The Minimates world has been invaded by DC Comics. These 2-inch figures are the latest rage for comic book fans and anyone familiar with the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. And the fun continues with these two-pack sets with Robin & The Penguin, thanks to Art Asylum.
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Robin is one of the most popular and well-known sidekicks in the history of sidekicks, having fought alongside Batman. Over the years there have been many people wearing the Robin costume, the current occupant being Tim Drake. But this version is Dick Grayson, the original Robin who made short pants and pixie boots very fashionable. And nobody else could pull off wearing a red, yellow and green outfit like he did. I really like the entire look of Robin. Minimates are supposed to be fun and this is a good character to represent that. The big, panted smile of his face really displays that youthful exuberance. And with Robin, its the painted details that really make this figure come to life, from his red tunic, belt, shorts, short sleeves to his R emblem. His cape is short, made from soft, malleable vinyl. Surprisingly, it doesnt interfere at all in the movement of the figure.
The Penguin, in the meantime, is no friend of Batman and Robin having been a thorn in their sides for a very long time. I was wondering which version of Penguin would be made since he has had a variety of different suits over the years. Yes, the Penguin wears a tuxedo, top hat and monocle, calling himself the gentlemen of crime. This Minimate has him dressed in his modern, white tuxedo. I was, in some way, hoping to have the classic blue and purple outfit (as sick as that may be) since its still the one I envision the most. Maybe it will be a variant down the line. I was wondering how they were going to show the Penguins rotund figure. Art Asylum followed the Kingpins model for Marvel in creating that look for this figure. A soft plastic is molded and put over the body to complete this illusion, and it doesnt interfere at all with any movement. His painted face looks more comical than anything else showing his mean demeanour. All these Minimates are painted without a nose. This doesnt bother me at all until it came to the Penguin. His long, pointed nose is part of his trademarked look and I was sad to see that it couldnt be incorporated in some way.
These 2-inch figures are quite articulated for their size and height. Actually, the Penguin is really shorter than Robin even though they are both 2-inches high. The top hat for the Penguin is included in the overall 2-inch height. Once that comes off his head, its evident that he is half a head shorter than Robin.
Accessories included are a Batarang for Robin and one of Penguins trick umbrellas. The Batarang concerns me because it is extremely small and can get lost before you blink. Even though Robin can hold it in his hand, it doesnt stay on quite as tight as one would want.
And the fun part of Minimates is the interchangeable parts. I always love talking off the hairpieces and putting a different one on to give the character a new look. Imagine Robin with white hair still wearing his short pants costume. Yes, its very scary.
Finding these in stores can be problematic. Major retail outlets wont be carrying these items so looking for them online or specialty comic book stores is the safest bet.
Robin & the Penguin is a fun set to add to the Batman collection. Im alarmed at how much I like Robins appearance. I hope that doesnt mean I have a fetish for wearing short pants and a cape.
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Amount Paid (US$): 7.00
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens