Batman V. Superman Batman figure released earlier this year. The only differences are some new headsculpts, a slew of new accessories, and a piece to the Killer Croc build-a-figure. Is this guy worth picking up or is this a simple double dip on Mattel's part? Read on and find out after the break...
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips,
swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps,
hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Grapnel gun, 3 batarangs, two alternate heads, gas canister, and Killer Croc's torso Collect & Connect piece.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
the figure from the Batman v. Superman DC Comics Multiverse series released earlier this year. Can you tell which figure is which? The only difference is the texture on the masks (the new one, the one on the right, is smoother) so go ahead and read that review if you're interested in the figure. I'm only going to focus on the changes here.
*Probably the most striking new thing about this figure is that Batman actually two interchangeable heads. The first head is a pretty standard Batman head but the second has a cool gas mask over the mouth. The heads swap pretty easily and getting a new head definitely helps to make this feel like a truly new release.
* The other thing that makes this figure feel like more than just a simple rerelease is that Batman comes with some pretty solid accessories. First up is his grapnel gun which none of the BvS figures included. It's actually a really nice sculpt with some decent paint applications. I'm pretty pumped about having this accessory, especially since the BvS Batman didn't include any accessories.
* Bruce also comes with a nice assortment of things to throw at his enemies. There are three very small batarangs (with silver edges) and a gas canister of some sort. Considering that this figure includes a gas mask, it's pretty likely that we'll actually see this in the film. Since Batman can only hold one accessory at a time (his left hand is a fist) you could use these to accessorize some other Batman figures in your collection if you'd like.
* The last accessory Batman comes with is a pair of handcuffs. They don't have any moving parts but they can fit over the hands of whatever villain you have the Dark Knight facing off against. They have a decent sculpt and are another cool extra that makes this set way more appealing than it would have been on his own.
* Bruce comes with the torso for the Killer Croc build-a-figure. Croc doesn't actually seem to be that huge but that seems to be accurate to his film appearance (my screensaver is currently the Suicide Squad lineup and Croc looks to be only a few inches taller than Deadshot). I'm still typically thrilled by build-a-figures (or "Collect & Connect" as Mattel calls them) so it's still a bonus when a line includes them.
* The head is different here than the pevious figure (the cowl is smooth without any texture, matching the cape) but I'm not sure it looks any better. It's still a little oddly shaped.
I've reviewed plenty of other Batman figures, including:
Batman by Mattel (2003)
Arctic Shield Batman
Batman by NECA (2013)
1/4 Scale Michael Keaton Batman
Batman Animated by DC Collectibles (2014)
The New Batman Adventures
Batman: Arkham Asylum by DC Collectibles
Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham City Bruce Wayne,
Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight five pack
Batman: Arkham City by DC Collectibles (2011)
Rabbit Hole Batman
Batman: Arkham Origins by DC Collectibles (2013)
Batman: Classic TV Series by Mattel (2013)
Surf's Up Batman
Batman: Classic TV Series Bendables by NJ Croce (2014)
Batman: Power Attack by Mattel (2012)
"Blast and Battle" Batcave
Batman Unlimited by Mattel
Beware the Batman
The Dark Knight Returns Batman
DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles (2015)
Batman (Last Rites)
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Batman from Zero Year
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
DC Comics Unlimited by Mattel
DC Total Heroes by Mattel
DC Total Heroes Ultra by Mattel
Legends of Batman by Kenner
Dark Rider Batman
Dark Warrior Batman
Deluxe Flightpak Batman
Deluxe Silver Knight Batman
Egyptian Batman & Egyptian Catwoman
Pirate Batman and Pirate Two-Face
Ultra Armor Batman
Young Justice: Invasion by Mattel