yesterday's Superman figure, right? Today I'm checking out Batman, the second figure in the series (based on the numbers on the back of the box). Interestingly, while the package just calls this Batman, every other company producing figures and statues of this same design seems to be calling this the Tactical Suit. I wonder why Mattel didn't call this one Tactical Suit Batman? Do they think that sounds overly Kenner-ish? Anyways, Batman is probably going to be the easiest figure in this series to find as the early cased have him packed three to a case of eight (with everyone else packed one to a case). I picked this up at Target when they were first released, along with Superman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman. I've managed to pick up Aquaman thus far but I'm still without the Flash! For now, though, we'll focus on Tactical Suit Batman, the one character who seems to have a noticeably different costume for Justice League. More 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,
swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Collect & Connect Steppenwolf torso.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Batman's articulation isn't going to surprise you at all if you've picked up any of Mattel's film based DC Multiverse figures. The articulation scheme has been quite consistent (although this guy does have swivel/hinge elbows) and the figure overall feels like a solid, durable toy. I'm not crusty, cynical, and jaded enough yet to not appreciate the fact that this figure could actually be played with by a child. In fact, after buying these my daughter and I did break them out during a lunch trip to Steak & Shake.
armored Arkham Asylum series batsuits which are some of my favorite designs. It's not crazy armored like the BvS Armored Batsuit, though, making it a nice middle ground between the standard Batsuit and something super heavy. While Bruce can take a few more blows with this thing on, he can also move around a bit. I love the color scheme; there's quite a bit more going on here than you might think at first. Also, the enormous Frank Miller styled bat symbol (even larger than the standard BvS suit's bat) just looks awesome. It definitely bears some resemblance to Night Owl's suit from the film Watchmen (which I love), which design wise was inspired by the batsuits from the Schumacher Batman films (which I loathe). Somehow it all works here, though.
* Here's the head. It's not insanely detailed but I think Mattel did a decent job on it. While it looks like the standard Affleck batsuit, the goggles really do give it a different look. The goggles look really cool here, though.
* While Superman's cloth cape is weak and see-through, Batman's cape pretty decent. The material is quite a bit thicker and has a pleathery feel on the outside (with a softer feel on the inside). We're not talking Mezco One:12 Collective quality by any stretch of the imagination, but this is still quite a bit cooler than you standard solid plastic cape.
* Each figure in this six figure series includes a piece of the Collect & Connect figure Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf's torso comes with Batman. I'm still in the process of building mine, so I'll review it when mine is complete, but for now I'll just say that I always appreciate when a Collect & Connect piece is included.
* Batman's no Superman, but he does have a few kryptonite-like weaknesses of his own. First, his elbow articulation is severely, severely limited. Bummer.
* Secondly, I have to point out that both of Batman's hands are fists. I know he likes to punch, but this also means that he can't interact with any accessories. Not that he comes with any. Still, whether you want to give this guy an extra batarang from another figure or you're expecting this figure to come with a bat gadget that he can hold, you'll be disappointed.
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If you want to check out more DC Comics Multiverse figures from Mattel, I've reviewed plenty:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War)
Earth 23 Superman
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns)
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel (2017)
DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel (2016)
Harley Quinn (6 inch)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel (2017)
Diana of Themyscira
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)
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