DC ESSENTIALS (DC COLLECTIBLES)
I’m a fan of pairing off my figures, which is actually one of the few things that DCC’s current central line is tailored to, since they generally like to have two pairs of figures per assortment. The latest round is decidedly Bat-themed, and a natural pairing to yesterday’s Nightwing is Barbra Gordon, aka Batgirl, who is amongst many other things his on-again, off-again romantic partner.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Batgirl is figure 10 in the DC Essentials line, placing her two figures ahead of Nightwing, though the two of them arrived in stores at the same time. She’s based on her “Batgirl of Burnside” attire, which I’ve always found to be a pretty solid design. It’s also been her default look for a few years now, so it’s certainly sensible. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and she has 34 points of articulation. As the line’s first female figure, Barbra does get an all-new sculpt, because DCC has at least drawn the line at saddling her with the same body as everyone else. How kind of them. Batgirl changes things up for this line, at least so far as the figures that I personally have looked at, being not just a brand-new sculpt, but also one that’s fairly tailored to its specific character. While I can certainly see elements of it being reused for other characters, a lot of it, specifically the head, torso, pelvis, forearms, hands, boots, and most of the right leg are all clearly designed for Batgirl and Batgirl alone. That’s slightly surprising for this line, but I guess not a huge shock given the nature of this particular costume design. The sculpt is a fairly decent one overall. The long arms of the male body have been traded for long legs here, which, while still not perfect, are certainly a better trade-off. Some of the details, especially on the head, are a little softer than I’d like, but it’s not awful. Other areas are just a little more crisp is all. The paintwork on this particular figure is brightly colored and eye-catching, and reasonably close to how she appears in the comics, though, like Nightwing, there’s a bit of slop and fuzz on the edges, but no specific gaffes like I had on Nightwing. I was particularly impressed by how they handled the boots and gloves, which sport some really solid accent work to bring out the details. Essentials figures aren’t known for their accessories, but Batgirl makes out the best out of all of the figures I’ve looked at so far, with not only a batarang, but also an extra set of gripping hands. Extra hands with an Essentials release. Who could have seen that coming? Certainly not me!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I was already grabbing Nightwing on FCBD, I felt compelled to grab Batgirl as well, because I generally like to have them both in any given style. I also never got around to getting the Icons Batgirl, so I didn’t yet have this costume as a figure. She’s actually rather refreshing after a lot of same-ness from this line, with an all-new, actually character specific sculpt, and even a few accessories. Perhaps she’s a sign of things to come?