This past summer, DC Entertainment released what has been praised by many as one of the best ‘Batman’ games of all time with ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’. The game took what its predecessors had done well, and amped it up to a whole new level to bring us the definitive Dark Knight experience! Our good friends over at DC Collectibles have been releasing several waves of action figures based on the ‘Arkham Knight’ game to bring fans more of what they want! Today we’re taking a look at one of the newest figures in the series, Nightwing!
Starting off, this figure looks great! DC Collectibles’ newest Nightwing figure here is based on the character designs from the ‘Arkham Knight’ video game, and wow did this design translate well! The sculpted details on this figure’s armor look fantastic and capture every little facet of what makes this armor effective. It’s insane just how much this figure manages to encapsulate the Nightwing character from his head all the way down to his individually sculpted boot straps. I wasn’t a big fan of the new costume design for this character in the game, but seeing it here in plastic form makes it much easier to appreciate and enjoy! Much of his armor is individually sculpted so that it’s raised up rather than one flat costume mold, and it makes a huge difference!
Like the other figures in this series, Nightwing comes packed in a five-sided box that features artwork from the ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ video game. The box notes that he is figure number five in the ‘Arkham Knight’ toyline, and showcases several other figures in the line like Robin, Catwoman, and Commissioner Gordon on the back of the package. Nightwing is safely secured inside his package with several twist ties while his accessories are perfectly fit into their display tray.
As far as accessories go, Nightwing comes packed with two sets of Escrima sticks; one set collapsed and the other extended for battle! The dual set of Escrima sticks is a really nice touch, as most previous Nightwing figures only included one set. It’s nice to see the compact smaller version for once! Unfortunately, Nightwing doesn’t actually have anywhere to store the Escrima sticks when he isn’t holding them in his hands. You will probably want to keep a close eye on them as not to lose them when he isn’t holding them!
As with many of their more recent releases, DC Collectibles has really stepped up their game with this new Nightwing figure in terms of articulation. DC Collectibles has always excelled when it came to quality sculpts, but until recently articulation was rarely their strong point. With the new ‘Arkham’ line, this looks to have changed entirely, as Nightwing is one of the best articulated figures to grace the shelves in recent memory from this team. Nightwing features double jointed elbows and knees, a mid-ab swivel (although no ab-crunch, sadly), waist swivel, boot swivel, ankle rockers, ball joint legs and shoulders, thigh and shoulder swivels, a ball joint neck, and wrist swivels. Thanks to all of this articulation, Nightwing has a wide range of motion and can be posed in an extensive number of action poses for display.
One thing that really stands out about this figure is just how completely it brings the Nightwing character to life in plastic form. His physicality is toned well, giving him a slim but toned appearance rather than a bulky overly muscular one. Especially when you look at him against some of the previous Nightwing figures in the ‘Arkham’ lines from previous games, this one truly blows the rest away to give us a definitely great Nightwing for our collections.
When you look at this figure’s nearly flawless design, combined with exceptional articulation, you end up with what is easily one of the best Nightwing figures released to date. Overall, the ‘Arkham Knight’ Nightwing figure from DC Collectibles is a great piece for any Batman or Nightwing fan’s collection. If you don’t have a Nightwing figure yet (or could use another one!), be sure to pick up the ‘Arkham Knight’ Nightwing from DC Collectibles!