BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (HASBRO)
“Talia is the ‘Daughter of the Demon,’ trained by her father Ra’s Al Ghul to reach the height of her mental and physical capabilities. Quick witted and lethally skilled, she is a faithful soldier in her father’s mission to save the Earth from environmental destruction–even at the cost of all human life!”
A few years after Kenner’s Batman: The Animated Series line had run its course, Hasbro (who had acquired Kenner in the early ’90s, and officially abandoned the Kenner name in 2000) decided to fill in a few of the line’s holes, offering up an all-new line of boxed sets. These sets offered up a few repaints of old figures, alongside one or two original figures, generally of characters that would have been hard sells on their own. Today’s subject, Talia, is one of those figures.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Talia was actually available two different ways. She was first offered in the “Shadows of Gotham City” set, alongside her father and variants of Batman and Robin. She was released again not long after as part of the “Girls of Gotham City” set, alongside Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. My figure comes from the second set, but the two are essentially identical. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and she has 4 points of articulation. Her articulation scheme is kind of odd; she has no movement in her legs, which makes getting her to stand a real pain. Her sculpt was unique to her, and based on her earlier The Animated Series appearance. It’s not a bad sculpt. There are a few inaccuracies; the hair shouldn’t really have the curl at the front of her hair, and the boots should have flat soles, not heels. That being said, those are pretty minor issues, and about on par with the earlier Kenner figures. In fact, she fits in with those figures pretty seamlessly, which is the most important thing. As far as paint goes, she’s got some issues. The basic application is fine, but most of the colors are just flat out wrong. The biggest one is the jumpsuit; in the show it’s a very, very dark purple. Here it’s some sort of lavender shade, which removes some of the menace of her design. It’s also not particularly striking. There are some additional inaccuracies, such as the black boots instead of the proper grey, and the really pale color that’s been used for the skin tone. It all adds up to a figure that doesn’t have much in the way of “pop.” Talia originally included a pair of pistols, which I lost long ago.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These sets were mostly given to me as Christmas and birthday presents. I didn’t get the “Shadows” set for either of those events the year it was released, meaning I missed out on Talia the first time around. Due to that, the “Girls” set was at the top of my list the next year. As much as I wanted the Talia figure, I can’t really say she was ever one of my favorites. The sculpt’s alright, but the articulation is lackluster and the paint is as bland as plain white toast.