The figure has basically standard articulation for a MOTU figure which makes him one of the better articulated Batman figures in recent years. The MOTU hips allow for a nicer aesthetic (no thigh cuts) while retaining great movement. The neck has fantastic range. And, oh look, rocker ankles. Snap.
The figure doesn’t need a lot of paintwork being molded in the mostly appropriate blacks & greys, but what paint is there is sharp. The eyes and jaw are thankfully crisp (my Planet X Batman looks like he has a little purple Hitler-moustache) as is the symbol and the paintwork on the belt.
hough I didn’t manage to scrounge it up for the review, Batman does include a chunky Batarang. You can see some great pictures of it in Michael Crawford’s review here. It’s the giant one that says CHINA all over one side.
My only concern with the figure is the soft, rubbery plastic on the undies. I suppose, when it comes down to it, it’s just the cape material or similar to it, but a few of my older Mattel figures are exhibiting the white dust decay on the softer plastics and it makes me worry about this Batman in the coming years. I love the figure by itself, I love the “inadvertent” crossover appeal with MOTU, and I’d hate to find that I “lost” this figure one day to Mattel’s bad mixes on the softer plastics.
Overall, this is easily going to be one of my favorite figures in 2013. He doesn’t quite have a home in the display. He doesn’t quite go with DC or MOTU, but that has also given him a coveted spot at the top with some of my more favorite stuff. And while Mattel seemingly wants no credit for double-dipping with the tooling, I really just want to ask for more. Well, within reason, I’m not about to buy that funky New52 Darkseid of theirs even though he also appears to use some MOTU tooling. And while I would love a chunky Warlord (how often do you get to say that? I love this job), I would never take it at the risk of not getting a proper DCUC one. But, I desperately want a compatible Superman figure. The tooling is almost entirely done, so I know Mattel can do it. I hope will do it. They’ve hit a home run with this Batman and I just bet that lightning would strike twice if they’ll just go back to the well.
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