It's time for a trip back in the Action Figure Time Machine! Join me today as we head back to 2008 to check out this awesome Carmine Infantino styled Batgirl from DC Direct's short-lived Showcase Presents inspired series of action figures. One of the things that DC Direct (now DC Collectibles) used to be known for was producing action figures that really reflected the particular style of a specific artist. Over the years they've kind of moved away from that (although the Greg Capullo Designer Series is a welcome return) and have began producing figures that reflect a more general style. Artist specific figures can be a tough sell. While some fans tend to love various specific artistic interpretations of certain prominent characters (I'm thinking big names like Batman, Spider-Man, and the Joker) or specific distinctive artists (such Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Mike Mignola, Adam Hughes, or Alex Ross) overwhelmingly it seems that most fans want to build a comic universe in a cohesive action figure line. In 2008 Marvel Legends was being taken over by Hasbro (and getting some nice Diamond Select releases, too), Mattel was knee-deep in Justice League Unlimited and was just starting DC Universe Classics, and DC Collectibles was in an odd place. They tried a lot of stuff and this small line of heavy hitters was an attempt to try and do some well known characters in distinctive styles. While this line didn't seem to set the collecting world on fire, it did give us a beautiful Batgirl figure. Ready for a closer look at Batgirl? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 3/4 inches tall
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, forearm swivels, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Stand and removable Bat-purse.
Original Retail Price: $15-$18 dollars
The sculpt is credited to Karen Palinko and it's a real winner!
*Articulation wasn't some mysterious, unknown creature back in 2008 but it wasn't DC Direct's forte. Heck, just the fact that this figure had swivel/hinge shoulders and a ball jointed neck was probably kind of a big deal. The problem, though, is that the knees seem a bit weak and a tad loose. That's a problem that many DC Direct figures from this era have. The arms also freak me out a bit as the shoulders for some reason just seem like they could break off. Maybe I'm just being paranoid but I think my Batgirl is just going to chill out on the shelf alongside dozens of her sisters.
I've reviewed a ton of Batgirl stuff on this site so far, including:
Ame-Comi Heroine Series by DC Collectibles
Chara-Covers by Huckleberry
DC Comics Bombshells by DC Collectibles
DC Comics Cover Girls by DC Collectibles
DC Comics Designer Series: Greg Capullo by DC Collectibles
DC Super Friends Wheelies by Fisher Price
DC Superheroes Collection by Warner Brothers
DC Superheroes Mez-Itz by Mezco
DC Universe Mystery Minis by Funko
Headstrong Heroes by Monogram Masterworks
HeroClix- Batman Series by Wizkids/ NECA
HeroClix DC 10th Anniversary by Wizkids/ NECA
Kubricks Batman by Kubricks
Super Best Friends Forever by DC Collectibles