Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Action Figure Review: Batwing (Batman Inc.) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   I'm first and foremost a fan of Batman, the Batfamily, and Batman's villains when it comes to my comic book action figure collecting, so anytime we get a new member of that group I'm thrilled. Today I'm very excited to be checking out Batwing! Specifically, the David Zavimbe version of Batwing. I really liked Batwing in Batman Inc. and in the New 52 and it drove me nuts that neither DC Collectibles nor Mattel ever released a version of Zavimbe as Batwing. Mattel did release the Luke Fox version of Batwing back in 2017, but never David Zavimbe. I really enjoyed Batman Incorporated and I really hope McFarlane Toys mines that series for the gold within as there were some great characters and fantastic designs. Let's take a look at Batwing, a never before released character who is finally getting their due...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/4ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: Collector card, display stand, wing pack, backpack jet, and 2 foot thruster effects.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

The Positives:

* As far as I can tell, Batwing is a completely unique and new sculpt, so David Zavimbe is outfitted in the best that WayneTech has to offer. The sculpt is really nice on Batwing's suit with lots of detail. It's a softer sculpt, yes, but it looks very cool and quite complex. The suit is mostly molded in a metallic bluish-silver plastic but the bat logo in the center is painted silver. The shoulder pads are attached to the bicep joints and move nicely with the sculpt.

* Batwing's headsculpt is just fine: Solid work on his face and a cool, bat-inspired head piece that covers his neck, eyes, and ears. The white eyes look pretty intimidating.

* Batwing's jetpack is pretty nifty with two articulated wings. They move independently and have a great range of motion. The jetpack is removable and just pops out of two holes on Batwing's back. 

* While David is wearing a suit that's a bit bulky, his articulation is excellent. He's sturdy with a solid range of motion in his joints. There's not a lot of extraneous stuff on his design, either, so not much impedes his movement. 

* This blue energy effect plugs into a hole on the back of Batwing's jetpack to simulate the thruster working. It sits at an angle so, when it rotates, you can position it out at an angle or down. 

* Two thruster effects are also included, which easily plug into the holes on Batwing's feet. He doesn't come with a flight stand, so you'll have to pick one up for him if you want to utilize them while he's on display. 

*Included are the standard collectible card and the standard disc stand. They're nice extras and I'm always glad to have them with every release, though a flight stand would have been preferable here. 
The Negatives:

* My biggest complaint with Batwing is that I just don't care for the plastic color used here. It looks a bit too blue in some lighting, not really conveying a metal effect, and it has that swirly look that plastics like this get, particularly on the flatter surfaces of the figure. I really wish that a different color was used or that the figure was painted the same silver as the bat symbol on Batwing's chest (the bat symbol would look better with the blue color, really).

   Batwing really turned out pretty well, and overall I'm just thrilled to have him. The body, though, is a problem that a lot of the McFarlane DC Multiverse figures have: Just not enough paint. Sometimes they look fine (most of the time, really) but when a figure with an outfit that appears as complex as Batwing's gets skimped on, it's noticeable. Still, he is a Great figure and a really fun addition to the Batfamily. Who else could we see? Knight and Squire? Man-of-Bats? Bluebird? Oh, El Gaucho! He's be excellent!

   This is the first figure of David Zavimbe as Batwing I've reviewed, but I've also reviewed the Mattel DC Comics Lucas Fox Batwing (DC Rebirth).

For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
Impulse (Flash War)
The Joker (Infinite Frontier)
Kalibak (The Darkseid War)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)
Mister Freeze (Victor Fries)
Nekron (Blackest Night)
Nightwing (Titans)
Project Superman (Flashpoint)
Raven (Titans)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Signal Duke Thomas
Superman (Black Adam) Black & White Accent Edition
Superman (Superman: Lois and Clark)
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

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