DC ESSENTINALS (DC COLLECTIBLES)
I’m a little bit of a glutton for punishment, aren’t I? How else can you explain the fact that I just keep returning to the toylines that hurt me? There are, of course, a few entries under that title, but the one I’m concerning myself with today is DC Essentials. It’s DCC’s second line by that name and also their second attempt at a line of consistently styled and highly articulated versions of their characters. After they put Icons out to pasture, this became their new focus, which, for DCC, generally means rereleasing many of the same characters all over again. Today, I look at a figure I already had as an Icon, Nightwing!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nightwing is figure 12 in the DC Essentials line. He was actually one of the first figures to be shown off when the line was announced, but found himself pushed back a little bit. He’s based on Nightwing’s Rebirth design, which is fairly heavily inspired by his appearance from The New Batman Adventures. It’s a nicer redesign than either of his New 52 looks, so I really can’t complain. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Apart from a new head and hands meant for gripping, Nightwing is just using the same body as Reverse Flash and Superman before him. Like I mentioned in the Superman review, the fact that they’re using the same base body for all of these characters is one of the iffier aspects of the line, as these three should really not be sharing a build. On the plus side, the general build works okay for Nightwing, at least in a vacuum. The downside is that the body still has all of the issues it had before. The forearms are definitely too long, and those pegs on the ab-crunch still really bug me. I will say, I do like his new headsculpt, and I think it’s one aspect of this figure that I really prefer to the Icons version of the figure. In particular, I like the slight little grin on his face. Nightwing’s paint is fairly straight forward. The blue makes for a nice contrast to the black, and he’s fairly eye-catching. However, the application’s a little spotty, with a lot of fuzz around the edges of the blue. Also, my figure has a rather noticeable smear on the back of his head, which, for the record, I could not see in the package. Nightwing includes his usual escrima sticks, and that’s it. In his defense, that’s two more accessories than the prior Essentials figures I’ve reviewed, but it’s still quite a bit less than his Icons counterpart, or really any comparable figures. Given the MSRP on these is several dollars higher than a Marvel Legend, that’s really a let-down.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the figures were first shown off, Nightwing was actually one of only two that I really had any interest in, but then I got the Icons Nightwing, who I really liked. I also got Reverse Flash and Superman, who made me less than enthusiastic for the line, so when Nightwing first popped up, I decided to pass. However, Cosmic Comix was running a sale on Free Comic Book day, so I was able to grab him for a far more reasonable price. Ultimately, he’s still not swayed me on the line, but I don’t hate him, because at least he’s a semi-decent Nightwing figure.