Saturday, September 27, 2008

DC Superheroes - Batman (Black & Grey Variant)


Today's Review is DC Superheroes - Batman (Black & Grey Variant)

This Batman figure was released in the 8th and final series of Mattel's DC Superheroes toy line. This action figure was and still is very hard to find. It was poorly distributed and a lot of people could not get their hands on it at the time of release in the 4th Quarter of 2007. At this point, the toy is dicontinued and it can only be purchased from a few various online retailers and on eBay. You're probably looking at spending upwards of 25-50 dollars for it.

The sculpt itself is not an original. It is almost exactly the same as the Batman figure released in the DC Superheroes Series 3 set which, up to this point, was probably the best Batman figure in the 6 inch height range. (The figure stands just under 6.5 inches by the way). The only difference (other than the paint job) is his utility belt which is has been improved. The buckle is slightly different and the pockets on the belt have been slimmed down allowing for better movement in the hip joints. Everything else you loved about the DCSH series 3 Batman is still the same.

The paint job is great. There are no runs or splotches anywhere. The cape and cowel are painted in a very deep, kind of glossy midnight black. The gray on the rest of his costume is much lighter than Series 3 Bats and i think goes very well with the dark black. The pockets on the belt are nicely shaded. You really can't ask for too much more with the paint job.

The figure's articulation is also the same as Series 3 Batman. Ball joint neck and shoulders, biceps, elbows, forearms, abdominal, waist, hips, thighs, knees and ankles.

Bats comes with 3 different batarangs. The problem is (much like the series 3 version) is that they don't fit very well in his hands. Batman's left fist has a tiny slit in where the batarangs are suppose to be able to slide in however the slit is not deep enough to securely hold them.

Overall this is my favorite Batman action figure. The colors match up better than the previous blue & dark gray version and the belt has been slimmed and improved. Don't get me wrong, the series 3 Batman is still great, it just needed a bit of updating and that's what Mattel did with this version. The only unchanged issue is that Batman still cannot hold his batarangs very well.

As you can see in the pictures, this figure also fits in very with the more recent DC Universe Classics figures if you like to display them together.

If you're looking to purchase this figure, eBay will be your best bet. Most online retailers that actually have this figure in stock are asking $50.00 for it. eBay will be almost half that. To find this figure on eBay click here. Good luck.

Sculpt - 9, Paint - 9.5, Articulation - 9, Accessories -7, Fun - 9.5,
Overall Score 9/10

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Anonymous said...

best batman figure ever i think

Anonymous said...

How about the Dynamic Duo 2-pack from Walmart from DCUC. Do you like that Batman?

A.T.R. said...

ya. that one came out about 3 years after this figure was released. That DCUC Dynamic Duo Bats is probably the best of the DCUC series and its hard to get. I still prefer this one.

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