TRANSFORMING DICK GRAYSON
BATMAN FOREVER (KENNER)
For day four of my Post-Christmas reviews, I’m taking a look at something it’s been…Forever since I’ve reviewed. Yes, the site may have started with a series of four Batman Forever reviews, but there have been none featured since. Now, six years later, we return. Are you feeling it? The significance? The shock? The awe? Well, you should be, because this whole thing’s a very big deal. Let’s just revel in all of this for a bit, shall we?
Done reveling? Cool. Let’s review a Robin action figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Transforming Dick Grayson was one of the first assortment of Batman Forever figures released to tie-in with the movie in 1995, which was the same assortment that gave us three of the four previously reviewed Forever figures on this site. It’s worth noting that there was no straight forward standard Robin in this initial assortment; you just had to decide whether you preferred this or Hydro Claw Robin as your go-to annoying Chris O’Donnell Robin figure. The figure stands just shy of 5 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. His sculpt was unique to him in the initial assortment, but would later get repainted blue and used as Triple-Strike Robin later the same year. It’s an okay sculpt, being generally pretty faithful to the film design. He’s noticeably a lot skinnier than Hydro Claw, and for that matter a lot skinnier than Chris O’Donnell was in the role. It’s not terribly off, and works fine for the more classical Robin proportions, so I can’t knock it too much. His pose is fairly neutral, apart from the slight bend in the left arm; this was present on Hydro Claw, and it’s also on Street Biker Robin, so maybe that’s just how they assumed Robin would pose in default. There’s a good chance that character design sheets for the movie may have had him in such a pose, which is further supported by all of the prototypes having a totally different hair style than O’Donnell sported in the film. Whatever the case, the pose keeps him from looking too stiff, so I can’t fault it. The figure’s paint delivers a fairly standard set of Robin colors as you might expect, but does have one interesting feature: his Sudden Reveal Mask! Yes, in order to give Dick his usual mask when transforming him into Robin, you reveal the mask by dipping his head in cold water, and then remove it again by dipping it in warm water. It would probably be a more compelling feature if it wasn’t bound to be just a little bit off in both modes, but it’s nifty enough as is. To aid in his transformation, Robin also included a cape (which on my figure hadn’t had all of the excess molded parts cut off…see the picture), a chest piece, wrist guards, and boots. And, of course, he also has Robin’s signature bat-brass-knuckles. Never leaves home without them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy was a Christmas gift from my brother Christian, who was eager to get something that a) I didn’t already have and b) would amuse me. Apparently, he caught the packaging illustration at the top of this guy’s card and felt that alone was amusing enough to warrant getting this for me. I can’t argue with him on that; the packaging art on this is a national treasure. The figure? He’s okay. Perhaps not terrible impressive in his own right, but still one of those figures I never had that I always had this morbid desire to own just for the sake of owning him.