fallenangel327 wrote:You don't exactly see characters making Plastic Man references on The Big Bang Theory.
I thought there may have been _one_ reference to Plastic Man on TBBT (as in remembering seeing one, not "it just seems logical that it would have happened by now"), but even a TBBT wiki failed to yield any results.
While I wouldn't consider Plas an obscure character by any means, he's definitely a B-lister, and with us already having received one version of him there's no guarantee that they'll ever consider putting him in an actual set. Besides, both Dr. Who and Mr. T are popular enough to be known outside their respective fanbases, while Plastic Man is not.
Exactly. Marvel has had tons of revised minifigs, primarily thanks to the fact that every character is contractually required to have a costume change the next time they appear in a new movie. For DC, if you take the Bat-family out of the equation (for which the only characters that have _not_ received a second minifig by now are pretty much those that got their first in the last year or two), there's a very short list of characters that have at least two distinct minifigs:
1. Superman (classic, SDCC, Clark Kent, MoS, BvS, MM)
2. Wonder Woman (classic, New 52, BvS, MM, and one announced)
3. Lex Luthor (basic suit, dark Super Powers, light Super Powers, BvS)
4. Martian Manhunter (classic, M-crotch)
5. Green Arrow (SDCC, the other one)
6. Bizarro (SDCC, MM)
7. Flash (regular, MM)
8. Captain Cold (regular, MM)
9. Lois Lane (MoS, BvS)
So, not even ten characters make that list (I'm not counting Supergirl because the only difference is the hair, while all three decorated parts stayed the same). There are currently at least 11 Bat-villains released for TLBM that have 3+ minifigs now, which beats 2/3 of that list (Joker and Harley even beat Superman and Wonder Woman by a few iterations). If you eliminate Mighty Micros and SDCC, that removes a whopping eight minifigs and four characters from that list (and flat out erases Bizarro from the pile of official minifigs). Even Hawkgirl and Jon Stewart (two of the seven characters featured in the acclaimed Justice League animated series) haven't gotten a single minifig so far.
Given all that, and the fact that Plastic Man has never really had any major costume revisions, why should we expect that they'll actually capitalize on this new arm design and make a second Plastic Man minifig? Ironically, this may even be the _only_ character who will get to make use of this upgrade. Elongated Man is by far the least famous of the classic stretchy types. Mr. Fantastic is tied up with Fantastic Four, which Marvel seems to be dead-set on scuttling unless they get the rights back from Fox.
dWhisper already touched on this
back in January, but in spite of all the clickbait you see about how "nerds have won" and how nostalgia cash-ins cage in our creativity or whatever, nerdy things aren't actually popular.
The fact that you're even referring to them as "nerdy things" is proof of this. Nerd is more about academics, while Geek is the cultural side. Oh, sure, lots of nerds are big into geek culture, but they don't have any better claim of ownership over it than anyone else.