Saturday, December 29, 2018

Christmas Haul 2018: Batman, Jade Wilson, Beast Boy, Superman, and Raven from Teen Titans Go! To The Movies by Mattel

    Today I'm showing off another cool toy that appeared under my Christmas Tree: The first of two 5-packs from this summer's film Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. I've watched quite a bit of the show with my daughter and I really dig it so I was excited to see the film. Man, not only is it hilarious but it truly is a love letter to DC Comics. There are far more references to obscure characters and events in Teen Titans Go! To The Movies than in the entire DCEU combined. I mean, the Challengers of the Unknown make an appearance. Multiples, actually. And Stan Lee! Multiple times! This movie is worth watching, folks. Mattel put out these five packs of minifigures for the film's release but I don't think they really ever hit shelves until stores like 5 Below started getting them. Toys R Us was pretty much the only store that carried the Teen Titans stuff and since they went out over the summer these really didn't get a retail outlet. I dig anything DC Comics and minfigures, so I figured these would be a hit for me. I'm kind of mixed on them, to be honest, but let's check them our more closely after the break to get a better idea of why I'm kind of mixed on them.

 The Facts: Batman

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: Cape

 The Facts: Jade Wilson

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: None
 The Facts: Beast Boy

Height: 2 inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: None
 The Facts: Superman

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: Cape
 The Facts: Raven

Height: 2 inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: Cape

Non-Scalper Price: $16 for the set
 The Positives:

* Since these are based on the Teen Titans Go! style, obviously you're going to get some pretty exaggerated looks for these figures. I love Batman's massive lantern jaw, his grim expression, and the detail on his costumes. Whilese these figures mostly use just a few standard bodies, the paintwork is neat and clean. Of course, Batman also has the spikes on his gloves, and they're nice and straight. Just for fun, Jimmy Kimmel voices Batman in the film. Will Arnett's in the movie, too, but he voices Deathstroke!

* Just to get an idea of how awesome TTG!TTM is, guess who voices Superman? Nicholas Cage. Nicholas Cage! Yes, the man who could have (should have?) been Superman finally gets a go at the role. Superman has a kind of goofy look to him, playing up the classic, All American, boy scout nature of the character. He's as classic a Supes as you could imagine with a very stylized head and big googly eyes. 

* Next up is Raven! Voiced by Tara Strong (probably one of the most recognizable voice actors out there) Raven perfectly matches her onscreen counterpart. The Teen Titans Go! version of Raven is a bit frumpy and perpetually annoyed, which this figure captures well. I like the hood and the "I really don't want to be here" look on her face.

* My favorite member of the Teen Titans Go! roster is Beast Boy and Greg Cipes really brings the character's delightfully fun personality to life. I love this Beast Boy! He's mid laugh with his sharp teeth exposed and just looks like he's having a blast!
 * OK: Spoilers!!!

Last up is Jade Wilson, one of the "new" characters for the film. Voiced by Kristen Bell, I really thought this was going to turn out to be Rose Wilson, AKA Ravager, but it turns out that this is actually Slade Wilson/ Deathstroke in disguise! Crazy, right? She (he?) looks like the film character and is a fun inclusion for fans of the film.

* Batman, Superman, and Raven all come with removable capes. All of the figures have holes on their backs to hold capes so you can swap the capes around if you like.

* Swapping the body parts is actually one of the gimmicks of the set. The head, arms, torso, and legs are all interchangeable, allowing you to create different looks for the Teen Titans Go! crew. The feature works pretty well and definitely is kind of fun. My daughter really likes it and has fun putting the heads on the waists to make some really odd looking characters.

* The figures are articulated, with swivel waists, heads, and shoulders. The hands also look like they could hold accessories, though they don't come with any.
 The Negatives:

* I cannot get Batman and Jade Wilson to stand up for the life of me. It's pretty important that minfigures be able to stand, so this is kind of a blow.

* I just find it odd that Superman's cape and chest are painted on the front of the torso like this. It just looks odd, doesn't it?

* The figures all feel a bit rubbery. I actually purchased one of the blind bagged Teen Titans Go! figures over the summer and I felt the same way. I wish the plastic was a bit firmer and less wiggly feeling, especially at the joints.
   I'm not the biggest fan of the construction of these but I do love the design as it matches the source material quite well. They're fun and colorful and compatible with previous Teen Titans Go! minfigures from Mattel. Still, getting five figures in the pack is a pretty solid deal (especially if you get these on the cheap at somewhere like 5 Below) and makes for a Good and a 1/2 set. The Teen Titans and the DC Comics Trinity are split over two packs so to complete either team you'll need to purchase both sets. Not bad overall. It's definitely kind of sad that these didn't get a wider release, though.

I've reviewed so many Batman figures that he has his own review archive. For more Batman reviews check out The Dark Knight Gallery!

Since Jade Wilson is really Slade Wilson/ Deathstroke, check out some other Deathstroke reviews: The DC Icons Judas Contract Deathstroke, the standard Arkham Origins Deathstroke, the three pack set of The Joker as Red Hood, Copperhead, & Deathstroke (Unmasked) Action Figure 3-Pack, the New 52 Deathstroke, and Mezco's One:12 Collective Deathstroke.

Beast Boy hasn't gotten a lot of action figure love lately so the only other one I've reviewed is the DC Super Hero Girls Beast Boy from the action collection 6-pack.

If you're looking for more Superman, I've reviewed the One:12 Collective Red Son Superman, the One:12 Collective regular Superman, the Justice League Multiverse Superman, the BvS Multiverse Superman, the Multiverse Earth 23 Superman, Rebirth Superman, the Multiverse DKR Batman/ Suprman 2-packSplit Cycle Superman from Mattel's Man of Steel line, and the 5-pack and 10-pack Superman DC3, Superman DC15 and the Superman DC15 repack from the series 4 5-pack A, Superman DC100 from the Series 4 20-pack and Superman DC52 from the Nano Metalfigs line.

For more Raven check out the DC Universe Classics Raven from series 15 and Kotobukiya's DC Comics Bishoujo Raven.


  1. I really like how they look I would consider picking them up.

    1. Check 5 Below if you have them. I kind of wish they were more "solid" but knowing they cost less than $5 bucks makes them way more appealing.


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