Saturday, November 4, 2023

Action Figure Review: Robin- Tim Drake (Robin: Reborn) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   McFarlane Toys has put out a ton of Batman related product this year and I'm really liking it. I'm perhaps a bit overwhelmed, sure, but I'm still liking it! Today I'm checking out another new Tim Drake s Robin figure (I found him back in September) based on Robin: Reborn, a collection of stories from 1990 through 1991 covering the time when Tim Drake became the third Robin. My daughter and I have been reading through the complete Knightfall collection together (we're in the middle of Prodigal right now) and Tim Drake is a huge part of that series and was a major part of Batman's world in the early to mid 1990s. It's obvious that this is intended to be Tim from that era but it's also clear that this figure is a retool of red and yellow Gold Label Robin from last year. How'd this one fare? Let's check out Tim Drake as Robin after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, 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, staff, and batarang.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars


* The Robin: Reborn version of Tim Drake is on the left while the Gold Label Robin- Tim Drake figure is on the right. They do share a torso and limbs but McFarlane did give this Tim a new head, waist piece, and cape to better match the early 1990s Robin costume.

The Positives:

* When you're dealing with DC or Marvel, comic properties where artists can change between issues, covers can be created by a different artist, and the same character can show up in multiple titles in the same month drawn by different artists, you can often have some inconsistency. It's just part of the artform, though it does drive my daughter crazy when we're reading. That being said, Tim Drake is supposed to be a teenager (he gets a driver's license during Knightfall) but he's not always drawn like a typical 16 year old, at least not when he's in the Robin costume. He definitely looks quite mature here, but I'm fine with that. Most importantly, overall the costume does nicely capture Tim's costume, which was a nice evolution of what Dick and Jason wore. It's still bright but it just looks more mature with full pants, black boots, and a utility belt that matches Batman's. 

* The portrait is new with a green domino mask and whited out eyes, something Tim definitely had as Robin. He's also sporting some cool, spikey hair and a not so happy expression on his face. He looks like Jean-Paul Valley just kicked him out of the Batcave, or perhaps he's simply getting ready to take out some Gotham City goons.

* While a soft goods cape would have been nice, we did get a new cape here. It's flat on the bottom and not spiked like the previous cape, which is more accurate. I love the yellow lining, too. Black exterior for stealth with a yellow interior for some flash. 

* Robin is a standard DC Multiverse figure, so that means he's sturdy, well articulated, and has a pretty decent range of motion in his joints. Nothing much different here than most other DC Multiverse figures, I guess. The articulation on these guys is really good and they're great toys. The plastic cape might impair some poses but it's thin enough and short enough to not get in the way most of the time.

 * Tim Drake 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.

* While he doesn't come with the cool "R" logo that he uses pretty frequently during this time period, Robin does come with a sleek batarang. 

* Robin also comes with his staff. It would have been cool to have received a condensed staff and a full sized staff but, obviously, this one is preferable. 

* I do wish McFarlane had at least given us a new torso with a slightly slimmer build to better capture Tim Drake's look a Robin during this time. It would have been nice to have had the plainer tunic with a sleeker build to differentiate this guy a bit more from the previous releases, setting this as more of an early Robin: Reborn Tim Drake Robin.

   This isn't an absolutely perfect Tim Drake Robin from the early 1990s but it's pretty good and definitely blends nicely with most of the other Batfamily members in the McFarlane DC Multiverse collection. The colors are great, the detail is nice (some folks might prefer the armored look!), and he does come with a couple nice accessories. We've had a lot of Tim Drakes from McFarlane, so let's hope we see some more Batfamily members next year who don't get as much love. This guy is Great, though, and definitely is the preferable Tim Drake in the line thus far.  

   Are you a fan of Tim Drake? I've also reviewed Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse Red Robin (DC Rebirth) and the Jada Nano Metalfigs Robin from the Batcave set and DC56- Robin (Tim Drake)

 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 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)
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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