Toy Review: DC Multiverse: Nightwing: Better Than Batman (McFarlane Toys)

McFarlane builds the Batman Family with a Nightwing action figure McFarlane Toys was awarded the collector’s market of toys for DC Comics which meant they would be producing figures for […]

McFarlane builds the Batman Family with a Nightwing action figure

McFarlane Toys was awarded the collector’s market of toys for DC Comics which meant they would be producing figures for the adult collector, which Spin Master would make the kid’s stuff. McFarlane has come a long way since they first started, so everyone was curious about how these figures would look. Do they live up to the hype?

Wellll…

The Nightwing figure is from Nightwing’s relaunch as part of the Rebirth event DC Comics. The Better Than Batman story was the first story arc in the new Nightwing comic book. Before the relaunch, Dick Grayson had to abandon his Nightwing persona and became a spy. As a huge Nightwing fan, I was extremely happy to see Grayson put on the costume again. Plus the storyline was damn good!

McFarlane gives us a 7-inch figure, so those of you that are big on keeping the same scale as your Mattel’s DC Universe figures, you’re gonna be disappointed. 

For the most part, this is a good sculpt, but there are some things in the figure’s actual design that bothers me. You can really see the rounded joints in the wrists and ankles. Not a fan of that. But it does look like the comic image of Nightwing. There’s also some issues with how his head sits. It really looks like he has no neck.

There are about 22 points of articulation, but they have eliminated the ab crunch for an ab rotation. It’s not bad, and you can put him in various poses very easily.

Nightwing comes with a set of escrima sticks for weapons. His hands don’t seem to grasp them that well. When he’s not using the sticks, there is a pair of holders on his back. Plus he also comes with a small stand you can place the character on. The figure also comes with a collectible card.

Finally, Nightwing is one part of a three series of figures that come with a Collect To Build Batmobile. From the look of the Batmobile piece, when you get all 3 pieces you get a vehicle that’s a little bigger than a Hot Wheel, that no figure can sit in. Personally, I don’t see a point in this.

Now here’s my main problem, and it is the price point. The average price is about $25. That’s a price you would pay for a DC Collectible figure and those you can’t find in mass retail. I’m sorry, but that price point is too high. Especially when you look at something like Marvel Legends that’s about $20 per figure and you get so much more accessories.

Bottom line I’m not impressed with this figure, BUT all manufacturers have had hiccups with their first runs. I really think that McFarlane can improve, but the first thing that needs to improve is that price point.

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.