Toy Review: Batman Missions: Harley Quinn and Robin (Mattel)

Mattel released another Batman evergreen toy series, but this time there are lots of improvements. Let’s face facts. Batman is popular. Any way you look at it, to many companies Batman […]

Mattel released another Batman evergreen toy series, but this time there are lots of improvements.

Let’s face facts. Batman is popular. Any way you look at it, to many companies Batman can sell. And Mattel is the main license holder for Batman toys. So every couple of years, Mattel descends on many toy departments with a plethora of new and crappy Batman merchandise.  But now it seems like Mattel has finally gotten it right with their latest line of Batman toys called Batman Missions.

Batman Missions so far consists of both 6″ and 12″ figures that are more media accurate than they have been in the past. I have to say that so far I’m impressed. Impressed enough to pick up Harley Quinn and Robin.

The 6″ line has impressive sculpts and details for a evergreen line. With 14 points of articulation isn’t anything to sneeze at either! I do wish there was some articulation in the ankles but is some in the wrists. 

Harley Quinn looks amazing. The head sculpt looks like it based on Amanda Connors art. And when I say it looks like, it looks like it was ripped from the comics very impressive. This is the DC Rebirth version of the character. As I mentioned before, the points of articulation are impressive. Harley also comes with her trademark hammer. It fits pretty well in her hands and she can hold it in either hand. I saw no paint slop, so again, very impressed. Seriously a must for your collection.

Robin looks pretty good too. At first glance it looks pretty generic version of Robin, but as you look closer start to see something familiar about it. Especially when you take a look at his weapon which is more like a pike than his trademark staff. That’s when it hits you. This version of Robin is VERY close to the empty Robin suit we saw in the film Batman v Superman. I’m going to assume this is intentional. The only real complaint I have with this figure is the cape looks extremely cheap. But then you have to remind yourself, this is an evergreen toy. That means a cheaper price point. They go for about $9.99.

Now, here’s my biggest complaint. Theoretically, these figures have been in stores since July, but I have yet to see them in any store. This isn’t Mattel’s fault. That’s the stores’ fault. The success of this line strictly falls of the stores getting their crap together and actually stocking the shelves. As always the big guys like Walmart and Target will screw it up again. But that’s another story. 

Honestly, these figures do not look that bad next to your DC Multiverse figures, despite they are not as high end. Harley seems to fit in a lot better than Robin does, but that’s just my personal opinion.

 

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.