This is a relatively simple box designed primarily to protect its
contents, and it’s certainly strong enough to do that. So you get an
oblong box constructed of a strong mid-thickness corrugated card, this
is printed in a silk finish baring the movie logo and Gotham skyline on
the front. All the other panels have images of the bust and repeats of
Inside the box is a Styrofoam clamshell holder, this is formed to hold
the bust snugly and has a window for the face, so as to make it visible
through the front of the box. So, as I said, simple but
effective and my bust arrived in A1 perfecto condition.
Well, Kim Jung Mi has 100% nailed this guy, there’s not a lot of
Christian Bale on show here, but what there is, is phenomenal. The
shape of the mouth and chin are faultless, likewise the eye’s, minimal
but perfect! Then where the line between face and mask butt-up, the
subtle skin texture ends and the matte texture of the cowl takes over.
But the quality doesn’t stop, this is a near perfect representation of
the mask, cape, upper torso and shoulders with some beautiful work on
the fine tooling around the ‘Bat’ logo on the chest and the clasps
holding the cape in place. The cape is designed to sweep around at the
front and works well in concealing some of the post that supports it.
This thing looks good from any angle… can you tell I like this?
Just beautiful, I can’t wait to get my mitts on the Joker. Unlike the
Rambo bust this one has no articulation at the neck joint, but the
design of the Batsuit put paid to that, so as Michael said in his 1/6
review, we can blame Lucius for this, not HT.
As I said above, not a lot to
paint here, but what is painted is sublime. The eyes are up there with
HT lofty standards and again utilise their ultra crisp detailing,
letting the gloss finish do the work of an ‘inferior’ doll dot. But the
apps on the chin area are just so sweet; it’s a reasonably flat job,
letting the texture sculpted below do all the hard work. But the lips
are picked out perfectly and the line between the skin and the mask is
absolutely perfect… at least it is on mine, so full marks. I noticed
the finish on the skin is slightly glossier on the bust than the 1/6
figure, I think I prefer the matte finish but this certainly helps
distinguish between the textures. It’s also worth giving your hand a
quick scrub with soapy water before handling, as any grease will show
up as shiny patches on the matte textured ‘Batsuit’.
Not a bean… well it can twist
on its podium to face in different directions, but its hardly
Well, he comes with some serious attitude!
Fun factor- **1/2
Not one to play with, this is obviously a display piece, but it’s a
very nice one!
Now the wait for the Joker
begins… c’mon already!
If you normally get your HT goodness from Sideshow, you’ll have to look
elsewhere. This is a DC licensed item, so if you’re in need of a
Batbust you can check out some of Michael’s sponsors, and it looks like
you’ll be paying $63.99 pretty much universally, unless you go direct
to DC Direct, where you’ll pay the full RRP.
I managed to score my Rambo bust
for a whole $19 less than Bats, and I know the licence for Rambo III
isn’t ‘quite’ the hot property that TDK is, but I still feel this could
do with being at least $10 less than its going for, (in fact the RRP is
$80, and if you pay that you can knock another star off). It’s also
worth noting this is entirely plastic and not poly-stone, it doesn’t
bother me at all, but I know some people prefer the weight of a stone
bust, however, it is still quite a heavy piece.
If you’re a serious collector of all things Batman, then this is a must
and is perfect for sitting on your desk… that’s where mine is!
It was the Rambo bust that got
me into these, and I’m so glad it did. This is a great piece of work,
and with the Joker soon to follow, and the original Giger ALIEN not far
behind, this is shaping up to be a great series!
So, why not full marks, the only
sticking point is price, had it been nearer a $50 price tag it’d be an
easy four stars.
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - N/A
Accessories - N/A
Outfit - N/A
Fun Factor - **1/2
Value - ***
Overall - ***1/2
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