Don Santiago Vargas!
One Bad-ass Action Figure!
|El Gaucho de Argentina|
Man, that Grant Morrison can spin a good yarn. All the cowpokes here at the Flying Batmobile Ranch finish their daily chores and settle ’round the campfire for a reading of BATMAN INC. One of the reasons his books are so popular with the boys is the fact that it includes one of our all-time favorite Batman stories, “The Batmen of All Nations”. Basically, the conceit of the Fifties Batman story was that Batman inspired crimefighters world wide to adopt similar methods. Great Britain was protected by The Knight, Italy had The Legionary, etc. On two occasions, these crime busters gathered with Batman to tear it up internationally. Grant Morrison revisited this idea, expanding upon the team by adding the Native American Batman and Robin, and having them all represent Batman in his BATMAN, INC. concept.
|Chief Man-of-Bats, El Gaucho, and The Knight|
DC Direct definitely stepped up to the plate and delivered an impressive first wave of BATMAN INC figures. Sadly, DC Direct was known for dropping concepts after a first run and there were no other BATMAN INC figures. We’ve come to the table with this Cowboy Crimefighter to step it up.
|Two great MATTEL action figures were used to make one great El Gaucho!|
Just as Black Bat was an easy modification of a MATTEL DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS figure, we went back to MATTEL for outstanding sculpts of street clothes. Our design goal was Yanick Paquette’s depiction of El Gaucho from BATMAN INC #3. Other artists had given El Gaucho a deisgn similar to El Mariachi, which is from Mexico. We really liked the rugged look of Paquette’s figure: Wealthy Don Santiago would shrug off his finery for a leather jacket, work boots, and a simple mask to kick some Sombrero ass. Our figure is the MATTEL Jack Knight Starman with the sleeves and modified jacket of the Mister Terrific figure.
|Who should be the next member to join the team?|