Marvel is the biggest name in comics, and one of the biggest names in licensing. They’ve got toys, clothes, costumes, and now HDTVs. So who got the Marvel contract for televisions? Sony? Samsung? Funai? None of the above. It’s RTC23.
A company known as Roundtable Concepts, or RCT23, has officially released a series of LCD and LED backlit LCD televisions all bearing the marks of some of the most memorable comic book characters of all time.
Are they cool? Somewhat. The sets with a black frame and subtle logos are alright, but others – like the Fantastic 4 television that’s designed to look like Thing – are downright hideous. Not to mention, when you start the television you’re greeted by a superhero splash screen. According to the product information, “when powered on the individual Marvel character will appear on the screen for approximately 8 seconds!”
Quality is a big question. According to RTC23’s website, “these TVs are the finest LCD & LED televisions on the market.” The Marvel emblazoned TVs have a static contrast ratio of 5,000:1, four HDMI inputs, and a 120Hz refresh rate. They’re priced just a bit cheaper than Samsung’s new 7000 series and right about the same as the 6500 line. RTC’s televisions lack internet streaming support though.
They’re a little cheesy and really impractical, especially since televisions that look a lot better on paper are available at the same price, but if you’re buying a smaller LCD for the kids, this might be a nice way to go.