Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Action Figure Review: Bane (The Dark Knight Trilogy) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   "Speak of the devil and he shall appear."

   Today I'm checking out the Bane collect to build figure from McFarlane Toys' The Dark Knight Trilogy series of DC Multiverse figures. Despite looking quite different from pretty much any other depiction of Bane that existed prior to 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy's take on Bane focused on the intelligence, strength, and sheer will of the character. He also had some incredible quotes throughout the film and a voice that is just really fun to do. Seriously, every time I pick up this figure I start making the Bane voice.

"Do you feel in charge?"

"It would be extremely painful... for you."

"You think darkness is your ally."

Yeah, that's the stuff. I do wish McFarlane had gone with Bane with his coat on, but it seems like he might be destined for a Gold Label figure later this year (it's strongly rumored). Ready for a look at Gotham's reckoning? Pick up the pieces from Batman, the Joker, Scarecrow, and Two-Face, put them together, and join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/2 inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a ball jointed neck.
Accessories: 6 Swappable hands
Non-Scalper Price: N/A. To build Bane you need to buy 4 figures: The Joker, Scarecrow, Batman, and Two-Face.
The Positives:

* Despite wearing a pretty simple outfit Bane looks really cool. I just really like the character and this figure feels pretty solid and powerful. Bane's tactical vest is a separate piece fitted over the body and it has a few different paint applications to add depth and nuance to the vest. Bane looks built. Not like his comic or video game versions or anything, but he's still a pretty formidable looking foe. 

* This headsculpt is pretty nice and is definitely recognizable as Tom Hardy as Bane. There's a lot of detail on the mask, the part of the sculpt that stands out the most, but what is visible of Bane's face also looks pretty accurate. 

* Bane's charcoal colored military style pants have more detail on them than I expected. They're covered with pouches, zippers, and some sweet kneepads. 

* The articulation is excellent, allowing you to really allow Bane to square off against the Dark Knight in a no holds barred free for all. He has all of the joints you'd expect from a DC Multiverse figure and he has a great range of motion in his waist/ torso, arms, and head. Once you get him snapped together properly, he is very sturdy.

* Bane come with three sets of hands: A pair of gesturing hands, a pair of grappling hands, and a pair of standard firsts. Bane is wearing a glove on his right hand, so each of those hands has a glove attached. 
The Negatives:

* My only negative here is that it doesn't feel like Bane has a torso. His vest is a separate piece of soft plastic/ rubber over not a torso piece but more of just the interior joints. When you squeeze his midsection you can tell that he's kind of hollow from his stomach down to around his groin. It just feels a bit odd and makes a big guy like Bane seem less substantial. 

   Bane isn't a bad build-a-figure, but he's not as impressive as I had hoped. While he's a big guy, he's not massive or anything, which makes his lack of any accessories or extras like his coat more noticeable. It would have been nice to have gotten a stand and a trading card for him, too. The hollow, missing lower torso is also an odd design decision. Rumor has it that a coat wearing Bane will pop up later this year as a Gold Label exclusive, so maybe that will fix some of the issues. He's still a Good and a 1/2 figure and a nice addition to this subset, though I kind of wish he'd been sold on his own, making this a regular priced series of five figures.

I've reviewed a few other Bane figures including the DC Mutiverse  Megafig Bane, the Arkham Origins Bane from DC Collectibles, Lethal Impact Bane from Kenner's Legends of the Dark Knight line, and the Nano Metalfigs DC59 Bane and DC 105 Bane.

For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
The Joker (Infinite Frontier)
Kalibak (The Darkseid War)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)
Nekron (Blackest Night)
The Riddler (Arkham City)
Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
Two-Face (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

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