DC Collectibles is churning out their Animated figures faster & faster now that they’ve conquered the early QC concerns.
Eight figures have come out these last few weeks and that’s not to mention the recently released Batmobile! I was already behind, having not reviewed a few figures from this summer, and with six more figures coming soon (Harley should drop this week) I decided it was time to get that stack reviewed up, hopefully between three to five of them this week.
I wanted to start with Robin because he’s another pleasantly surprising figure. I was always fond of the original Animated Robin figure even though it was terribly out of place. One of my favorite Robin figures was basically one that shouldn’t exist, Marlon Wayans as Robin. The actor was cast & fitted for his Robin costume in Batman Returns, but didn’t make it into the film. The figure still made it out though and was pretty cool.
Then the body got reused, completely inappropriately for the Animated Robin figure. Here was this line with all these great on-model sculpts and then here was Robin with this abs of steel. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t right. They did give it a new head, so that was something. I laugh now that Gentle Giant is about to canonize it again in their 12” Jumbo line.
And while I’ve kinda of wished that DC Collectibles would spend a little more time trying to homage the old toys, Robin is one figure where that’s not the case. He just needs to finally be straight from the show, like he walked off the small screen. And the best part about the figure? He’s pretty much exactly that.
The sculpt is terrific, again one of my favorite in the line so far. It’s funny to me that I would enjoy both Robins so much after not caring for the old toys. In this case, it is probably finally getting that animated accurate sculpt, but I also love the head sculpt. It looks great and it somehow looks young and like Dick Grayson is having fun being Robin. That’s always an important aspect to his tenure as Robin for me. Continue to Page 2…