Saturday, March 16, 2024

The New Batman Adventures - BATGIRL '66!

The New Batman Adventures - Batgirl (Platinum Edition) - McFarlane 2024

McFarlane Toys' Platinum Editions are a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can get really cool variants of your favorite characters. Oftentimes it's just a subtle repaint that isn't necessarily crucial for your collection but adds nice variety if you want to hunt one down. But on the flip side, if you do want to hunt one down, these chases can be extremely hard to come by. Interestingly, the Platinum variants that I have no interest in seem to show up everywhere. But on the scarce occasions when I want one, I usually have to resort to eBay and overpay. I received some insider information that this current TNBA wave won't be carried in many (if any) stores, but is readily available on most online shops right now. I ordered several but got no chases so I had to buy her directly from a reseller. I never would have imagined a Batgirl from The New Batman Adventures in a Batgirl '66 Yvonne Craig deco, but it's a really cool variant that I'm now obsessed with. Let's check her out below!

This figure is awesome and the colors are subtle but impressive. The base color of her bodysuit and cowl could definitely be brighter or more distinctly purple. As-is, it looks more navy blue (or maybe a really really dark purple). The brighter gloves and boots give the illusion that the whole figure is purple, but imo the bodysuit color is off. Overall she still looks great though.

Batgirl comes with ten hands (there are more left hands than right - specially-sculpted for weapons), a figure stand with three pieces, and three small weapons (two batarangs and a grappling hook?). Sorry the photo is so dark.

This figure has the same engineering and basic sculpt as the 2015 TNBA Batgirl from DC Collectibles.

In lieu of a Collect-to-Build figure like the other waves in this series, this wave comes with a fake (reproduction) animation cel. It's in a white cardboard frame and seems to have a clear piece of plastic in front of the image imitating a protective sleeve. While this is a quality product, it pales in comparison to a Collect-to-Build piece.

If you Google for images of a Bruce Timm Batgirl in a Yvonne Craig '66 outfit, you will find tons of original fan art and fan-recolors of Bruce's work. But the one real item I could find was this 2016 Fan Expo Exclusive reprint of Batman Adventures #12 containing the reprinted contents of the infamous 1993 issue (featuring the first comic appearance of Harley Quinn) with a new Bruce Timm homage cover showing Harley, Batgirl, and Ivy in their live-action designs. I honestly don't think this image had anything to do with the production of this toy, but it's a fun reference.

Time for some Comparison Pics!

Here is the 2024 BTAS Batgirl along with the 2024 BTAS Batgirl Platinum Editon.

And here is the Platinum Batgirl with the Batman '66 Batgirl from last year.


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