DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series Scarecrow action figure review
The folks over at DC Collectibles have been churning out some absolutely amazing action figures based on Batman: The Animated Series over the past few years. With phenomenal sculpts, spot-on likenesses, and a plethora of accessories, this has fast become one of the best toy lines out there.
With a new wave of figures, DC Collectibles continue in the fine reputation they’ve made for themselves, and they’ve been kind enough to send us a few pieces for review. First up is the master of scares himself, the Scarecrow. It’s based on the “straw hair” look he had for most of the series’ run, not on the first kind of goofy bulbous-head design, nor on the crazy creepy New Batman Adventures look (which already has its own figure).
Right up front: I love this action figure. Measuring around six and a half inches in height, this plastic rendering of the despicably evil Dr. Jonathan Crane looks like it jumped right off the TV screen.
Is that a cliched phrase? Probably. Do I care? Definitely not.
The blister pack the figure comes in is nice and sturdy, with all of the contents easily viewable. There’s a sticker stating that the package contains 6 pieces, which isn’t accurate: if we’re counting the preassembled figure as one piece and the loose accessories individually, that’s only five pieces; however, if we count every interchangeable piece along with Crane’s body (two heads, four hands, sickle, and body), that’s 8 pieces. It’s not a big deal, but I felt the need to mention it.
Besides that the rest of the packaging is great. I really like the “SCARECROW” printed in large script on the side, as well as the figure’s sculptor being prominently displayed. The backing board is simply the iconic Batman: The Animated Series silhouette in red, but man does it look cool.
A basic character sheet is included that shows other figures in the series, as well as well instructions for removing hands and heads. The Scarecrow figure is secured with a twist tie about the waist and plastic about the ankles to hold it in place, while the accessories are in form-fitting molds in the plastic.
At first glance this figure looks pretty simple, as it only comes with a single accessory besides the extra head and two additional hands. That’s kind of what makes it so great, though, because the Scarecrow has a design that’s free of clutter. The construction of his hat is solid (I love the lopsided brim), as is the “baggy” look of his mask. I love the slight ruffling at the collar, and the nice little “tears” that make it look like his mask is made from a burlap sack.
Crane’s unmasked head is equally impressive, with well-sculpted hair and a nefarious sneer that’s oh-so-punchable. He has four hands: a right hand that is in an open grip for the sickle, a left hand that’s clenched in a fist, and a pair of hands that are held open. They pop in and out of the wrist sockets and have a decent range of articulation, making it easy to capture some pretty cool poses.
While I do wish the figure came with another accessory or two (say, some beakers or a canister of fear gas), the sickle looks really good and fits in Crane’s hand easily. The way the long, thin weapon slides into Crane’s grip provides some great inspiration for contorting his equally thin, wiry form into a variety of poses.
True to the Animated Series style, the costume is simple, but no less impressive. Besides some stitching here and there, there’s not an awful lot of extraneous detail, so sculptor Irene Matar’s texturing is used to render the design in three dimensions. The way the costume bunches about Crane’s torso looks great, as do the bits of rope at his ankles and wrists.
There isn’t a stand included like with previous figures, and his small feet and thin legs make it a little difficult to get the Scarecrow to stand on his own. The super-posable hip and knee joints make finding a workable stance a fun exercise, though.
Overall, this is a great figure. What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality, with a terrific sculpt and clean paint application. You can purchase the figure directly from the DC store, where it retails for $29.99. That is a tad pricey, but I’m sure you can find it somewhere for around twenty bucks, which is more reasonable. No matter which way you go, though, it’s a great piece for fans of comics, the Animated Series, and Batman in general.