Snow Shoes for the 10th

It’s Saturday the 10th and snow shoes have arrived just in time for the snow that dumped on our town Thursday night. We got about a foot of the white stuff here in South Dakota, helping to make the month feel even more like Christmas.

I believe the snow shoes go with the Flash figure because they don’t quite fit Batman and Riddler. I’m looking forward to seeing which door he appears from.

Since I knew Swamp Thing wasn’t going to show up today-based on the odds-I brought out Marvel’s Frog Man to give this post more green.

As you can see, Frog Man is a hit at our house. The snow shoes didn’t fit Frog Man either but he provided a good time none the less. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already opened 10 doors of the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar, and I’m surprised we’ve been able to keep up with all the posts this month. We’ve been thrilled to share in the fun and we look forward to another fun post tomorrow. If you haven’t already, be sure to comment on yesterdays post to enter to win the Christmas Swamp Thing giveaway. More details can be found on the post from December 9th.

‘Twas the 9th Before Christmas

It’s the 9th of December, I wonder when Swampy will come about,
A little boy has been stirring, hiding toys throughout the house,
We can no longer locate Batman, Riddler’s stuck in the Christmas tree,
Odds are we’ll find a figure tonight, let’s open a door and see!

A pattern is starting to emerge in the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. For every figure that is revealed, it is separated by 3 doors of accessories. The odds were good that a figure would be behind door #9 and there was! I present to you, Canadian Batgirl. I thought this was a Captain Canuck figure when I first saw it.

I’m more excited about this Batgirl figure than the Christmas Batman from December 1st. Our son is having a blast running around introducing Batgril to his other toys. She’s getting along really well with his oversized rubber dinosaurs.

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Door #4 All Over Again

Tonight’s Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal had us seeing double. By now it’s obvious that imaginext is using mostly leftover inventory for their calendar contents. But, I didn’t think they’d go so far as to provide the same item behind two different doors. There was a brief protest from our peanut gallery.

The drama begins.
It was a dark and snowy night. The evening seemed like any other calendar reveal night. We finished supper and our son took off running toward the calendar to see what was behind door #8. If only we could have prepared ourselves for the drama that was waiting for us. Our son slowly pulled open the rusted, squeaking door to find… A DUPLICATE BATARANG! Oh, the humanity.

Thats right, door #8 housed another Batarang to be used in Batman’s Batarang launcher. Below are detail photos.

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New Staff But Still No Swamp Thing

It’s December 7th and door #7 of the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar has been unveiled. Swamp Thing is still a no show but that’s not going to stop us!’s also buying me more time to gather awesome Swamp Thing items for the big giveaway.

Today the Riddler’s staff appeared from behind door #7 and it provided way more fun than I expected. It’s nice to have more accessories for both Batman and the Riddler. Although, I can’t say that all the accessories are still in one piece and don’t have various bite marks. Players gonna play.

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Day 6… Handcuffs

If new handcuffs don’t help spread holiday cheer, I just don’t know what does.
Welcome back for the 6th installment of, What’s in that imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar? So far we’ve uncovered 2 figures (Christmas Batman, Christmas Riddler) & 3 accessories (Batarang, Batarang Launcher & snowball). Swamp Thing still hasn’t shown his beautiful muck-encrusted face but I have hope that it’ll be soon. When Swamp Thing finally does appear within the calendar, I’ll be holding a Christmas giveaway so stay tuned!
Until then… it’s door #6.

These baby blues were behind door #6 and unfortunately they don’t fit Christmas Batman or Riddler. Its hard to get excited about handcuffs when you can’t use them, so our son decided to add them to the Christmas tree. Pairing the handcuffs with a blue light was all his doing.

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Day 5 Brings a Christmas Riddle

Day 5, and the search for Christmas themed Swamp Thing continues. I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you for swinging by for the December 5th Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. Let’s kick things off with a riddle.

If the end of the year is on 31 December, what is the end of Christmas?

Before I provide the answer, It’s only fitting that we see what’s behind door #5. As you’ve already guessed, it’s Christmas themed Riddler!

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December 4th Calendar Reveal

Thank you for stopping by for another Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. How many days will it be until Swamp Thing shows up in the calendar?
Our son is really getting the hang of opening the calendar doors and I’m now accustomed to tracking down the really fun accessories that are not safe for kids of his age range to play with. Everyone is having a blast. And, without further adieu I present to you, a Batman Batarang launcher.

This Christmas themed Batman weapon was behind door #4 and it consists of 2 pieces. The red Batarang is launched from the cannon when you press the red button.

A similar weapon accompanied imaginext’s Thunder Punch Batman figure, below.

With a push of a button, you too can be having minutes of fun. Our son had a good time watching the projectile fly across the room. The results are pictured below. Note: the yogurt is not product placement. JB wanted a snack for the big calendar reveal. I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying their favorite snacks. Thank you, John

December 3rd, Countdown to Christmas

Welcome back to another Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal! A countdown to Christmas and for when Swamp Thing will be revealed within the calendar. I should have started a pool to place friendly wagers on which door he’s behind.

Note: I placed a tube of chapstick next to the box to give you an idea of how large this fun calendar is.

This afternoon my son was eager to pop open door #3 which contained a plastic snowball. I was underwhelmed but he thinks it’s the best. He likes it more than the Christmas Batman that was behind door #1.

The Batman in the image above was not part of the calendar. I just wanted bendable Batman to be of use.

If the snowball looks familiar, it may have been a leftover accessory from the Imaginext DC Super Friends, Captain Cold & Ice Cannon that was released in 2015.

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December 2nd Reveal & the ‘91 Fantasy Fair

Welcome back for another Christmas calendar reveal. The December 2nd Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar item is a Batarang. As you can see, the bat horns are a bit chewed up. My son was excited to rip the Batarang from the calendar to give it a nibble. Needless to say, the DC Super Friends weapon/accessory will be stored in a safe place so it isn’t a choking hazard.

While we were playing with Batman and the Batarang, I noticed that it didn’t fit in Batman’s hand very well. So I jumped on the internet to see if this cool Batman choking hazard (joking) was previously released. Since Imaginext reused the Swamp Thing design for a Christmas figure, maybe they are using the calendar as a way to get rid of some of their unsold inventory. I’m speculating, but the same Batarang was released in 2014 for Imaginext’s series 1 DC Super Friends Blind Bags.

Although the 2nd Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar item wasn’t an exciting Christmas themed figure, I do have a really great Swamp Thing book to share with you!

The awesome Dallas Fantasy Fair preview book from 1991 arrived in the mail this week. The 16-page newsprint book features a portion of Rick Veitch’s cover to Swamp Thing #66, seen below.

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Swamp Thing’s Lights are Strung

Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar – 2022

When I was a kid advent calendars were a fun way to countdown the days until Christmas. Most of the time they were filled with cheap chocolates that I would impatiently eat by the second week of December. Nowadays advent calendars are more unique and specialized than ever. If you’re a fan of Pop figures, Die Hard, Dolly Parton, booze, cigars, you name it–there’s an advent calendar for you. And, I found mine.

This 2022 Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar features Swamp Thing, along with 23 DC figures and/or accessories. The 24-piece calendar was released in September and I’ve been anxiously waiting for today (December 1st) to open the first calendar door with my son. Be sure to stop by everyday in December to see which figure or accessory shows up. I’m not sure when Swamp Thing will appear but when he does, I’ll have a fun Swamp Thing related giveaway to celebrate.

Before we get to the December 1st advent figure, below are some photos of Swamp Thing from the advent calendar packaging. Swamp Thing appears to be DC’s Christmas tree and he made his way on the front and back of the box.

If the advent Swamp Thing figure looks familiar, it’s because Imaginext released a similar figure in 2018 within the Batman & Swamp Thing figure set (left image, below). Christmas lights were added to the advent calendar version of Swampy. Swamp Thing’s eyes are yellow on the advent figure, while the 2018 Imaginext Swamp Thing has red eyes.

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Giveaway Results!

Congratulations to Danilo Melo! Danilo was randomly selected from the giveaway post comments to win this fun batch of Swamp Thing collectibles.

Thank you so much for everyone’s participation, it’s always fun to hear from fellow Swamp Thing fans. I had fun reading through all of your comments. Giveaways like this always remind me to reread Swamp Thing storylines that I’ve not read in a while. Below is Danilo’s response to the giveaway question, “Besides Swamp Thing, who is your favorite character to have appeared in a Swamp Thing Book, TV Show or Movie?”

As always, thank you for visiting If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the upcoming Holland Files #7, please contact me at The book goes to press in December so be sure to reach out to get your work submitted in time. Thank you all for your support and sharing in the love of Swamp Thing. – John

Swamp Thing Halloweeny Giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Swamp Thing Giveaway and Halloween is the holiday for treats, so I’m giving 1 person all this fun Swamp Thing stuff! All you have to do is answer the following question in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

Question: Besides Swamp Thing, who is your favorite character to have appeared in a Swamp Thing Book, TV Show or Movie?
Mine is Chester Williams, my favorite red-headed hippy. Provide your answers in the comment section at the bottom of this post to enter to win.

A winner will be chosen at random from the list of comments, below. The winner will be announced here on as well as the ROTST Instagram page on November 7th. Below is a list of items that are included in the giveaway. Good luck to all and thank you for stopping by.

  • 1 Dick Durock Autograph
  • 1 copy of Swamp Thing New Roots Trade Paperback (2020) – Collects Swamp Thing Giant Direct Market Edition #1-4, Swamp Thing Giant (Wal-Mart Edition) #5, Swamp Thing: New Roots #6 & Swamp Thing: New Roots #9.
  • 1 copy of Swamp Thing Becoming Trade Paperback (2021) – Collects Future State: Swamp Thing #1-2 & Swamp Thing #1-4
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Absolute Underground #108

Absolute Underground’s 100-page Halloween special is now available and Swamp Thing is on the cover! To make the monster-sized issue even more Swamptastic, it features an interview with me by fellow Swamp Thing fanatic, Ira Hunter. Ira has contributed to most (if not all) issues of Holland Files, and I was extremely proud to be involved in his awesome book.

The cover was illustrated by Tom Bagley, of Forbidden Dimensions.

For those not familiar, Absolute Underground has been supporting the underground music scene since 2004. Each issue extensively covers: events, bands, new albums, artists, art shows, skateboard events, horror movies, burlesque shows, DVD reviews, zombie walks, tattoo artists, tattoo shops, music festivals, comic festivals and more. Absolute Underground is published six times per year and distributes 10,000 free magazines in Victoria & Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle, as well as other parts of Canada and United States. Magazines are distributed in record stores, skate shops, tattoo studios, hair salons, head shops, comic book stores, video outlets, clothing stores, bars, book stores, surf shops, colleges, universities, restaurants, coffee shops and more.

Cover Detail

Below is a low-res photo of my interview with Ira.

Below are a couple of questions from the interview. To read the whole interview visit Absolute Underground to download your free copy of this awesome Halloween special.

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