I’m still waiting on Wally West to arrive (I’ll explain later), but I still felt like reviewing a DCUC figure to kick off the week. Since the retail line has pretty much abandoned my interests, I only have a couple of recent, non-sub DC figures to choose from. I wanted something fun, so DKR Batman got the nod.
This Batman figure set off a bit of controversy when he debuted. He’s intended to be a Dark Knight Rises Batman, of course, based on the story by Frank Miller. The figure does a damn good job of it too. He looks great. But, that’s not what I see when I look at him. What I see is a Masters of the Universe Batman.
The reason for that is pretty clear: shared tooling. When this figure debuted though, the shared tooling was immediately discounted by some at Mattel. I think part of the reason was simply because some collectors had asked for figures like this, certain DC Characters with MOTU proportions. I admit that I never thought to inquire about a DKR Bats, but I did want Superman and I’d still be pretty thrilled if Mattel got their Remco on and offered DC’s Warlord in both their standard buck and on the MOTU buck. That would be wild, but I digress.
I’m not sure how much shared tooling exists between the MOTU line and this Batman. Toy Guru said early on that he only shared shoulders and, well, it looks like he shares quite a bit more of the more common pieces than that. You can tell what’s new for sure – the entire upper torso, the cape, the head, the boots, the forearms, and the classic undies. And, yeah, when you list it like that – it is the majority of the figure, but you can’t deny this guy looks like a MOTU Batman and I guess I’m still at a loss as to why some at Mattel ran with that denial.
All the new pieces are fantastic. The important costume details are all sculpted in. I love the chunky torso – I kinda wanna see it on He-Man. And I also love the head sculpt. Maybe I’ve missed a parallel in the original art, but it rings true for the Frank Miller DKR look, but I also get a Kirby vibe from it as well. Speaking of that head and the shared tooling – Batman’s head is as easily removable & swappable as any MOTU figure. This has lead to plenty of fun around my toy shelves, let me tell ya. Grizzlor in a Batman suit? Awesome. Or you could pull out Flipshot/Icarius, plop that Val Kilmer head on Batman… and then burn it with fire. Continue to Page 2…