticipation was high for the Green Lantern movie and retailers dropped a lot of money on Green Lantern merchandise for a boom in popularity that never came. The Cartoon Network ordered a CGI Green Lantern animated series to build off of the movie. The hitch – CGI animation wasn’t cheap at the time and the series required a toy line to make it financially viable. When retailers were approached about supporting the toy line they recalled the pegs and pegs full of movie products in their clearance aisles and balked at it. That was the nail in the coffin for the show despite its critical acclaim and ratings success.
Several prototypes of the small actions figures that were shown to retailers did survive and made their way to eBay. I was fortunate to find the painted versions of the prototypes of Hal Jordan, Atrocitus, and Kilowog shown below.
2012 – DC Collectibles Green Lantern 4″ Action Figure Playset
DC Collectibles began making a series of 4 inch Green Lantern action figures which became convention exclusives. Eleven figures were made in the series: Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Green Lantern Sinestro, Kilowog, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Black Hand, Saint Walker, and Arkillo. These came with accessories that included construct weapons and versions of Dex-Starr and Glomulus. Waves planned for the future included Tomar-Re, Hannu, Isamot Kol, Bleez, and Soranik Natu, but that wasn’t all. No, the coolest thing that was in the works was a big playset that featured the central power battery on Oa that lit up. The playset was included on a tour of the DC facilities by Geoff Johns during an appearance on G4’s Attack of the Show and even made its way to a display at the San Diego Comic-Con. Sadly, the figure series vanished into the ether in 2013 and all we have left is disappointment.
2016 – Alex Ross Justice League Statue
While technically not a Green Lantern, the Alex Ross “Original 7” fine art statue that debuted at that year’s San Diego Comic-con was a beautiful attempt to translate Alex Ross’ artwork into three dimensions. Made of heavyweight polystone, the limited edition hand-painted statue was going to include a print of the art that inspired Ross’ take on the Justice League. Unfortunately, it was never produced.
2017 – Green Lantern talking power battery bank
Cryptozoic Entertainment has had a history of making products using characters licensed from DC Comics. In 2017 they announced a talking Power Battery Electronic Vinyl Bank that was to features lights, sounds, and voice effects whenever you insert a coin. The bank carried an MSRP of $29.99 but presumably never made it to the prototype phase because they used a stock image of a power battery. This could have been an affordable alternative to the more expensive prop replicas, but it never lit up store shelves.
2017 – Green Lantern Q-Fig
The Quantum Mechanix booth at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con showcased a number of new figures in their stylized Q-Fig figures, and the prototype Hal Jordan figure caught the attention of Green Lantern fans. The figure never seemed to make it beyond that one appearance and the prototype stage of development, which is unfortunate as the design was pretty cool.
2017 – Black Lantern Batman Vinimate
In 2017 Diamond Select made two Green Lantern figures in their chunky vinyl Vinimate line which were exclusives at Walgreens drug stores. Both were versions of Hal Jordan, one as a Green Lantern and one as a Black Lantern which was wave one of a Blackest Night line of figures. A short time later Diamond Select announced wave two of the line, with the second being a Black Lantern Batman. Wave two was never released and the line was dropped. In 2020 Diamond Select did re-issue the Hal Jordan Vinimate figure in clear green plastic as an Emerald City Comic-con exclusive in a limited edition of 250 pieces.