BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER (SPIN MASTER)
It’s been a little bit since I’ve looked at anything from Spin Master’s DC slate. Admittedly, that’s because it tends to be a little tricky to find. I’m reviewing it as fast as I can, you guys! I swear! This year’s theme for the line is Bat-Tech, which is allowing them to do all sorts of whacky variants for the Caped Crusader, his allies, and his foes. It’s a mix of re-decos, re-workings, and even some all-new figures. I’m looking at one of those all-new additions, Batgirl, today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Batgirl is part of the sixth assortment of Spin Master’s Batman: The Caped Crusader line, which is also the second assortment under the “Bat-Tech” banner. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and she has 17 points of articulation. Apart from the way the hair is sculpt blocking the neck movement a bit, it’s a good articulation set-up, like the other Spin Master DC offerings before it. Batgirl’s design here is a mix of a few different designs. Her Batgirl of Burnside design from recent years is very definitely being referenced, but there’s also some more classic ’60s Batgirl vibes, especially with the gloves and boots. And it’s all topped off with just a dash of the whole Bat-Tech aesthetic, making it all future-y and sci-fi. I expected Batgirl to be using parts from Batwoman, but upon comparing the two, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and it looks like Barbara is sporting an all-new sculpt. It’s a pretty good one at that. Like Wonder Woman, she’s still rather leggy, but it comes across as more of a stylistic thing, and with the long cape and such as well, it all comes together for a nicely put together sculpt. Probably one of my favorites, honestly. The paint work on the figure is pretty decent as well. The base work matches the sort of amalgamated design, and the extra tech detailing is a rather fun, generally unobtrusive choice. Batgirl is packed with three accessories, a batarang, a katana, and a grapnel gun, all in transparent blue. They’re all kinda goofy and silly, but it fits the vibe of the line well, so I can’t really knock them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I discovered this Batgirl figure’s existence while going through the line’s upcoming releases during my first Bat-Tech review, and I knew I wanted her right away. I’ve already got a Nightwing, and in my mind, no Nightwing really feels complete without a corresponding Batgirl. Thankfully, Max was able to keep his eye out for me, and I got my hands on one without much fuss. She’s a lot of fun, and I honestly don’t mind that we got the Bat-Tech version first, because the extra details are nifty. I dig it.