…and I bought another New 52 figure. I know. I’m over the self-loathing already. I’ve bought plenty of dumb toys to represent great things I love, so buying a great toy that represents something I’m not that fond of is completely different and yet pretty much the exact same thing.
I’ve had chances to buy New 52 Batman before. He was included in DC Classics twice and I did occasionally think about adding that ol’ pegwarmer to my collection a time or two. When DC Collectibles made their own, that was an easy pass though. Same look, less artic? I may be weak, but I’m not dumb.
But when I bought Talon, a lot of folks – and I do mean a lot – insisted that I should pick up his companion Batman. I didn’t cave easily. $25 for yet another Batman? At $25 I at least want an oval around the symbol (that’s the only way to go, folks). And the head, while a good Capullo representation, seemed off in 3D. So I decided I was good. I even saw this figure for 25% off at a closing Hastings and still resisted.
Well, turns out, I should’ve bought it at 25% off and saved some dough. I’m not sure what finally put me over the edge. The more often I saw him, I came to like the head sculpt. Talon’s articulation was compelling too. It could just be that I went for a few weeks without buying or getting anything new and my resistance faded (Being a toy collector is fun like that). In any case, I was happy to discover my umpteenth Batman figure was a solid purchase. Even at $25. There are a few nitpicks, but there’s much more to like.
As typical with DCC, the sculpt is solid, taking advantage of that big window space in the box. The suit looks fantastic with just enough detail to make the costume look like a guy in a suit and not a solid, plastic painted figure. It looks very organic. I could do without some of the running lines, but I don’t have a direct line to Jim Lee these days. The more armored parts are more precise and make a great contrast. The detailing on the boots and gauntlets is subtle and looks good without being as heavy as the other lines.
It’s silly, but I love the bat-ears on the kneepads! I also really like the minimalist look on the belt. The cape… is probably my least favorite part. It’s looks good and it hangs well, but it’s just kinda weird too. If you look at too long, you realize it’s kinda of a splat on his back. It’s not really a knock against the figure – I think we just need our “ultimate” Batman figure that comes with 3-4 capes (straight-back, shoulder-draped, whipping around, and, I guess, splat).
All that is topped off by the head sculpt. I have heard some negativity here, maybe best summed up with the term “shovel-face”. It is a little wider and flatter than realilty, but it is a good representation of Capullo’s style, so that’s a success on the books. In person, I had given some though to swapping it for a regular New52 head more because I’m not a kitten-ears fan, but after getting him out of the box, I’m cool with the figure as is. It may come across as a slightly more animated look, but I’ve decided the sculpt works well with the figure. It’s nicely done and I do like how Capullo draws Batman. It’s also aided by great articulation. Continue to Page 2…