Sunday, October 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Robin from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fifth figure in Mattel's final series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and this time it's Tim Drake in his Red Robin Disguise. Having worn the tights since 1989, Tim Drake was Robin when Mattel began releasing DC Comics figures in 2003 (though Stephanie Brown took on the role for a while in 2004) and he held the title until 2009 when he became Red Robin after Battle for the Cowl (Damian Wayne stepped in as Robin at that point). When Mattel released Robin for the first time in DCUC, it was Tim in his then recent red and black outfit and in 2012 they released him in an earlier Red Robin costume. This is his most recent look, however, and makes for a great figure to further fill out the batfamily. While Mattel has neglected lots of older teams like the New Gods, the JSA, and previous Justice Leagues, they've been good about filling out the bat-family over the past two or three years. Let's check out Red Robin after the break and see how he stacks up among the other figures in this series.

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Staff, 2 alternate hands, and Killer Croc's left arm.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Red Robin is an excellent looking figure. Overall, the costume design is fantastic and the colorful paintwork definitely brings everything to life. There seem to be a lot of unique parts here and everything fits together brilliantly. Again, seeing a figure this good just makes it all the more of a shame that Mattel won't be continuing this series in 2020. I'm hoping for good things from McFarlane, as their Fortnite figures have reportedly been quite good, but I have serious doubts that we'll see any kind of deep character selection nor figures that fit in with Mattel's releases.

 * The headsculpt is excellent. The hair looks good, the paintwork is clean, and the domino mask has the comic accurate white eyes.

* Red Robin has a plastic cape rather than a soft goods cape but it's molded from a fairly flexible material that is quite rubbery. It's black on the outside, yellow on the inside, and it fits the figure perfectly.

* Tim Drake has some of the best articulation Mattel has put into a DC comics figure. With a nice range of motion everywhere and double hinged elbows and knees, Red Robin moves like the master martial artist he is. This is really one of the nicest figures Mattel has put out.

 * Tim Drake includes two sets of hands: One for punching and one for gripping his bo staff. They swap easily and have green paint applications that match the red of Red Robin's costume.

* Tim Drake usually uses a bo staff and this figure comes with one. It even has grips sculpted into the shaft to allow for better holding of the accessory.

* Tim comes with Killer Croc'sleft arm as his Collect & Connect piece. I'm really excited to build this guy. As of this writing I now have all of the figures in the series, so I'll be getting to Killer Croc soon. Croc seems like he's going to be a really good figure. It's been a long time since Mattel's last comic based Croc (well over 10 years) so this guy is a welcome addition.
 The Negatives:

* There are a few sloppy paint apps on Red Robin's chest, particularly on the "RR" logo and on the mantle of his cape. It's a small QC issue, but it does affect the overall look of the figure.
   I was quite surprised by how much I like Red Hood. Seriously, he's one of the best DC Multiverse figures that Mattel has put out. The articulation is incredible, he has a relevant accessory, and he's quite faithful to his comic counterpart. Other than the paint slop on his chest, Tim Drake is perfect example of what is capable of with this line. I'll never complain about getting to fill out the bat-family or Batman's army of villains, so Red Robin is another his. He's a Great and a 1/2 figure and should definitely not be a figure you miss in this series.

   I've reviewed a few other Tim Drake/ red Robin figures including the at the Lego Arkham Asylum Breakout which included a Tim Drake Robin as well as the Nano Metalfigs Robin that comes with the Batcave playset, the DC56 Robin- Tim Drake, and the DC102 Robin from the Series 4 20-Pack Figure Collector's Set.

For more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:
Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Reborn)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Batman (DC Rebirth)
Batwing (DC Rebirth)
Batwoman (DC Rebirth)
Clayface (Collect & Connect Figure)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Doctor Psycho (Collect & Connect figure)
Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)
Earth 23 Superman
The Flash: From Page to Screen
Harley Quinn (Detective Comics)
Jessica Cruz (DC Rebirth)
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster
Katana (DC Rebirth)
KGBeast (DC Rebirth)
King Shark (Collect & Connect Figure)
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Red Hood (DC Rebirth)
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)
Spoiler (Detective Comics)
Superman (DC Rebirth)
Two-Face (All-Star Batman)
Wonder Girl (Teen Titans)

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman
Wonder Woman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Aquaman (Toys R Us Exclusive) 
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Supergirl TV Series 
Martian Manhunter

Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

1 comment:

  1. If anyone is reading this comment on a review I wrote back in 2019, I commented about my concerns that McFarlane would really have any depth in the DC Multiverse line. I was definitely wrong there; McFarlane is absolutely nailing it!


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