REVIEW: DC UNIVERSE SIGNATURE SERIES RED HOOD
One of the things I've enjoyed about the DC Universe Classics line was its willingness to do rather obscure characters from time to time. Look, I have nothing against Superman or Batman, and I'm sincerely pleased that they are part of the DCUC line, since it just wouldn't be the DC Universe without them, but it's not like there's been any shortage of Superman or Batman figures over the years.
But Jonah Hex? Kamandi? Metamorpho? Hourman? B'wana Beast!?? Sodam Yat??! No offense to their fans, but not exactly A-list players, if you know what I mean. And not exactly much in the way of previous action figure incarnations, either. And yet they are present as well.
The DC Universe Signature Series, delivering roughly one figure per month, can't reach quite that far into the obscure. Nevertheless, it has given us some characters that fans certainly appreciate, such as Elongated Man, Larfleeze, and the Golden Age Flash, among others, that are most welcome parts of a growing DC Universe collection.
And then we come to the Red Hood. And here we have a character that is not so much obscure per se, as -- complicated, both in his Red Hood identity, and as far as his real name, Jason Todd, is concerned. And on top of that, this figure represents a version of the Red Hood that I was not familiar with. In fairness, I don't follow the Batman titles all that closely. But I still ended up having to ask around a bit.
Let's consider the history of the Red Hood, and of Jason Todd, and then have a look at this figure.
The Red Hood first appeared in Detective Comics #168 "The Man Behind the Red Hood" (February 1951). In the original continuity, the man later known as the Joker was a master criminal going by the alias of the Red Hood. His costume consisted of a large domed red helmet and a red cape. While attempting to rob a chemical plant, his men were dispatched and then he was suddenly cornered on a catwalk by Batman. Left with no alternatives, he dove into a catch basin for the chemicals and swam to freedom, surviving because of a special breathing apparatus built into the helmet. The toxins in the vat permanently discolored him, turning his hair green, his skin white and his lips red. Upon discovering this, he went insane and adopted the persona of the Joker.
In "Batman: The Killing Joke", Alan Moore wrote an alternative origin of the Joker, and thus the Red Hood. The man who would become the Joker is portrayed as a former chemical engineer, now a struggling stand-up comedian with a pregnant wife. He is approached by the Red Hood gang who wanted him to lead them through the chemical plant he once worked at so they can rob the card factory next door. He accepts in order to make enough money to start a better life for his family. The gang gives him the costume of the Red Hood, which has been worn by many men before. This way, the gang is able to falsely identify the Red Hood as their leader on all crimes they perform when things go wrong.
Tragically, on the day of the proposed robbery, police inform him that his wife died in a freak accident. He attempts to back out of the robbery, but the gang strong-arms him into keeping his commitment. During the robbery, the plant's security men spot the intruders and shoot the other criminals dead. The engineer tries to flee, but Batman appears and corners him on the plant's catwalk. Terrified, he jumps off the catwalk into the chemical basin to escape. As in the previous origin story, he goes insane after discovering what the chemicals have done to his face and becomes the Joker. The Joker himself is reluctant to admit that this iteration of his story is definitive, stating: "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another... if I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"
A retroactive continuity change appears between the Batman #450-451 story line "The Return of the Joker" and the graphic novel one-shot "Batman: The Man Who Laughs". In The Return of the Joker, the Joker resurfaces after apparently being killed at the end of the Batman: A Death in the Family storyline. In this story, the Joker rummages through his belongings, finds the Red Hood costume and wears it for a robbery in order to regain his confidence and become the Joker again. The Man Who Laughs is a retelling of the first appearance of the Joker, a few months after the Red Hood's plunge into the chemicals, tying the story into both Batman: Year One and The Killing Joke. In this story, Batman is in possession of the Red Hood costume, presumably having discovered it on the banks where the Joker washed up after his swim in the chemical basin.
So this establishes the character name of the Red Hood. However, this figure is not representative of the pre-Joker version of the character. Rather, this Red Hood is Jason Todd, and here we come to the other convoluted section of the origin.
Jason Todd was essentially a creation of necessity. When the first Robin, Dick Grayson, abandoned the role to become Nightwing, feeling he had matured past the point of being a sidekick, a new Robin was needed. One was created, essentially cut from the same cloth as Grayson. Todd was even a circus performer, as Grayson had been, and suffered the tragic loss of his parents. While a decent enough character, there wasn't that much that separated him conceptually from his predecessor.
Though initially popular, following a revamping of his origin by Max Allan Collins, the Jason Todd version of Robin as written by Jim Starlin was not well received by fans.
Following the revamp, Jason Todd is recast as a young street orphan who first encounters the Dark Knight while attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile in Crime Alley. Jason, the son of Willis and Catherine Todd, lives on the East end of Gotham, in the Park Row district called Crime Alley. Todd's mother was a drug addict who died of an overdose some time before he began living on the street. His father Willis was working as hired muscle for Two-Face and had disappeared suspiciously following a botched assignment. Bruce Wayne sees to it that Todd is placed in a school for troubled youths which turns out to be Ma Gunn's School for Crime. Jason earns the mantle of Robin a short while later by helping Batman apprehend the gang of thieves. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume until six months of training. Batman notes that while Todd doesn't possess Dick Grayson's natural athleticism and acrobatic skills, he can become a productive crimefighter by channeling his rage. He also believes that if he doesn't help the boy, Todd will eventually become part of the "criminal element."
In the revamp period, Todd is portrayed as the "rebel" Robin. He is prone to defying Batman's orders, sometimes to success (bringing in Scarecrow singlehandedly) and sometimes failure (botching a raid on a drug lab by jumping the gun too soon).
The most controversial moment prior to his death occurred in Batman #424. It involved a serial rapist named Felipe Garzonas, who escapes prosecution due to his father's diplomatic immunity. One of his victims, a girl named Gloria, hangs herself amid the threat of a third rape from Felipe. Todd discovers her and makes a beeline for Felipe, ahead of Batman, who arrives just in time to see Felipe take a 22-story fall to his death, with Todd as Robin at the edge of the balcony. Todd maintains "I guess I spooked him. He slipped." This highlights an earlier exchange in Batman #422 where he uses excessive force on a pimp about to slash one of his working girls and Todd asks Batman if it "would've been such a big loss if I had (killed him)?" Whether Todd pushed the rapist from the roof is never known.
In Batman #425, the Dynamic Duo is challenged by Felipe's father when he kidnaps Commissioner Gordon in retaliation for his son's death. Batman is instructed to meet the kidnappers at a city junkyard and to bring Robin. Batman does not wish to involve Todd and keeps this information from him. However, Robin senses something is wrong and hides in the Batmobile's trunk as Batman heads to the junkyard. There, Batman is unable to reach Gordon, surrounded by Garzonas' men, and Todd intervenes, saving Batman from a close call. Machine gunfire breaks out and Gordon is wounded in the arm. All of the henchmen die, and Garzonas is finally crushed by a pile of junk cars. Batman speaks to Todd of consequences to actions while the boy stares at the dead and the wounded Gordon for a moment before walking off.
In 1988, Batman editor Dennis O'Neil suggested that an audience might be attracted to the comics by being offered the opportunity to influence the creative process. Settling on the idea of telephone poll (this was pre-internet) via a 1-900 number, O'Neil had decided due to discussions with DC Comics president Jenette Kahn that the poll should not be wasted on something insignificant. O'Neil settled on using the poll to determine the fate of the new Robin. O'Neil said, "The logical candidate was Jason because we had reason to believe that he wasn't that popular anyway. It was a big enough stunt that we couldn't do it with a minor character." Even though Jason Todd was unpopular with readers, O'Neil could not decide what to do with the character, so he opted to present the choice to the readership.
The vote was set up in the four-part story "A Death in the Family" that was published in Batman #426–429 in 1988. At the end of Batman #427, Todd was beaten by the Joker and left to die in an explosion. The inside back cover of the issue listed two 1-900 numbers that readers could call to vote for the character's death or survival. Within the 36-hour period allotted for voting, the poll received 10,614 votes. The verdict in favor of the character's death won by a slim margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271, although in later years there has been some controversy regarding the discovery that a large number of the "death" calls came from a single individual. The following issue of Batman, issue 428, was published featuring Todd's death.
Years later, while trying to discover the identity of a mysterious figure plotting against him (which turns out to be Hush), Batman discovers that the third Robin, Tim Drake, who had met with far greater acceptance among the readers, has been kidnapped. When he confronts the kidnapper, he discovers, much to his surprise, that the kidnapper is apparently an adult Jason Todd, standing at his own desecrated grave site. Batman subdues this mystery "Jason" and discovers that it is only Clayface impersonating Todd, concluding that "Jason's" greater physical age was to hide the flaws in Clayface's impersonation by allowing him to partially mimic Nightwing's combat skills; duplicating Drake's movements wouldn't work as his movements were too familiar, but Batman's less regular contact with Nightwing would make him unsure. However, Todd's body is missing from its grave.
It is later revealed that Todd had indeed died at the hands of the Joker. However, as part of the "Infinite Crisis" storyline, it is discovered that when Superboy-Prime inadvertently alters reality from the paradise dimension in which he is trapped — his punches against the barrier keeping him from the rest of the universe causing temporal ripples — Todd is restored to life, breaks out of his coffin, and is eventually hospitalized; having wandered so far from his grave before his discovery, no connection was ever drawn between the two events, with groundskeepers covering up the disturbed grave rather than report it. Todd never turns up on any missing persons reports, as he was never really "missing", nor can he be identified since no prints are on file for him. After spending a year in a coma and subsequently another year as an amnesiac vagrant after escaping the hospital, he is taken by Talia al Ghul after a small-time crook recognizes him as Robin due to his combat skills on the street.
Talia took Todd in out of her love for Batman, while her father, Ra's al Ghul, was interested in the secret behind his resurrection. The League of Assassins tracked and eliminated everyone in Gotham who knew of Todd's resurrection to prevent Batman from finding out. They also interrogated the Joker's henchmen who were with him during Todd's murder, in hopes to find out how the boy could have survived. Talia later restored Todd's health and memory by immersing him in a Lazarus Pit and helped him escape the house of al Ghul.
Using the money from Talia and infuriated by her statement that he "remains unavenged", Todd paid a group of mercenaries to help him return to Gotham. Upon arriving, he enacts a plan to get revenge on Batman, who he blamed for his death.
He creates a false arms trafficking of advanced military arsenal, knowing that Batman would respond. This provides Jason an opportunity to plant a bomb beneath the Batmobile while Batman is on a stakeout for the arms deal. Batman enters the car and is at Jason's mercy, detonator in hand. However, Todd realizes that his former mentor would never know about his return nor the identity of his killer. Todd decides to kill Batman directly by traveling across the globe in search of a similar, yet deadlier type of training as Bruce received to prepare for that day.
For years, Todd learns various skills from various masters, assassins, mercenaries, and aviators around the globe, including guns, poisons and antitoxins, martial arts, acrobatics, and bomb-making. Upon learning that the man training him in lethal combat is also the leader of a child slave ring, Jason frees the latest group of children and takes them to a local embassy, then returns to the training compound and poisons his new mentor for his crimes. Upon being questioned by Talia, Todd says it was not murder but rather that he "...put down a reptile."
During his journey, Jason discovers that Batman has replaced him as Robin with another boy named Timothy Drake, which further torments him. He also learns that the man teaching him bomb-making is involved in a Russian mafia-backed deal meant to push the resources of British law enforcement away from mob crime and onto Jihadi terrorism with a framed bombing plot. Todd manages to hunt down the gang and safely detonate the bombs. Ironically, the only surviving member of the gang offers Jason the possibility of a large government payday in exchange for his life, because he knows where a very wanted man is. That wanted man turns out to be the Joker.
After learning of the Joker's arms deal in Los Angeles for another terrorism plot, Jason begins to stalk the villain as a masked assassin. After successfully capturing the Joker (who fails to recognize him), Jason contemplates burning him alive after dousing him with gasoline. However, Jason realizes that he does not simply want the Joker to die, but desires to punish both him and Batman. Jason spares the Joker and decides to wait for the right opportunity. Jason also admits to Talia that he has already deduced that the reason she finances his training is to stall him from killing Batman, but he has no desire to kill his former mentor anymore. Talia then gives Todd the idea to be the Batman that Gotham needs. Jason Todd enters into a pact with Hush and the Riddler. He confirms to Hush that the Riddler is correct that Bruce Wayne is Batman. As Hush, Riddler, and Jason collaborate, Jason initially confronts Batman at his own gravesite. Jason then switches places with Clayface in order to observe Batman from afar. When Batman expresses no remorse for sparing the Joker's life after the second Robin was killed, Todd is further angered and takes up his murderer's original mantle of the Red Hood. After she initiated a takeover of Kord Industries for him, Talia gives Jason a flame dagger and a red helmet as gifts, and they become his signature weapon and mask.
Shortly after the events of "War Games" and just before "War Crimes", Jason Todd reappears in Gotham City as the Red Hood. He hijacks a shipment of Kryptonite from Black Mask, and in the midst of a battle with Batman, Nightwing, and Mr. Freeze, the Red Hood gives them the Kryptonite back, and tells them he has gotten what he truly wanted: a "lay of the land." Shortly afterward, the Red Hood finds the Joker and beats him with a crowbar just as the Joker had beaten Jason. Despite the violence of the beating, Jason spares the Joker, intending to use him later against Batman.
The Red Hood assumes control over several gangs in Gotham City and repeatedly comes to blows with Batman. A Robin mask is found in the Batmobile, which never belonged to Dick or Tim, but is of the style that Todd wore as Robin, suggesting that he'd been stalking Batman. After their encounter in the cemetery, Batman becomes obsessed with the possibility of resurrection from the dead, and seeks advice from allies such as Superman and Green Arrow, both of whom have died and returned to life. Around this time, Batman discovers that Jason's coffin has always been empty, and he begins to question whether or not Todd had actually died.
Acting on his obsession with Tim Drake, Todd breaks into Titans Tower to confront the new Robin. Wearing an altered version of his own Robin costume, Todd quickly immobilizes the other Titans and strikes Drake down. He demands that Drake tell him if he is really as good as Todd has been told. Drake says "Yes" and passes out. As he leaves, he tears the 'R' emblem from Drake's chest, though later admitting that Drake has talent. Todd is also left wondering if perhaps he would have been a better Robin and better person had he a life like Drake's and friends like the Titans.
Todd resurfaces following the "One Year Later" period, patrolling the streets of New York City as a murderous version of Nightwing. However, Jason shows no intention of giving up the Nightwing persona when confronted by Dick Grayson, and continues to taunt Grayson by wearing the costume and suggesting that the two become a crime-fighting team.
Jason Todd resumes his persona as the Red Hood and appears in several issues of "Green Arrow" as part of a gun-running organization, which brings Batman to Star City. Jason's true motives are shown in the third part as he kidnaps Mia Dearden in an effort to dissolve her partnership with Green Arrow, feeling that they are kindred spirits, cast down by society and at odds with their mentors. The two fight while Todd discusses the insanity of heroes for placing child sidekicks in danger. Mia is deeply troubled by the discussion, but ultimately decides to remain with Green Arrow.
At the start of Countdown, Todd rescues a woman from Duela Dent — the Jokester's daughter. After a Monitor shoots and kills Duela, he attempts to kill Jason, but is stopped by a second Monitor. This second Monitor apologizes to Jason before they both disappear, leaving Jason alone with Duela's body. Later, at Duela's funeral, Jason hides until all of the Teen Titans have left except Donna Troy. Jason tells her what happened the night of Duela's death, and about the dueling Monitors. He knows that both he and Donna Troy have come back from the dead, even already deducing that his resurrection has something do with Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s plans during Infinite Crisis, and wonders which of them is next on the Monitor's hit list. The two are then attacked by the Forerunner, but before she can kill them, the apologetic Monitor stops her, and recruits Jason and Donna for a mission through the Multiverse.
A teaser image released to promote Countdown showed a figure resembling Red Robin among assembled heroes in poses symbolic of their roles in the series. After a series of contradictory statements about this figure, executive editor Dan DiDio firmly stated in the July 2007 DC Nation column that the figure is Jason Todd. The Red Robin costume, originally designed by Alex Ross for the 1996 Kingdom Come limited series and worn by the Earth-51 Dick Grayson, is seen in Countdown to Final Crisis #16 in the Earth-51 Batman's base of operations; it is revealed that Earth-51 became the peaceful world it is because the Batman of this Earth killed all the supervillains after his Jason was killed by the Joker. In issue #14, Jason dons the Red Robin suit—described by Earth-51's Batman as something he was going to give Todd's counterpart when he was older—and goes into battle alongside Earth-51 Batman. During a battle with a group of Monarch's soldiers, Earth-51 Batman is killed by the Ultraman of Earth-3, deeply affecting Jason.
Later, during the "Batman R.I.P." storyline, Drake asks Todd to come to the Batcave, where Batman has left a Last Will and Testament statement for him. After hearing the statement in private, Todd prepares to leave, not revealing what he was told, although he does pause before his old costume and the tattered remains of Batman's, he is clearly sad.
It is later revealed in "Battle for the Cowl" that Wayne's last words to Jason were of regret at how he had obviously overlooked the young man's deep emotional problems, and how it was a mistake to ever make him Robin. His message goes on to plead that Todd get psychiatric help, a notion that the latter rejects.
In the second story arc of Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison and Philip Tan, Todd retakes the mantle of the Red Hood after losing his bid to become the new Batman to Grayson. With the goal of making the very concept of Batman obsolete, he puts a lot of effort into public relations: he drastically alters his Red Hood costume to look more like a traditional superhero outfit, recruits his own sidekick, Scarlet, and uses Twitter to report on his crime-fighting activities. In their war on crime, Red Hood and Scarlet freely kill criminals, villains, and anyone who gets in their way, even the police. He leaves behind a calling card which states "let the punishment fit the crime." He describes his vendetta against Grayson as "the revenge of one crazy man in a mask on another crazy man in a mask."
Todd is characterized as increasingly unstable and his idea of "finishing off" Batman and Robin now consists of stripping them down to their underwear and exposing their identities via webcam activated by a phone poll (a nod by Morrison to his own death poll).
Grayson offers to rehabilitate Todd who, in a moment of clarity, tells Grayson it's too late for him, and how he tried to be what Batman wanted, "but this world... this dirty, twisted, cruel and ugly dungheap had... other plans for me." Todd is arrested by Gordon who informs him that the reason he has always worked with Batman is that Batman never violates the law "where it counts".
Jason files an appeal to be moved from Arkham Asylum where he's been held for observation for the last several months. Bruce Wayne as Batman visits him there to inform Jason he's in Arkham for his own protection. Jason points out he's passed all the psychological tests repeatedly and there is no reason to keep him in what he calls Batman's "kennel of freaks". Jason is transferred to a Gotham prison and upon his arrival, the suicide rate spikes amongst top incarcerated crime figures there. Several homicides occur due to many botched attempts on Jason's life by inmates with a grudge against the Red Hood's tactics. Jason escalates things further by poisoning the cafeteria, killing 82 and sickening 100 more inmates. He is immediately transferred back to Arkham but is broken out of the paddy wagon by a group of mercenaries. The mercs reveal they are under orders to bring Jason to the person that hired them and that he is in no danger. Jason breaks free and fights them off all the same as Batman and Robin arrive. Ultimately, Red Hood rescues Scarlet and escapes. Batman and Robin attempt to chase him, but Red Hood tells them that he planted bombs over Gotham City months ago. Scarlet desires to stay with Red Hood as his partner. Red Hood and Scarlet head towards an unknown destination.
So, how's the figure? Very cool, but it did present me with another mystery. As I said, I hadn't followed the Batman comics all that closely. I was certainly aware of certain elements. I had read the stories, years ago, where Jason Todd was killed. I was aware that he had been brought back and had taken on the role of the Red Hood. However, on those occasions when I had encountered him, most notably in the "Countdown" storyline, Todd had been dressed in a black leather jacket, jeans, and a simple red mask over his eyes. I tend to be of the opinion that this is how Jason Todd as the Red Hood is most familiar to fans, as well.
So, where'd this figure with the more traditional "Red Hood" helmet and the super-suit come from? I was certain that Mattel hadn't just made it up. They wouldn't do that. As it turned out, after asking around a bit, this is Jason Todd in his Red Hood guide during the Grant Morrison run, when he was trying to pass himself off as a more typical super-hero, complete with a public relations campaign to make Batman look obsolete by comparison. Todd only wore this costume for a handful of issues, which is likely how I missed it.
There's been some controversy in the collecting community over this figure. While many fans have no problem with the idea of a Red Hood figure, they're just not convinced that it should've been this Red Hood. Most would've liked to have seen the jacket-and-jeans version.
I can see their side of it. One might then ask, so why was this version chosen? I can only guess at Mattel's reasons, but I suspect they were largely economical. The basic body molds used for this figure are readily available, and having been used for a great many figures across the DC Universe line, have certainly paid for themselves by now.
It's been argued that the jacket-and-jeans version could've been produced using the jacket molds from either Mister Terrific or Animal Man, or even most of the body molds from the non-Golden Age, non-Legion Starman figure. I suppose that's true, but here, we might have a problem of availability. Molds sometimes are damaged or go missing. It happens.
Ultimately, the figure is what it is, and it is a legitimate likeness of the modern Red Hood, and speaking from a personal standpoint, I welcome the consistency this line has had in using a regular set of molds when possible. I'm not going to complain.
The headsculpt is interesting. It's basically a smooth red cylinder with a domed top. Whether this made it an easier or more difficult sculpt I really couldn't say offhand. I will say that it's so consistent across its entire perimeter that it makes the fact that the head does have articulation, that it does in fact turn, almost a pointless bit of articulation for the first time ever on a DC Universe figure.
It's been painted very neatly in a gloss red. Some might wonder how the Red Hood can see out of this. It was revealed in the very first Red Hood story, back in the 1950's, that the helmet has two mirrored, red-tinted lenses in the front, that somehow reflect the color of the rest of the hood, making the entire thing seem solid and featureless.
Interestingly, comparing the figure's head to other DC Universe figures, this helmet has to be an almost impossibly tight fit. It might've helped if it had just a slightly larger diameter. I mean, no wonder Jason Todd is considered unstable. Stuff anybody's head into something this tight-fitting and they'd go a bit nuts in rather short order, I would think.
The costume does have the look of a fairly traditional super-suit, although whether it would be interpreted as that of a hero or villain is debatable -- which I suspect was very much the point behind the design of it. Drop the weird cylindrical hood, and just study the costume itself, and it could really go either way.
The costume is largely white -- molded for the figure as an exceptionally pale gray, but it's not uncommon for Mattel to tone down particularly intense colors a bit here and there -- with black. Most of the suit is white. Red Hood is also wearing black gloves, high black boots that come up above the knees at an angle, and there is a black, somewhat triangular shape on his chest that tapers down to a point about halfway down his abdomen.
In the center of this black shape on his chest is an emblem that vaguely resembles a stylized red skull with fangs. And no, I don't believe it's a nod to Captain America's arch enemy. Wrong Red Skull. Wrong company, for that matter. Rather, the emblem looks somewhat similar, although I don't think it's exact, to an emblem that has sometimes been used by Ra's al Ghul -- which makes sense given the details of Jason Todd's return to the land of the living and his subsequent adventures.
This detail does lend a certain added level of sinister to the Red Hood costume. I mean, he's pretending or trying to be a super-hero, but what's up with that emblem? Not the most heroic-looking thing in the world.
Red Hood is also wearing a long black cape, with a high collar that extends around the entire perimeter of the base of the hood. The cape is very neatly made and has been given a sculpt that allows it to drape well, with appropriate folds.
Although the figure uses mostly the same heroic make body molds as many DC Universe figures, there are a few new parts. The head and cape are obviously new, but so are the lower arms. Red Hood's gloves are quite distinctive, with angled ridges on them. These have been sculpted into the figure, and as such, I believe the lower arms to be entirely new. I don't recall seeing this design of glove on anyone else previously.
Red Hood comes with two accessories -- two bright red pistols that he uses in his work. An illustration that I was shown of the Red Hood clearly shows him brandishing these pistols, so I'm pleased they were included. Obviously, the color is more than a bit unusual, but there's so much black and white on this figure, I can see why he'd want to add a bit more color, even to his weaponry. And it certainly makes them noticeable.
Overall, paintwork on the figure is excellent. The point on the upper legs where the boots cross the upper leg swivel joint does reveal a white "line" where the black paint didn't "sink in" quite far enough, but this is an extremely minor point on an otherwise excellent figure, and is certainly remedied easily enough for those with some black paint, a fine brush, and a steady hand.
Of course, the figure is superbly articulated. Red Hood is poseable at the head, arms, upper arm swivels, elbows, wrists, mid-torso, waist, legs, upper leg swivels, knees, and ankles.
So, what's my final word? Okay, so this isn't the best known or most common version of the Red Hood. It's still an entirely legitimate version of the Red Hood, and it makes for an excellent figure. I'm pleased that Mattel is continuing to bring us some of these "lesser lights" in the Signature Series. There's plenty more such characters that can be done, and I hope they will be. Meanwhile, Red Hood makes a very impressive addition to the segment within this collection of Batman's adversaries. If you're any sort of Bat-fan, I am confident you will enjoy this figure.
The DC UNIVERSE SIGNATURE SERIES figure of the RED HOOD definitely has my highest recommendation!