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Friday, May 5, 2017
Action Figure Review: Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, thigh swivels, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Batarang, smartphone, and the left arm of the Killer Shark Build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Not only do I absolutely love this costume (it's possibly my favorite Batgirl costume ever) but I really like Mattel's interpretation of it. They've done a very good job of capturing the art style of Babs Tarr and the 'feeling' of the character. This doesn't just feel like a purple and yellow generic Barbara Gordon: This feels like a Batgirl of Burnside incarnation of the character. I love it. The colors, the textures, and the overall proportions are just fantastic.
* The headsculpt is perfect, too. It's very nice. I actually like it better than the DC Comics Icons figure as it really looks like she walked off the comic panel. She's very cute, but in kind of a non-traditional comic way. I like it. The eyes are just perfect, too.
* There are quite a few little details that catch your eye on Babs here. From the buttons on her cape to the visible zipper seam down the middle of the jacket, all the way to her convenient looking utility pouch, Mattel has been very faithful to the character design.
* The cape is really well done. It's a simple piece of rubber, but it's rather flexible and nicely painted yellow on the inside.
* Batgirl also comes with a batarang. It's rather small bit made from a very firm plastic that doesn't have any give to it. It looks great in her hands!
*I (rather unwisely) picked Babs up without the build-a-figure pieces for a reduced fee as I only wanted three figures in the set, so I'm left without a piece of the very impressive King Shark. If you buy this new in the package, you'll get King Shark's left arm as an extra.
* I'm going to be a bit harsher on the articulation here than I usually am since Mattel usually does a much better job on the comic based figures. Other comic based figures with new sculpts have had swivel/hinge wrists and a better range of motion. Batgirl feels as limited as, if not more limited than, an older DCUC figure. Being that she uses an all new sculpt, the oddly positioned mid-torso hinge and lack of boot swivels really hurt things.
* Another problem with this figure? The oddly positioned waist swivel the odd looking mid-torso joint. These really look strange in person and hurt the aesthetic of the figure.
I've reviewed so much Batgirl stuff that she has her own section on my website! Check it out!
If you're interested in more DC Comics Multiverse figures from Mattel, check out the following:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns)
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel (2016)
Harley Quinn (6 inch)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel (2017)
Diana of Themyscira