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Vault Review: DC Direct
Batman, Inc. Damian as Robin

It’s been a while since I’ve been excited for an entire wave of DC Direct figures. The first wave of Batman, Incorporated figures are out and I actually bought three of the four released.  But my favorite figure of the wave is Damian in his Robin Costume.

I wasn’t sure what to think of young Damian Wayne when Grant Morrison first introduced him way back in September 2006 (I also can’t believe it’s been five years already!).  He was written so perfectly as a spoiled and arrogant brat that most people hated him.  Even Grant would later admit that he was going to end up dead by the end of the series.

But the more Damian appeared the more developed his character became.  His troubled upbringing added a layer of sympathy, while his cocky attitude became a charming personality quirk.  In a comic book universe full of heroes that play well with others, Damian truly became a unique character.  He was a little Batman clone that didn’t play well with others.  But unlike his father he had a penchant for brutally violent takedowns and insulting the other heroes around.

What I’m going to miss the most when the DCnU takes hold is Dick Grayson as Batman with Damian as his Robin.  Not only did he bring an air of hope to the Batman archetype, but his relationship with Damian was that of a big brother rather than a strict father.  They’d bicker like siblings, but at the end of the day both Dick and Damian would risk their lives for each other.  I strongly suggest checking out Morrison’s Batman and Robin, and the issues he crossed over with the Supergirl and Batgirl books for the best Damian stories out there.

This is only the second time Damian has taken up plastic form.  The first was in his original black and white costume from Batman and Son, also done by DC Direct.  But with the new focus on more modern top tier characters, I’m assuming Mattel’s new DC line will fit one in eventually.  Since this is DC Direct, this figure’s look is spot on.  Not only does he have a great sculpt in general, but his height is perfect for both DC Direct and DCUC figures.

I really love the figure’s simple tunic with sculpted seams.  His cape also has an incredible amount of wrinkles and folds on the inside, while the outside is smooth and billowy.  His pants also have seams running down them and a few areas that look more like internal armor, while his gauntlets have a sharp and dangerous look to the tiny blades coming off of them.  His face also has this interesting look of annoyance or boredom, depending on the angle.  Continue to page 2…

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Batman, Inc. Damian as Robin