Packaging - **1/2
Why only 2 and a half? Well I guess this is one category that is open to
interpretation. I was hoping for a more dark packaging motif…Perhaps with the very cool retro bat logo that we have seen in the trailers and that adorns the bat
What Mattel went with was the promo images we have all seen online. To be honest the packaging doesn’t jump out at me… it seems like another run of the mill superhero
package, ala Spiderman 2...
But in my opinion. The packaging is really the only major flaw to an otherwise very cool
Sculpting - ****
This is where Mattel has done a superb job. I am sure you have all seen the pictures of Bale In the bat
suit. Well. this is just like that but in miniature. The cowl looks spot on as does the
face, to me. It is a mini Bale in that cowl… Great Job…
The suit itself is very well done, with just the right amount of detail. Nothing looks exaggerated…it all looks spot
on. I did not take a photo of it, but take a look under the cape and you can see a lot more
detail, identical to what we have seen in the trailers.
Paint - ***½
This is the area I was most impressed with, and it is also the area with the least amount. It’s Batman… he is in a black suit… not very difficult in terms of paint ops… BUT what Mattel DID
do, was highlight certain areas. The cowl and suit are all in matte black, the bat symbol on the
chest and the gloves and boots are all done in glossy black. It is just the right amount to make it look
So you might be asking, why only 3 and a half stars? Well I do have ONE small area of
concern - the utility belt. Mattel opted for a gold color, and that’s it. The actual belt is
silver. That is an extremely nit picky thing.
The gold that is on the belt is consistent, as is all the paint on the
figure, with no slop or edge bleed. The eyes are done very skillfully, with both eyes looking straight
ahead. No lazy eye batman here!
Articulation - **1/2
Here is where Bats slips a bit. What articulation is there is functional and is
decent, but it could be sooo much better.
Bats has 10 points of articulation, with a neck cut, shoulder cuts, pin
elbows, waist cut, hips and pin knees. Decent for a mass market figure, but compare it to a Marvel Legends figure in the same price
range, and you will feel a little shorted.
Accessories - ***
Not bad here, but not essential either. What’s here is a silver carrying case for the
accessories, a folding batarang, a eye scope, and a grappling gun.
All of these are molded in a shiny gold and are obviously included to add value to the
toy. Battle gear Batman is the basic version of Batman, and the Most film accurate
version. So in order to make it worth the 7 bucks, they added this stuff.
Will I ever display my figure with his stuff? Probably not, but it does give us a very cool look at the Wayne Industries logo…So look.. I found a silver lining…
Fun Factor - ****
For adult collectors and Batman Fans this is a must have. He looks good, and is
close to movie accurate, PLUS he is IN SCALE WITH THE BATMOBILE. For me that was a huge
For kids, this is the new batman, and he will undoubtedly provide many countless hours of
fun. Hell, I’m 24 and I’ve spent 2 hours myself funning around with him!
Value - ***
Standard action figure price. It is comparable to the other figures n the
Once these hit stores in April expect to pay around 6-7 dollars for the basic
Things to watch out for
These guys are popping up all over ebay, so be careful how much you pay. Patience is a
virtue. Wait another few weeks and you should see these in your local stores.
Overall - ***
Worth picking up, especially if you are a Batman fan. He is a great addition to the
collection, and like I said before, the fact that he is in scale with the new
Batmobile definitely makes it worth it.
Score Recap -
Fun Factor ****
Where to Buy -
I have a friend who hooked me up with this guy. But you can find them on ebay,
and should be in local stores in the coming weeks.
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