A Perfect Moment

So back in the DC Universe in the late nineties, the second Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, whooped a guy named the Silver Monkey.  He was part of the Brotherhood of the Monkey Fist, a group that didn’t take too kindly to this loss.  To redeem themselves, the group decided to kill every non-powered martial artist in the DC Universe, including not only Connor Hawke, but the entire Batman family.

One of my all time favorite comics, Nightwing #23, takes place during this story line.  It features versions of most of my favorite characters by my favorite artist, Scott McDaniel. In the story, our heroes split up to look for the parts of the Brotherhood who are hiding in Gotham.

Then this happens:

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My favorite hero, drawn in a cool pose by my favorite artist, sings a line from my favorite band, the Monkees.  Unexpected perfection! A big thank you to one of my favorite writers, Chuck Dixon, for throwing this moment in the middle of the action.

Pint Size Heroes: Captain America and the Red Skull

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Funko produces subscription boxes with exclusive content for various interests, including Marvel. Their last box featured the first Pint Size Heroes in any of the boxes, Captain America and the Red Skull. Cap comes with his WWII triangular shield. Red Skull comes with a scowl.

Unfortunately, I’m not a subscriber. So I contacted a comic shop and asked the owner if they sold the contents of the box separately. He told me that he didn’t, and that was that.

Then a few days later, the comic shop owner contacted me to say that someone came in and sold him both Cap and the Red Skull, which he then sold to me. Score!

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Mighty Minis: Beast Boy

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When I first saw the new blind bag Teen Titans Go figures, I passed.  With the over-sized heads and oddly proportioned bodies, the figures are in a completely different style from the Mighty Minis figures I’ve been collecting, and I didn’t want to start collecting a new line.

Then I got a better look at the Beast Boy as Gorilla figure.  The human Titans would have looked odd with the more normal Mighty Minis, but the simian proportions and angry face worked.  Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch, but not that much of one.  So now I have a Beast Boy (or Changeling, if you prefer) for my Mighty Minis collection.

For those of you who like to take the guess work out of blind bags, there is a code on the back of the package.  The code ending in 06 is Beast Boy.

The Lego Batman Movie: Dick Grayson

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I am approaching The Lego Batman Movie with a bit of trepidation. I love Will Arnett’s version of Batman.  I am amazed at how many Z-list villains appear in this movie (Condiment King! Really?).  And Billy Dee Williams finally gets to be Two-Face.

But then there’s my favorite character of all time, Dick Grayson.  This movie’s take is very, very different and more than a bit silly.  And somehow, his over-the-top optimistic outlook is endearing.

I picked up the Dick Grayson Lego figure from the movie’s blind bag series.  He comes with the infamous Bat Shark Repellent from the ’66 movie.  Actually, the L-shaped yellow handle is pretty easy to feel through the blind bag, so it’s easy to figure out which package has this figure.

The great thing about the Batman Family is that they work in so many radically different interpretations. And since so many versions have been so dark, I’m looking forward a new version that isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself.

Pint Size Heroes: Peanut Butter Batman

Many decades ago in an old Batman comic (see Detective Comics #241), Dick Grayson publicly hurt his arm. Batman was concerned that if Robin appeared in public with the same injury, then both their secret identities might be compromised. So, Batman wore a different colored costume each night until Robin healed.  He knew that people would be so distracted by his cleverly colored costumes that no one would notice Robin’s injury. No, really. Check for yourself.

Funko has been releasing the variously hued Batmen across their product lines, and now it is the Pint Size Heroes’ turn.

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This Batman is part of a Wal-Mart Mystery Box and is actually the only mysterious thing in the box – you get one figure per box and it could be any of the colors.  The other items in the box don’t vary.

I finally found a Mystery Box and am very happy with my wacky-colored Batman.  I actually think he’s the color of peanut butter (creamy, of course) which is one of my favorite foods.  It makes me chuckle to call him Peanut Butter Batman.  And yes, I am actively trying to get out more.

 

 

 

 

Mighty Minis: Nightwing

A few months back, I posted the newly found Red Robin mini. Included with the figure was a checklist that showed Series 3 and Series 4 with three figures and three vehicles per series.

Imagine how surprised I was to find a different series 3 containing only the six figures and no vehicles at my local Wal-Mart. Here are a few pictures of the small case holding the blind bags.

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I guess Wal-Mart decided they didn’t want the vehicles and ordered their own version of Series 3.  It does also explain the art on the big display I recently found as well.

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I picked up Nightwing and Batman Polar (as he’s referred to in the checklist).  Both are repaints of earlier figures. Their codes (an embossed code on the bottom back of the bag) are listed below.  I am assuming the codes for Batman, Red Robin, and Clayface are the same as those posted on actionfigureinsider.com since the codes on these blind bags match those of the other Series 3.  There was also a figure with an “I” code that felt bigger than the others.  I am assuming it is Killer Croc, but I didn’t buy that one.

A: Batman
B: Red Robin
C: Clayface
G: Batman Polar
H: Nightwing
I: Killer Croc

I have been eagerly anticipating this Nightwing since a promo photo surfaced earlier this year.  It’s just a repaint of the Series 1 Robin, with the exact same head, but it features the unique color scheme from the Batman Unlimited movies.  While Nightwing’s uniforms have used both blue and red separately before, this is the first time they’ve been used together, and I like the look.

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And Mattel, since I apparently will keep buying repaints of the various Robins, maybe next time you can take the ears off the Batman Beyond head, put it on the Robin body, and give us a Red Hood?  You could also use the Robin head on a Batman body and give us the Riddler. Just a few suggestions…