Monday, March 8, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Robin (DC Universe Classics)

When his parents, The Flying Graysons, were murdered, young Dick Grayson was taken in and trained by The Batman! Now a student at Hudson University, Dick regularly swings into action as....Robin The Teen Wonder!

first comes to blows with Karate Kid on his sojourn throughout the 20th Century, but ultimately teams-up with the Legionnaire to defeat a bizarre evil experimentation known as Diamondeth!

The Sculpt on Robin, The Teen Wonder is great. At this point there were less options for swap out heads, but this version of Robin had a variant edition with a Golden Age styled head as well as a more modern looking head sculpt. While I prefer the more modern head sculpt that works as a Super Powers or New Teen Titans Robin, the classic head sculpt version can go well with your Golden Age Batman or JSA DC Universe Classics figures. The cape and collar are original sculpts. The vertical latch buttons, 'R' emblem, belt buckle, gloves and pixie boots are also all unique sculpts. Even the underoos have the scales sculpted into the design! This figure's sculpt was not skimped on!

This figure is probably the DC Universe Classics figure with the most articulation ever! I count 31 points of articulation on Robin in total. His neck can move in a 360 rotation, pretty far up and a little ways down and also from side to side. Arms can move up and down, as well as rotate in a circular fashion. There are bicep cuts that swivel and double joints at the elbow. The wrists can rotate. There is an ab-crunch and a waist swivel cut at the belt. The legs move up and back and can do the splits. Double-Knee joints and ankle tilts for forward and backward motion as well as swivels complete the far from standard articulation! This makes him the only six inch Robin that can successfully ride shotgun in the Hot Wheels 1:12 Batcycle!

Paint applications are great. The four-color yellows, greens and reds really pop on this figure. The white on the smile and eye lenses of the domino mask are perfectly executed. The black on the mask and hair are well done, though there is a little yellow slop on my black belt. YMMV. Their is also a nice black wash over the green underoos to really bring out the scaled sculpt. Skin tone is consistent throughout. I think maybe the only thing I might have done slightly different, is to give the modern head a midnight blue wash over the black on the hair. Other than that, the paint applications are pretty flawless.

I dig this look for Robin. The Sculpt and Paint are pretty great and it evokes a college-age Teen Wonder. If you're more about the Boy Wonder or Dick Grayson isn't your jam as Robin, this might not work for you, but it is an essential staple of my collection. It literally brings this version of Robin to life and leaves me with a Robin action figure I'm very pleased with.

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