BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL (DC DIRECT)
“As Batman’s former ward, Nightwing returns to Gotham City to fight crime during the absence of his mentor.”
I’ve touched very briefly on “Knightfall,” the huge cross-over series that introduced Bane, broke Batman’s back, and gave us the new Batman Jean Paul Valley (formerly Azrael). It’s actually one of the better regarded big cross-over stories of the ‘90s, largely due to DC consciously using common story elements for the time, and addressing some of the issues behind them. The story got some figures as part of the then running Legends of Batman line from Kenner, but no truly devoted line, until 2005, when the story was given a dedicated line of figures, courtesy of DC Direct. I’ll be looking at one of those figures, Nightwing, today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nightwing was released as one of the five figures in DCD’s Batman: Knightfall series, which, as I noted above, hit comic stores in 2005. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall (he’s from the period where the DCD scale creep was really kicking into overdrive, so he was a good half an inch taller then the two prior Nightwings) and he has 11 points of articulation. He’s sporting his early ’90s costume, which generally isn’t one of my favorites. It’s largely to do with the particularly egregious mullet that always accompanied it, but also due to the way he tended to be depicted as super bulky in this outfit. I really have to commend this figure’s sculpt, because it makes a lot of those issues less present. In particular, his build is more svelte and similar to DCD’s prior Nightwings, and they’ve also gone with what’s probably the least dated interpretation of the mullet. The sculpt isn’t perfect, mind you. There are some slight oddities to the posing; his feet seem a bit wide spread, and I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with the left hand. Also, his thighs seem oddly…flat. Still, it’s remarkably well done, given how badly it could have turned out, depending on the iteration of the source material they followed. One of the coolest things about this guy is the paint work. The application is all pretty clean, and the colors just really pop. I particularly love the metallic blue color that makes up the majority of the bodysuit. It’s a good base color, and it really helps accentuate the brighter colors that have been placed on top of it. Nightwing included a little…disc thing? I guess it’s some sort of throwing weapon or something? Mine’s missing his, but he could hold it in his right hand. He also had a circular display stand with the “Knightfall” logo printed on it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m hard-pressed to come up with all that much interesting about this guy. I know I bought him from Cosmic Comix, because that’s where I was getting all of my DC Direct figures at the time, but the exact nature of when or why I got him doesn’t seem to be coming to me. I know I haven’t traditionally been a fan of this look, but this figure changed my mind on that. While he’s not my favorite DCD Nightwing, but he’s still a very solid entry. Also, one of only two figure versions of this particular design, for what it’s worth.