The Batman Temblor

The Batman cartoon keeps cranking along, and The Batman action figure line follows suit.  While these are intended for kids, Mattel has done a reasonable job hitting the collectors up as well.  There's been a reasonable mix of other characters amongst the million Batman variants, and even some of the variants have been reasonably well done.

The latest release is Temblor.  He's a fairly new addition to the Rogue's Gallery, he was hired by Pamela Isley to take out businesses that were bad for Mother Nature.  He was hired in secret however, and after he found out it was her, he attacked both her and Barbara Gordon.  In the ensuing battle, chemicals get dumped on poor Pammy, transforming her into Poison Ivy.  Temblor is the first original villain to come from the new show.

Temblor is actually Spanish for earthquake, and he uses his big metal mitts to create small quakes. Okay, so he's not the best original character we've ever seen, but he's a start I suppose.

He's shipping right now in the most recent assortment, and I've come across him at Wal-mart and Target so far.

Packaging -  **
This is another figure in the EXP line, or 'Extreme Power'.  This is one of the dopiest tag lines any marketing department has come up with in recent history.

The packaging is fairly generic.  I really wish I had something witty or amusing to say, but I'm sucked dry.

Sculpting - ***
The sculpting is the best part of this figure, by far.  Unfortunately, that's not saying much.

His head sculpt is pretty accurate, although the brow line and nose aren't quite as defined as on the show.  His proportions are off a little as well, with a very tiny head compared to his body.  He stands about the same height as Batman, and looks decent amongst the other villains, but with very little detail, doesn't really stand out.

At least he stands on his own.

Paint - **1/2
The paint is fairly clean, but there's not much here.  Single color coat, with some inconsistency in the brown including oily areas, black pants, green shirt, and gray paws.  There's very little in the way of small detail, outside of his trademark sunglasses and yellow dials.  There's places there COULD be details, like his belt, but these things are skipped.

Even with this little of detail, there's still some issues.  The skin of his chest doesn't match up well with the skin of his face, and the green shirt has poorly cut lines between it and the coat.  As mass market work goes, this one is pretty mediocre.

Articulation - *1/2
At first, it appears as though there's a fair amount.  There's a cut neck, cut waist, V crotch, and even what appears to be ball jointed shoulders.  But of those joints, only the cut neck and cut waist do anything.

The V crotch is almost completely restricted by the coat, and the shoulders are almost immovable because of the action feature.  They can move slightly out from the body so that their super slapping action can work, but that's it.

Accessories - Bupkis
If you were expecting some, don't.  I suppose that because of his size and action feature, that there just wasn't enough margin to include anything.

Action Feature - *
It's pretty straight forward - turn the knob on his back, and Temblor slaps his hands against his hips.  This is an approximation of his earthquake ability, but since he's the only one effected by the quake, it's not particularly scary.  Skipping this sad action feature and simply giving him the appropriate arm articulation would have made me - and my 5 year old son - much happier.

If you have a cat though, you can drive him or her nuts.

Fun Factor - *1/2
The one good thing about this figure is that he can stand fine on his own.  That means Batman will be able to knock him on his ass repeatedly.  Since he can't raise his arms, he's pretty much defenseless.  Unless of course, Batman trips and accidentally wedges his head between Temblors palm and hip.  Then he'll get quite the face slapping.

Value - **
You can expect to pay the same $7 or so that you usually pay for one of The Batman figures.  Unfortunately, you're not getting a whole lot for your money, with no accessories, a lame action feature, and worthless articulation.

Things to watch out for - 
Not much really.  Paint, what there is, is likely to be pretty consistent.  He's a sturdy toy, and built to withstand a whole lot of play - too bad he's unlikely to get much.

Overall -  **
I can't help but feel I'm being a bit generous here.  This is a figure collectors will hate, and kid's aren't going to like much either.  He stands on his own just fine, but with a lame action feature that hurts his articulation and his fun factor, you're better off passing him by.  Unless you're like me, and are a Rogue's Gallery completist.

Packaging - **
Sculpt - ***
Paint - **1/2
Articulation - *1/2
Accessories - Bupkis
Action Feature - *
Fun Factor - *1/2
Value - **
Overall -  **

Where to Buy -
I've seen these already at Wal-mart and Target, and they'll hit stores like Toys R Us soon.

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I've been reviewing a fair number of The Batman figures:

- the most recent review covered the new Killer Croc.

- There's also Clayface, the Riddler, Firefly, the Penguin, Bane and Man-bat, the regular Batman, Bruce Wayne, and Joker, and the 10" rotocast version of Bats.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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