Gail Simone’s Batgirl is one of my favorite comics and so I couldn’t not get a toy of her. One of the things I miss from the pre-New52 years was the occasional line of DC Direct figures based on certain popular story arcs using the specific art styles from those arcs, like “Public Enemies” or “Batman and Son.” Those seem to have disappeared abruptly with the new paradigm, with only toys of the new Justice League themselves being offered. That’s super boring! Where’s my “Court of Owls” toys? Where’s my Batgirl? I want plastic Greg Capullo, not plastic Jim Lee.
Well, Mattel is giving us a Gail Simone Batgirl via their Batman Unlimited toyline, so that’s at least one Want crossed off the list.
She’s a very shiny and attractive figure, though her articulation is very shallow. Her knees don’t bend very much, and so there’s not a lot of jump kicking she can do. Batgirls need to jump kick. She has a lot of joints, they just don’t have range. That’s mitigated somewhat by the aforementioned shininess. She’s a gloss black and gold and she catches the light well. She’s also got all of her excessive costume detailing sculpted in, not painted or ignored, so that’s an unexpected bonus.
Barbara needs to get with my Stephanie toy and go kick some heads. In my personal canon, they fight crime together. Hey, if you can have fifty Robins…