From the neck down, Batman sports some good articulation spots. The ball shoulders are nice with the hinge elbows and wrist swivels. I do find myself missing bicep swivels, but the range is good on the shoulders. Similarly, the lack of ankle joints also interrupt otherwise great leg articulation – the Mattel hips, thigh swivels, and hinged knees all work great, but it’s hard to make use of with the unarticulated boot anchoring everything down.
The one thing that really helps the shoulders is the cape. Now, I’m not a fan of soft goods on figures. Even as I’ve fallen for Hot Toys, I still have to get used to the clothing! But Mattel did great here with this black, pleathery cape. It looks sharp, it doesn’t restrict the shoulders, and you can even fold it back out of the way a bit if you need too. Major props from this soft goods non-fan on that.
One accessory was included, the grappling gun from the film. It’s a little soft, but it’s well sculpted and the figure holds it well. I was excited to get it.
I was holding off on the paint section because of the one big disappointment I’ve had with the line so far. On my Batman, after looking through about two dozen, I found one with a symbol I could live with, and not so messed up chin paint. It wasn’t easy. And I think the eyes on mine are a little off, but I liked the symbol & chin so I bought it. But, as has been pointed out, I love all things Keaton Batman. This means that I also want the unmasked Batman! I would rather get the head packed in, but I’ll buy a second figure. I’m game.
Except I can’t yet. I’ve only seen it twice (both pictured above) and while the sculpt looks solid, the eye tampos are awful. Awful. They’re so big that even if I found one where they were stamped in the right spot, it still wouldn’t be right. I need a friend with a steady hand that can paint eyes if I’m going to get one of those.
Overall, I still can’t tell you if I’m giving this figure a free pass or being too hard on it. I think I can learn to just love it. I’ve already come a lot closer to that in the week I’ve owned him. He’s a lot better than some of the 4” figures at mass retail these days. I do love the basic sculpt; the pleather cape turned out great, and as long as you find good paint, the visual here should be in check even with the heard not quite being right. I would like a little more articulation, but a figure that looks this good, has an accessory, and was only $10? (Buy it at Target, not TRU!) I really ought not to complain.
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