Dark Knight Returns Batman before in their short lived Batman Unlimited line (which this figure shares most parts with) this does represent a different costume worn by the character in that story. Ready for a closer at Batman? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 3/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Since he shares parts with Mattel's previous DKR Batman, this figure is built using a number of parts from Masters of the Universe Classics. This really helps to nail the exaggerated, bulkier proportions of an older Bruce Wayne who is getting back into the game after a decade of retirement. The articulation works much like a MOTUC figure, which I love. Solid, durable, and well articulated.
* That's a pretty pissed off looking Batman, wouldn't you agree? I'm really pleased that Mattel gave us a new headsculpt here rather than just reusing the older one. It's really great and captures the spirit of Miller's depiction of the Caped Crusader early on in the story. Which brings me to my next point...
* Want to see something impressive? Here's a Batman figure without bent gauntlets! That's because this version of Batman has shorter, stubbier gauntlets. They look great, though, and do seem to match Miller's art. It's always tough to get a perfectly comic accurate figure of Miller's art since it changes so much in the book itself, but this works nicely I do believe.
* I'm always happy when a Batman figure comes with a Batarang...
* But not when the Batarang proudly advertises that it was made in China. I have nothing against it being made in China, but seriously? That writing is almost as large as the accessory?
To be honest, this would have been a great time to give us the rifle that Batman uses when confronting Two-Face and his gang. That's a really iconic moment in the book and the rifle would have been a very cool, very unique accessory.
* I really wish Mattel had went with a cloth cape. It would have made for a more dynamic look and keep the figure from falling over when Batman is standing upright. Of course, typically he's hunched over in DKR, but still, the cape is a bit heavy here.
Of course, I've reviewed the Dark Knight Returns Batman from Mattel's Batman Unlimited line that I've mentioned a few times. So far as other figures of Batman go, well I've reviewed:
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 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