Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Action Figure Review: Earth -2 Batman (Batman: Arkham Knight) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   Last week I had one of those crazy toy runs that we often only dream about. I was alerted that a GameStop near me was getting in a bunch of new stuff and when I went in as the store opened I was greeted with a bunch of new DC Multiverse figures from McFarlane Toys. Not only did I have first dibs on most of the new releases but GameStop was running a 25% off of McFarlane Toys releases last week, too, so I got a heck of a nice deal. Today I'm going to check out the first of the new figures I picked up on that toy run: Earth-2 Batman from Batman: Arkham Knight. There have been many different incarnations of Earth-2/ Earth-Two/ Earth 2/ Earth Two over the years but this figure is based on the Flashpoint version where Dr. Thomas Wayne becomes Batman after the death of a young Bruce at the hands of Joe Chill. And this particular version of Thomas Wayne as Batman? It's based on one of the downloadable alternate costumes for Batman in the 2015 videogame Batman: Arkham Knight. As far as I'm aware, though, this is a unique sculpt; it's definitely not a repaint of the previous McFarlane Batman: Arkham Knight figure. I love Thomas Wayne's batsuit, particularly due to the red highlights that really stand out and give it a unique feel, and this is the version of it that hasn't appeared in the DC Multiverse line yet. Let's take a look at this take on Earth-2 Batman after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed neck.
Accessories: Batarang, collector card, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars
The Positives:

* This version of Thomas Wayne's batsuit isn't quite as different from a standard batsuit as the one released as the suit released in 2020. Instead, it does look more like something Bruce would wear, just with red and black as the dominant colors. The base of the suit is actually a very dark, flat gray with an excellent texture that seems like it's made of a material of some sort, but definitely a heavier material that provides some protection. The red interior of the cape transitions into a red edging that streams from the cape down onto the "V" shaped design (maybe a piece of armored plating) on Thomas' chest, accented by a very striking bat symbol. He's also sporting his cool utility belt which just makes a bold statement and black, leathery looking gloves and boots. 

* The headsculpt is pretty good and definitely has the look and feel of the videogame render. Sour facial expression, red eyes, very pointy ears, and some decent detail on the cowl all do the job for me. 

* Thomas' gloves and boots have a really nice leather texture to them and lots of realistic folds. The spikes on the gloves are also well done with two spikes molded from a plastic that's not too brittle but not gummy, either. 

* Thomas Wayne's cape drags on the ground a bit and is long and flowing out behind him. It's rubbery and a bit pliable, allowing you to move it up and down a bit when posing. 

*  I really just love the articulation and the feel of the DC Multiverse line. The articulation is excellent and it feels like things are always improving. Batman is solid, sturdy, and has a great range of motion in his joints. The plastic cape hinders the movement a bit, but that's kind of unavoidable when dealing with caped figures, especially one with a long, dramatic cape like the Flashpoint Batman. 

* The included batarang definitely captures the look and style of the Arkham Knight batarang. It's pretty sharp looking and fits nicely in Batman's hand. 

* I'm always glad that McFarlane Toys includes a stand with each of their releases these days. It's just a simple disc stand with the DC logo on it but it works well and keeps the figure standing upright in most poses.

* A collectible card is also included with the figure sporting a comic image of Thomas Wayne in this batsuit. There's a bio on the back, too. Very cool stuff.
The Negatives:

* The red trim on the cape looks excellent though it is a bit messy in places, dampening the cool, clean, menacing vibe it gives off. 

   This isn't my favorite Batman figure out there but it's a pretty cool version of Thomas Wayne in the suit and a figure that will stand out on your shelf. The Arkham games are a gold mind of fantastic character designs and while it's cool to get a unique Batman variant, there are plenty of other characters from the games to get around to as well. This is a Good and a 1/2 figure and definitely worth a look. He's not as exciting as some releases but he'll definitely catch your eye. It'd have been nice if he came with another gadget or two, though, especially since there are so many cool ones in the Arkham series.

  If you're looking for more of Dr. Thomas Wayne I've also reviewed the DC Nano Metalfigs figure Batman (DC36).

For more figures of Batman in general check out The Dark Knight Gallery!

For more DC Multiverse reviews check out the following:
Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad)
Man-Bat (DC Rebirth)
Nekron (Blackest Night)


  1. So DC also has alternate Earths like Marvel? Never knew it. Still, Thomas looks as cool as our Earth's Bruce. For me the figure should have two batarangs like other McBatmans you reviewed and not only one. Or a hook pistol and a batarang. But still, one batarang is better than zero.

    About the Phantom Ranger, seems i am a magician or something, as Hasbro launched today a preorder for the invisible variant. Pretty idiotical IMO, as the chest effect the original had was bot only a hit effect but the invisibility cloaking effect. Would prefer a Morphinaut version (In a comic, the Phantom Ranger was actually a being called The Morphinaut, with white and gold colors, like the Spawn's Redeemer/Dark Redeemer figure colors) instead.

    Also, i managed to get a ninth figure for free for my collection. No, i didn't stole a fig nor got gifted one, i managed to find my LEGO Knight's Kindgom II Sir Rascus (Model 8793) from a drawer in a closet full of things. It manages to pseudo-mimic some Hasbro figures movements and still looks as nice as when i got it when i was younger in a department store for 5€ as it was an Outlet sale for the last stock of their LEGO toys stock.

    Probably shoud say tenth, if we can count my 2004 Robosapien as a figure too. Maybe he can act as Cobra Commander's Super Mech. After all, and as i said a lot of times, imagination is limitless.

    Nice Bat-Review, if i see you post more Batman reviews i will call you ActionFigureBat-becue, ha, ha, ha!

    1. I've got lots more Batman reviews coming, so it looks like I'll have a new moniker!

      And yes, DC has many alternate earths and an infinite number of Multiverses. They've actually been using the concept longer, and more often, than Marvel.

      I vaguely remember those lego Knights. Were they built kind of like Bionacles?

    2. Yeah, they were similar to build to Bionicles. They came with an instructions manual and a short story comic included on the manual. What i don't know is where i put the manual. Still, they are easy and intuitive to build even without the instructions.

      Mine is even easier, as the Knight's Kingdom Series II made the torso piece as an unique piece instead of the older Series I versions that had the torso with separate piece sections that resembled the armor.

      Still, for 5 euros it was a great figure at the time, and now it's even greater. It's as intact as it was in 2004 and it looks great. Only thing to have in mind is that unlike the Alley Viper, this figure can't change the sword and shield positions (the Alley Viper allows to change the shield and the knife holster between arms), as in the back there are two gears, one controls the horizontal movement of the right arm for the shield mimicking a butterfly joint and the other controls the vertical movement for the left arm in order to do sword slashing attacks. Still it can get nice arm poses, and the legs doesn't have any gear so you can put them like you wish.

      Even if i saw someone offering me 1000 euros for the figure i would say no. It has tons of emotional and sentimental values for me, like the rest of the figures i have. Still if one day you become interested, i think on eBay they go 20-50$ on each of the basic ones.

  2. I like the red color scheme on this.

    1. Yeah, it's super nice. I like the Thomas Wayne/ Flashpoint suits quite a bit.


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