Collector's Corner - Red Hood

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:08:20 Europe/London

Welcome back to Collector's Corner, this week we'll be taking a look at the current incarnation of Jason Todd as the Red Hood!

Red Hood, one time alias of the Joker and the present moniker of Jason Todd, a former Robin who has miraculously come back to life after being murdered by the Clown Prince of Crime himself! Opinion is divided over the character and Jason really is the Marmite of the Batman family, you either love him or hate him. Back in 1988 fans even voted to have him killed off by phoning a premium rate number, though this may all be the work of one very dedicated fan calling he number numerous times.

In recent times Red Hood has grown to be an integral part of the Bat-family however and has even has started his own team, albeit reluctantly, with Starfire and Arsenal called the Outlaws.

When the 'Batman' set came out it was really surprising that we didn't get a Red Hood figure to complete the Bat-family, though it's now evident Wizkids wanted to give us the full Outlaws team in the 'Streets of Gotham' set.

Set: Streets of Gotham (2012)
Number: 019
Rarity: Uncommon

Red Hood

Sculpt: This is the first chance we've had to get a figure of Red Hood in his New 52 costume and I have to say I like the improvement from the 'street gang' look he used to have. The sculpt itself is an amazing recreation of Kenneth Rocafort's artwork from the 'Red Hood and the Outlaws' comic, right down to the slightly unsettling cheek bones on the red hood itself. In fact the whole figure looks like Jason has walked right off one of Rocafort's pages (The last page of Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 to be exact.)

The sculpting on Red Hood's body armour really stands out as something special, and it constantly amazes me that they can pack so much detail into such a small area. At first glance I did think the the figures legs were too thin, however looking back at the original artwork it's clear to see that whoever sculpted this piece took their inspiration from there.

 Red Hood is a no questions asked get the job done kind of hero so I'm glad they didn't go with something too flashy pose wise, rather Wizkids have kept it simple with a pose that shows he means business, plus it's always a staple of the anti-hero to not look where he's shooting right?

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Paint: Being a former protege of Batman Red Hood learnt to use shadows to his advantage and as such prefers darker colours, something we see is prevalent in the paint job on his figure. Being mainly black/grey, with a dash of brown with his jacket, means the brighter red helmet and Bat-symbol really stand out on the figure.

The helmet has been painted in a glossy paint to really make it pop from a distance and has some of the best paint work surrounding the eyes that I've seen in a long time, Wizkids have even went that extra mile and painted a black border around the white pupils that we always see on their figures.

The only negative I can find on Red Hood is with the Bat-symbol on his chest doesn't quite go all the way to the edge of his jacket which leaves some blank space where the symbol should extend to. It looks like this was applied with a transfer and could have been touched up with a little paint afterwards to fill in the extra space.

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Variants: We have seen a pre-new 52 Jason Todd/Red Hood figure before in the Crisis set, where he was wearing his aforementioned 'street gang' clothes. This pose is definitely a lot more dynamic showing the character jumping over a post box, which plays off Jasons acrobatic training as Robin, and has the character holding a much more heavy duty weapon. It could just be a side effect of the pose but this figure does seem to be out of scale to the newer releases.

The red hood itself is a lot flatter on this version of the character as well as lacking the black outline on the eye sockets from the new figure. It is still a great figure for fans of the character before the New 52 relaunch and it evokes memories of the character from the 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' animated film.

I can see a lot of modders getting their hands on the figure and reusing the post box he comes with for a neat scenery piece too.



Associates: In the New 52 Red Hood is rarely seen acting alone and is joined by his fellow Outlaws Starfire and Arsenal, both of who are present in the 'Street of Gotham' set numbered 044 and 045 respectively.

Right off the bat Starfire features one of the biggest uses of translucent plastic so far in the form of her fiery hair, which proves to be a great contrast to Red Hoods darker tones. Their ally Arsenal takes the red theme and runs with it giving us another bright character to compliment Red Hood.

Starfire is another sculpt that has been copied from Rocafort's art in 'Red Hood and the Outlaws' #1 and is on the whole a great figure that is only let down by some patchy paintwork on her face, but makes up for it by the sheer presence of a figure that big and that… on fire.

Arsenal has some really great details ranging from his arrow head belt buckle, tattoos pulled from the comic book to the logo on his cap all coming together to give us a really great representation of Roy. I'm not a fan of the gloss red paint that has been used on the figure however and a matte finish would have been better.


 

Outlaws

 Overall: Red Hood is a really great figure that brings the comics to life, you can really feel the influence of Kenneth Rocafort throughout the design, and some smart paint choices help bring out the important elements of the character. If only the Bat-symbol went across his full chest then he might have gotten a full score.

Fans of the New 52 will really want to collect the full Outlaws team, who look great on the shelf together, and are a great little 'mini-set' in 'Streets of Gotham.'

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Don't forget to come back in two weeks time when we take a look at the Super-Rare Ghost Rider figure from the Amazing Spider-Man set who looks like he drove straight outta hell!

 Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

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Paul Lightfoot

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Paul Lightfoot

posted on Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:38:13 Europe/London
Hey Gareth, yeah Red Hood is one of my favourite sculpts too and he would have gotten a perfect score if it wasn't for that bat-symbol on his chest being slightly off!
Looking forward to the Teen Titans set too, especially the team bases which will look amazing as display pieces!

Gareth Laws

posted on Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:36:29 Europe/London
Red Hood has got to be one of my favourite sculpts from the streets of gotham set. It's unfortunate that his dial doesn't match this as it is a bit unimpressive. Looking forward though to the Teen Titans set as they have a new Red Hood and the dial looks much more interesting.

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