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Thursday, March 10, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl from DC Super Hero Girls (13-inch) by Mattel
Height: 12 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, ball jointed hips, mid-torso ball joint, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Boots, pants, shirt w/ attached hood, belt, gauntlets, Batpack, goggles, and a student ID card.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* I'm not much of an expert on dolls, but this seems like a pretty nice sculpt. It's not trying to match any particular version of Barbara Gordon that we've seen before but it certainly hits most of her key features, particularly the real rooted hair. The hair looks nice. If it looks a bit out of sorts, that's my fault. I assume you have to actually brush it, but I don't own any little combs or anything.
* Batgirl is wearing a purple shirt that is a little bit shiny and is emblazoned with a gold batsymbol on the chest. The hood is permanently attached to the shirt, so this is kind of like a shot sleeved hoodie. It's a nice look, particularly considering that this is a version of Batgirl wearing what she would wear to Super Hero High.
* Batgirl moves pretty well and feels like a really solid figure. Her outfit doesn't seem to hinder her articulation at all and I found that I was able to get her into a good number of action poses. The package proudly proclaims "Dolls stand on their own" to which I would add that I guess she stands on her own as well as any other 12 inch figure I've ever encountered. I'm guessing the package is referencing some fashion dolls which require stands. Just don't get wacky and out Babs in some high kick or jumping poses and expect her to stand on her own. That's not going to happen! I do love the range of motion in some of these joints, particularly the head. Someone in this division of Mattel needs to show their other lines how to get this same great range of motion in a traditional 6 and 7 inch figures' head.
Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr designed Batgirl from the current comic., and nowhere is that more apparent than here: This Batgirl also comes with oversized, yellow boots. I love this design element and I'm glad they included it here, too. These are just incredibly cool looking and pretty nicely sculpted and painted.
* Here's a look at the belt and gauntlets. They're really nicely sculpted! Also, I have to give credit where credit is due: The blades on the gauntlets are not bent! Woo hoo! Batman and Batgirl figures almost always have problems with bent blades but Mattel did alright here.
* Here's the glasses. They're actually attached to the head in the package with those little clear rubber bands and one of those plastic cords that holds the tag on a stuffed animal. Use sisters to cut them off, though, and you have a cool, modern domino mask for Batgirl.
* And here's Batgirl's Batpack. And yes, that's what it's called on the packaging of the 6-inch figure. Since the DC Super Hero Girls are wearing more casual outfits than their typical superhero garb, this backpack marries together the traditional school backpack with Batgirl's cape. It easily fits over her shoulders and does look pretty cool. I wish it opened, though. It would have been cool if it had some extra accessory hidden inside.
* One of the really nice things about this figure, especially for someone like me who isn't accustomed to dolls or figures in the 12 inch scale and up that use actual fabric outfits, is that the accessories are really easy to put on and take off. The belt snaps on quite easily with a small peg, the wrists pop out of the socket very easily to slide the gauntlets on and off, and the boots actually slide out more easily than typical 1/6th scale boots.
* So, why is Batgirl depicted on the package wielding a golden batarang when she doesn't come with one? Seriously, Batgirl, Batman, and almost any member of the Batfamily really always needs to come with a batarang. It's just a rule.
IamElemental is doing where the characters are still involved in conflict, just like any other superheroes. My thought is that while DC Super Hero Girls is doing some really positive things, and I imagine there will be tons of kids who love these, it still is making a distinction in that boys superhero toys fight crime while girls superhero toys go to school. What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear some parents of older girls (my little one is 2 1/2 and while she likes superheroes, she's often preoccupied with whether certain superheroes like toast or not) and some female collectors about their thoughts on this line. Of course, anyone's welcome to chime in on this discussion!
Check out yesterday's review of the 6-inch Batgirl from this same series. I've also reviewed plenty of other Batgirl collectibles, all of which can be found in my virtual Batgirl museum!