Sunday, September 27, 2015
When Mattel released the '66 Batman figures, the most conspicuous absence in the lineup was Batgirl. The line didn't really last long, but there were rumors that she would later be released in a 3 pack with Batman and Robin. I thought that was a really obnoxious way to release her, as anyone who would want a Batgirl figure would probably already have Batman and Robin (like me). Mattel. Ultimately, Batgirl was released solo as a Toys R Us SDCC '15 exclusive. Fortunately, she was easy enough to order online. Batgirl comes in a fancier box than the regular line, which was on standard cards. Although it's a con exclusive, it's nothing extravagant. There are no accessories, aside from the stand and backing card, which has a city scape on one side and Batgirl herself on the other. One of the highlights of the figure is the cape, which is double sided. Unfortunately, due to the way it's packaged, it is currently stuck flared out, although I hope with time it will hang at a more natural angle.
Sadly, Batgirl herself, Yvonne Craig, passed on soon after the release of this figure. I don't know if she got to see one herself, but I'd like to think she thought it was cool if she did.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Originally, I planned to get all the Sailor Scouts in the order they joined the team, but when it came time to get Sailor Mars, she was hard to find for a reasonable price, while Venus was relatively cheap. So we're skipping around a bit. The main thing that differentiates the characters visually, aside from color, is their hair and their shoes. So that means Venus gets her usual shoes (with ankle straps?), and her large mane of blonde hair. Similar to Usagi, her hair is articulated, with either end able to rotate out to make the hair more or less flared. Minako was actually out heroing before the rest of the Sailor Scouts, as Sailor V. Bandai are making un upcoming Sailor V figure, but for this release, she does include the Sailor V mask, both as a wearable option, or one that is held in her hand. She also includes the stand and various face and hand options typical of the line. Minako's main accessory is Artemis the cat. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a Venus Love Me Chain accessory, which would make for some cool attack posing.