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I mostly like this figure and I’m glad to finally have an entourage for my BWL, but there are a few things holding him back from being truly awesome. Mainly the entire lower torso. The material that McFarlane used for the shorts doesn’t have enough give to allow you to move the legs properly, and whenever you do try to move them, the legs just snap back into place. This is very disappointing for a character that you want to get into crazy running or jumping poses. And in the same vein as the legs, you aren’t able to straighten them out at all. The restricting shorts and crooked leg sculpt, combined with poor ankle rockers make this figure tricky to stand.
The range in the head and neck is also disappointing; I actually had to dremel out a small channel in the back of each of their necks in order to get them looking up as much as they do now.
But with all that said, I still enjoy this figure. The sculpt is unparalleled and he might actually be the best looking DC figure McFarlane has released to date. The ab crunch hidden underneath the rubber torso is very impressive; allowing you to get Robin into some creepy back breaking poses forward and backwards and side to side.
Though I wish the articulation overall was better implemented, that he came with all 3 heads in one package, and that he was a little smaller, I do recommend this figure. He’ll look great with your BWL and he’s fun to look at.
With this one McFarlane sure milked the fans, shortaged the product, and did a solid for Scalpers.
Design: Don' get me wrong, this is a gorgeous figure (in fact, this whole CTB wave is beyond amazing), but deciding to put 3 different heads at random is just a collectors nightmare. The figure itself looks terrifying, the colors pop and the detail they gave with the rubber vest and shorts is awesome; each of the 3 head expressions (for what I see online, I only have one) are beautifully sculpted and different enough to (kinda) justify purchasing 3 of them.
Articulation: This is where the release loses points (no pun intended). The articulation is beyond basic, to serve the slim design. Add the rigidness of the best and short, and you have a figure that can have no more than a couple of poses. It's a shame, because the characters in the comics are Spiderman level flexible, and you won't be able to achieve those poses.
Accessories: Besides the base and the collector card, it only brings a pretty decent looking chain, and of course: the Collect to Build part. Considering how small is the figure, it was a no brainer that Robin gets the torso piece, to construct an amazing figure as it is The Merciless.
I used to buy NECA and McFarlane figures back in the day but left them packaged because they were basically statues considering they had no articulation.
This figure is 1 of the first McFarlan figures I have purchased recently since the company has been incorporating more articulation. I usually stick with NECA products but these new DC figures just look soo siick!
I'm also a figure photographer and need to pose the figures in dynamic battle stances. I found the lack of leg swivel on this figure (and all of the DC figures I've purchased from McFarlane) to be discouraging. The company offers no leg swivels at the thighs or knees. This means I'm dependent on the ankle joint alone to balance the figures. Because of this I actually need to use stands to keep the figures standing. Iin the psat I've posed Mattel, S.H.Foguarts, and NECA figures on 1 leg or just on their toes because I'm capable of finding the center of gravity and twisting the legs where they need to be. Mcfarlane figures do not offer this flexibility.
Ordered two with the hopes I’d get two different versions. I can’t expect warehouse workers to get that so no hard feelings there. I do feel it’s kind of greedy to push buying multiple hard to find figures to complete the trio as opposed to have multiple head sculpts as in the package. Yea you would still have to buy multiple figures but it would maybe slightly hinder scalpers from huge Mark ups. I didn’t rate is a 5 bc the figure is slight challenging to pose. Outside of that it’s and awesome figure.
This figure looks great and depending on which head sculpt you recieve it can change your mind. The only thing I don't like really is that the knees are almost permanently bent so you can't fully have the legs straight, also the height is too tall next to the man who laughs figure.