Swamp Thing Looks as Confused as Dr Sam Beckett

This December 11th Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar item has inspired me to reevaluate the narrative within this calendar. Based on the illustration on the front of the box and the various weapons that have been revealed so far in the calendar, I assumed that once all doors were open and accessories were accounted for, the stage would be set for an epic Christmas battle between DC’s heroes & villains.

After our son found this hockey stick behind door #11, I’m not sure what to think. Maybe some of these DC heroes received the wrong memo regarding a Christmas battle? On the box, Cyborg is wielding the hockey stick. With an arsenal like his, I don’t think Cyborg would rely on a hockey stick while in battle. Swamp Thing would always be ready based on his skill set and powers (obviously) but dressed in Christmas lights makes me think he and Cyborg are the only DC heroes who are caught off guard in this winter wonderland scenario. I’d love to know what was going on before the melee occurred.

On the box, Swamp Thing reminds me of Dr. Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap–spontaneously forced within a precarious situation… dressed in Christmas lights, not at all prepared. Maybe Constantine summoned him. Meanwhile, Bat Girl & Batman are prepared for a fight with content expressions, oddly enough.

Are we overthinking this? 100%
It’s fun to ponder the decision making processes involved in making a product like the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. I think this calendar is a case of putting the cart before the horse. I think it’s main function was to sell/use imaginext surplus inventory (figures and accessories) and then a thin narrative was built around the items and figures. Regardless, the narrative remains consistent at our house. Christmas calendar accessories are toothpicks and we will continue to remove them from our son’s mouth. Thank you for stopping by. We’ll see you tomorrow.


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