Diamond Select Toys Batgirl vinyl figure review
Since her introduction in 1967, Barbara Gordon has become one of the most beloved comic characters of all time. After her debut in the comics, she was quickly incorporated into the third season of the classic Batman television series. Played by Yvonne Craig, Batgirl breathed new life into the series, though it was sadly still canceled after that season. Still, Craig's Batgirl has become just as iconic and synonymous with the show as Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin.
In the comics, Barbara continued as Batgirl for the next few decades, ultimately retiring just before the tragic events of The Killing Joke. From there, she became one of the most visible handicapped characters in all of pop culture, for though she was relegated to a wheelchair she could still fight crime as the omnipresent Oracle.
Barbara has appeared in countless comics and adaptations over the years, and one of her most popular portrayals was on Batman: The Animated Series. Keeping her origin relatively intact (daughter of Commissioner Gordon, decides to fight crime because it's the right thing to do), Barbara had a pretty consistent character arc over the course of the show. She began as a college student, threw on a costume to help the Dynamic Duo, and grew as a hero in her own right.
She also looked really cool, too, with one of the best costume designs in all of comics and, I dare say, animation. The good people at Diamond Select Toys have released a vinyl figure of Batgirl, and it looks like a cartoon come to life in the best possible way.
Like every Diamond figure, Batgirl is packaged in some nice, high quality packaging. There are clear plastic windows around three sides of the box as well as the top, and it's branded with that oh-so-familiar Batman: The Animated Series logo. She's listed as part of Diamond's Femme Fatales series, and that red of that script pops out nicely against the black and dark blue of the rest of the packaging.
The figure stands around a foot in height and is made of high-quality vinyl. With the blue, yellow, and grey color scheme she perfectly represents the Batgirl of the animated series. That costume looks great on screen, and in person it's no different: the colors complement each other nicely to give the character a timeless look. Her pose isn't quite as action-oriented and dynamic as the Batman and Robin figures in the same series, but the sculpt is still rock solid. She looks like she's ready for action with twin upraised fists, one of which is clutching a Batarang.
The advantage Batgirl has over her male counterparts is that her base is much more detailed and fitting for the character. Where Batman and Robin were perched atop some fairly nondescript brown bases, Batgirl is standing on top of a police car. Her foot is propped up between two red lights, and it makes for a great visual. Sure, the Batman and Robin figures look plenty good on their own, but the added detail of such a cool base with a great pose makes Batgirl all the more special.
Various other details are accurate to the show and translate really well. Her hair manages to flow and look like it has volume even though it's one smooth, solid piece of painted plastic. Her hands a sculpted nicely as well, with a Batarang in her right hand and her left hand's fingers in a slightly open fist.
I've said it before, but the simplicity of the animated series designs makes them remarkably timeless. Batgirl is no exception, with a costume that uses complementary colors rather than busy details to make the character look interesting and pleasing to the eye. The simple belt, the slight indentation around the bat symbol, and the black "silhouette" of the mask make Batgirl look memorable in the best possible ways.
Like other figures of its ilk, this Batgirl vinyl statue is a great piece for any collector. It's affordable at a lean $45, and it looks great sitting on your shelf alongside other Batman figures. You can order directly from Diamond, or check your local comic shop.