Review by Atom
Christopher Nolan's big-screen reboot of the Batman mythos has pretty much changed what audiences and fans have come to expect of "superhero" movies. Well, Hot Toys does the same with 1/6 scale figures. They raise the bar on detail and craftsmanship and have completely changed what I expect of a collectible of this size and scale. When I saw they were doing a Dark Knight Batman I got pretty excited to get my hands on it. Now that I have it I am happy to report it lives up to expectations.
Hot Toys has consistently made some of the most spectacular 1/6 scale posable figures available on the market. Collectors and critics alike have hailed their products as some of the best on the market. Not content to rest on their laurels, they upped the ante with their MMS (Movie Masterpiece Series) DX line by throwing in more accessories you can shake a stick at as well as adding the very clever P.E.R.S. gimmick to this line.
You know you bought something special right from the get-go as Hot Toys packed the Dark Knight in a deluxe style package.
The box is covered in a shiny material with the bat-symbol on the front in foil printing.
The lid is held in place with a magnet to hold it together securely. When you open the lid you are presented with a text biography on the inside lid and covering the nested foam trays is a lid with three Batarang replicas. These are made of plastic with VERY sharp corners.
Hot Toys really did include every conceivable accessory they could in this release. Nothing Batman was seen using during the course of the film, The Dark Knight is excluded.
Packed in the top tray is...
The Batman figure with Sonar (light-up eyes) head
An alternate head with the P.E.R.S. feature
3 lower facial expressions
Backpack (used in the free fall/ Skyhook scene)
Sticky bomb gun
Packed in the bottom tray is...
Second utility belt (older style with compartments)
2x batarangs (1 small, 1 large)
A sticky bomb
Grappling gun holster
5x alternate hands (for a total of 7)
Light-up base and support arm
That is a ton of stuff...
Batman's cape is made of cloth and is huge!
Clips are located where the cape attached to the suit, giving it the lean, neckline hugging effect of the cape in the film.
It's so well executed and dramatic.
As you can see, Hot Toys spares no expense. You pay a bit more for their stuff compared to other 1/6th scale figure manufacturers out there, but you get oh so much more for your money.
The suit is exceptionally detailed and film accurate. Honestly, it looks like the actual suit from the film.
The majority of the upper body armor, shoulders, and forearms are a hard ABS plastic with the rest of the suit being a softer, flexible rubber.
That rubber, however, does limit some of the posability. For example, if you bend the knee to get him in a crouching pose the leg springs back to a neutral pose. It's not a deal-breaker and not completely unexpected for the design of the suit.
Bats comes with two heads. The first is a battery operated “light-up eyes” sonar head as seen during the finale of the film. This head includes the neck, which docks into the body.
The P.E.R.S. Head is the real winner in this set. PERS stands for Parallel Eye Roll System and allows you to position where the character’s eyes look. It brings a whole new level of display options to the table.
You can adjust the eyes by using the provided tool to reach into the head and “grab” the nub that moves the eyes.
Once positioned, you attach the magnetic neck to the body and then the head. The magnet in the neck is very strong and will hold the head in any pose without fear of it falling off.
Being a MMS DX release, this comes with a bigger, light-up, themed base. Two spotlights are positioned in either corner and can be moved and repositioned for a more dramatic lighting effect. A nameplate of the character is located on the front of the base.
Yeah it's pretty much the Batman figure any fan of The Dark Knight would want.
They cost more than average 1/6 figures, but they are so well worth it. I don't know how many times I have to say it, if Hot Toys announces a character you love for manufacture, pre-order it immediately or it will sell out while you sit on the fence.
If you’re a big Batman fan, forget buying 20 different action-figures. Instead you should just buy one Hot Toys Batman and be done with it.
|Posted 29 December, 2010 - 21:57 by Atom|