Diamond announced the line up of their 4th series of Gotham select figures in November. The three figure set would be made up of Azrael, Hugo Strange and Mr Freeze. Hugo Strange would come with the "treatment" chair he uses in Arkham, while Azrael and Mr Freeze would come with parts of an Arkham prison cell and the two diorama's would combine.
Roll on to Toy Fair and we started to hear rumblings that this 4th Series of Gotham would see changes to what was announced - perhaps even losing their Select status and simply being released as figures with no diorama pieces.
Diamond have now confirmed that changes have been made, but it is not as bad as it could have potentially been. The basic versions will be Toys R Us exlusives in the US, while the larger Select releases are going ahead albeit with some amended content.
Hugo Strange will still be packed with the treatment chair, which is great news. This is a whole new piece sculpted for this set.
Sadly, the Freeze and Azrael figures have lost their Arkham cell pieces. These have been replaced with the same combining diorama we saw in series 1 with a street scene (Jim Gordon) and an overhead balcony (Selina Kyle). This new iteration has been given a different paint job and some nice Joker graffiti.
Diamond are quoting that the Arkham Cell "wasn't possible" so we assume there is a cost issue here in meeting their base costs vs the Seleect RRP. Diamond are yet to update their webpage for the new contents.
The figures are due Summer 2017
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Gotham!
The critically acclaimed action figure line based on the hit Fox TV series serves up the Wrath of the Villains, with three new 7” scale figures of Gotham’s most dangerous men! Azrael, Mr. Freeze and Professor Hugo Strange each feature up to 16 points of articulation as well as character-appropriate accessories, and each comes with an awesome diorama piece inspired by the show! Hugo Strange comes with the conditioning chair from Arkham Asylum, and Freeze and Azrael each come with part of the alleyway diorama, with Joker graffiti! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!