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Batman 13" Deluxe Collector's Figure

Knight Light Batman

By John Denning     October 09, 2006


Batman 13" Deluxe Collector's Figure
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DC Driect's 13" Deluxe figures get their latest addition with a classic image of the Dark Knight. While the figure maintains the quality of the earlier members of the series, Batman hasn't translated as well as some of the others. The gray spandex shows the weave of the fabric more than other colors, making the costume appear like pajamas. Still, there's a lot to love here, and fans who like the lighter sides of Batman's costume history won't mind this one detracting element.

The vinyl bracers and cape hang very well and compliment the look. Articulation is standard for this series, allowing for a good range of poses. The cowl is part of the head sculpt, so Bruce Wayne can't make an appearance, but then, without a martini glass accessory, what would be the point? The figure does come with four different batarangs, and it's exciting to have the varied options. Styles include one resembling the programmable batarang from the second batman film, a classic fold-up batarang, and a discus-style batarang I've honestly never seen before.

The brown utility belt harkens to a very old-school style Batman, but then those who might be looking for a more contemporary 13" Batman figure should look into the collector's figures from the latest film. This figure stands best alongside the other traditional costumes already available for figures such as Green Lantern and Superman. Now the question remains: if Superman saw the creation of a Lex Luthor 13", can a Joker be far behind

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thestrange 10/9/2006 4:18:48 PM
This looks like it's based on Sandy Collora's costume for BatMan:Dead End. I wonder how he feels about that.
scytheofluna 10/10/2006 11:11:17 PM
Collera didn't design that costume, so his feelings won't be hurt. It was merely a variation on the classic costume. Frank Miller is perhaps most responsible for the classic black and grey suit's revival, but the costume in Dead End was basically the same design that Alex Ross has been painting for years. This figure looks pretty good, a vast improvement over the weak Batman Begins figure they did. I will never understand how DC can make figures based on thier own intellectual properties that don't hold a candle to the liscensed figures produced in Japan. Medicom and Hot Toys made Superman Returns, and Batman Begins figures that just stomp the domestic offerings. The Takara Begins figure even came with an alternate head and grapple harness so you could deck him out as Bruce Wayne. DC direct needs to up the ante, or farm out these figures to Sideshow.
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