Packaging - **1/2
Hasbro tried - they really did. The box is sturdy, and the graphics
aren't too bad, if a little plain. No, you still have to pretty much
tear the package apart to free him, so they've still got a long way to go
to make a collector friendly box, but that's no surprise.
When I say they tried, I'm talking about
the pose that Batman is in. I'm sure it's supposed to be some sort
of action pose, but instead looks like a severe case of osteoporosis.
You can't see the whole Bruce Wayne outfit easily because the die cut
front gets in the way. Like I said, they tried. To bad that
doesn't count for a whole lot.
Sculpt - ***1/2
My favorite part of this figure is the sculpt. Both heads are well
done, although if you have the earlier removeable cowl Batman, you already
have the Bruce Wayne head.
The new current age Batman head and cowl
is a very good sculpt though, and captures the serious look without
slipping into the constipated look.
Articulation - ***
It's a DC 9" body. It has all those points its always had -
neck, shoulder, elbows, waist, wrists, bicep joint, hips, knees, ankles -
but it's not as well proportioned as the type 1 Famous Covers body.
Outfit - **1/2
I'm talking about the Batman outfit here. The body suit itself is
fine, although not being able to remove it is a problem. I'll tackle
that issue in the next section though.
The belt is pretty standard stuff, and the
cape material is good. No hem on the cape though - I don't know why
Hasbro doesn't seem to understand that concept.
There are really two problems with this
outfit that reduce the score - the velcro to hold the cape in place, and
the cuffs on his arms.
The velcro is cheap - instead of snaps,
you get two very small pieces of velcro intended to hold the cape on under
the cowl. Perhaps snaps would have been to thick to allow the cowl
to sit down properly, but I suspect they were just cutting corners.
And also in the cutting corners
department, the cuffs on his wrists are made from a very soft plastic, and
aren't goint to retain their ability to stay on his arms very well over
Accessories - **1/2
In the accessories department, I'm counting the whole Bruce Wayne
outfit. As I said earlier, the head sculpt is nice, but is the same
one from the previous RC Batman.
tuxedo is also very nice for the most part. The quality and
materials they used on the pants, jacket and cummerbund all stand
out. The shirt isn't quite as nice, with a neck opening that's way
to large, a bow tie that will never really look right, and oversized
But the real
problem here, is that this costume is designed to fit over his bat suit,
sans cowl, cuffs, belt and cape. That means it had to be made large,
and he ends up looking like he's wearing his dad's tux to his junior high
Oddly, with this
oversized suit on, the Bruce Wayne head appears too small. Who'd
have ever thought that could happen.