They’re good for protecting the figure and good for display, but a pain
in the neck to open. They’re sealed at the top and sides. A piece of
tape holds them closed at the bottom.
Back shows a mug shot of the figure enclosed as well as the other
figures in the respective wave. They each have the same text below the
picture. They do tend to pop on the shelf, but after a few months, the
coloring starts to blend in.
the entire Movie Master line was sculpted by the Four Horsemen, famous
for many McFarlane sculpts as well as Mattel’s previous “He-Man:
Masters of the Universe” lineup from ‘02 onward.
The sculpting is excellent. On Batman, you can see a bit of Bale in the
chin area. The armor is so intricate and detailed that it deserves the
4-star treatment. The wrist blades, the boots, everything is well done.
The cape is what kills it… I don’t like my caped heroes with sculpted
capes. They should be fabric with wire around the edges like the
collector’s edition begins figure. With the price and the scale, It
wouldn’t have been hard to so... And it would make up for the 3 inches
of empty space at the top of the card.
With Joker, it’s not perfect
Heath, but it’s the best I’ve seen except for the Hot Toys figure. 10x
better than the basic “animated” joker. The face has the scars sculpted
into it. The suit has the inner blazer sculpted as part of the outer
trench coat. Very well done, despite the inaccurate color of the blazer
(More in “paint“) The coat is made in relatively rigid rubber, flexible
enough to allow the legs, but stiff enough to not warp. The watch chain
is very flexible, allowing the hip articulation to operate smoothly.
Overall, both are excellent and some of the Horsemen’s best work, in my
Batman is mostly cast in black,
but with painted highlights such as the navy blue on his pectorals,
upper abs, and biceps. There are parts of it that are done in a slight
gloss black, such as parts of his gloves.
The gold of the belt is done
nicely as well. The silver “tracks“ on it are straight and even, the
black on the buckel is solid and even.
There’s some slop, but it‘s very
minimal. Most of the problems lie with the eyes… he’s cross-eyed:
Always looking up and to either side. Not a huge nit, but still petty
sad... Mattel should’ve gotten someone with a steady hand for it. Make
sure you look over the paint on the shelf before you run to the
Joker’s paintjob is nice. The
white is clean with a few intentional streaks on the forehead to
simulate weathering of the makeup. The coat is cast in the dark purple
with the light purple blazer painted inside. It was navy blue in the
film. The chain is painted in silver; the tie is done in black, green,
and yellow. The vest is painted green. Overall, He has a very nice
paintjob. There is also what appears to be a “dusting” of dark gray on
the bottom area of the coat and on the sleeves. It looks like it’s been
dirtied up quite a bit, which is a good thing.
***½; Batman: ****
Neither figure would qualify as super articulated, but they have enough
articulation to be fun toys and be posable on the shelf.
Both have ball-joint necks, ball-joint shoulders (joker is slightly
restricted due to the sculpt of the arms), cut elbows, twisting wrists,
t-joint hips, almost to the level of ball-joint, cut knees, cut ankles.
Batman has a mid-chest bend, cut
biceps, and cut thighs, so he can get more poses. Then again, Joker was
never a tri-athlete.
Accessories: Batman ** Joker
Both figures come with 'crime scene evidence'. Batman has a mask (I’d
guess ¼ scale) and the evidence bag. Why he comes with his own mask, I
don’t know.. I have a theory that
It might be the mask to one of the “copycats” in TDK that bust up the
scene Scarecrow is in. Maybe even Brian’s….
Joker has a card with a Joker (duh) on the front of it. It‘s the same
one seen at the end of “Begins” and the evidence bag.
Why does Joker get a better
score? Not just because of the card being nicer and a better
collectable prop than the mask, but he has a small knife. And I’m
serious, it’s tiny. Keep it rubber-banded into his hand or else risk
losing it between the floorboards. See the pic with the penny for a
size comparison with the knife.
Fun factor- ****
Movie master is right. These are the best bat-toys since the first set
of comic-based Batman figures Mattel put out a few years back.
If you can find, them get them. They’re great toys for collectors and
They’re great, but for $12, we should get something more.... Maybe a
fabric cape with the wire edging and an unmasked Batman, saving us from
spending an extra $12 for the same freaking figure with a different
head. A few more goodies with joker would be nice. An example of nice
planning would be the mask and duffel bag from the robbery in the
beginning. Yeah, that would make it better... Even cooler if he could
wear the mask.
Things To Watch Out For -
Crappy paintjobs, tight joints, and that tiny knife that Joker has. I’m
lucky that I left it in his hand this long.. If I gave this to a
6-year-old, the knife would’ve been gone a long time ago.
Overall: Joker ***1/2;
While the scores really come out about the same, with them being in
sculpt and in paint, Joker got better scores due to a few things:
1. I just loved Ledger portrayal, perfection, in my book.
2. The Joker was short packed for ages… apparently my local wal-mart
had kept them in the back, so I got lucky enough to see like 2 dozen of
them on the pegs. Took me darn near forever to find one.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - joker ***½ batman****
Accessories - batman ** joker **1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ***
Overall - Joker ***1/2; Batman ***
Where to Buy -
I got these at Wal-mart. The batman came from Wave 1 just after they
were released. The joker was the re-released wave 1, marked as wave 1
again, but with different tags on it over the original assortment
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