I’m rounding out my week with a couple of figures from Batman Legacy wave three, which finally started poping up at stores here and there. Noisy was lucky enough to snag the First Appearance Batman and Earth 2 Catwoman, but I get to review them.
Before we get into the mixed review that is these figures, I just wanted to say that I’m very disappointed with the way Mattel handled this line. Aside from a few upcoming 2-packs, Series three is the final wave of the Batman Legacy line. Batman has enough popularity, alternate versions, and supporting characters to maintain his own line well into the future, even without a direct media tie-in. But in a year where Batman has a popular video game, an upcoming movie, possibly a new cartoon series, and plenty of comic books, Mattel decides to cancel his personal line. Does this boggle anyone else’s mind?
OK, enough with the ranting and on to the review.
First up is 1st Appearance Batman. When it comes to sculpt, this figure is all over the place and I’m not quite sure how many newly sculpted pieces he has. The obvious ones are his head, cape and belt. What I’m not sure about are his hands. They seem to have a lot more sculpting than the normal DCUC gloves, and their overall appearance makes his arms seem a bit too long.
I’ve compared his gloves to my other DCUC characters, but couldn’t find a perfect match. This makes me think they may be newly sculpted pieces, but I kind of hope I’m wrong because this Batman really needs a new chest. The super sculpted pectoral muscles clash horribly with the simplified look of Batman’s head, and the Golden Age itself.
I actually really like the head sculpt on this Batman. I think the Horsemen did a good job of portraying the sometimes odd angles in a realistic manner. I’m not as big a fan of the cape, which was created out of a sturdy soft plastic. I understand that they were going for that same specific look, but it becomes almost a hindrance on the figure by limiting his movement taking up way too much room. Continue to page 2…