Monday, February 12, 2024

Action Figure Review: Robin (DC vs. Vampires) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   I've really enjoyed DC Vs. Vampires. It's an excellent "Elseworlds" story that's been quite fun with some wonderfully gruesome redesigns. It's sad that we'll likely never get a full roster from the book, though with how many comics DC releases, that's just not even really possible, is it? Last year I reviewed the Walmart exclusive Gold Label Batman from DC Vs. Vampires and this year I'm reviewing the Walmart exclusive Gold Label Robin from the same title. Walmart has been getting all of the DC Vs. Vampires exclusives as they've also had the Joker, Green Lantern, and Superman. I grabbed the Joker but skipped the other two. I'm a Gotham City guy, though, and Damian Wayne actually plays a significant role in the DC Vs. Vampires series, so he was a sure buy. Ready to check out this vampirized variant of Batman's son? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed neck.
Accessories: Sword, stake, 6 swappable hands, collector card, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

The Positives:

* Minus the vampire head, this is a very straight up comic version of Robin. The body is reused from the Infinite Frontier Robin figure, so the figure is largely a repaint, but a pretty good one. I like the classic colors here with green and yellow breaking up the red and black. There's a really nice texture on the bodysuit Damian's wearing and plenty of bits of armor on his knees and hips. He does have waist and mid-torso joints but they're hidden underneath his tunic, which is a solid, flexible overlay.  

* The headsculpt is really creepy with some seriously frightening teeth. It's definitely more extreme than Damian's look in the book but it matches the cover art style of the previous figures quite well. Damian is a vampire in the story, but he's working with the humans to stop the vampires, so he's a good guy. He doesn't look like one here, but that ought to teach you to not judge a book by it's cover, eh?

* The cape isn't removable. It's attached on securely and hangs out from the left side of Damian's body to give him a little gusto on your shelf. 

* The articulation is quite good here. Robin has plenty of joints, more than you'll first realize, and can take all sorts of battle poses. He can look brooding or be posed leaping thorough the air to deliver a flying kick if you have a spare flight stand. 

* Damian has the same sword from the Infinite Frontier figure, but it's a good one. It's a bit darker this time around with a gold hilt. Swords are Damian's thing, so it's a good thing he comes with one. 

* He also has a stake because, you know, he's fighting vampires. This is a really cool accessory. I love the nicely carved handle; that means he definitely plans on reusing this one again over and over. 

* Damian comes with a really good assortment of hands. There's a finger pointing right hand (you just know he's insulting someone with that gesture), a pair of fists, a grasping right hand, and a pair of trigger grips which work fine with the included weapons. They swap in and out easily. 

* Robin comes with the standard collectible card and the standard disc stand. They're nice extras and I still appreciate them. I feel like every figure should come with a display stand.

The Negatives:

* There's nothing too egregious here but some of the paint work is kind of sloppy, particularly on the edges of the cape where the black and yellow meet and on the belt. Hopefully you can get a chance to look over a few of these in the store and select the best one if you're picking him up. 

   This is a very cool version of Damian Wayne as Robin. He's a good figure that matches the source material more closely than most of the other DC vs. Vampires figures and he comes with a nice complement of extras. I love the multiple swappable hands and the nicely sculpted stake. McFarlane still loves horror based figures and it's no surprise that DC vs. Vampires is getting a lot of attention. Robin is a Great and a 1/2 figure and pairs well with the vampire version Batman. I'd love to see more of the heroic humans from this series (Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and Bane, please!) but I'm doubtful we'll ever see them. 

   If you're looking for more of Damian Wayne, I've also reviewed Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War).

 If you're looking for more Robin reviews in general, I've also checked out Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War)Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)Red Robin (DC Rebirth), and Robin (The Dark Knight Returns), the McFarlane DC Multiverse Robin- Tim Drake (Robin: Reborn), the McFarlane DC Page Punchers Robin (Fighting the Frozen), the Jada Nano Metalfigs DC102 RobinRobin from the Batcave set, DC56- Robin (Tim Drake), and the Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Cyborg, Robin, Slade, Starfire, and Wonder Woman 5-Pack.

For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
Impulse (Flash War)
The Joker- Bank Robber (The Dark Knight)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Rises) Jokerized
The Joker (Infinite Frontier)
The Joker- Sonar Vision (The Dark Knight)
Justice Buster (Batman: Endgame)
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)
The Riddler (DC Classic)
Robin- Tim Drake (Robin: Reborn)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Rises) Jokerized
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
The Signal Duke Thomas
Superman (Black Adam) Black & White Accent Edition
Superman (Superman: Lois and Clark)
Superman Vs. Doomsday
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
Two-Face as Batman (Batman: Reborn)

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