There is one other thing that figures do have to overcome for me personally. I hate, hate, loathe, hate cloth capes. I just don’t like ‘em. I get why we need them in light of the Batmobile, but mixing cloth and fabric as this scale just never looks right to me. This particularly true here with the cape strangely sandwiched between parts of the collars on each figure and because of the cheap material. It’s kinda Super Powers esque in that it doesn’t appear that toy cape technology has advanced all that much in the last twenty-five years (though the tags do say it’s an all-new material).
Speaking of those tags, they’re gigantic. Ridiculously huge. Mattel Legal cracks me up. I’ll be happy to cut those tags out after the review is done. Finally, the capes have a wire running through them for posing, but I difficultly getting a lot of use out of the wires. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong.
The articulation is the usual Mattel complement. Ball-joints at the neck (good range on Batman, not as much on Robin) & shoulders, swivels at the biceps, wrists, waist, and thighs, hinges at the elbows, knees, and ankles, an ab crunch and the “Mattel” hips. Other than Robin’s head, everything seemed to work pretty well. I would’ve like to see the ankles in particular done a little better simply because of the included stand. The figures can get into some decent poses on it, but the ball-ankles would’ve greatly improved the figures. I would also be okay without the ab-crunch on Batman and the bicep-swivels. It’s so weird to hear me say that, but it’s true.
Batman includes his classic blue Batarang accessory and he can hold it well. It’s also got a nifty little spot to run a small string through to help replicate the “climbing” scene while posing the figures.
That scene is mostly taken care of with the included base. The base is nice and it looks like if you had money to buy multiples you could get a full wall going, but I’m not sure on that. The piece is wall-mountable (and I took the pick here with the wall vertical, not hortizontal like on the show). Mattel didn’t or couldn’t provide any rope or string, but there is a black paper twist tie that does great fill-in work. The cool factor here is that the windows open, but the downside is it’s hard to get a figure back there to pop out of the window if it’s hanging up. Heck it’s hard to get a figure through the narrow window anyway. Still, it’s a neat peace and leaves me wanting a Sammy Davis Junior or Dick Clark figure. Oh, and curtains. Where are the curtains?
Anyway, so the sculpts are okay, the articulation is okay. I’ll get over my aversion to cloth capes so I can stuff these guys in the Batmobile. But I’m still just ho-hum about the figures overall. Is it just the really poor QC on the paint? Is it that maybe I just don’t love this iteration of Batman enough?
In contrast, I’m not the biggest Predator fan, but I’ve bought three versions of Dutch this year! I can’t see the need for buying different iterations of the Adam West Batman, at least not with this line. And that combined with the bad QC had me cancelling all my pre-orders. I’m not leaving the line in the dust for sure just yet, but I definitely need to find the figures at retail to survey the paint QC and make sure I’m not going to end up with anymore like these two.
Overall, if you’re a huge fan of the original series. If you’ve been waiting decades for these figures. I think you’ll be happy with these, warts and all (though hopefully you’ll find better paint than mine, yeesh!). I imagine it’d be the same for me if we got a Zauriel figure or Classic A-Team figures that weren’t exactly great. I’d take them and I’ll probably not complain too much. That said, I hope Mattel gets a little better with this line. The likenesses need to be sharper (and that means not painting the faces with the gloppy skintone mix). The QC needs to be better. If we’re all as crazy for ’66 Batman this year as it seems, Mattel could do well with this line. They just have to look like they’ve put a little more love into it than we’re used to lately.