Microman Batman and Batgirl
Review by Jmann
I was SO excited when I discovered that Microman had added Batman to it’s list of characters. I am a HUGE Batman fan, and I had heard wonderful things about the Microman series. I figured a mix of the two would be a match made in heaven. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Batman needs no introduction, despite the fact that I’ll give you one. Bruce Wayne is the Caped Crusader who has defended Gotham City for the past 500 decades under the name of Batman. Over the years, he has had several crime-fighting partners in the form of sidekicks. This set includes Batgirl, in her costume inspired by the comics, and there is no Alicia Silverstone in sight!
I am not a fan of this set, but I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible. I guess I’ll start off with the parts I loved the most. The sculpt is clean and mostly uninterupted, while the facial sculpts look incredible. The paint is very shiny and it really catches the eye. The gloves and cowel are done in a matte blue plastic, and it looks awesome. Batgirl looks just like she did in the comics (or 90’s animated series if you’re a child like me). Overall, they look great.
The accessory count is rather outstanding! Batman comes with a stand, batarang, grappling hook, a gas mask, 6 sets of hands, and some bat shaped… thing. I have no Idea what that other mask-looking thing is. Someone please tell me. Batgirl comes with 7 sets of hands, a stand, and a purse. Ok, she’s a little light on accessories, but hey, you won’t get this for her. Or will you?
Articulation seems amazing if you just look at the figures, and in all honesty, it’s crazy to see this articulation on this scale. Both figures have a swiveling neck, double ball-jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, double jointed elbows, double swiveling wrists, an ab crunch, waist swivel, ball jointed hips, thigh swivels, double-jointed knees, and ankle swivels. Batgirl also has articulated hair and a cape swivel. So, these figures could achieve pretty much any pose you could ever want, if only they didn’t fall apart.
This is the big issue. These figures are the least sturdy figures I own. The heads WILL NOT stay on for any reason, and the hands fall out constantly. All the joints feel like they’ll pop off with the slightest bit of friction, and it’s moderately frightening. I would say that they are figures you pose and leave on a shelf, but they can’t actually hold a pose. The joints can’t withstand any weight at all, and once you finally get the pose you want, something will pop off. Batgirl is somewhat worse than Batman because her hair constantly gets in the way. Of course, Batman’s cape isn’t articulated, so that hinders things as well. All in all, these figures are incredibly annoying.
Normally in situations like this, I’d just recommend the figures to Batman fans. However, these figures are SO FRUSTRATING that I can’t recommend them to anyone. I bought the set on eBay for about 12 USD shipped, and I almost wanted my money back. Please, just avoid these figures like the plague.
|Posted 12 December, 2011 - 00:04 by Jmann|