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Review of Batman Arkham City - ArtFX statue

Kotobukiya
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Overall Average Rating: 3.5 out of 4

Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Introduction

The Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games have been tremendously successful, and the character designs for both Batman and his Rogue's Gallery are a welcome departure from most of the New 52 stuff.

Kotobukiya is releasing a new statue in their 1/10th scale ArtFX line, based on the Batman costume from Arkham City.  Posed coming down a set of crypt-like stairs in a dynamic stance, he's clearly ready for battle.

This guy should start shipping any day - this is a bit of an early review. You can pick him up for around $50 at most retailers.

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Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Packaging - ***
The box is sturdy, with the usual clear plastic trays holding him safely inside. It's completely collector friendly, and has some terrific Arkham City graphics.

This is not a limited edition however, and as such there's no Certificate of Authenticity.

Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Sculpting - ****
Dynamic action poses are always a risk - what can look great in the mind's eye of an artist, or even in 2 dimensions on paper, can end up silly or goofy when you add that 3rd dimension.

They went with a very dynamic pose too, and they pulled it off beautifully. Bats is coming down the stony stairs, batarang in the left hand, ready to attack. His cape flows convincingly around his back and legs, and the stance emotes power and strength.

That's at least true with the batarang. There's actually a second left hand that grasps a grappling gun, a nice touch to be sure. The hands swap easily, but I have to say that with the gun in place he looks a bit more...awkward. You can turn the hand a bit to the left or right, making it slightly better (or worse), but I'm betting most collectors will stick with the batarang for long term display.

This guy is part of the smaller sized ArtFX line, done in 1/10th scale. That makes him just under 6.5" tall in the crouched pose on the crumbling stairs.

The hand isn't the only removable part - the figure can also be detached from the base. I can't think of any particular reason you'd do that, but you can just the same.

Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Paint - ***1/2
The paint work is solid, especially around the eyes. Most of the cut lines and edges are quite clean, and the key areas - eyes, lower face, symbol - are sharp and neat.

I do think the airbrushing on the musculature is a bit over done, particularly on the sides of the torso, and there's a bit of a variation in the finish of the cape, but these are both very minor nits in an otherwise excellent paint job.

Articulation - Bupkis
Technically, you can turn the left hand a bit where it detachs from the wrist, but I'm not really counting that. And that's okay - I didn't expect any articulation as this is a statue. Think of this as an information only category this time around.

Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Accessories - ***
It's very rare for a statue to get accessories, so any score here is a huge plus.  Bats has a second left hand that is grasping a grappling gun. The gun itself is actually a separate accessory, as you can remove it from the hand. Not sure what else you'd put there, but it's an option.

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Value - ***1/2
Statues are getting up in the $100 - $120 range these days, making the $50 price point on the smaller ArtFX series mighty attractive.  While he's slightly smaller than something like the Bombshells and is made from PVC, rather than polyresin, he's just as nicely done as the Batman Black and White series, and at a cheaper price point.

Arkham City Batman ArtFX statue by Kotobukiya

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Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.

Overall - ***1/2
Of the many recent Batman incarnations, I have to admit that I really like the Arkham Asylum/City designs. My only real complaint overall has been the rivet-like buttons, and they are very muted here.

While a pure PVC statue isn't quite as highly regarded in some circles as the various grades of poly-resin, examples like this show how high quality they can be, and at a fraction of the cost of others.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Bupkis
Accessories - ***
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has him at $50.

- is also at $50.

- Entertainment Earth has him at $50.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Other Batman ArtFX statues from Kotobukiya include the Killing Joke Joker, the Dark Knight Returns, and the large Batman in the black/gray costume.

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