Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Toy Review – Batman Legacy: Batgirl By Mattel

Our first view of this Batgirl figure came along with Catman, Golden Age Batman and the K-Mart Exclusive Bat-Mite. That set of photos included a Batcycle that I was hoping would be included with Batgirl. No such luck.

I was very excited about Catman and Batman, but it took a little something extra for me to decide I needed this Batgirl too. That something extra was the realization that this figure portrays Batgirl in the same costume as my tattoo:
It may seem ridiculous that it took me any time at all to make that connection, but it’s not like that one is in my line of sight all the time.
I originally had the whole second series of Batman Legacies preordered at BigBad, but Evil found them at K-Mart long before BBTS ever got them in. Plus, the K-Mart Batman includes Bat-Mite.
First Glance: Same overly done packaging as the first Legacies series. Also, why is her hair brown?
Sculpt: This is the same figure as previously released Barbara Gordon Batgirls, with a few minor changes. She sports the standard DCUC articulation. Thankfully, this means she has a rocker joint on her abdomen rather than the hideous non-joint that mars that Star Sapphire figure.
I like the boots on this figure a lot. The bat shape at the top looks good and the treads are always a welcome touch. The gloves look solid as well. A lot of people complain about seams on figures like these. I like them, but I do understand where they look odd when put up against some of the other, seamless figures from the DCUC line. I do wish Mattel would stick to one look. I have a feeling that’s going to happen with whatever the new line is, though. It sounds like WB will be closely monitoring the art direction from here on out. I hope that means a more unified presentation. And no more repaints like this one.
This Batgirl sports a new belt that looks more traditional then the grey-hued DC Superheroes release. I prefer pouches, but this looks neat too. I’ve always been more of a pouch man where utility belts are concerned. It still seems ridiculous to me that the Bat Family could fit all of their various crime-fighting accoutrements into little capsules or tiny cases. But whatever. For the purposes of representing the Batgirl that this figure does the belt is accurate.
I like the head sculpt on this figure as well. The face and hair look good and the cowl interacts with both very well. The combination isn’t odd, and that’s a tough thing to accomplish with Ms. Gordon’s distinctive headgear.
The cape is very nice too. The soft plastic is still too firm to allow for very many action poses, but the shape is good and the connection at the top of the torso is nice and doesn’t have any sloppy seams (assembly seams, not design seams) that detract from the aesthetics.
Sadly, the idiot fucktards at Mattel that decide how things get packaged have once again proven their drooling inability to cogitate for even a fraction of a second on the effects of stress on plastics because this Batgirl is all fucked up. The rubber bands in the package have warped her arms into slightly unnatural positions and her legs into a stance that suggests Ms. Gordon spent the previous night getting tag-teamed by Bane and Killer Croc. It’s just awful. I so badly want to punch the guys in the face that make these decisions.
I would also like everybody to appreciate that I did not make the obvious Barbara Gordon jokes about her physiology.
Design: Well, the figure’s posture may suggest it fell off of a tenth story landing, but the colors look nice.
The glossy black of the suit looks great with the flatter blue of the cape and the yellow of the boots and gloves. All of the paint apps are tight and the shading looks much better than the other Batgirl I’ve got. Well, maybe not so much better as more action-figurey.
The big problem here is her hair. Barbara Gordon is a redhead. That’s not debatable. It’s not the biggest part of why people like her, but it is important. It’s one of the reasons Gail Simone loves her so much and was stoked to write the new comic (of course, that doesn’t explain why Simone is writing Barbara like she’s Stephanie Brown, but that’s another issue entirely). And this figure has brown hair. That is a straight fuck-up. Have you ever seen a Superman figure with blonde hair? No? Know why? Because Superman’s hair is fucking black. This is a stupid mistake and is inexcusable.
The paint on the soles of her boots is also really bad.
Accessories: Batgirl comes with another one of those stupid posters and a stand, which is not any sort of accessory I want with a 6" scale figure. No Batarang. No Batcycle. Not even that stupid purse she has sometimes.
Packaging: The Batman Legacy line has some pretty fancy packaging. It looks very 90’s, but in a good way.
Overall: Blech. Fail. Warped body and a paint error the likes of which you wouldn’t see on JAKKS Pacific’s shitty discount wrestling toys.
2 out of 5
I’m keeping it just because of the tattoo thing, but this figure is just a piece of crap. Okay, it’s not a total piece of crap because the parts that are the right colors look good and if the body wasn’t so warped it would be better. But still.
Until next time, stay creepy


  1. I almost picked this Batgirl action figure up myself. I thought it looked pretty cool

  2. boil some water, remove from heat, submerge leg in water (don't tough the pan to the figure!), rmove & bend leg to correct position. hold in place a couple minutes while running under cold tap water. it fixed mine- loved her: http://super-dupertoybox.blogspot.com/2011/08/batman-legacy-batman-wbat-mite-batgirl.html
    ...I'd say her hair is... auburn :D Great tat!!