|L to R: Dark Knight Returns Batman from Batman: Unlimited, Young Justice, a DC Superheroes Batman, all by Mattel.|
This might be one of my favorite Batman sculpts Mattel has done. While the upper arms, legs, and crotch are reused from previous figures, everything else is new. The head is good. It's a very minimalistic animated Batman, but it fits. The draped cape over the shoulders doesn't just improve balance: it's a great look for the Dark Knight. The chest piece is new and features the bat symbol sculpted in to the chest plate. There's a little bit of muscle sculpting on the torso, but when you look closely, you can see detail lines as well. It's somewhat similar to the New 52 Batman design. The gloves have short spikes on the gauntlets, but also feature raised edges along the knuckles. Are these capable of delivering some form of electrical current to stun an enemy, or do they just make his punches hurt more? You decide! The utility belt is a utility belt, although it has the more modern accoutrement of larger pouches on it than the older capsule look. Lastly, check out the sides of Batman's feet. His boots actually have some really cool little details on the side. Mattel could have easily just reused one of the Batman figures they had lying around for the Young Justice line, so I'm very impressed that they went to such great lengths to deliver a very new figure.
So, time for the main event: accessories. While he only comes with four accessories, they just may be worth the price of admission alone. Oh, and one of the accessories is a building. Did I mention that? Like all of the other 6 inch Young Justice figures, Batman comes with a large display stand, and his is a rooftop scene.
We've covered Arctic Shield Batman from Mattel's Batman line, Talia al Ghul from DC Collectibles' Arkham City, Planet-X Batman, The Dark Knight Returns Batman and Injustice Batman from Mattel's DC and Batman Unlimited lines, Laughing Gas Joker from Kenner's Legends of the Dark Knight, and the Dark Knight Rises Bane from Hot Toys. Big Bad Toy Store is currently sold out of the Young Justice Invasion Batman, but they do have a few other figures from the line such as Sportsmaster and Red Arrow, both of which feature wicked cool display bases and accessories.
Does Barbecue17 own everything Batman? Not everything. Not yet. But he has quite a bit, which you can see on his Flickr page.