NIGHTWING & STARFIRE
Hey, let’s take another look at some Minimates, shall we?
For a fourth time, I’m taking a look at the far too shortly lived DC Minimates. This time around, it’s a set from closer towards the end of the line. This set comes from the Teen Titans side of the DCU, which was sadly never completed. But, let’s not get stuck on what we didn’t get, let’s look at what we did: Nightwing and Starfire.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This two pack was released in the 7th wave of DC Minimates, just one wave before the end of the line.
Dick Grayson actually lucked out quite a bit with DC Minimates, receiving a whole two figures. This one depicts him in his most recent Nightwing costume at the time. Nightwing is built on the basic Minimate body, which means he has the standard 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. He features one sculpted piece: his hair. It’s a very nice piece, and has been reused a few times in the Marvel line, like on the recent Winter Soldier. The rest of the figure’s detail is done with paint work. All of the paint is excellent, with lots of sharp lines, and pretty much no slop of any kind. Nightwing included two silver fighting sticks, though I misplaced mine at the time I took the photo.
Starfire was not quite as blessed as Mr. Grayson, but she still was lucky enough to make it into the line, which is better than many prominent DC characters. Star is based on her original Perez design, which is the look she’s sported for most of her career. Like Nightwing, she’s built on the typical body, so she has all the usual stats. She also only features a single sculpted piece: her hair. It’s a bit more of a substantial piece than Nightwing’s, though also a bit more character specific. It’s a nice piece, with plenty of nice details, and it’s pretty spot on to what Star’s hair looked like in the comics. Star’s paint is more impressive than Nightwing’s, with lots of great little details, particularly on her torso an boots, which have some really great texture work. Star included no accessories, but I can’t think of many they could have given her.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the rest of the DC Minimates line, I picked up this two pack as soon as it was available at my local comic book store. I recall being fairly excited for this set, as I was a fan of both characters at the time. Looking at this set in comparison to the two second series sets I’ve looked at previously is quite neat, as it really shows how far the line advanced in its short run. This set wouldn’t look the slightest bit out of place with the most recent wave of Marvel Minimates, and that’s quite astonishing.