You know what they say about best laid plans? I’ve been holding off reviewing Catman & Batgirl from Batman Legacy Wave Two for awhile – waiting because I was planning a group review for this wave. Then I finally get the Batman and he ends up getting a solo review. Fancy that.
I’ve been critical of the Batman Legacy line because I don’t find it very collector-friendly despite its seeming attempt to appeal to collectors by using Golden Age & Silver Age versions of the characters. I think a large part of my dislike was that Wave One just seemed lazy. Freeze was a simple repaint in a loose attempt of Super Powers colors, Batman was just a mishmash of previous parts, and the Joker, while he did get an original head sculpt, could’ve used something more.
With Wave One behind me, I just wasn’t very excited going into Wave Two. Batgirl & Catman left me disappointed and amazed respectively, so it was up to the Golden Age Batman (& his K-Mart Exclusive pal, Bat-Mite) to break the tie. And before I forget, I have to give a huge shootout to IAT reader Xavion for hooking me up with Batman & Bat-Mite! The nearest K-Marts are over an hour away (in opposite directions) and both Vault and I made more than a few fruitless trips hunting for this fella to no avail. You have my thanks, Xavion!
While I had to have this figure, I wasn’t originally sure how much I wanted him. You know how that is right? I would much prefer Mattel set their sights on unique characters than age-specific versions (though as your every day hypocritical collector, I have a laundry list of age-specific figures I’d like to see), so I was mainly looking to snag Bat-Mite and maybe get a decent Batman figure for my ever-growing, boxed Batman collection.
But as a guy who still has multiple colors of Batmen from The Dark Knight Collection, you’d think I would know that you should never underestimate a Batman figure.
For DC Classics, the Wave 1 Batman is always going to be my default Batman for the front of the shelf and I will forever love the all-black costume from my youth. Those two are always out, but I’ve also found myself unable to stow away the TRU Batman in his classic gray, no oval costume. That one is just cool somehow. With this Golden Age Batman, I find myself similarly intrigued and that means yet another DC Classics Batman I want to keep on display.
I don’t know what it is exactly. The lighter grey in the classic grey/blue? The giant bat across his chest? The black cowl with the blue nose? I suppose those all come together to make a figure that insists it’s not just another variant to be boxed.
If you’ve got a sprawling DC Classics display, and if you’re like me you surely do, then this Batman should have a spot on your shelves standing proudly alongside the JSA, or All-Star Squadron if you prefer. He looks great with Hourman & Dr. Mid-Nite. And grouped with the Golden Age Joker & Robin, a little GA corner is already pretty heavily populated (though Mattel has utterly failed us on young Alan Scott and Jay Garrick…)
And while I definitely think this Batman has a long-term spot in my collection battling Nazis and selling war bonds, I think there’s another reason he’s been entertaining me so much: Brave & the Bold. I know the costume isn’t quite a match as BatB Bats is delightfully oval-clad, but the cowl just evokes the cartoon to me. I feel compelled to put him alongside Blue Beetle & Plastic Man or to do battle with Grodd & Gentlemen Ghost. Continue to Page 2…