However, I'm actually looking forward to the end of Eaglemoss in that now I can put the money set aside for the lead figures and put it towards either statues or perhaps back issues
I knew nothing about them either. I "discovered" them one day in the toy department of Walmart. They're less than $2 each and even have "chase" figures like a yellow (Professor Zoom) Flash and a transparent Hulk.
Certainly not the quality of Eaglemoss, but they're kinda fun and a lot of bang for the buck. Full sets and singles can be picked up on Ebay if you're not into hunting them down individually.