I’m a person that makes bad decisions. In my Batman review on Monday, I counseled everyone to buy the newest Mattel/DC Multiverse figures at Target. They’re only $10 there as opposed to $15+ at TRU. There is just one slight problem at the moment – I’m only seeing Penguin at TRU. I’m not sure how the case break downs work on that. I assume I could’ve probably picked up Penguin for $10 later…
But you’ve read the site and know that, obviously, I’m bad with money.
Thing is, I just couldn’t wait a few more weeks because I realized something while I standing there at TRU, dismissing Penguins for bad paint. I realized that Danny DeVito’s Penguin has been waiting twenty years for a proper figure. Twenty years! Some may say, “what’s a few more weeks?” I say, “what’s $5 more dollars.” It’s okay; you can use me as a bad example.
As a kid, I don’t recall caring much that Penguin didn’t get a movie accurate figure. Some kids surely did and it still bugs them. Some toy collectors will swear they did when they probably didn’t. I will freely admit that I loved the Penguin figure we did get. A Super Powers repaint in a black tuxedo. It was pretty awesome. And, no, it didn’t fit with the great Catwoman figure, but it blended fine with the Super Powers Batman repaints. And, hey, looked sweet in his Umbrella Jet too. For full disclosure, I still love having that Marlon Wayans figure of Robin that didn’t appear in the film too. I was easy to please (and maybe I still am!).
Nonetheless, I also had an unfulfilled need for a more accurate Penguin. I’ve been waiting on Hot Toys to move onto Batman Returns for two years to no avail. I would love to a 6” line conquer the Burton films, of course. But I really didn’t know how much I wanted this figure until Mattel unveiled it at NYCC last year. I’m still not the happiest about the 4” scale, but I knew I’d snap up this Penguin when it came out. Even, apparently, for $5 more than I needed to pay.
The biggest reason is the great sculpt. From head-to-toe, this figure has a great visual. The costume details. The head sculpt. The flippers. All the details are crisp and well done. This sculpt makes me want to go out and see who else is in the line. It’s that nice and easily makes Penguin the highlight of this first batch of figures.
The figure is largely molded in the appropriate colors and that’s for the better. I did come this close to not getting a Penguin because of the paint on the face. I had three to choose from and this was the only one I could justify bringing home. When do you find nice paint though, it really pulls out the sculpting. The grimy wash on the face and eyes bring home the head sculpt while the high-gloss paint makes sure you notice the flippers/hands.
There is just one flaw in the visuals though and it’s not the mold line running around his jaw. It’s the scale. I already know that this line is sculpted digitally – I’m cool with whatever looks good and digital did the job here, but I have to wonder what happened with those digitals were outputted. See, this is a 4” line and Mattel did the thing big toy companies sometimes do – they made everybody the same height. Continue to Page 2…