DC Collectibles are Headed Back to the Original Batman Animated Series
If you asked almost any true Batman fan if they have seen the original Batman animated series, they would look at you with a “that’s a dumb question” face. Of course! Who hasn’t? (If you haven’t then you are missing out.) That being said, DC Collectibles made a lot of hardcore fans very happy by releasing both Batman the Animated Series action figures and The New Batman Adventures action figures. And we were lucky enough to be asked by DC Collectables to review a few of them! So get ready for our sweet Batman: The Animated Series action figures review!
Batman: the Animated Series Action Figures Review – Packaging
The box is pretty basic but in a good way. I love the placing of the character’s name in large lettering as well as the figure’s number in the collection. I also love that they included a small sticker that states how many pieces come in the packaging on the top right corner of the plastic cover. Looking through the front, you can clearly see the figure and some of the accessories. Unfortunately, many of the accessories
Batman: the Animated Series Action Figures Review – Nightwing
Nightwing’s figure features 4 pairs of changeable hands, one Wing-Ding (Nightwing’s version of the Batarang), a pair of binoculars, and a 3 piece stand. He stands approximately 5.6 inches tall and was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.
Nightwing’s head can rotate 360 degrees side to side though his hair will sometimes catch on his shoulders so be careful there. The head has a small amount of pivot, and can look slightly down but not much. His shoulder joints can move outward until level with the top of his chest and if you rotate them 360 degrees. One thing that stands out right from the beginning is that th
The elbow joint does bend just past 90 degrees and has full rotation. His hands can rotate 360 degrees and bend both forward and back but can not swivel. This hip joint allows you to rotate the chest piece 360 degrees for those really creepy poses. The leg joints can move just past 180 degrees outward and move slightly forward and back. The figure’s calves have a similar problem as the elbows, but it’s not nearly as bad. This may have to do with the fact that this action figure was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios while some of the other figures in this collection were sculpted by Irene Matar. His knee joints can bend back about 90 degrees and his ankle joint allows a decent amount of movement forwards and back. One big point in DC Collectables favor is that they included 4 pairs of interchangeable hands. The hands come off without too much effort while still remaining snug enough that you are not worried about them falling out. Well done, DC.
I have heard that this collection has had some problems with paint jobs, but I have to say that this figure’s paint job looks great. It has sharp and clean lines on the mask and hairlines. I love that they made the symbol on his chest a separate piece. One problem I have with this figure is that the legs and feet are very small when compared to the body. Not only is this a bit of an eyesore, but it makes positioning your figure difficult, to say the least. I also feel they should have included some ankle rotation to help with posing the figure. Luckily, DC Collectables included a 3 piece stand that will stabilize the action figure. The Stand itself was a great addition to this figure. The base plate shows three Nightwing from three different angles and shows the new Batman Adventures logo alongside his name and another logo. The stand is clear plastic, and you can not only adjust where on the plate the figure is held but how high the stand itself is. Some might feel like the stand is a bit intrusive but it is a small price to pay for being able to pose the figure how you want. Overall I would rate this figure around 3.5 out of 5. You can purchase this Nightwing action figure here.
Batman: the Animated Series Action Figures Review – Batgirl
Batgirl comes with 5 pairs of interchangeable hands, 3 gadgets, and the 3 piece stand. She stands at approximately 5 inches tall and was sculpted by Irene Matar.
On this figure, the paint was once again very good. It is sharp and clean, especially with the bat symbol on the chest. I did see some slight damage to one of the pointy parts of the mask (I don’t know the technical term for pointy things. Maybe the ears?) which bummed me out a little bit. I love how many hands this figure comes with. She has open hands, fists, and two pairs meant to hold gadgets. The last pair is not really a pair as much as two extra hands. They are both left hands. One is meant to hold the Batarang and the other comes with a gadget attached. It looks like the Batclaw and for some reason is painted yellow just like her hand. I feel like that is a little odd and disappointing. It blends in with her hand and leaves something to be desired. Although this figure is proportioned fairly well, it is still hard to pose due to her tiny feet so the stand is once again a huge help. Overall, I would give this figure 4 out of 5. Maybe a 3.5 due to the damage on her “pointy thing.” You can buy the Batgirl action figure here.
Batman: the Animated Series Action Figures Review – The Penguin
The Penguin’s head can be rotated 360 degrees, but the joint is VERY stiff and I do not suggest trying unless you don’t mind risking damage. His shoulders can move outward slightly and have full rotation. The elbow joints can bend about 35 degrees and the hands have both 360 degree rotation and can bend forward and backward. Like Batgirl, Penguin lacks rotation in the hip joint. His legs can move forward slightly but can not move back. Although this limits the ability to pose him, I LOVE it! Let’s face it, Penguin is short and fat. I doubt he could move his legs very far either. Penguin lacks any knee joint, probably due to the fact that he hardly has legs, and his feet have some slight rotation.
One awesome feature on the penguin is that he has a monocle!
Batman: the Animated Series Action Figures Review – The Riddler
The Riddles figure comes with 3 pairs of interchangeable hands, his walking cane, a three piece stand, and a small display of “Wacko Toys.” He, like the others, comes with the previously mentioned packets. He stands at 6 inches tall and was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.
This figure was very stiff when I pulled it out of the packaging. The only piece that was easy to move was his head which can look down slightly and can rotate 360 degrees. His arms can move outward almost level with his shoulders and rotate 360 degrees around. His elbows were by far the hardest to move into another position. I was very concerned that I might break the arm piece off when I was positioning the figure. One trick you can do is to use a hair dryer on the joints. This will loosen them up fairly well, however, this can damage your paint so do this at your own risk. The hands on this figure were a little harder to take off and put on. They do rotate 360 degrees but that is the only movement they have. He has a hip joint that rotates his chest 360 degrees. His legs can move outward to almost be level with his hips. The legs can also move backward 90 degrees but only move a small amount forward. His knee joint bends to a 90 degree angle. His feet can rotate 360 degrees but do not have any swivel.
A Batman: The Animated Series Stop-Motion Video
After I finished reviewing these figures I spent the next few days posing them along my desk and it got me to thinking. One of the big reasons we all collect these figures, or at least a reason I do, is to set them up and show them off. This led us to make a stop motion teaser for a Batman animated series short! I doubt we will ever actually make the short but the teaser really shows off the articulation of these figures and honestly, it was a blast to make. Give me any excuse to play with my figures without my wife rolling her eyes as she walks past. Seriously though, it was a lot of fun and really shows off the figures in a way that would be hard to do with simple photos. I hope you enjoy it:
This collection is very cool and each figure has its ups and downs. While the figures had problems, I feel like each figure had, at least, one thing that made it stand out, while none of the problems made me feel like it was not worth collecting. And the sculpting on their faces was incredible. It really took me back to watching Batman after school. While this was only a sample of the collection, I feel like I would be safe to rate this collection a 4 out of 5. So, let us know what you thought of our Batman: The Animated Series action figures review below. Thanks!
You can buy the figures in this collection on DC’s Official Shop.
You can also find these figures on Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth, and Amazon:
In Novemeber 2016 DC Collectables will be releasing a Batman Original Animated Series Batwing. It will be 36 inches long and will even open at the cockpit to fit the Batman The Animated Series action figure inside. It is set at $144.99 and you can Pre-order it through Entertainment Earth!