Jason Todd is Red Hood, a vigilante anti-hero who is a member of the Batman Family and the Outlaws. Jason became the second Robin after Dick Grayson became Nightwing and Batman was in need of a new sidekick. Jason was trained by Bruce, and was his partner until his death at the hands of the Joker. He was resurrected by Talia al Ghul using the Lazarus Pit, and then trained by both the League of Assassins and the All-Caste. He eventually returned to Gotham City under the new alias Red Hood, using more lethal methods to fight crime. He is, in my opinion the DC version of the Punisher.
I hated Jason Todd as Robin. I probably spent 20.00 voting for him to Die in that Death In the Family storyline. I just could not stand him. He was an awful Robin. However years later when he died and came back as The Red Hood. I fell in love with the character. I mean all he traits and attributes that made him an awful Robin mad him a bad ass Red Hood. In fact for the last few years I find his comic book far superior to the Batman comics out there. When Diamond Select Toys announced they were making a Red Hood statue I could not wait. As you can see it is a thing of beauty all done in the comic book style that I love
First let me say the white glistening on the helmet and Bat Emblem on the chest is from the lighting I use. It does look pretty cool, but its not part of the paint as you will see in later shots. Like I stated above this is comic book style so there wont be lots of that real world detailing to cover. The helmet is a big bold red hood just like the name implies. A standard dark red as opposed to say a bright cherry red, and it matches the comics completely. You can see the sculpting as to where the ears, cheeks and mouth are would be. I really like how they kept the slight indents on the cheeks as comic or real, that’s how the hood would be built. The eyes are striking as well. Just like in the books. A deep pure black surrounds the eye holes, with a dull white in the center just like in the comics. It’s a spot on design. You can see a good shot of how well the jacket is done from this angle. The deep brown motorcycle style that Diamond Select put their special touch on as far as quality as you can see its sculpted to show the bunched up wrinkles on the shoulders as Hood has his arms outstretched. Comic or real that a great touch. You can also notice how, with the exception of the forearms, the outfit shows no skin. Its from the neck all the way down in a leather armor style outfit.
This shot gives you another sweet look at how cool this looks when its under a light as the mask and bat on the chest look like there being hit with electricity. The jacket as I stated above is designed to be wrinkled as Hood is clearly in battle in this pose. You can even see where the zipper and bottom lining are etched and sculpted into the section. Its great attention to detail. The outfit in a light almost dirty grey. The torso is slightly darker, but that’s more so due to the shadow casted by the jacket, which is yet another nice touch. You can see the ab lines in the outfit, more so as part of the armor design as well as the deep red bat insignia on his chest. It’s the same shade of bold, yet deep red that the mask has so they match perfectly. The belt in done in a black leather style with a dirty silver square buckle just like in the books. It’s the same color and look as the leather gun straps on his legs as well as the knee pads and boots. Like I keep stating its essentially a 5 color statue but the use of the posing and the colors make everything come alive. The twisting, almost getting ready to jump pose helps bring it all to life.
From the back you can see all the work that went into the leather jacket. Its completely wrinkled and bunched up throughout. You even see all the bunching of the rolled up left sleeve. It looks great, the cuffs on the jacket itself where its rolled up look fantastic. You can even see how along the waist the jacket is sticking out as Red Hoods arm is outstretched and lifted. It may be a comic style piece but it looks like its jumping off the pages. Notice the shine on the helmet as well. It looks like a huge plate of steel. I also like how the right leg just barely hangs off the base. It’s a nice action pose that shows off something a bit different.
The base itself is a dull copper colored pillar which I assume to be from a rooftop, as characters in comic books are always jumping off of roof tops. Its completely filthy with faded black markings going all the way around it to give it a dirty look. You can see from this shot how the knee of the figure is resting toward the side of the base giving it that spring into action look. I like how its such a dull base, as the character is brown, red and grey. Anything used that would have been too colorful would have taken the focus away from the Red Hood himself. This was small, dull, and a perfect choice.
This is another must own piece from Diamond Select Toys. I love the Red Hood, and this statue is a perfect likeness. It true to the comics in every sense of the word. It looks amazing with the rest of my Batman pieces on my fireplace. If you’re a fan, or a collector pick this one up today.
Overall 5out of 5 Stars!
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