Sculpting - Batman ***;
Mr. Freeze **1/2
While the work on both figures is generally good, they do suffer from
issues of proportion and scale, internal and external.
At first glance, I really liked
Batman. He has the colors and
the musculature design from the game, and it's a slightly different
for him, particularly in this scale. The soft rubber cape is thin,
making it very light weight, and it doesn't cause him to topple over.
done in a 4" scale, and will fit in fine with Star Wars or Marvel
Universe. But the more I looked at him, the less thrilled I was.
due largely to his very wide shoulders and very small head.
compare him to the picture right on the front of the package that's
taken from the game and you'll notice that the shoulder to waist ratio
smaller there - the game version is a little more svelte, without the
uber-wide shoulders. That allows the head to be better proportioned as
well, whereas on the toy it's a bit pin-headed.
not a deal
breaker though, and I do really like the work on the gauntlets, boots
and belt. Considering the scale, there's some very nice detailing. The
cape doesn't drape on the shoulders in quite the way it does in the
game - which is a bit of a signature look - but I can live with that
since it means the arm articulation is actually useful.
even better texturing and detailing on Mr. Freeze, with his funky cold
suit. The facial sculpt is good, and the various pieces of the suit
have been shown plenty of attention.
But he has a much bigger
scale issue than Batman. It's not a problem of internal proportion, but
of external scale. I looked up Freeze's height online, and found it to
be 6' 3", not too far off Batman himself. In the 7" series from DC
Collectibles, Batman is about 7" tall, and the deluxe Freeze is about 7
1/4" tall. And yet this figure is 3/4"
taller than his Batman counterpart - in 1/18th scale, that's more than
a full foot! Hey, the suit
makes him large, but I don't think he's supposed to be well over 7'
and when placed next to this Batman figure, he looks ridiculous.
Paint - ***1/2
Considering the scale, the paint work is quite clean on both figures.
Edges are surprisingly good,
especially around the face and eyes. Colors are consistent, as is the
coverage and finish.
a minor slip here and there, but this is much better work than we
generally get with a mass market release in this scale.
Articulation - Batman ***1/2;
looks like Mattel wants to prove they can do 1/18th scale articulation
just as well as Hasbro, when they set their mind to it.
has a cut neck, cut waist, ball shoulders, pin elbows, ankles and
knees, cut thighs and wrists, and even the very cool hinge hips that
we've seen them use on the larger DCUC figures.
All the joints
work great, but a couple more would have really made a difference. In
particular, an ab-crunch would allow for much better posing with deep
things are looking up. Even Mr. Freeze, who has
the more restrictive suit, is pretty well articulated. He has the cut
waist, ball shoulders, hinge hips, pin elbows and knees, and cut thighs
and wrists. His biggest problem is that there's nothing you can do with
the head, so while the legs and arms can be posed off to the side, the
head is always perfectly aligned with the torso, staring straight
ahead. While it would have been tough to come up with a way to get
around it, I think they could have gotten a bit more creative.
Accessories - Freeze **; Batman
Batman comes with nothing extra. It's odd - he certainly has enough
toys, even in the game. But there's nothing extra here.
Freeze does have his cool (get it?) gun, and it fits nicely in his
right hand. That's it for him, but at least it's something.
right hand is sculpted in an open position, so he can hold things -
you'll just have to find something on your own for him to hold. Perhaps
something from your vast box of extras?
Fun Factor - ***
have some issues here, there's no doubt that these figures are great
toys. In fact, I have no idea why they say 'adult collector' on the
package - even kids that have never played the game can enjoy these
versions of their favorite DC characters.
Value - **1/2
Most 4" scale figures are running around $10 these days, and these are
a pretty average value. While Bats lacks accessories, he makes up for
it here with greater articulation than usual.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.
Overall - ***
I'm all for the concept behind this line. While having a single
label to put a widely diverse group of characters under isn't really
necessary, I'm behind it if if means getting them all in the same
scale. Hasbro has been successful with the Marvel Universe series, and
I'm sure Mattel has taken notice.
Mr. Freeze has me worried about that. While I don't mind him being a
little bigger - he does have the exo-suit on after all - he's
practically in a whole different scale. It just doesn't add up on the
shelf, and I'm hoping this is merely an anomaly and not a long running
problem. Maybe Mattel hired some of the DC Direct folks?
I've picked up both Azrael and
Bane - with a review to come soon - and I can report that the scale
there seems much better.
the line is clearly weighted towards the very popular games right now,
we can only hope that it will bring in other versions of key characters
as it moves along. How about an Adam West Batman to go with a Ledger
Joker? Or a Nicholson Joker to go with a DKR Batman? If they can get
the scale to work, it would make for a pretty cool set up.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Batman ***; Mr. Freeze **1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Batman ***1/2; Freeze ***
Accessories - Batman Bupkis; Mr. Freeze **
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
Right now your best bet is Target, where these are hitting as part of
the new reset.
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