DC COMICS MULTIVERSE (MATTEL)
The name Red Robin is one that’s been with almost as many former Robins as the name “Robin” has. Originally introduced in Kingdome Come as the identity of an older Dick Grayson, the name made it’s first foray into the “mainstream” universe as a possible moniker for Jason Todd, who was at the time flirting with potentially reforming after being Red Hood for a bit. That went nowhere, and the name was eventually revived again by Tim Drake following the events of “Battle for the Cowl,” which ended with Damian Wayne taking over the main Robin identity. The name’s pretty much stuck with Tim since, and that’s the name he’s got for this here new figure I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Red Robin is part of Mattel’s final series of DC Comics Multiverse, which is a Bat-themed series. As with most of the rest of the line-up, he’s officially a Rebirth figure, and depicts Tim in his updated Red Robin costume from post-Doomsday Clock and Heroes in Crisis. It’s not a bad design, and really gets close to his classic ’90s appearance. The figure stands 6 inches tall and sports 29 points of articulation. Robin is built on the same base body as Kid Flash and Ray, which is to say he’s built on pretty much the best base body that Mattel produced under their tenure with the DC license. It’s got balanced proportions, a solid articulation layout, and just generally plays pretty well. It’s also pretty well scaled to Legends and DCUC, which is certainly a step up from the prior body Tim was on. Tim has a new head, upper torso, forearms, knees, and shins, plus add-ons for his cape and belt. These new parts work pretty well with the existing, making for a figure that does a pretty solid job of capturing Robin’s look. I was particularly surprised by the new upper torso piece, which has actual sculpted elements for the logo and the details on his sides. That was definitely surprising, and it adds a fair bit to the figure. I will say, I’m not personally as much a fan of the shorter hair on Tim as seen here, but it’s not inaccurate, so I can’t fault Mattel there. The paintwork on Tim is fairly solid. It’s bright and eye-catching, and represents the look from the comics well. Tim is packed with two sets of hands in fists and gripping poses, as well as his usual staff, and the arm of Killer Croc.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this guy up during my rather disappointing early morning Force Friday run at the beginning of October. I had passed on him once before and not seen him since, but knowing he was on the same body as Ray made me really want to pick him up. As with so much of this late-run product from Mattel, he’s genuinely a good toy, and that’s really kind of sad. Why couldn’t they get these things together earlier?