Toy Review: DC Collectibles | Son of Batman: Robin


Today’s review is the DC Collectibles DC Universe Animated Movies: Son of Batman: Robin Action Figure. I was so excited to get this figure. This is exactly the look of Robin I love. Everything about the look of this figure is just perfect. There may be other issues out there, but this thing is perfect looking. This figure is based on the DC Universe Original Animated Movie by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and they got it spot on.

Figures in the Series

  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Nightwing
  • Deathstroke

Figure Details

  • Character: Robin
  • Manufacturer: DC Collectibles
  • Series: DC Universe Animated Movie Son of Batman
  • Dimensions: 5
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $11.95
  • Part Number/SKU: 761941322728
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★☆☆☆

Robin is pretty limited in his articulation. As you can see below, there’s very little number of actual joints on this figure. It does cause a lot of issues. Let’s take a look.

Total POA’s = 13

  • Arms – There are 4 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which is hindered considerably due to the cape that, though it is softer, is still quite tightly molded over the shoulder. You can move his arm forward considerably more than outward.
    • Elbow: Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint just above the hinge joint. You’ll get just shy of a 90 degree bend in the elbow. Without the bicep joint the peg joint does function well.
    • Wrist: There is NO wrist joint, and this figure really needs one.
  • Legs – There are 2 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a small amount of forward and even less backward kick motion. This is very disappointing.
    • Knees: Single Pin/Hinge joint provides a good enough amount of bend. There is about a 90 degree bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: There is NO ankle joint and this is desperately needed on this figure.
  • Body – There are NO joints in the body/torso area. This is needed pretty badly.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint which is only good for side-to-side motion. There is no up or down and nearly no tilt.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

I often talk about sculpt that causes issues with articulation which I hate. There are some issues with the sculpt of this figure and articulation. The sculpt of the head causes articulation to be quite bad. There is an issue with the shape of the feet that make the figure which is already hard to stand, nearly impossible to stand and pose in any other way than standing straight up. These are some pretty major issues with the sculpt choices of this figure, but the overall pleasing look and feel of the figure drastically out weighs those flaws in my opinion. This is a different style of figure. It’s made to look like a cartoon character, which I feel they really got it spot on. Just look at the two images below. The one on the left is from the movie and on the right is the toy.

At about 5 inches tall, this is a very small 1:12 scale figure, but Damian Wayne is a just a boy, so he’s supposed to be small. As I noted above, the positives are so many that they vastly make the negatives unimportant. Some of my favorite aspects of the sculpt of this figure are the amazing cape, which is soft enough to allow the shoulders to move a little, but has plenty of detail in the black and yellow, it’s just great. I love the head sculpt, even though it causes issues. It looks spot on to the movie look, so I’ll take that over articulation.

The only real gripe I have is the hands are sculpted in such a way it’s a little hard to get Robin to hold his sword. Obviously, you can see I was able to, so again, no big deal.

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Paint – ★★★★★

I couldn’t have asked for a better paint job. They wanted to match what was in the movie and it’s clear they nailed it. I had to judge this paint job a little differently than I normally do. Normally I look for a nice amount of shadowing and detail. I usually want a more natural, realistic look (from a superhero action figure, I know, it’s a weird expectation). With this figure,  wanted it to look like a cartoon and it really does. The paint they did do was perfectly applied. The lines are straight and clean. The colors are a good match to the show. Everything was just very well done. I have zero complains of the paint app on this figure.

Accessories – ★★★★★

Robin comes with a sword that he uses in the movie. Here again, they did a great job with this accessory. Sure, he could have come with an alternate head as well, or something else, but I don’t feel he needs it. The sword was key and we got it, even better, the sword was well molded and painted. There’s a really nice paint app on this sword. I can even use it with my DC Collectibles Deathstroke since I broke his sword. That’s how nice this sword is. It will work as a cartoon sword or a more detailed sword.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Robin comes in a blister package that looks really nice, but of course, it’s gotta be torn open to get to the figure. It’s a really sleek design if you’re keeping your figs in package, but for those of us who wanna open it up, be careful, or you’ll tear it to pieces and the images will be ruined.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

The overall average ratings of this figure comes out at a 3.6. I love this figure so much, that means we get to roundup to a 4 of 5 star overall rating. If you love Batman and Robin and especially if you love the Son of Batman movie, this figure is a must. I’m not so sure I need the other figures in the line as I still think this cartoon version of Robin can pair reasonably well with regular figures, it’s up to you whether you need the others. This figure, however is a no brainer. You need to get him, and you should be able to pick him up pretty cheap.

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