May 7th, 2010

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Batdeja vu

Originally published at Shortpacked!. Please leave any comments there.

I went back to see if that Batgirl/Nightwing/Penguin three-pack was still at that Target.  It was!  Everything I’d left behind was still there.  Am I the last person alive still looking for these things?  Since these toys should be impossible to find, much less leave unattended for 24 hours, I’m starting to think so.

AND OH MY GOD I’M WATCHING COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW AND IT IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN EVER

(Note: in the photos, all the old versions are on the left and the new versions are on the right)

I bought this set because Batgirl comes with a stand.  The Batgirl I had was an exclusive extra for the Rise of Sin Tsu video game.  It’s the only release in her “real” colors.  (Kinda dickish.)  But she has gimpy legs (continuity nod?), a crazy look on her eyes, and no peghole in her foot for a stand.  This new version solves two of those problems!  Gimpy legs remain, but her paint is better on her face, meaning she looks less like she wants to eat your brains, plus a peghole in her foot and a stand!  A stand!  A STAND!  Hallelujah, she’ll be able to stand.  Out of all the myriad of DCAU toys in my collection, she is the not-standiest.

And, hey, as a bonus, her paint is better.  I like the thicker, more defined symbol and belt, and I guess her taller boots are all right.  The back of her cape’s blue instead of black, which isn’t what I prefer, but small price to pay.   (Unlike what JLU three-packs cost these days.)

The other two guys aren’t as much of an improvement.  With Nightwing, you can really tell the difference in plastic quality between when I got him probably a decade and now.  The new one is more rubbery, so he came out of the package all bent and unstandable.  I borrowed my old Batgirl’s sticky-tack for his photo.  His bird deco on his chest is also narrower so it doesn’t require paint on his arms, which probably costs extra.  On the other hand, I like the color his skin is painted better.  But I’ll probably still choose the old one for display since he stands and because I like his bird deco better.

The Penguin is basically the same other than some deco choices.  The bottom of his shirt is a darker gray and instead of molding his head in fleshtone and painting black, his head is molded in black and his skin is painted on.  This might be an improvement (for those who don’t like shiny fleshtone plastic) if the paint didn’t thin up by his forehead.  It doesn’t look so good.  So I’ll keep using the old one.

In summary: Noncrazy Batgirl who can stand.