DC C3 CONSTRUCTION (PLAY ALONG)
The DC C3 Construction line was divided into two segments: cartoon-based and comic-based. In both cases, the products were mostly based on current iterations of the characters. In the case of the comics stuff, they were largely focused on what was going on at that moment in the Batman side of the DCU, which meant a bat-family that was made up of Tim Drake as Robin, Cassandra Kaine as Batgirl, and Dick Grayson as Nightwing. It’s that last one that’s going to be my focus today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Like last week’s Batman, Nightwing was released in April of 2005, as part of the “Mini Flyers” assortment of DC C3 Construction, which would prove to be the line’s final assortment. He was part of the very cleverly named “Nightwing Mini Flyer” set. Man, how did they come up with those craaaaaazy names? Nightwing was patterned on his late ’90s/early ’00s costume, which is ultimately his most memorable and lasting design. The figure is built on the fully upgraded C3-style Minimate body with the shorter style feet *and* the peghole on the head, to allow for better hold on the hair piece. He makes use of add-ons for his hair, wrist cuffs, and boot pieces. The wrist cuffs were previously used on Power Man, and would go on to be used on so many other figures, but the hair and boots were new to this guy, and would remain unique to this release. Like Robin, his hair piece is made of a much softer plastic than usual. That said, with the peg on the piece, it has a lot less trouble staying in place. In terms of paint work, Nightwing’s generally pretty decent, but is not without a few missteps. Notably, on this particular copy, the face is printed a little bit high on the head, which makes him look like he’s got a big chin going on. The actual face looks pretty good though, as is the detailing on the torso. The only thing I’d really like to see changed would be how dark the blue is, since it’s easy to miss it on the black plastic. Of note, that was one thing that the DCD release ended up changing. Nightwing was packed with his pair of Eskrima sticks, which were their own new mold, albeit one that was very similar to the mold used for the Daredevil billy club pieces. They were kinda small, but it was nice to get something for him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the Mini Flyers originally hit, Nightwing was the one I was most interested in, due to that whole “being a big Nightwing fan” thing that I’ve got going on. I wound up getting him at the time, but wound up losing most of his parts over the years. Thankfully, when the other C3 figures came into All Time, so did he. He’s pretty decent overall. There are some issues that the DCD release would fix, but there are also some parts that this guy did a little better, so it winds up as something of a toss-up between the two.