I do enjoy the look overall. The cowl and head sculpt – there’s a full, inaccessible Keaton sculpt under there, are fantastic. The gloves, boots, belt, etc. are all well done. It’s a great visual on the sculpt even if it’s not quite as beefy as it should be. The paint completes the visual – not much is needed, but what is there is sharp enough to get the job done.
The only thing I really don’t like about the figure? The cape. I hate cloth capes in general, so it’s a tough sell for me, but the material used is so cheap that it’s basically a veil. You can read this review through it with no problem. I’m gonna figure NECA couldn’t budget in the material they used on the quarter scale and I get that. But just even a heavier cloth would’ve gone a long way. The other downfall is how it connects to the figure, creating a gap between the cowl & the torso. We know from the movie that the cowl basically made Keaton’s head immobile; as such, I’m honestly okay with a figure being the same. If NECA or any future Keaton Batman maker could just plan for the cap to tuck into the sculpt and render the head immobile, I’m good with it. The one advantage to what NECA chose was that you move the cape around a bit to get different poses. What I’ve come to like is just folding the cape over the cowl edges as it appears to close the gap and makes the cape doubled over in some areas and appear darker.
Overall, this figure is nothing short of a godsend. In addition to NECA’s three figures, Mattel did just recently make a 4” figure so we’re not in the long drought we used to be. I spent a long time assuming the ship has sailed on getting a great figure of my favorite version of Batman, so I’m pretty ecstatic about this one. It’s not perfect, but I appreciate it. NECA put together a really good figure and found a clever workaround to get it to us. That’s win-win for this Batman. Now, if we can just get a 30th Anniversary Joker in a few years…
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