Watchmen's Modern Nite Owl
By Hervé St-Louis Feb 21, 2009 - 11:11
The modern Nite
Owl action figure is based on the movie version of the character
appearing in the comic book series
The Watchmen published by DC Comics in 1986-7
created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Retired socialite Dan Dreiberg is the
second Nite Owl and a man who can only find fulfilment in life when he dresses
up as a super hero. He created the owl ship used by him and other super heroes
to travel the world. This is the first Nite owl action figure, as unlike other
characters such as Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre, visuals of an action figure
were never released to the public.
Of course, this action figure is based on the Watchmen film which
features a modernized costume for Nite Owl. His costume seems to be made of a
mesh material mimicking feathers. Nit Owl is also combines features from the
comic book Nite owl but also the Post Crisis Owl Man from the Crime Syndicate.
His feathery cape is straight from Gibbons’ design, while his helmet is
reminiscent of the Owlman.
James Schoop, Owlman is a great classically build action figure. Unlike the Rorschach
action figure, he is easily posable and can stand on his own without an action
figure stand. He is also not built into a specific pose, limiting his usage. He
has one feature which I find interesting. His neck cowl also covers his neck,
but still allows his head to rotate freely. If I have a complaint about this
toy, it’s the removable crescent that’s attached to his belt. It falls off
often and doesn’t remain in his hands easily. Nite owl is considerably taller
Watchmen action figure, Nit Owl cost me 40% more than previous DCDirect action
figures. This is something that I find appalling and a cheap opportunity for
DCDirect and retailers to gauge their customers.