The figure, as I mentioned, features the same suit sculpt that any DKMM collector should have a few times over, but this time in all black. I believe he borrows the gloved hands from the Joker gang, but I’m not sure – I never bought any of those. If they are, then that leaves Ra’s with only his head as the new piece.
I’m a little unsure on how to call the sculpt on this one. It looks proficient. Some angles are great and I can see Liam Neeson in there. Others I’m not so sure, but I’m willing to just chalk it up to the paint on the eyes or the facial hair that keeps it from being as spot on as some of the others in the line. I still like it enough to call it good.
We do get one accessory, the gas mask that prevented Ra’s from breathing in the fear toxin at the end of the first film. It’s a cool, movie-accurate accessory in a line that’s not been the greatest at that, so it’s a nice addition.
As much as I’m enjoying there finally being a Ra’s figure in the line, I have to admit that my primary reason for buying it was to complete the Bat-signal. Ra’s comes with the all important light!
The new Batsignal requires three AAA batteries. Now sadly, I haven’t exactly completed my signal yet. I don’t trust Mattel when they break up their C&Cs across waves (Brimstone, Parallax), so I wasn’t about to buy the pegwarming Batman & Bane until I found the other five figures. Now that I have Ra’s, I’m ready to snag those last two, but the allure of clearance prices has set in…
I might not be able to wait though because the signal is brilliant. I want to finish it now. I’ll probably give it a separate review once it’s done, but suffice to say that it looks good when it’s turned off, and when it’s on it projects brightly and clearly. I love it. I only wish I could have one with a comic emblem instead of the movie emblem! Mattel can get some more mileage here. (I’m tellin’ ya Lucius Fox with a comic-emblem lens!)
Overall, if you love the DKMM line you should be happy with Ra’s. I’m not a fan of how much re-use this line has seen, but Mattel did up their game with the Bat-signal collect & connect this and it’s turned out to be an excellent piece on top of the figures. Ra’s himself is a decent figure, but I imagine I’m going to get even more play out of having a little Liam Neeson figure to kick ass living amongst my 6” collection.
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Ra’s Al Ghul Review”
Pic 2 & 4: Taken
Pic 3: Batman Begins, maybe? It’s been a while since I’ve seen it.
Pic 5: Clash of the Titans (2010)
Pic 6: A-Team
What, no Phantom Menace quotes? 😛
Yo almost got ’em all. No, no Phantom Menace quotes immediately sprang to mind…
(cue reader Brainlock with 30 ideas of what I should’ve done…)
That is one ugly head sculpt.
I figured it wasn’t the best in the line or the worst. 🙂
Great review. I could hear Liam Neeson and Michael Caine talking in that 4th pic.
Also, I’m guessing that 3rd pic is from Darkman.
Great now I’m stuck on wanting a entire Darkman toyline, thanks bigbot!!!!
Great review noisy
You know, I wonder if there’s a way to combine DCUC Deadman and Mezco’s Spirit into a Darkman figure.
Yeah, that’s a Darkman quote
And yes, Darkman!
He’s the only one I need and nowhere to be found! ARGH!!! However, I’m glad that his piece goes on the back, because I’m already displaying the bat signal on my shelf and it looks “good enough” right now.
Yeah, his piece is extra in a way. I still haven’t bought Bane or Batman, so I haven’t got to finish it yet. LOL
Nice review, as usual, Noisy. Your pictures are always entertaining.
That said, reviewing these “civilian” figures kind of seems like a waste of everyone’s time to me. Mainly YOUR time, since it’s just another repaint of Mattel’s “suit” buck (which you’ve already reviewed on previous figures) with a new head popped on. How many times is Matty gonna trot this out? It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just a toy of a guy in a suit. It’s looks fine, but who cares, really? All we keep hearing out of Night Lick is how the focus is on “moms and kids.” So, forgetting for a second that these aren’t “kids movies” does he really believe that Sally Homemaker and Little Jimmy are going to walk out of the store with one of these things? Do kids dream of making their Batman figure fight a dude that bought his super-villain costume at the Men’s Warehouse? I already know I’ll be seeing 6 of these guys warming pegs at my local TRU for the next 8 months. Meanwhile, I have yet to come across one of those Sinestro corps Hal/Blue Lantern Kyle 2-Paks. It’s really frustrating being a Mattel guy sometimes. They won’t make the Huntress, but hey, they did make us an Aaron Eckhart action figure. Awesome.
I know it’s too early to be this grumpy, but this is just a waste of plastic. If you want to sell me a Ras, then make him in the comic book style, and put him in the DCUC or whatever they’re calling it now. Alright, done bitching. Going to get some coffee.
Ironically, these Dark Knight Rises reviews have been huge for the site. Some of the most viewed all year – moreso then some of the comicfare, if you can believe it.
As for as Movie Masters, it is one of those rare “collector-targeted” line (and under the purview of “Matty Justice League”, not “Toy Guru”) so the mix works in this instance. The only real problem I have is that the significantly narrower audience makes Mattel at least think they should plan for slow sell-throughs and give us the suit figures repeatedly.
And I share the frustration on those last TRU 2pks. I’m still not sure on their fate, at one point “Matty Justice League” did say they were delivered to TRU, but that doesn’t mean much. The last wave of MOTU 2pks was damn near non-existent.
Where did you find these? I’ve only got a good dozen+ Batmen scattered across three local stores. None of which are on clearance (yet?) but I did grab Bats and Bane for $11 each in Louisville last month. (Friends I was with just gave a puzzled shrug. oh well.)
I have yet to see the secondary waves of Selina (either), Blake, or Ra’s at retail and what are online are going fast and price is increasing. I feel lucky to have snagged Caine’s Alfred and the WM Gordon with exclusive “smashed signal”, as well. The “regular” Gordon is another one I don’t expect to see, either, due to “exclusive mixes”.
I worry less about it being “a bunch of suits” with a few extra figures “in costume”, as Doctor Who has been the same model and sells pretty well. Look at last year’s Big Bad the Silence: aliens in wrinkled suits! Most “monsters” sell comparably well with the various Doctors (new shoes! they’re RED!), with the exception of one-off characters that peg warm. And they even did a Grandma Connelly with the alternate “faceless” head! LOL
Neeson’s head sculpt looks decent, or at least, better than the painted Caine and the re-used passable Oldman we got for Alfred and Gordon. but hey, at least they offered a *girl* in this series after denying us Katie and Maggie as Rachel.
Hindsight being 20/20, I do wish I had grabbed some of those BB/TDK MM figures for fodder, if anything else. I’ve seen some decent customs using them in the years since, but they were some of the first “expensive” figures at like $11+, which was basically unheard of outside of DC Direct at the time. Little did we know…. :/
They’ve just been hitting at the WMs here on and off. I’ve seen everybody multiple times with the exception of Ra’s here. If I hadn’t bought any before Ra’s, I could’ve meandered around to the area WMs and assembled the bat-signal in one day (Alfred might’ve been a problem come to think of it, but the rest have all been sighted recently). All the non-Batman & non-Banes are selling through here too, so it’s a bit odd.
It shouldn’t be too expensive to pick up most of the the TKDMMs loose. Prior to picking up Alfred and starting the DKRMMs, I only had the Gordon 2pk, a Batman, & Harvey Dent. The rest I got pretty easily.
The only time we got a refresher case up here was with the Gordon cases at WAMO WM. NOTHING else has been refreshed anywhere else. :/
I’m normally not an accessory hound, but these are figures that, as has been widely noted, are sorely lacking them. I could live with all of the suits if they’d just bothered to give them one or two appropriate accessories. Alfred, as Noisy and I have bantered about, would have been sweet if he came with a golf club. (Actually, Alfred should have come in a droopy blue cardigan and a tissue in his hand, the tearful mope, but I digress …). Bank Robber Joker should have had that hand gun with lengthy clip and a duffle bag, Two-Face a snub-nose pistol, etc., etc.
I’m glad Ra’s comes with the mask, but it just makes me want a ninja Ra’s even more so now, because I find it a near crime to finally get a Liam Neeson Ra’s head only to have to cover it up with the mask. I wish they’d done a variant that’s faithful to his appearance in the mansion, perhaps with that cane. I think I would have gone for both in that case.
As for the suits, I think there is a way to keep these figures in a somewhat toyetic display, but it means not being a completist or accuracy hound. I skipped the suit version of the Scarecrow for the straightjacket version that’s barely seen in the movie (and really doesn’t make sense anyway — a straightjacket the length of a lab coat?). Either Joker looks different enough from the suits, both Bane’s are different, too, and Catwoman of course has the unique body. Coupled with both Batmen, there’s enough there to minimize the must-display suit-y-ness of Alfred, Gordon, Two-Face and Ra’s.
The ninja body could’ve gotten some use in an expanded line – “Ducard”, Bruce, and and as an armybuilder at least.
I could’ve gotten the straightjacket Scarecrow, that’s true. I don’t really mind the suits at all from a visual/accuracy standpoint. It’s only annoying from a cheapness aspect, though I do marvel at the notion that this line shouldn’t exist by basic Mattel standards.
I’m past my MM collecting days, and good thing too because I’ve only seen Bats and Bane, and especially trying to complete what sounds like a great Batsignal piece would be very frustrating and expensive.
Glad you’ve been able to track ’em all down, Noisy! Looking forward to the Batsignal review.
Just a matter of what to do about Batman & Bane. I can see getting Bane on a week where I have money to burn and the paint is flawless, but that Batman’s going to be clearance…
… but I want to finish the signal!! 😛
Great Review, but I will say I have a certain amount of Jealousy about you actually finding the “second” wave figures. The only time I saw any of them were at a convention where they wanted a minimum of 45 bucks for the figures.
It may just be that I have a *LOT* of WMs nearby, but it hasn’t been too difficult. It is annoying that Mattel appears to have distributed them all in cases with more Batman & Bane though.
I’ve seen Catwoman, Gordon, & Blake all appeart to show up independently, but Catwoman & Blake were there fresh when I found Ra’s. It might end up that Alfred or Gordon is the rare one, but we won’t know for awhile.
you know, it’s a strange thing on these movie figs, both the MM and the hasbro movie stuff… at some angles, the head sculpts look very good, as likeness similarity goes, and then at others, it seems so off that you doubt yourself on the similarity from other angles. like, i just recently got the movie hulk thanks to a kindhearted friend, and he’s mega-awesome… and from some angles, i was actually surprised how ruffaloed he’s really is… but at other angles, other lighting, he looks about as ruffaloed as my nutsack (which is to say, not at all)
and like w/ ras here, the front on shot, first photo, it’s far from perfect but i can see a little neeson in there… the second shot, partial profile chatting w/ annewoman, looks not at all neesonian. weird. i will say this, the mold seem running right down the side of his face doesn’t help.
I’m as blind to flash lines as I am to articulation for the most part. I don’t even see it until you point it out.
I’m usually not that hard on head sculpts at 6″ & smaller. It’s not easy for smaller boutique operations and that means it’s nigh impossible for big companies (strange how that works). I always look back to Stargate (sculpted by the masterful Jean St. Jean) and it’s exactly what you describe: some angles are dead on the SG-1 crew and then others are almost generic. If it’s close enough for me to recognize, I’m usually happy. If it’s amazing though, I’ll make it a point to shout it out.
Boy I hope the second wave is easily available ( he says after looking at about a billion Batmen and Banes on the pegs.) I wish they could have put them all into one wave, considering that Neeson had already spilled the beans that he’d be in the movie, so it wasn’t really a secret. I foresee a lot of incomplete Bat-signals on Ebay…
Yeah, breaking it up is causing difficulty. I think most of the figures come in the Ra’s case, so it may just be a matter of getting lucky enough to find that one.
Where did the axe come from?
It came with Gordon (the one pictured with Harvey in the ‘kraken’ pic).
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