DC DELUXE COLLECTOR FIGURES (DC DIRECT)
Back in the early 2000s, everybody was starting to really try out the 1/6 scale game. Hot Toys hadn’t quite overtaken the market, so there was still this sort of fledging “anyone could take this over” kind of vibe. So, a lot of companies tried just that. Among them was DC Direct, who decided that the best way to stand above the competition was to literally have their figures be taller than the competition, so they scaled everyone up by about an inch, with the argument that they were still 1/6 scale, the heroes were just supposed to be that much bigger than the average person. Despite some odd notions right out of the gate, the line was a modest success, running from 2005 up through 2010. Not a terrible run, all things considered. They got a pretty decent swath of characters out there, which included a pretty solid focus on the Bat-Family. Dick Grayson was present in both his Robin and Nightwing identities, the latter of which I’m going to be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nightwing was the 14th release in DCD’s Deluxe Collector Figure line, hitting retail in the fall of 2007, during the line’s third year. All of the figures were designed as standalone releases, but he hit right in the midst of a streak of Bat-related characters. In a line that had certainly had a more classic focus, he was a decidedly more modern figure, sporting the character’s then-current design. The figure stands about 13 1/4 inches tall (due to DCD’s insistence on that extra large scaling) and he has 30 points of articulation.
The figure’s head sculpt was the most notable new piece included here, as was pretty standard for the line. The head sculpts for this line up to this point were, to be blunt, kind of ugly. I mean, not terrible, but they were none of them particularly attractive people. Nightwing marked a very earnest effort on DCD’s part to fix that issue. Ultimately, the sculpt winds up looking a heck of a lot like Brad Pitt, with maybe a touch of Tom Cruise thrown in for good measure. That certainly errs away from kind of ugly, and results in a not so terrible look for Dick Grayson. The base sculpt is unmasked, with a mask piece that can clip into place, which sits surprisingly well on the face. They did the same on Green Lantern, and I’ve always liked how well those turned out. There are actually two masks included, one black and one blue, to cover the two looks he was shifting between so frequently at the time. I personally really like the blue, but both work well. In terms of paint work, it’s not as incredibly lifelike as Hot Toys, or anything, but it was about on par with most Sideshow offerings of the time. It’s a little thickly applied, but other than that, it doesn’t look too bad.
Nightwing’s outfit is, predictably, mixed-media in its nature. It’s made up of a bodysuit, glove cuffs, and boots. Not a lot of pieces to this one, though that’s proper for the design. The bodysuit is actually really nicely tailored, for as simple as it is, and the blue for his symbol really stands out well. The boots (which are actual boots that slip over the feet) and glove cuffs are pleather pieces, with a plastic sculpted bit at the end, for the whatever they are things that he sometimes has on his costume. They seem a tad bulky for his usual look, but ultimately work out alright.
The figure was built on what was the only available male base body at the time of his release. It’s probably a touch bulky for Dick’s usual proportions, but it’s not truly atrocious, and he was certainly better served by this base body than most of the female figures were by the only female base body the line ever had. It’s generally rather stiff in its movement, and notably can put its arms all the way down by the sides, but it does look pretty damn heroic, so I’ll give them that.
Nightwing got an alright selection of accessories, with two sets of hands (fists and bendy for posing to grip or gesture), his eskrima sticks, three batarangs, and a display stand. The bendy hands are better than most of this type, but still not ideal for actually holding his weapons; actual gripping hands would have been better. The display stand is notably really big and bulky and, due to how it’s designed, also kind of a risk for damaging the costume if you aren’t careful, which is kind of a shame.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had a handful of figures from this line when they were new, and while they were never figures I felt were amazingly high-end, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. Nightwing was one I always wanted, but it wasn’t until after his release, as he changed quite a bit between prototype and release, and by then I had missed a lot of opportunities to get him. Thankfully, I got another shot at him when a whole batch of the Bat-themed characters got traded into All Time a few weeks ago. He’s a figure from a line that’s been abandoned, and with good reason. DCD made a lot of weird choices with these figures, and they suffered for it. However, taken in a vacuum, I do really, really like this figure. He’s honestly a lot of fun, and just feels really true to the character.
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