BATMAN: HUSH (DC DIRECT)
“When the mysterious Hush swoops into Gotham City, Batman is forced to cut a swath through his famed Rogues Gallery with the aid of his closest allies in a desperate search for the masked villain’s true identity!”
No body ever stays dead in comic books. There used to be exceptions to that rule, but slowly but surely they’re all finding their way back. One character who managed to stay dead for a decent chunk of time was Jason Todd, the second Robin. Following his death in 1989’s “Death in the Family,” he was gone for almost two decades. He was first “brought back” during Geoff Loeb and Jim Lee’s “Hush” storyline, where he was revealed to be the titular villain. Over the course of that particular story it was revealed that (spoiler) it wasn’t really Jason at all, but instead Clayface masquerading as Batman’s dead partner to mess with Bruce’s head, and that Jason was still deceased. But, a returned Jason proved to be a popular idea, and so it was retconned that Jason had indeed been brought back during the course of “Hush,” and he’s since taken up the role of Red Hood. Comics everybody! He’s had a crap ton of figures since his return, but today I’ll be looking at his very first proper figure….which may actually not be him…or maybe it is? Ah, heck with it, let’s just look at the freaking figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jason Todd was part of DC Direct’s Batman: Hush line, and was offered as a special ToyFare-exclusive, released just before the first series of the main line. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. Not a lot of mobility, but it was pretty good for the time. He’s based on the Jason-Hush from the comics, depicting him from his fight with Batman, following the dramatic unmasking. It was a pretty easy way for DCD to get an extra use out of the Hush mold from Series 1, so that’s exactly what they did. The Hush body is actually a pretty nice bit of work, capturing Lee’s design and style very nicely, and offering a crisp, highly detailed sculpt. It’s really only got the one pose, but you can finesse it a bit, which offers a bit of variety, I suppose. He gets a new head, which is nicely sized for the body (which is more than can be said for the standard head), and does a respectable job of capturing “Jason” from the story. I particularly like the slight sneering to the mouth; it adds a lot of Jason’s character to the figure and helps to further separate him from the similar-looking Dick Grayson. The only one draw back to the figure is his hands. The Hush figure had guns permanently molded into his hands. They’re well-sculpted, and work fine for the basic Hush, but Jason never actually has guns during his fight with Bruce. The figure was originally supposed to have spare hands, but they were dropped somewhere along the way. The paint on Jason is tight and clean, and very bold. It’s on par with the rest of the line, and it’s aged a lot better than contemporary figures. There’s minimal slop, and there’s even some awesome weathering on the jacket and gloves. The figure’s only accessory is a display stand, which is the same one included with the rest of the line. It’s a shame he didn’t get anything else; as is, he feels a bit light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Talk about grail figures. This guy’s been on my list for a very long time. I remember very well when he was offered in ToyFare, and I really wanted him. However, as I’ve noted in my review of Rex Ganon, I only had the money for one of the two, and I ultimately chose Rex. Since then, I’ve always kept an eye out for Jason, but he’s always been far out of my price range. Earlier this year, I found someone at a toy show selling a complete set of Hush figures for $400, Jason included, and asked if he might part with just Jason. He said he would, but quoted me $250 for Jason on his own, which was most definitely not happening. I came across another Jason just a week later, at Gidget’s Gadgets, a regular stop of mine. This time he was $70, a far more reasonable price, but still outside of my range. Have I mentioned before how my family are too good to me? Because they are. See, my brother was with me both times I asked about Jason. He knew I really wanted the figure. So, being the truly amazing person that he is, he went out and bought me the one that GG was selling. Have I mentioned I love this guy? I’m beyond thrilled to have this figure. I’d reconciled long ago that I’d never own one, but now I do. And he’s really, really cool.