DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“Dick Grayson began his crime-fighting career as the original Robin—Batman’s protégé and crime-fighting partner. An expert acrobat and skilled fighter, Dick eventually left the nest and ventured out on his own as a new hero called Nightwing. His childhood experiences as a circus acrobat and trapeze artist make him extremely agile. He is a superior fighter and a highly skilled martial artist who has been personally trained by Batman. Nightwing is a keen detective, a natural leader, and a strategist with advanced knowledge of a variety of technologies.”
I am nothing if not a creature of habit. The habit of which I am a creature in this case, apparently, is trying out DC lines with the same two characters. First Superman, then Nightwing. I did it with Spin Masters stuff, and lookie here, I’m about to do it with the McFarlane stuff too. You can’t say I didn’t try to warn you!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nightwing is part of the…well, it’s still the first assortment of DC Multiverse, but it’s like distinctly separate from the one that Superman’s in, I guess? This one’s got a different price point because there’s a build-a-thing, and so it’s…I don’t know, it’s all a little confusing, or maybe its not. Forget it Ethan, it’s McFarlane. Like Superman, this Nightwing figure is, at least in theory, based on specific appearance, namely “Better Than Batman,” the first volume of his Rebirth title, which reintroduced the black and blue color scheme. Much like the “based on Action Comics #1000″ translated to “McFarlane take on Classic Superman” for yesterday’s figure, “based on Better Than Batman” here translates to “Mcfarlane take on Nightwing’s most recent costume.” Nightwing stands 7 14 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation. He’s pretty much the same height as the Superman figure (and a little taller than the basic Batman), which makes him a little tall for Dick, but believe me, he’s not the worst case of internal scaling in the line. His articulation isn’t too different from Clark’s. There’s better range in the arms for this guy, which is good, but I didn’t find the neck joint quite as useful this time around. The legs are also still kind of clicky and heavy on the ratcheting for my taste, making him not a ton of fun to pose. I will say he’s pretty stable on his feet, though, so kudos to McFarlane on that. Let’s discuss the sculpt. By and large, I don’t like this sculpt quite as much as the Superman, largely due to this one feeling far more uneven. The head’s definitely the strongest part, and I definitely get an effective Dick Grayson vibe off of it. Not sure if it’s quite a Rebirth Dick Grayson vibe, but that’s really splitting hairs. The body’s where things get funkier. At first glance, I thought this figure’s arms were too short, and he was kinda giving me T-Rex vibes. In-hand, it doesn’t seem like it’s the arms that are throwing things off, but perhaps the torso? I think it’s too large relative to the rest of the figure. It’s hard to say for sure, but it definitely looks off. The legs, especially below the knee, also seem slightly…mishapen? With the right posing, it doesn’t look bad, but there’s definitely something weird about this figure’s proportions in general. As with Superman, the costume has been given an assortment of extra little details littered throughout. I myself tend to prefer a more streamlined Nightwing, but these details still work better on him than they did on Superman. Nightwing’s paintwork is more in line with McFarlane’s usual output than Superman was, being a little murkier on the details, and slightly washed out. It’s not a bad look, but compared to something like the Essentials figure, he looks almost unfinished. Maybe that’s just my classic sensibilities kicking up, though. Nightwing is packed with his batons, a piece of the mini-Batmobile, a display stand, and a card.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I was sold on Superman, I was still kinda on the fence with this guy. I liked parts of him, but I wasn’t sure about the whole. Max wanted the mini-Batmobile piece, so he bought this guy, and ended up pretty much just giving him to me. He’s not a bad figure. Honestly, he’s probably about as good as the Essentials figure, which also had it’s pluses and minuses. However, I still personally prefer the Essentials release and its slightly cleaner approach to the character. Both figures have their merits, and neither one is truly definitive, so I guess I’m just gonna have these two nearly identical Nightwings in my collection. Oh, the oddity of me.