Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: Nightwing from Legends of Batman by Kenner
Nightwing has the traditional Kenner five points of articulation: swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck. While he's sculpted in a pose that allows him to hold his included missile launching accessory, the pose looks fairly decent without the accessory, too. It almost looks as if he's in a fighting stance with his right arm guarding his mid-torso and his left arm up in a high block. While he has a wide stance, he can easily sit in most 90's Batman vehicles, as his legs close together when put in a sitting position.
Nightwing's color scheme and paint are pretty simple, but look good overall. The body's molded in a dark blue plastic with the yellow elements, such as the cuffs of his boots and gloves, as well as his belt, painted on. The yellow edges are a little rough, though. The belt even has a little symbol on it that doesn't look quite like the Bat symbol or the Nightwing symbol. Maybe it's an earlier version of the Nightwing symbol? The gloves and boots are a bluish gray. The face is nice and clean, as there's no slop on the hairline or around the edges of the mask.
Nightwing comes with the trading card I mentioned above, but he also comes with a "sonic blaster", a missile, and an "armored cowl." Where to start? How about with the "sonic blaster," which is simply a standard missile launcher, the most default of action figure accessories in the 90's. It's a boxy yellow missile launcher with a pattern on it that's similar to his "armored cowl." Nightwing can hold the handle in his right hand, and there's sort of a groove to rest on his left fist. Push the button when it's loaded, and the red missile fires quite far, with a nice bit of "oomph" to it. Pretty standard stuff, really. The next piece is the "armored cowl," which may be armored, but certainly isn't a cowl. A cowl is a hooded garment of some kind, but Nightwing isn't wearing anything like that. He's simply got an armored yellow chest piece that fits over his neck. It resembles the yellow vector shape on the front of Nightwing's outfit during the Knightfall storyline, and thus is crucial to completing Nightwing's look. I'm not quite sure why Kenner made this a separate piece, but it does stay on him remarkably well. Overall, nothing terribly exciting here, but he's not barren of accessories.
I never owned this Nightwing as a kid, but I believe that seeing him on toy shelves was my first introduction to the character (my first Nightwing was from the first wave of The New Batman Adventures line). For a 90's era Batman figure, he really was not bad. He nicely represents the character's appearance in the comics, especially the Knightfall saga, and is a solid, durable toy. I'm not a huge fan of the missile launcher, but at least the figure itself is unhindered by a useless action feature. If you're a big fan of the character or simply a collector of 90's Batman merchandise, you could do a lot worse than this version of Nightwing. He's a fun, well made figure, even if he's a little plain. Confirmed Good and a 1/2.
We've covered Batman figures from a variety of different eras and scales, including: Batman from Young Justice Invasion, Arctic Shield Batman from Mattel's Batman line, Talia al Ghul from DC Collectibles' Arkham City, Planet-X Batman, The Dark Knight Returns Batman and Injustice Batman from Mattel's DC and Batman Unlimited lines, Laughing Gas Joker from Kenner's Legends of the Dark Knight, and the Dark Knight Rises Bane from Hot Toys.
Barbecue17 dressed up as Robin for Halloween the year Batman Forever was released. Perhaps it's time for him to don a Nightwing costume? If it happens, you'll find evidence of it on his Flickr account first!