Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, balljointed shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrist, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Batarang, display stand, and a mini-comic.
Year of Release: 2005
* Cassandra Cain has a very cool look that mixes the Burton films' black and gold look for Batman with the more feminine appearance of traditional Batgirl depictions. The paintwork is excellent with lots of different types of black paint to give the figure a mixture of glossy and matte finishes.
* The headsculpt is really good and accurately capture's Cassie Cain's appearance in the comics around the late 1990s/ early 2000s. The sculpted detail is good, especially around the stitching on her face (she covers up the exposed mouth, presumably because she was unable to speak).
* While the rest of the articulation is a bit weak, the balljointed head is excellent and allows for some great expressive poses. Since gestures and body language are how Cassie communicates, this really fits the figure well.
* You know I always have to point out the spikes on the gauntlets of any Bat-family figure, and these ones are great. They're made from a pliable material (so they won't break), but they're stiff enough to still look pretty wicked).
* Batgirl's cape looks really cool and dynamic. The edges are flared out and captured in a nice windswept pose.
* One of my favorite things about DC Direct's release were that the figures almost always came with really cool display stands. Batgirl's is the simple 1st Appearance disc that features the engraved "1st Appearance" logo as well as some printing giving her name and the comic reference for her first appearance. More on that in a minute...
* Batgirl appropriately includes a cool Batarang. Simple, but effective.
* A miniature copy of Batman #567 is also includes. This issue, "Mark of Cain," is small but readable. What a cool feature. I wish DC Collectibles would do more stuff like this.
* The articulation on Cassie Cain is pretty limited. There are swivel and hinge joints, but they don't allow for much movement. The shoulders are balljoints, too, but they have a very, very limited range of motion. This is pretty standard for DC Direct figures of the time but it was also three years after Marvel Legends was released and while Mattel was beginning to handle the DC license, so things probably should have been better.
* The printing on the base looks like it didn't get applied evenly. Not sure what happened here?
I've reviewed dozens of Batgirl items on here, but this is the first action figure of Cassandra Cain I've reviewed. It's also the first figure from the First Appearance series I've reviewed, too.
It really makes me miss the great variety of characters that DC Direct/ DC Collectibles put out in the past. You know, back when they didn't cancel everything.Delete