The GeeksverseREVIEW | DC Total Heroes Batman (Mattel)

REVIEW | DC Total Heroes Batman (Mattel)
Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014 by
Click through to read our review and view images of the Batman figure from Mattel’s newest, mass market, 1:12 scale, superhero toyline.
  • Batman_toy_review_003Figure name: Batman
  • LineDC Total Heroes
  • Manufacturer: Mattel
  • List price: $9.99 (Toys ‘Я’ Us)
  • Dimensions: approx. 6″ tall
  • Manufacturer’s product description: As part of the DC Total Heroes line, this Batman action figure features at least 14 points of articulation and stunning detail for an amazing price that won’t break the bank for collectors and young collectors alike! The 6-inch tall Batman action figure comes in a displayable blister card packaging that features comic-style artwork along with an accessory.
  • NOTE: The review item was personally purchased by the reviewer

Mattel has said goodbye to its DC Universe Classics, Batman Legacy, and DC Universe Unlimited toylines and will now be consolidating its 1:12 scale superhero figure offerings under the DC Total Heroes banner. Today, we’re looking at the line’s take on perennial favorite Batman.

In a very welcome development in these days of constantly rising mass market action figure prices, this figure retails for a shockingly reasonable action price of $9.99 (US), especially given its sculpt and design pedigree: It was created by Four Horsemen Studios (Jim Preziosi, Eric Treadaway, H. Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, and Christopher Dahlberg), perhaps the closest thing the North American mass market toy industry has to rock stars.

Packaging

The packaging features a beautifully painted image of Batman on the front, adapted from Tony Daniel’s cover illustration for Detective Comics #1, and cross-sell images of the line’s other figures on the back, which currently appears to be only Superman, the Flash, Aquaman, and surprisingly, no Green Lantern. There’s a “file card” of sorts on the back as well that’s accompanied by another illustration adapted from the cover of Batman: The Dark Knight #1 by David Finch and Richard Friend and revealing the character’s real name (Bruce Wayne), his occupation (CEO, philantrophist, crimefighter), his base of operations (Gotham City), and his special abilities (detective, genius-level intelligence, arsenal of gadgets, expert in most known forms of martial arts).

Design

Batman’s design seems to be based on the current “New 52″ look (is it still “new” if the design is almost three years old at this point?)—note that he isn’t wearing his black shorts over the tights—with a hint of an “animated” aesthetic. It’s a departure from the established DC Universe Classics look but it works well. Oh, and he has a soft goods cape.

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Articulation

As an entry-line figure Batman has quite a decent amount of reasonably functional articulation. It features swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, swivel waist, hinged knees, hinged ankles, swivel/hinge hips. There is no ab articulation, which I actually like since it does not break up the sculpt.

Accessories

As for accessories, Bats comes with two Batarangs and his grapple gun. A nice feature is the ability to store the two batarangs on the back of the utiltity belt. However, the lack of a sculpted trigger finger on the one open hand makes it look odd when he holds the gun, but it’s not a big deal.

Paint

The paint on my figure is well done for a mass market figure, although it is a little gloppy and over-applied on the exposed area of the face, obscuring the details of the sculpt.

Final thoughts

With the DC Total Heroes Batman, your $10 gets you get a figure with functional articulation, solid design and sculpting, and a decent paint job. If you are in search of an inexpensive version of Batman, look no further. If you want something with a bit more articulation then seek out one of the many DC Universe Classics releases.

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