Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: Viking Batman from Legends of Batman by Kenner (Confirmed: Good and a half)
Viking Batman features an action feature that ends up giving him more articulation than just the standard Kenner 5. Batman has: swivel hips, swivel shoulders, a swivel neck, and a hinged right elbow. The hinged right elbow is part of his action feature: twist Batman's waist to the left and he'll spring back to swing his ax. The right hand holds his ax, and the swinging of the body extends the loose hinged elbow, thus making the ax swing out. It's pretty neat and doesn't interfere with the other joints. Without any accessories present, it also looks like Batman is delivering a backhanded slap to one of his villains. "Don't talk back to me, son! I'm Batman!"
spangenhelm-influenced cowl with ironstrips on the sides. Interestingly, while many of the other Batman figures have the flat, white eyes that Batman is usually depicted with in drawings, Viking Batman's eyes are actually visible. It's quite a nice head sculpt for the scale.
I've already mentioned how I wish the body had been painted in Batman's flesh tone in order to make him look more savage. That didn't happen, though, and instead he's painted in a ...mauve, maybe? No wait, it's taupe. Yup, after dragging Viking Batman to my local paint store I was able to confirm he's wearing a taupe bodysuit. Anyways, the blacks are back, the gold armored pieces are a nice, shiny gold, and other than a little slop around the cowl edges, the paint is neat and clean.
If you're going to cherry pick from Legends of Batman, Viking Batman shouldn't be on the top of your list. If you're looking for crazy Elseworlds versions of Batman, though, snap him up. He's rather unique, and can be quite a bit of fun. I like his accessories and the action feature, so I'm giving him a good and a half. He's definitely a worthy addition to a collection of various Batman figures, no doubt about it.
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