Packaging - ***1/2
It seems rare for us to see anything unique when it comes to single
figure packaging. So when we do, it's well worth making special note.
This is clamshell packaging,
reminiscent of the style made famous by McFarlane and then NECA. But
rather than just a rectangle design, the bubble itself is shaped like a
Bat cowl, pointy ears and all. It's a great looking design, and adds a
ton to the appearance of the packaged figures.
The interior artwork is good
too, and the paper insert is actually folded, with text and photos on
all four surfaces. While there isn't a ton of character personalization
outside of the name on the front, it's still some very, very attractive
My only complaint, and the only
thing holding it back from a full four stars, is the use of multiple
twisty ties. Yea, I hate them, and with a clamshell like this there's
no reason. Batman is so tightly held in place with the cape through the
interior tray that he's not going anywhere, and yet they still have
five twisties holding him down.
Sculpting - ****
All four of these figures are terrific sculpts, capturing the cool
style of the game in plastic.
Of the set, Batman is my least
favorite. The sculpt is still outstanding, and there's plenty of sweet
detail and clean, sharp lines. It's just that we've gotten our fair
share of great Batmen over the years, and while this sculpt is
excellent, it's pretty much a statue.
On the opposite end is the
Joker, perhaps now my favorite Joker sculpt in the collection. It's a
truly evil look, and the skin texture and sharp details look simply
amazing in person. He's tall and lanky, and the hand sculpts are done
up in generic devilish gestures. Outstanding!
The big surprise for me is how
much I love Scarecrow. I always thought that thisS design was a bit too
Warrior, but the sculpt is so well done that I can overlook
any previous concept issues I had.
The detailing on his mask is
particularly good, and the stitching of the costume is excellent. The
Freddy-like syringe glove is properly scaled, and the sculpt and
articulation work well together to allow you to pose the deadly looking
glove in plenty of realistic ways.
Finally, there's hubba,
hubba Harley. She's wearing a funky nurse's costume in the way only
can, and the finely stranded hair and beautiful face is going to make
her a top contender for best female figure of the year in this scale.
It's also worth nothing that the
thigh high stockings are actual material, and they've done a much
better job here with the seam in back. It helps that the large boots
cover most of it up.
All the figures stand up great
on their own, and fit in well with the general 7" scale of most DC
Paint - Joker, Harley, Scarecrow
***1/2; Batman **
While the sculpting is outstanding across the board, the paint is a bit
wonky on Batman. I don't know why, but he has a bunch of small spots on
his torso. Not sure what happened here, but it ruins an otherwise great
The others are all nicely done,
with tons of small details. The face paint on the Joker is extremely
realistic (if a bit Ledger-ish) and the details on Harley are
eye-popping good. I love her tiny name badge, and the edges of her mask
show no bleed or overspray. The use of the split colors works well too,
and the white is clean and consistent.
The wash on the Scarecrow works
great, and brings out the tiniest of details. His color scheme is a bit
more basic, but the syringes add a little pop to the browns.
There's a little bit of slop
here or there, but it's all very minor outside of the obvious problem
Articulation - Scarecrow ***1/2;
Joker, Harley ***; Batman **1/2
Like most DC Direct product, these aren't super articulated.
However, three of the four have
an excellent ball jointed neck, with a ton of tilt and lean posability.
You can really add a lot of personality and panache to any pose because
of this excellent joint.
Unfortunately, Harley didn't get
that one. She has a basic cut joint neck. She did get pin/disc
shoulders, cut biceps and wrists, pin elbows and knees, and T hips. You
can get an appropriately saucy pose out of these, but most of the
uniqueness in your display will come from the arms.
Batman has the least number of
joints, and they are the most restricted. There's that cool ball
which works great, but the shoulders, elbows and cut forearms are
somewhat restricted by the costume - the cape for the shoulders, and
the gauntlets for the lower arms.
He also has the T hips, pin
knees and cut calves, and these will allow you to find the right sweet
spot to keep his center of gravity properly aligned.
The Scarecrow also has the
pin/disc shoulders, cut biceps and wrists, pin elbows and T hips, but
he adds in the rare cut waist, cut thighs and calves, and even ball
jointed ankles. And don't forget the cut joint on the forearm as well!
While his sculpted pose restricts the usefulness of some of these
joints, I found that he was much more posable than I had originally
The Joker has the ball jointed
neck, but it's not quite as mobile as Bats or Scarecrow's. his pin/disc
shoulders are also restricted by the sculpt so that they can't raise to
a full stretched position. There's pin elbows and knees, as well as cut
wrists and ball ankles. The T hips finish things out. You can get two
or three very menacing poses out of the body, but that's about it.
Accessories - Joker, Harley
***1/2; Batman, Scarecrow ***
All the figures come with extras, some better than others.
All come with a plain black
round stand, with no logo or other descriptive marks. There's a single
post for one of the figure's feet, but the good news is you won't need
these unless you live in an earthquake zone.
The Batman has one additional
accessory - his batarang. Sculpted to match the look right from the
cover of the game, it fits tightly in his left hand and looks terrific.
It folds in half as well.
The Scarecrow also only has one
extra accessory - the burlap bag. He can also carry this in his left
hand, and once again the sculpting on both the hand and accessory work
Harley actually has two
additional accessories. There's the funky candy cane gun, which is
supposed to fit in her right hand, but doesn't work quite as well as
the previous two mentioned items. It will stay if you're careful, but
I'm betting most folks will break out one of their extra clear rubber
bands to keep it in place long term.
The second accessory is the
cane, which can slide into her left hand. The left hand sculpt could
also be used to sit on top of the cane if the tip could rest on the
floor, but alas, the cane isn't long enough.
The Joker only has one extra
accessory, but it's so good that he gets bonus points for it. You could
argue that it's not even an accessory, since it's a whole 'nother
character - Scarface. The puppet has an excellent sculpt, and is
properly scaled. There's even a sculpted spot to fit the Joker's hand
on his back! He is also articulated at the neck, shoulders and
hips, and the right hand is sculpted so he could hold one of the other
accessories, like the cane. The paint and sculpt details on this tiny
figure are excellent as well.
I love the inclusion of the
additional character as an accessory, and it goes a long way to
boosting Joker's Overall score at the end.
Fun Factor - ***
While these will be predominately purchased by fans of the game in that
15 - 30 demographic, they're actually pretty sweet toys in their own
right. Excellent sculpts with reasonable articulation means that the
average 8 year old would appreciate them as well, even without ever
playing the game.
Value - **
As nice as these are, they aren't worth the price tag. I'm giving them
two stars at $16 a pop, and if you end up paying closer to $20 you can
take off another half star.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing - everything is sturdy and well made. If you are picking
them off the peg at your local comic shop, you'll want to watch for the
best paint possible.
Overall - Joker ****;
Harley, Scarecrow ***1/2; Batman **1/2
I'm really happy with this entire wave, even with the paint issues on
Batman, and the slightly high price. I'm going to see if I can pick up
another Batman without the paint issues
to complete the set for the shelf. And with these turning out so well,
I am really looking forward to adding series 2.
And maybe it's time for me to
pick up the game. Who needs to spend time with their family?
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - Joker, Harley, Scarecrow ***1/2; Batman **
Articulation - Scarecrow ***1/2; Joker, Harley ***; Batman
Accessories - Joker, Harley ***1/2; Batman, Scarecrow ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - Joker ****; Harley, Scarecrow ***1/2; Batman **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- Alter Ego Comics
has this set for $65.
- Big Bad Toy Store
also has the set at $65, and the singles around $15 each.
Collector is out of series 1, but has series 2 up for
pre-order at $55.
- Things From Another World
has the single figures for $20 each.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Earth has series 1 for $70.
This isn't the first collectible based on Arkham Asylum - there was
also the Batman Black and
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