Friday, November 15, 2013
Action Figure Review: Bane from Arkham Origins by DC Collectibles
The sculpt is really good and is easily the best part of the figure; it really looks like Bane stepped right out of the video game. The sculpting was done by Gentle Giant Studios, a company that often uses scanning technology and creates sculpts from digital images, so perhaps they did utilize the in-game character model in creating the figure? Either way, it's really detailed. While Bane is a huge, muscular guy, he's not yet the venom overdosing freak that he has become in the previous Arkham games (which take place later in the continuity than Arkham Origins) so this sculpt looks more like the Bane you'd expect. He's wearing a modified version of his trademark luchador inspired mask that reveals his stern, intelligent gaze. It's a great Bane head sculpt. There's lots of cool little details all over his outfit as well such as military styled webgear, venom tubes running along and penetrating his skin, and various canisters and grenades. While they get in the way of the articulation, little details like the grenades and the monitor on Bane's chest really make this an impressive figure.
The paint work is good too. Everything look pretty clean for the most part with a nice mixture of dry-brushing techniques that effectively give Bane a rugged, realistic appearance. The head looks really good with neat details. The vibrant green chosen for the Venom tubes is n ice as well and helps the figure to have a little extra pizazz. The only thing I'm not sold on is the painted Venom leaking from some of his implanted tubes. It doesn't look as convincing alongside the rest of the excellent sculpt. Still, it's just one of the many small details on this guy. I love the stamped gauge on Bane's chest although the edges on mine are missing a bit of paint.
Unfortunately, Bane doesn't come with any accessories. Since he's a larger figure sold at the standard price point, I'm willing to let this slide a bit. Does Bane really need any accessories? The rocket launcher he uses in the game would have been cool but alas, it didn't happen.
Big Bad Toy Store still has Bane in stock, so head on over there and grab him today!
I've also reviewed the Arkham Origins Joker and Black Mask as well as the Legends of the Dark Knight Lethal Impact Bane. The Reel Brad Bell also gave us his review of the Hot Toys Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.