PAF Vault: Red Robin – DC New 52 by McFarlane Toys

ByBass Mendoza

June 23, 2022

This bird has no fondness for cages, but he sure is joining the PAF Vault today, one of the site’s coolest features: a set of Non-Promotional Action Figure photos, so you can get a proper idea of how a figure looks, poses, and which accessories it comes with before thinking about adding it to your collection.

Red Robin is based on the design he was given during DC’s New 52 reboot, and it was released ahead of schedule in June 2022 by McFarlane Toys for its DC Multiverse line.

Red Robin (4 images)

If you’d like to see the immense amount of figures that are part of the Vault already, you can find them all HERE. And if you’d like to know a bit more about how this is the saddest figure of Tim, just keep on reading.

Dick Grayson became Robin by twisted fate, Jason Todd thanks to some looney circumstances, but it wasn’t until the time of Tim Drake that the mantle was sought after rather than simply given; he wanted it, he proved himself worthy in the eyes of Bruce and he probably was the best of them… which makes what happened to him a terrible injustice.

In the comics, the aftermath of Batman R.I.P. see’s Bruce getting “killed” by Darkseid’s Omega Sanction and Dick taking the mantle of the Caped Crusader. Grayson then proceeds to drop some major  BS on Tim, telling him that Robin is a student of Batman, while he sees him as an equal… just so he can have an excuse to strip him of his title and pass it onto Damian Wayne (Bruce’s son with Talia al Ghul), because you know, nepotism.

Being no stranger to jumping into other people’s boots (and tights, and cape) Tim then settles for the not-so-new identity of Red Robin. Now what am I talking about with not-so-new, you may ask. Turns out that RR was first seen a long time ago in another completely different continuity, more specifically the ’96 miniseries Kingdom Come, where a long time has passed by and the heroes are much older -and even elder-, and Dick Grayson is a middle-aged vigilante with a dope new suit, a mix of Batman’s and his sidekick’s red attire with yellow details -while ditching the green altogether- and calls himself (drum roll, please): Red Robin!

Later in 2007, in the multiversal storyline of Countdown to Final Crisis, among a ton load of retcons, it’s Jason Todd who takes the RR persona for a spin, before settling back into Red Hood.

So you see… as Tim is the third son, and the poor fella can never have new toys to play with, this identity was recycled by the authors and given to him, same Kingdom Come suit and all!

However… in the soft reboot of the New 52, Tim keeps the name and dons an evolved design, the one that McFarlane has chosen to turn into a figure (for some odd reason, because let’s face it, the original one is so much better), and has kept everything pretty much intact, jumping straight from the pages, winged cape and all.

Today in the comics, Tim Drake has regained the mantle of Robin and his suit is looking once more like the more traditional design we’re used to… but that’s a story for another day and another figure.