Packaging - ***12
These exclusives (including the Pirates of the Caribbean Angelica) come
in special packaging. There's a hard outer shell, and the inner box
slides out one side, designed for bookshelf storage.
It works well, and I love the
graphics on the outer box. It's also completely collector friendly of
course, so there's no need to damage anything in getting the figure out.
It's not exceptionally complex
though, and there's no real character text. Considering the deluxe
level pricing, it's a not quite as high end as I'd hoped.
Sculpting - ****
This is one of those Hot Toys sculpts where you could easily mistake a
photo of the toy for a photo of a real person.
It's not just about looking
realistic though - it has to look like the actor and character as well.
Hot Toys has nailed both, creating one of my favorite likenesses in
The portrait looks most like
Oldman when he's not wearing either of the included glasses. That's
because the nerd spectacles are a bit too big (more on that in the
Accessories section), and the SWAT pair are not quite as iconic to the
character. With or without the glasses though, this is a fantastic
Customizers will love using this
head for other recent Oldman characters, although finding one on its
own might be tough.
The extra hands are sculpted in
various cool poses, and work well with the accessories and a number of
unique stances. The relaxed ungloved versions look a little big, but
the others are right in scale.
Paint - ****
Another amazing production paint job. As I said in the earlier
category, if you give just a quick glance to a photo of this figure,
you can easily think it's a real person, and a large part of that is
the amazing life-like paint application.
The skin tone is very
impressive, and the deeply set glassy eyes are spooky. Perhaps the best
work is on the hair and hair lines, a tricky application for most, but
Beautiful work all around!
Articulation - ***1/2
The usual TrueType body works great, with lots of excellent
articulation and more than enough joints. Neck, shoulders, elbows,
knees, hips, waist, thighs, torso - everything works great.
The ankles are pretty restricted
by the hard sculpt boots, but it's a minor issue. Also an issue are the
wrists, at least when using the gloved hands. The hole is so deep in
the hand and the clothing comes down so far on the arms that it can be
tough to keep the hands in place. They tend to pop off a bit too
easily, and can be hard to get on to begin with. Again, it's a minor
issue, and one that is easy enough to overcome, but it's worth noting.
Accessories - ***1/2
The figure has a number of goodies, per usual for Hot Toys.
There's a nice assortment of
hands, including four gloved versions and six ungloved hands. These are
all in various poses designed to work with the accessories and in key
stances. They swap a bit too easily - I already mentioned that in the
articulation section - but they look terrific.
There's also his radio, which
fits in a pouch on the back of the belt and wraps around to hook on the
front of the vest. It looks fantastic, including the itty bitty logo.
There's two small ties that
attach to the front of the vest as well, and look pretty good. They can
slip loose if you're not watching, so keep an eye on them.
He has two pairs of glasses -
old school and a bit more modern. I prefer the more modern SWAT
shooting style, but the classic nerd lens make the character even more
recognizable. They're a bit oversized though, a problem that Hot Toys
usually doesn't have. They have real lens, always a nice touch, and
they aren't hugely oversized - I'd say maybe 10% or so. It's more
noticeable up close and in macro photos, but if you back away from the
figure a bit they seem closer in scale. Not perfect, but better.
He also has the SWAT helmet and
large goggles, but you'll never use these. I went back and looked at
Hot Toys promo photos, and was not surprised to see them skip these as
well. The mask is too big, and the helmet is too small, but he can
always hold them in his hands.
He has two weapons, a Smith and
Wesson pistol and a Bennoli shotgun. Both have working actions, and the
pistol has a removable magazine. The sculpts are a little basic on
both, but reasonable considering the source material.
The pistol fits great in a hard
shell holster. The holster flap has the hole/post closure which I
usually hate, but this one is a slightly different design and works
Outfit - ***1/2
We've seen plenty of SWAT uniforms in the past, but this one does have
a couple nice extras.
On the collar of the underlying
polyester shirt they've included the "G.C.P.D." designation, a nice
touch that sets it apart.
The shirt and pants are pretty
standard fare, but are extremely well tailored. There's a belt of
course, and it comes with the cool hard shell holster, soft radio case,
and large soft (and stuffed) bag already attached. These all look
terrific, and have good working straps and closures.
The SWAT vest and knee pads look
like the real deal, and also fit extremely well. I did find that the
small straps on the pads came loose once in awhile - you can see it in
some of the photos - but the Velcro is easy enough to re-close.
The boot sculpt is terrific,
although you do lose the ankle articulation. The pants come tucked in
as you'd expect, but they are also long enough to properly fit down
over the boots if you prefer.
Fun Factor - ***
Not a bad toy, with little risk of any serious damage with normal
handling and even basic play. Of course, no kid is ever going to get
his (or her) hands on this figure, at least while Dad is alive. But Hot
Toys figures remember that they ARE action figures first, and that if
they lose that focus, they lose their way. Collectors want them to
remain excellent figures - if they wanted statues, they'd be buying
Value - *1/2
Ouch - $225? That's high deluxe figure pricing, and we're accustomed to
either movable eyes, extra heads, extra costumes or something else
major. Here, you're largely paying the high price because this is an
'exclusive', and because they have not yet released any other Jim
Gordon figure. Let's be honest, if we already had a regular release
Gordon in a suit and coat, price around $180 or so, nobody would be
buying this guy at $225.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing! This is a very sturdy figure for Hot Toys, with little
change for breakage under normal handling and posing.
Overall - ***1/2
This figure really only has one issue - he's over priced by about 20%.
That's caused by the exclusivity of course, but without any actual
edition size or numbering, it's really hard for collectors to determine
just how exclusive he really is.
But if you don't mind spending
the extra $40 or so - and I suspect many Batman fans won't - then
you'll be pleased with what you get. The sculpt and paint are what you
expect from Hot Toys, and while this costume is certainly not the
definitive Gordon look, it does give you a figure to display
prominently with one of your many Hot Toys Ledger Jokers.
I included a lot of photos this
time, so be sure to scroll through them all!
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ***
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Sideshow had him in stock originally
for $225, but are now out of stock. Get on the waiting list,
and you may get lucky. Or you can search
ebay for a deal.
Other key Hot Toys Batman figures include the exclusive Bruce Wayne/Batman figure,
as well as the Demon
There's also the DX02 Batman,
and I have a guest review of the DX02
from a couple years ago.
There's the exceptionally cool Tumbler and Bat-pod, two of the
nicest sixth scale vehicles ever produced.
Other figures include Two Face/Harvey Dent,
the Bank Robber Joker,
Joker, original Batman and new
suit Batman. I also checked out their busts of both Batman
And they might not be what you think of when you think "Batman" and
"Hot Toys", but don't neglect to check out the Cosbabies!
The DX01 Joker was so cool I
broke it into two reviews, one looking at the regular figure and one
looking at the cop variant.
And they are DK figures, but the
Batman and Nicholson
Joker are outstanding.
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