BATGIRL & DONATELLO
BATMAN VS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (DC COLLECTIBLES)
Over the summer, DC Collectibles launched their Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line with a crossover Mikey as Batman figure, before moving onto the main series of two-packs. I looked at the first two sets when they hit at the end of September, and liked them enough to stick around for one more, which is my personal favorite pairing of the line, Batgirl and Donatello. They had a little bit of wait associated with them, but they’re finally here, so let’s have a look at them, shall we?
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Batgirl and Donatello are the third Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles two-pack, who were supposed to hit stores in October, but ended up hitting throughout November in most locations. As with the other offerings from this line, they are available exclusively at Gamestop.
Barbra Gordon as Batgirl is no stranger to animation, having been a regular fixture since The New Batman Adventures. This version of Babs is based on her recent(ish) “Batgirl of Burnside” redesign from the comics, which, in addition to just being a solid design in its own right, also really lends itself well to the style of animation from the movie. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 26 points of articulation. Barbra’s articulation is about on par with the Damian figure from the same line, so she’s pretty mobile, and has a slightly better range than the main Batman. That said, she’s still a bit more restricted than any of the Turtles, especially at the right hip, due to the structure of the belt. The sculpt on this figure is another nice, clean recreation of the film design, and ends up looking quite flattering in three dimensions. Like Robin, her cape is a sculpted piece, rather than cloth like Bruce’s, but it’s sensible for the shorter style. The paintwork on Batgirl is pretty decent overall. It’s bright and colorful, but not quite as sharp and clean as Batman and Damian were. It’s certainly not bad, but I feel like it could be just a little better. As is, she feels about on par with one of the middle-of-the-run Batman: Animated figures: not terrible, but not as strong as I’d prefer. Batgirl is packed with a respectable selection of accessories, including three sets of hands (fists, closed grip, and open grip), a batarang, a blowdart, a small vial, her cellphone, a grapple with two attachments, and a slice of pizza.
Donatello is the resident tech expert of the Turtles, as well as a fan of purple, so he pairs off pretty decently with this more recent incarnation of Batgirl. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. His articulation scheme follows the same set-up as the other three Turtles, so there’s a lot of range to be had, and he’s generally a little more mobile than Batgirl. The joints on my figure were a little on the looser side, more like Leonardo than like Raphael. I wasn’t super thrilled about that, but it’s not terrible. It’s not bad enough to cause any difficulty standing or anything. Design-wise, Donnie follows the lead of the 2012 show, making Donnie the tallest and skinniest of the four Turtles. It works quite well for the character thematically, and translates pretty well to the design of the toys. The head does end up looking a little bit off in my eyes, mostly due to it departing the most from that classic Turtles shaping. That said, it’s more a question of finding the right angle for it. Donatello definitely has the best weapon storage of the four, I think largely because it’s the one area where he doesn’t stray from the classic design. There’s a spot on the back where the staff can slide in, and it stays pretty securely, and doesn’t feel like it could snap at any moment. After changing up the coloring slightly for Raphael, Donatello is again approximately the same shade as tho other two. His paintwork is alright. It’s clean, it’s bold, and it looks decent. Donatello is packed with three sets of hands (fists, gripping, and flat), his Bo Staff (which splits in the middle for an easier time putting it in his hands or on his back), an extra helmeted head, a TCRI canister, a shellphone, and another slice of pizza. Now we’re up to seven slices!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the line was shown off, this was the only pack I actually knew I wanted, so I went ahead and pre-ordered it through Gamestop. Ultimately, I ended up seeing the others in person and decided to pick them up, which only made me more anxious to pick up this pairing. So, it was getting more than a little frustrating when people were finding the set and I still hadn’t heard any word on mine coming in, what with it being, you know, the only one I actually bothered to pre-order and all. Fortunately, Super Awesome Wife has her connections and made darn sure that this set eventually got to me. As the set that features my favorite Turtle and my favorite of the Bat-cast from the movie, there’s a lot riding on this one. I do enjoy it overall, and I’m certainly happy to have the figures, but if I’m entirely honest, I’ve cooled off a bit on the line since it started, meaning I don’t really see myself going back for the standard Mikey/Alfred or the Shredder/Ra’s sets. If they opt to do maybe a non-movie-based follow-up with a Nightwing and Casey, we might be back in business, but that’s something of a longshot.