Last week, I’d planned to do a big write-up on Batman Legacy Wave 2, but the Golden Age Batman stole the spotlight during the photo session and he scored his own review. Now, it’s time to finish off the assortment with a quick look at the Silver Age Batgirl & Catman.
I mentioned in my Golden Age Batman review that the Batman Legacy line really hasn’t impressed me all that much and a lot of that has to do with figures like Batgirl here. This is Barbara Gordon in her earliest incarnation, a black bat-suit with yellow gear and a blue cowl & cape.
A few QC issues aside (we’ll get to that in a minute) this isn’t really a bad figure. The sculpt, one of the original “S-3” DC Superheroes sculpts from 2006, harkens back to an earlier time when fine details were a little more prevalent in the form of seams, stitches, and some textured surfaces. When I first picked up this Batgirl (in grey, 2nd from left below) back in 2006 (in a Target Exclusive 2pk with Batman), I was happy to add her to my collection despite the fact that I actually prefer her original black costume.
But that original costume I wanted isn’t exactly replicated here. I’m going to nitpick because the accuracy here really just comes down to the belt and a key part of her gear that’s missing. Yeah, it seems so wrong to complain that a female superhero didn’t get her purse, but that’s awkwardness is more about the state of comics. In the toy world, it’s really about the simple idea of replicating the figures from the comics instead of making inaccurate toys. And, this costume, in its most iconic form, includes a red, bat-embroidered purse and a unique belt buckle in the shape of a bat. It received neither.
If that one little piece had been tooled – a new, accurate belt with the purse attached, I would’ve been happier with the figure. Just looking at that Batgirl lineup and seeing how the Cassandra Cain Batgirl was given a new head sculpt and belt to achieve her look is enough to remind me how budget concerns are slowly strangling this line. And that’s a bummer I’d rather not think about when I look at this figure.
In addition to the belt, I had a heck of a time finding a well-painted Batgirl. I love the color choices – the bright, molded yellow and the glossy black, but it was hard to find a well painted face. And when I finally did find one, the belt buckle was pretty sloppy. I overlooked that because I was happy to for the face paint, but it’s still crappy. When I got the figure home, I was greeted by another QC issue, warped limbs. This Batgirl had a pretty out of whack right leg. I’ve straightened it out a couple times, but as you can see in the pics, it still bows back out given enough time.
Batgirl didn’t receive any accessories despite being a complete repaint. There was a poster included in the packaging, but that’s the kind of filler toy companies think add value when it really doesn’t (or did a majority of you out there pop those posters up on your lockers?). Also included with each figure is a Batman-logo stand. The shallow peg makes them not particularly useful, but some collectors do enjoy stands so that surely beats a poster. I do wish Mattel had carried the color scheme through and give the modern characters like Catman a different color from silver, but I’m not sure what color would’ve been appropriate. Continue to Page 2…