DC ESSENTIALS (DC COLLECTIBLES)
Ah, DC Essentials. The second use of the very generic name for a toyline, by a very generically named toy company, with figures that are exclusively DC’s heavy hitters, making finding any information regarding the line next to impossible if you don’t want to scroll through a bunch of nonsense. That’s great staying power for a toyline, right? Well, no, but then again, DC Direct/DC Collectibles was never much for keeping things going. They just tended to get bored and move to the next thing…which is kind of what happened to the company as a whole after DC left Diamond Comics in 2020. Now they exist only as sub-division of McFarlane Toys. And that’s somehow worse than just being defunct, I feel. Alas. I suppose I’ll just review one of my un-reviewed DCC figures I’ve got sitting here, going all the way back to the beginning of the second DC Essentials. Let’s look at Batman, I guess.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Batman is figure 1 in the DC Essentials line, officially kicking off the line in an assortment that also featured Deathstroke, Flash, and Reverse Flash. Early run for the line had two pairs of two themed figures for each series. In Batman’s case, he paired off opposite Deathstroke. You know, classic Batman foe Deathstroke. The way it’s been. Ever since the beginning. Just Batman and Deathstroke all the time. Sure. Anyway, the Batman figure that I’m actually supposed to be writing about is based on his Rebirth design, which he’d gotten not terribly long before this figure hit, and which was consistent with most of the other figures in the early line. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Batman was based on the standard male body for the line, which served as the starting point for the vast majority of the line’s figures. It’s not the worst thing, but it’s certainly got its flaws. Those overly long arms still look goofy, and I’m not as angry about the exposed torso joint pegs as I was when the line was new, but they’re still not great. Also, I still have issues with the same base body being used across the board for all of the male characters, regardless of how they *should* be built. In Batman’s case, it’s a touch skinny. All that said, it’s not a terrible offering by any stretch. He gets a unique head, forearms, boots, cape, and belt. The new parts do at least mesh well with the base body, and I quite like the head’s rendering of Batman’s short-eared look. It’s very clean, and I really like it. Batman’s paint work is generally okay. The application is fairly clean, and the colors look overall rather nice. That said, this costume was pretty consistently depicted as being black and grey, and for some reason, they’ve gone for a dark blue. It’s not a bad look, but it’s not as striking as it could be. Batman is packed with a single batarang, and that’s it. It’s more than most of the line got, of course, but it still feels light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When Essentials first hit, the price point per figure was far too high for me to really be grabbing too many of them. I got, like, two of them at full price and waited on sales for the rest. But, even on sale, Batman wasn’t really high on my list. That is, until Batman got traded into All Time shortly after I went back to work following the 2020 shut down. I’d gone two months with no new toys, and he was a good deal, and, well, I was an easy mark. He’s not a bad figure. Not a great one, but not a bad one. That’s kind of Essentials as a whole. They were at least a consistent offering.
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