Friday, September 6, 2013
Action Figure Review 90's Edition: Lethal Impact Bane from Legends of the Dark Knight by Kenner (Confirmed: Great)
While these figures are larger and more detailed than your standard 90's Batman figure, they're not any more articulated. Bane features: swivel hips, a swivel waist, and swivel shoulders. The left shoulder features the most common of action features: the spring loaded power punch. Here it's billed as a "Venom Powered Punch" and it's activated by pushing a large square button on Bane's left shoulder. Bane does punch, so it's a pretty decent action feature. If there's any figure you want to be able to throw punches other than He-Man or Rocky, it's Bane.
The paint is well done and pretty clean overall, although some smaller details have a bit of slop to them. The black on Bane's mask, boots, and gloves is glossy to replicate leather while his tank top is a flat black. I love that the majority of his tubes are painted, but was disappointed to notice two unpainted tubes on his arms. I think I'd have preferred green tubes, but the red isn't bad and matches his outfit nicely.
While it was out of scale with pretty much every other Batman thing Kenner produced, Legends of the Dark Knight did give us some great interpretations of some of Batman's fiercest villains. Bane's another solid figure in a line that I really wish I had collected when I was younger. Still, most of these figures can be gotten for pretty reasonable prices, and I'd recommend interested Batman collectors and Bane fans to give this guy a chance. He's really quite nice. Honestly, if he were released today in a line like Mattel's new Batman line geared towards kids, I think he'd still be quite popular among fans. I do wish he had green tubes rather than red, and the long hair just seems to be a leftover from 1990's extremeness, but overall he's Great.
I've reviewed a couple of other toys from Kenner's Legends of the Dark Knight line: Laughing Gas Joker
and Twister Strike Scarecrow. You also might want to check out Brad's review of the Hot Toys The Dark Knight Rises Bane. Big Bad Toy Store may not have this figure in stock (he's well over 15 years old) but they do have plenty of other cool Bane collectibles in stock and available for pre-order.