As always, the box is completely
collector friendly, and you won't have
to damage anything in the process of removing the figure. The
comes already attached too, a rarity with their Batman figures.
also gotten more complete with their instructions, which is always a
good thing. How parts and pieces work might seem obvious, but too often
the obvious isn't correct. Having a detailed instruction sheet goes a
long way to avoid breaking anything.
Sculpting - ****
I go on to discuss the merits of the sculpt and the paint, I'm going to
be upfront and say that I'm really giving them a pass in one particular
area that would otherwise effect both of these scores.
original costume had the cowl (and it's collar), cape, shorts, gloves
and boots either made from or covered in the same purple material. That
is not the case here, where the cowl and collar, boots and gloves are
all sculpted, while the cape and shorts are made from the purple
material that most closely matches the screen version. Because of this,
there is a very obvious and glaring difference between them.
I said, I'm giving them a pass on this. While I suspect they might have
found some way to do this had money been no object, I also suspect that
the answer would have been cost prohibitive. I'm fine with the result
they were able to obtain using cloth and plastic instead.
that being said, the sculpt on the cowl and face is fantastic. This is
clearly Adam West, and while it might seem that the eyes and face are
too far back in the cowl in photos, in person (where the scale is more
clear) it looks spot on. This is the collectible based on this show
that I've been waiting decades for.
The boot and glove sculpts are
excellent as well, and the various hand poses work perfectly with their
Paint - ****
This is Hot
Toys, which means the production paint application is outstanding. How
they do it is a bit of a mystery, but the consistent results imply
This time, along with the
perfect skin tone, lifelike
lips and realistic eyes, we also have the perfectly drawn eyebrows and
nose highlights. The edges are perfect, and there's no sign
Articulation - ***
this is the usual TrueType body, and we all know what a fantastic sixth
scale body that is, there's a few issues here that pulled down the
The biggest issue is the thick
body suits under the
costume. I'll discuss these in more detail in the outfit section, but
for our purposes here, let's just say that they restrict the movement
in the torso quite a bit. Without the ab-crunch movement, it's much
harder to get flowing upper body poses.
However, it would still
be possible, but for the neck. The neck and collar of the cowl are
separate, so that's not an issue. But the neck post that provides the
ball joints is much too short, and almost any tilting of the head
results in it popping off. The only thing worse than not being able to
swap pieces is not being able to keep them in place.
The rest of
the joints work as you'd expect with a TrueType, and even the ankles
have a better range of movement in the soft boots than I expected. But
with the rather rigid torso and neck it's tough to get the sort of
poses you might expect.
Accessories - ****
While he isn't the most outfitted of any Hot Toys figure, he does have
a very solid, useful set of extras.
not multiple portraits, but rather multiple lower faces. This isn't the
first Batman we've seen them do this with, and the effect is well worth
it. He comes wearing a closed mouth, serious expression. Push downward
on the chin (I found this the easiest way to swap them), and there will
be enough of a gap at the nose to pop the lower face free from the
magnet holding it in place. There is also a battle expression complete
with gritted teeth, and a slightly open mouth expression with just a
hint of teeth. I prefer the latter over the other two, since this Bruce
Wayne was a bit of a mouth breather in the cowl. In fact, it might have
been because of the cowl...
He has a large batarang that can
in a couple different hands, but it does not fold and cannot be put on
the belt. There is a batrope to attach to it, perfect for the
previously mentioned climbing pose.
He has his Bat-radio as well,
with a swivel handle and two antennae. The latest in Bat technology!
this look is really based on the movie, they've included a can of shark
repellent. I love this concept so much that I think I'll use it for his
display. I may have to get a second figure (the main one has
be in the Batmobile of course) and have him hanging from a rope ladder,
rubber shark on his leg, spraying it with this can.
There are 13
hands in total, including the soft grip pair he comes wearing. There's
also fists, a splayed set, a pair to hold the batarang, a pair for his
famous Watusi, and several specialty grips for a couple other
accessories. In the photo of the hands, I put those accessories in the
hands that were designed to hold them - that isn't a permanent thing,
but I thought it better highlighted the uses.
The hands are
fairly soft, but not so much that they drop the accessories easily.
They also pop on and off easily without falling off, and there was no
fear of breaking a wrist peg. Just in case, they throw a couple extra
pegs in the box.
I do wish they had a left hand
since he was forever instructing Robin, or Commissioner Gordon, or
whomever else was nearby with his hand in that pose. Still, you can't
really complain with 13 hand sculpts.
Also from the movie is a large,
black, round bomb. It's not the most exciting extra, but it's there.
comes with one of the basic black display stands, complete with his
name and the logo on the base. You won't have to use it if you prefer
not to - he stands great on his own - but it's there for consistency
with their entire series.
Finally, I wanted to mention
again. It really is pretty nifty - there's a slot at the top to insert
the batarang, so he can 'climb' the front just like on the show. You
can bend open the windows, and have another figure inside. Obviously I
shot mine the same way they did on the show, with the box laying flat
and him standing up on it, but you could actually affix this box to the
wall, have the other figure standing inside, and have Batman (and
Robin, since his box will provide a second one) actually climbing!
Another display possibility...maybe I need to buy three?
Outfit - ***
mentioned the difference in color and texture between the cloth and
plastic pieces of the outfit. While I let it slide when it
Sculpt and Paint, I can't let it slide completely here. I understand
why they did it, but it does effect the overall look of the figure.
My biggest disappointments come
from a couple other areas on the costume, however.
The Adam West Batman wasn't
quite as ripped as some modern versions.
Of course, the actors playing them were generally not ripped either
(with the exception of Bale), but the newer suits allowed for them to
look the part. Poor Mr. West had to wear tights, and anyone that has
worn a costume like this knows it leaves nothing hidden.
the slightly softer look, they added a padded suit under the costume.
In fact, there's a white fat suit (although 'fat' is a stretch) as well
as a black body suit. I know this because I zipped the suits
back, trying to determine the cause of his hump. You can't completely
remove these suits because the belt is not designed to be removed.
Because of the
three suits - one with a Velcro closer, two with zippers - there's a
pretty big hump on his upper back. The cape covers it, but you
can't have him on the shelf sans cape at any time.
perhaps most disconcerting is the fragility of the gray suit itself.
The instructions warn you not to rub the suit with any sharp objects,
including your fingernails, but it's much touchier than that. I found
that just trying to adjust the belt - which, as I said, is NOT
removable - created small runs in the fabric. I had no idea I was
putting enough pressure on the cloth to cause a problem - it's that
touchy. While I didn't end up with anything glaring, you can see the
damage in the right light, and it was certainly disappointing.
Another issue revolves around
the shorts. The cut seems off, with one
leg looser than the other around the thigh. It looked odd in some
positions, and because the belt can't be removed, it was near
impossible to get it adjusted in any meaningful way.
the belt isn't removable, it does look great, especially the bright
brass engraved buckle. It tends to ride high on his waist, but that's
not too far off from the old show.
The cape is a very nice touch,
lacking in the problems of the rest of the suit. The material is a deep
purple, very shiny, and hangs naturally over his shoulders. There's a
hook clasp at the neck to keep it in place.
They also tried
something different to keep the cape in certain positions. They've
added three sets of snaps of the tiny, plastic variety.
snaps on the cape and in the center of the back that you can use to
keep it tightly against him, as well as two sets of snaps at the
shoulders. One set keeps the cape hanging further back over his
shoulders, while the other set allows the cape to drape forward over
The snaps at the back aren't
attached out of the box,
but I did snap it tight there. I found that keeping the cape close to
the back and centered helped with most poses. I also took one shot
using the lower shoulder snaps, which puts the cape completely over the
shoulder. It isn't my favorite look, but it works well.
with the second set of snaps, which allow the cape to bunch up around
the neck and drape down the back. I wouldn't suggest swapping
these very often - those tiny plastic snaps can easily bend or break.
While I love the cape, belt,
boots and gloves, overall the suit was
a disappointment to me. That's particularly painful in this
since the character is so important to my collection.
Fun Factor - ***
me, this is another half star easy. Had the costume not had the issues
with handling, it would have been a full four stars here...for me. But
that's me, and I'm pretty much a psycho about this version of Batman. I
suspect the average fan will be more in the three star range when it
comes to posing and playing, particularly with the more limited
articulation and touchy costume.
Value - **1/2
While retail is $205, you can find this guy
for $195 or so at some of my sponsors. That's a little below the
average right now, and with the multiple faces and a ton of hands, he's
a pretty solid value.
Things to Watch Out For -
to me very carefully - this is important! The light gray suit is VERY
easy to damage. I mentioned this in the outfit section, but heed my
words. Do NOT rub the suit with anything even slightly abrasive,
including those rough finger tips of yours. Runs and pulls will appear!
Thankfully, the cape and shorts won't have this same extreme problem.
Overall - ***1/2
Since this is a figure I've waited more
than two decades for, I wanted it to be pristine and perfect. The
issues I had were more magnified for me this time around, due to the
high personal stakes. I want this guy to be the center of my
collection, and on his own...well, he's not. He's a well done,
attractive figure, but he's not the best thing we've ever seen Hot Toys
produce, and that was what I was hoping for.
Notice I said "on
his own". Pair him up with Robin, and have them both coming out of (or
getting in to, depending on your point of view) the high gloss, super
sleek Batmobile, and you're going to have one smoking hot display.
Toys is being pretty mum on whether we'll see additional characters,
and we may have to wait til this year's SDCC - or longer - to find out.
I certainly hope we at least get a Joker to complete the set with
Nicholson and Ledger, making the perfect trio for the shelf!
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ****
Outfit - ***
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
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I've covered a number of 1966 Show related products recently, including
the Batman prop replica
utility belt, the very cool 1/4 scale Batman
from NECA, and the
Batmobile and action figures from Mattel, including the Batman and
Robin two pack, the Joker,
and the first wave of figures that included Batman,
Riddler, and the Penguin.
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