On the twelfth day of post-Christmas reviews…I decided to review another Pop. That’s a lyric from the slightly less popular version of the song. Amazing how the songwriter predicted the Pop craze, though. For today’s Pop-centric review, I’m taking a look at the first Pop line, Pop! Heroes, which began it’s life as a DC-themed line, but has expanded to include a few other heroes as it’s gone on. I’m sticking to the DC side, though, and taking a look at the newest release of Batman’s old chum, Robin!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Robin is figure #153 in the Pop! Heroes line. He’s the second figure in the Batman: The Animated Series subset and the fourth version of Robin (not counting variants). The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has an articulated neck (not being limited by the licensing restrictions that affect the Star Wars and Marvel lines). Robin is sporting an all-new sculpt, which does its best to merge the stylings of B:TAS and the Pop! line. It’s admittedly, not the easiest venture for Robin here, since the real differences between his comics and animated designs is one of simplicity. Since all Pop! figures simplify the designs a bit, he has to rely more heavily on his other defining trait, his wacky hair, to make him notably different from the first Robin Pop! Sadly, while the control art shown on the box gets the hair down perfectly, there’s something lost in translation on the final figure. The hair ends up a lot rounder than it should be, and his spit curl is mashed into his forehead, giving it rather a different shape and eliminating his v-shaped hairline almost entirely. It’s still a pretty solid Robin, but falls shy of being an Animated Robin. On the plus side, the body fixes my major issue with the original Robin Pop!, which was the pose. This one goes for a nice basic standing pose, full of heroic confidence, in contrast to the “argh, my back” pose of the original. Paint on Robin is decent by Pop! standards, which is to say the colors are nice and bright, and the basic application is okay, but there are a lot of fuzzy lines and some slight bleed over here and there. Nothing terrible or bad enough to ruin the figure, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Robin is the other of the two figures I got from my totally cool-tastic brother for Christmas. It’s no secret that Loren Lester’s portrayal of Robin is my definitive take on the character and a large part of why I love Robin so much, and Christian’s no doubt heard me drone on about that more than once. While this figure doesn’t quite live up to the control art on the box, I do still really like him, and I’m more than a little tempted to get the animated-style Batman to go with him!