Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Action Figure Review: Batgirl Cassandra Cain (Batgirls) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys

 
   
I haven't been reviewing too many DC Multiverse figures from McFarlane Toys lately as so many of the characters I've been interested in have been only offered as those McFarlane Collector Edition figures that are $5 to $10 dollars more than your average figure. I'm just not seeing the value their for me. I did really want he Cassie Cain version of Batgirl, however, and I managed to get a preorder for her from Target's website (she's a Gold Label figure and is exclusive to Target). Cassie has had a number of different personas, including Black Bat and Orphan, but being a Batgirl is probably her most well know. I really would like a figure of Orphan at some point, but this is definitely the best choice for a first DC Multiverse figure for her. This one is technically sourced to the current title Batgirls, though the costume does make me think of a bit older look for her, closer to even the No Man's Land look. Let's check out Batgirl Cassandra Cain after the break...






The Facts:

Height: 6 5/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, limited thigh swivel, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, wired cape, and a barbell jointed head.
 
Accessories: Grappling gun, batarang, collector card, and display stand.
 
Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars





Comparison:


* Batgirl Cassandra Cain (middle) actually shares the majority of her parts with the Three Jokers Batgirl (left) and the Art of the Crime Batgirl. It's a mixture.... a little of one and a little of the other, but it actually works. 




The Positives:



* Cassie Cain's Batgirl reuses parts from two previous Barbara Gordon figures, but the reuse seems pretty appropriate and doesn't hurt the look of the figure at all. She's pretty nice. Cassie wears mostly black but her goldish-yellow utility belt and the edge of the bat logo on her chest. The costume has lots of sculpted details to make it look like a more modern outfit with a bit of padding and armor rather than just painted on details and there's a mixture of matte and shiny black throughout.









* Sometimes Cassie is shown with completely dark eyes on her cowl while other times she's shown with white eyes. The all black eyes seem the most accurate with this outfit, though either way would probably have been fine. Her cowl has the mouth stitched closed with an additional piece of fabric, so there are visible stitches on the face. 







* Like most Batfamily members, Cassie has spikes on her gauntlets. Like most McFarlane Toys Multiverse figures, the spikes are straight and sharp. This was always an issue with Mattel's DC figures back during the DC Universe Classics line so I always appreciate that McFarlane's don't usually come bent.










* As best as I can recall, I think this is the best soft goods cape I've seen on a DC Multiverse figure. I like the shape, the size, and the cut. The material also feels good... not too thick, but thick enough that it feels like a quality piece of fabric.









* The cape is also wired across the top, allowing you to pose it. That's not usually a feature you find on a $23 dollar action figure, so consider me impressed. Cassie is really fun to mess around with since you can make her look incredibly dramatic in a crazy number of poses.







* Batgirl/ Cassie Cain has a articulation reused from two older figures but  I think she still move really well. Mix the excellent movement with the wired cape and you've got a lethal combo. She's a sturdy, well made figure that's fun to mess around with. She looks pretty nice holding the grappling gun, too. 







* The grappling gun is an accessory we've seen before. McFarlane's accessories tend to be pretty basic but I really like this one. It even gets some paint applications. 






* Cassie comes with a collectible card with her picture on it and some details about the character on the back.

* I'm always glad that McFarlane includes a stand with each of their releases these days. It's just a simple disc stand with the DC logo on it but it works well and keeps the figure standing upright in most poses.








* Batgirl is also equipped with an oversized gold batarang. This is another piece we've seen before and, yeah, it's oversized, but it looks nice.









The Negatives:

* It's also covered with blood! Yeah, really!

OK, not really. Mine does have a weird red splotch on it, though. There's not red anywhere else on this figure, so where did this come from? it's a simple QC error, though an odd one.








   Cassandra Cain as Batgirl is a really good figure. Sure, she reuses the bodies from previous Batgirls, but the reuse works well. Plus that wired cape really elevates her above most other figures in the line. Weird about that blood spot on her batarang though, right? I find McFarlane's DC Multiverse figures to have been rather it or miss lately but Cassie Cain is definitely a hit. Interestingly, the Mattel DC Superheroes Cassie Cain was one of the first 6 inch scaled DC figures I ever picked up, way back in early 2008. The cape makes this one a nice upgrade for a character who hasn't gotten many toys in her likeness. She's a Great and a 1/2 figure and gives us another member of the Batfamily in this scale.



   Looking for more of Batgirl? If you're looking for more of any Batgirl check out TheBatgirl Library for all of my reviews.

If you're a fan of Cassandra Cain and looking for more of just her in her personas (Orphan, Black Bat, Batgirl), I've also reviewed the First Appearance version of Cassandra Cain as Batgirl from DC Direct and the Imaginext DC Super Friends Black Bat & Ninja Batman.


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 (Batman: Knightfall)
Nightwing (Titans)
Project Superman (Flashpoint)
Raven (Titans)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
The Riddler (DC Classic)
Robin (DC vs. Vampires)
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)

5 comments:

  1. I've really been looking forward to this figure. I haven't picked it up yet but I will. I looke forward to seeing that cape in hand. Great review and photos.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, the cape is really impressive. There's a lot of reuse here, sure, but the new bits and that cape really make for an impressive figure.

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  2. Wired fabric cape?! On a regular figure?! When to get that on movie Batman figures you had to try find the expensive 6 pack? :O

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    1. McFarlane definitely is starting to do more soft goods. The only other ones I have that I recall off hand are Catman, the Gold Label TDK Batman (his cape is wired, too), and the BvS Batman. Cassie's cape reminds me of something you'd see with a Mezco figure or something; it's just a lot nicer than I expected, especially at the price.

      I skipped that deluxe 6-pack but I'll still argue that working out to $20 bucks a figure was definitely pretty reasonable. Last year Hasbro was charging a surcharge for multipacks rather than any sort of discount.

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    2. yeah but the only Batman I wanted from the six pack was Bale. :P I didn't have the money to even just buy it and sell the other figures. And it sold out quick anyway.

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