Tuesday, April 23, 2024


DC Multiverse - Gold Label (Target Exc) - Cassandra Cain Batgirl - McFarlane 2024

One thing I have always loved about Cassandra Cain is that she is the first Bat-female to be unmistakably badass. As a specific sub-genre of comicdom (that I am wholeheartedly obsessed with), the female characters in the Batman universe are always strong, independent, and capable. But the comics community is inundated with fanboys who think Wolverine, Deadpool, and Lobo are the pinnacle of cool. And trying to convince them that characters like Barbara Gordon were deserving of their respect was always a tough task. But then Cassandra Cain took on the mantle of Batgirl from Huntress in 1999's No Man's Land storyline and changed all that. Cass was a violent assassin with a deadly pedigree (she is the daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva). She was raised to be as lethal as possible, even foregoing verbal communication to dedicate all senses to body language. She was awesome, and her costume was cool. And she has remained as a consistent, but underused, character ever since.

Cass has changed costumes and names several times over the years (Orphan and Black Bat being two predominant alter-egos) but since 2001 she has starred in the Batgirls title alongside Stephanie Brown in her original Batgirl mantle (with a gray chest emblem). I own the three Batgirls TPBs but haven't read them yet. (But after I post this I'm going to go crack open the first volume). Fingers crossed that McFarlane gives us a Steph figure next. Let's check out Cass below!

This figure uses the Three Jokers Batgirl body with a new head and cape. 
This is why she seems taller and more mature than you might expect for the eternally small and youthful Cass.

Cass comes with a figure stand, a collector's card, and the Batarang and Grapping Hook Gun that came with the first Batgirl (Rebirth) back in 2020.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are my three favorite Bat-Ladies in this line so far: Batman Family 5-Pack Batgirl (shares Cass's body), Cassandra Cain Batgirl, and Kate Kane Batwoman.

And here are most of my Cassandra Cain figures together. From Left to Right: Coca-Cola Japan miniature (2004), Eaglemoss DC Chess (2013), Bootlego, DC Direct (2005), Eaglemoss (2009), Heroclix Black Bat, C3 Minimate (2005), McFarlane Toys (2024), Imaginext Batgirl (2020), DC Direct (2010), Heroclix Batgirl, Imaginext Black Bat (2018), Mattel DC Super-Heroes (2007), Heroclix Batgirl, Random Miniature (Cake Topper or Game Piece - from UK). I'm Missing a large DC Direct Statue and a small Kotobukiya vinyl statue that are also in my collection.


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