this excellent scene from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Someone needs to release that as an action figure as soon as humanly possible! Anyways, thanks to Kenner and their Legends of Batman toyline, we at least have this super cool version of horse-riding Batman. Dark Rider Batman was released as a deluxe boxed item in 1994 as part of the first series of figures and always intrigued me. Finally I managed to track one down, and let me say, I'm not disappointed in the least. If I could go back in time and change one thing from my past, it would be going back to my wedding day and making sure that this figure of Batman riding on a horse was triumphantly standing atop my wedding cake. (*Editor's note: Um, no.*) Yup. So anyways, let's get right into this, after the break of course....
(Note that Batman should have a cape in all of these pictures--I left the cape somewhere and didn't get a chance to pick it up before the pictures were completed.)
Batman is articulated at the Kenner five: swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck. While he's in a wide-legged horse riding pose, he still stands just fine. Batman has a very cool action feature--pushing a small lever on his back causes his right arm to rotate back, and releasing the lever causes the arm to swing down, so if he's holding either the whip or the sword you've got some combat action going on. It's probably the most basic of action features, but it works well and the lever is pretty solid with some nice grooves in it to give your thumb a better grip. Bat-Horse is only articulated at the tail, which can swivel. Otherwise, he's a solid plastic figure. The saddle is sculpted onto the figure and the stirrups can swivel to accommodate Batman's riding poses. Batman fits great on his steed and Bat-Horse can either stand on all fours as if galloping, or can be stood as if rearing back by resting on his tail. There's nothing more fearsome to a criminal than coming face to face with Batman wielding a whip and a sword while riding a reared up horse with red eyes. While criminals are a cowardly lot, I imagine that sight would scare almost anyone.
As with most of the Legends of Batman figures, the sculpting is sufficient but not anything radically unique. Batman's wearing an outfit that kind of reminds me of a cavalry officer since it has that weird buttoned panel on the front. Besides just sporting a bat-logo belt buckle and bat emblazoned boots, he's also rocking some chaps. He's got the really high, pointy ears and a stern look that says, "I'll break every bone in your body and enjoy doing it." He's got some cool gold paint apps that mix up the black and blue color scheme. The gold has a tendency to rub off, though, so be careful.