SON OF BATMAN (DC COLLECTIBLES)
After retiring from his duties as Robin, Dick Grayson continued to hang around with the Titans for a while, before settling on a new identity, Nightwing*. Nightwing’s become a pretty recognizable fixture in his own right, and has become a pretty standard play for animated stories that want to let Dick grow up, or even perhaps contrast him with another Robin. 2014’s Son of Batman aimed to contrast him with Batman’s newly discovered son (spoilers: Batman has a son), Damian, granting Nightwing a rather sizable role in the story. It also granted him another action figure, which is where my interests really lie.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Nightwing was released in 2014, as part of the four-figure tie-in line for Son of Batman, which was part of the overall line of figures based on DC’s animated films of the time. Nightwing was figure #09, making him the final of the four figures in this set numerically. He’s sporting Nightwing’s costume from the film, which is honestly not a bad one. In an era when the comics version was saddled with the New 52’s odd choice to go red and black with his color scheme, this one sticks to a more classic set-up, inspired somewhat by what he’d been wearing not too long before in the second season of Young Justice. It’s probably amongst the best of the DC animation costume designs of the era. The figure stands just over 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 15 points of articulation. Nightwing has more than a few parts in common with the animation-inspired Green Lantern that I reviewed back when these figures were new…and when the site was still not even a year old. Crazy times, really. The base body has a nice, medium build, which matches well with the character’s design from the film. He gets a new head and lower arms, as well as some belt pouches which have been glued in place at the waist. The whole thing makes for a decent enough set-up for the character, given how he looks in the movie. The head feels very true to the character in terms of likeness and personality, and the new lower arms allow him to actually hold his accessories, and even give his left hand a slightly more unique pose than “fist.” The joints haven’t held up particularly great over time, but for the most part, it’s a solid sculpt. The paint work on this guy is alright. These figures were definitely on the messier side, just really for the whole run of the line, but Nightwing wound up at least a little bit better than the first series of figures. There’s still some slop and some fuzzy edges, but nothing too terrible. Nightwing was packed with his two eskrima sticks, which is honestly impressive for this line, which was generally not fond of giving the figures much of anything.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Son of Batman was not a movie I particularly enjoyed. The concept was there, but the execution was lacking, and it was kind of the movie that got me out of really keeping up to date with the DC Animated fare. Nevertheless, one of the few things I did like about it was Sean Maher’s turn as Dick Grayson. I came very close to buying this figure on multiple occasions, but, for one reason or another, I just kind of kept putting it off, and then he’d gotten a bit pricey on the aftermarket, so I just dropped it. He’s been on my list to look out for since then, and I was lucky enough to snag a loose one that got traded into All Time a little bit ago. He’s not a perfect figure, but he’s fun, and I can get behind that.
*Okay, it wasn’t an entirely new identity, because it was actually the identity that Superman used to use while visiting the bottle city of Kandor. But don’t tell Dick that, it’ll just make him sad.