Friday, July 5, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: The Riddler from Legends of Batman by Kenner
The Riddler is only a hair over 4 1/2 inches tall, although his true height is difficult to tell since he's in a weird crouch, almost as if he's getting ready to enter a limbo contest. This makes him a bit shorter than the other figures, but still in scale. Once again, we're looking at a more dynamic version of the character than seen in earlier lines such as Batman: The Animated Series and Super Powers.
The Riddler doesn't have the standard Kenner 5 points of articulation. Well, he does, but the neck is a bit unusual. He has swivel hips and swivel shoulders, but his neck is actually hinged, allowing it to move back and forth. While I imagine this was done to allow the Riddler to hold his large weapon in a few different poses, it also allows him to headbang. Kind of. He's in a weird pose that seems slightly suggestive if he's not holding his gigantic missile launcher. Actually, this toy is kind of creepy. Actually, he'll hardly stand straight, even when using his giant cannon for balance.
He's the Riddler, so he's got to be green, right? Yup, and this Riddler is two shades of green, although I'm not sure if it's intentional. He's a darker, almost bluish green, and his arms are noticeably darker than his torso, which seems to be a truer green. Perhaps this is due to the Riddler's limbs being molded from a softer plastic than his torso or simply because of time, but it's noticeable in person and a bit off-putting. He's also got lots of purple on him, as his belt, gloves, and boots are a flat purple. The edges are a little messy, but his domino mask is cleanly applied. He has a question mark outlined in yellow on his chest that appears to be a tamp stamp. It's nice and clean, too. His mouth is wide open, so I wish he had either some red or white paint there, but he doesn't.
The Riddler comes with one accessory: a "firing question mark launcher." It's actually a pretty neat and complex accessory made up of multiple smaller parts. It's a pretty decent sized silver missile launcher with two green question mark missiles popping out of the barrels. Push a small purple tab, and one of the question marks goes flying. The other is permanently attached in place. Riddler holds the launcher by attaching a purple belt around his waist and holding the two purple handles. There's also a folding green question mark that acts as a targeting sight. The launcher itself is very cool, but it's difficult to find a way for Riddler to stand while holding it. You literally have to lean him back like Neo in the Matrix dodging bullets to get him balanced. And now the figure looks even shadier.
Nightwing and Knightsend Batman, and I've got plenty more on the way. The Epic Review has also reviewed: Batman from Young Justice Invasion, 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. Click on the banner above and you can find many of these Batman figures (and others) at Big Bad Toy Store.