It's time for another selection of awesome toys. Each week we show you some cool action figures you could probably still find in stores if you're quick along with some classic ones that you might have to search online for if you haven't purchased it in the past.
This week for the current item it's Nightwing. The thing is this isn't necessarily a new Nightwing figure. But if you look, you'll see it's not just any old Nightwing.
Coming across this figure was a bit of a surprise. I actually picked it up like a month ago at a Toys 'R Us. It is the same mold of the DC Universe Classics All Star Nightwing. The surprising part is that they decided to re-color him in his "New 52" costume. Especially since it was released so far before next month's relaunch.
Upon further research, I discovered that it might technically be considered his Renegade costume. Maybe that's the case. His emblem appears to be a bit bigger in the images we've seen so far and his costume is brown instead of black. But I'm going to pretend it's his new costume.
If you wanted to pick up this repainted variant, you're going to have to search at your local Toys 'R Us since it is exclusive to them. Of course you can also find it online. Amazon has a couple in stock for just over twenty bucks. That's more than I paid but I have seen some stores selling these lines of DC action figures for between $15 and $20. Then there's always ebay. Good luck hunting. The back of the packaging is the same as the original. The image even shows him in the blue outfit.
You can see he comes with his escrima sticks. Looks like he can hold them easily, right? That's not the case. Through some packaging trickery (those clear rubber band elastic things), they are held in place. It looks a little silly with them wrapped around. But if you remove them, the hand molds are a little bigger and don't give a firm grip on them.
You can position the hands/wrists so that they stay in place if you wanted to pose the figure. Just make sure you don't bump him.
He has the normal articulation you expect from these figures. He does come with a Super Powers stand to help you display the figure. You'll have to do some maneuvering with his legs and ankles to get his to stand straight up. His battle sticks even fit into a holder on his back so you don't have to fight trying to get them to stay in his hands.
It may not be a brand new figure. Normally I've usually been bothered by new paint job variants. It's a cheap way to make a new figure instead of creating a new mold. But in some cases, like this, it can be pretty cool. Fans of Nightwing will want to add this to any others they might have (which I'll try to dig out and perhaps feature in upcoming installments).
For our classic selection, I decided to go with Jeff Smith's BONE. Comic books aren't just about superheroes and BONE was a blast to read. The figures had a good amount of detail for the time and there were a few lines in the series.
There were some variants (which you'll see below). The Smiley Bone variant actually had a different head and different colored vest. Instead of his tongue sticking out, he was showing off his fine dental work. He also came with a cigar, which is probably why they switched designs. I can't recall which came first.
Probably the most impressive figure was Kingdok, which you see to the right here. He is in scale and pretty huge compared to the others.
Kingdok is one of the few figures that still is on display in my home office (most of my other figures have been banished to storage in the garage). I did get him off ebay some years ago. Doing a search turned up one still in the box (opened but put back in)...selling for $80.
What about the other figures?
Above you can see the Hooded One with Fone Bone mask (don't ask why, just read the comic). Also you can see the differences in Smiley Bone I mentioned before.
Speaking of Smiley, there was also a rubber cow costume that you can put on him. It's not super easy but you have to admit it looks cool and comes from a classic moment in the series.
There was a Previews Exclusive of Phoney Bone as Captain Ahab. Again, if you read the comic, you know the reason ("Call me Ishmael..."). The Rat Creature was a surprise to find. He's pretty big. So big he barely fits in his packaging. But clearly not as big as Kingdok.
Then there's Gran'Ma Ben and Thorn. Thorn originally was kind of hard to find. For one, because she's a female character (and those tend to be fewer in distribution). Also she was meant to be included in the first line but was put on hold until the second.
That does it for this week. Hopefully you enjoyed the selection. BONE may not be cool enough for everyone but since it's me and Norm taking the pictures and the classic ones are coming from my collections...I get to choose them. We should have another installment next week. Let us know what you thought of these.