Things have been pretty quiet on the Young Justice cartoon front for a little while now, but there are a couple of releases and developments I haven’t blogged about yet – a brief appearance of a new episode, a DVD, and those action figures.
Action Figures (July 1st)
Back during the New York Toy Fair there was a lot of excitement about the new line of Young Justice action figures. Well their release is almost upon us.
The entire first wave should be out at the same time. Review units have been sent out to the big action figure sites. Amazon lists July 1st as the ship data, Toywiz lists June 2011. AFI had an update on the packing for the single figures and they list summer as the ship date – either way they should be appearing in stores soon. (That’s if you believe the notoriously unreliable Toy Company schedules. Kudos to anybody who first spots these in the wild).
There is also a special Superboy variant which will be available at this year’s San Diego Comic Con:
DVD (July 19th)
The first Young Justice DVD, Young Justice: Season One V.1, will be released on July 19th (in about a month).
This volume contains the first four episodes – “Independence Day”, “Fireworks”, “Welcome to Happy Harbor”, and “Drop-Zone”. This has drawn a few negative pre-release comments on places like Amazon as it isn’t a season boxed set. But, to be fair to WB the season isn’t over yet and this is standard practise in marketing kids DVDs.
New Episodes (MIA)
This posting was actually prompted by a question from a reader. Rick asked:
Is Young Justice coming back with a new story line?
The short answer is yes, but we don’t known when. Back in May Greg Weisman (YJ co-producer) gave a production update on the status of the of the show. It listed episodes 10 & 11 as ready to air and episodes 12 & 13 as in post-production (the last episode broadcast was episode 9). However, the current status of the TV schedule is that both DC’s Young Justice and Batman: The Brave and the Bold are in repeats through to at least July 1st.
Cartoon Network had earlier said that they were going to show the new material, but then changed their minds. (If I had to speculate on why Cartoon Network were holding back new material I’d guess that it’s probably to build up a run of material which they could then show as a block without having to fall back to repeats.)
For some reason episode 10 “Targets” was briefly available on Cartoon Network’s website, although I can’t see it on there at the moment or on Amazon’s download service.