Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl from Super Best Friends Forever by DC Collectibles
this episode. In case you're wondering, Batgirl is voiced in the show by Tara Strong who not only voices Twilight Sparkle in MLP:FIM but also voices Batgirl in Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go, The New Batman Adventures, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The figure comes in a nice window box with various pictures of the figure on it along with a design credit for Lauren Faust and a sculpting credit for Irene Matar.
difficulty of coming up with a good Batgirl pose the other day? Well, I think this one is fantastic. It both captures the crime-fighting side of Batgirl while also retaining a sense of fun. Another nice feature of the statue is that it features three swappable portraits to give Batgirl three distinctively different expressions. There's a silly, oversized grin, a sly smirk, and a sweet smile with batting eyes. The portraits swap out easily and all share the same hair piece, so that piece gets swapped around too. Be really careful that you don't push too hard on the neck; you don't need to, first of all, and it is somewhat thin.
I like the sculpt as it really captures the animation style of the show. It can be really difficult to express unusually shaped two dimensional characters in three dimensions well but I think Batgirl is a solid effort. There's not much detail on the figure, matching the minimalist animation style, but the proportions seem accurate: thin limbs, minute feet and hands, and a large head with exaggerated eyes all give the character a distinctive appearance. As far as I can tell, all three of the heads are the same sculpt with paint work providing differences in the the facial features and expressions. The eyes are sculpted and raised from the face to really give Batgirl that bug eyes look from the cartoon.
I really like this little statue. It's fun and definitely a unique DC/ Batgirl collectible. I don't imagine we'll see much merchandise from Super Best Friends Forever so fans wanting to add these particular versions of Batgirl, Wonder Girl, and Supergirl should probably jump on these (and yes, Wonder Girl and Supergirl are available in this line as well). I really like the swappable heads and the presence of a storage box (it's just so random and fun), so both of those things in addition to a nice sculpt that captures the animated appearance of the character really appeal to me. I do wish the paint on the eyes was a bit better, but it's not as noticeable in person as it is in pictures. I'm giving this a Great rating and I hope these are a sign that DC Collectibles is willing to do more unique projects like this that tie into a variety of unique DC media expressions. At the beginning off the year I was ready to leave DC Collectibles behind due to a long string of quality control issues; now I can't wait for their next release. Good job, team! Now, how about action figures of Batwoman, Batwing, and the Red Hood?
If you want to pick up the Super Best Friends Forever Batgirl, Wonder Girl, or Supergirl, head on over to Big Bad Toy Store today! Tell them your friends at The Epic Review sent you. Because you know we're totally SBFFs, right?