Figure Friday: DC Origins: Batman

Published on June 11th, 2010

Package Description

Originally know as “The Bat-man” Batman goes by many names: The Dark Knight The World’s Greatest Detective The Caped Crusader. Batman’s thirst for justice is nearly unquenchable. As Gotham City’s defender and savior. he is the darkest of heroes. As the scourge of Gotham’s network of criminals,he is the cleverest of foes.

Appearance

The classic Batman figure looks just like what you would see in the pages of a Batman comic book back in the day when the great Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson where working on early issues of Detective Comics.

The inside of his cape has a very light blue that works well with the rest of the colors since is has very nice and simple paint job sure it is only grey and dark blue but it works as it feels like they were going with retro colors.

Every time I look  at this figure  I think of Detective Comics number 31 that maybe due to the way his ears are designed. His muscles don’t jump out. Yet on his left legs and on his knees it looks like it is going to break if you play with it to much. If you look at the photo you can see what I am talking about. Over all this is a great looking sculpt.

The Modern is Batman is not that great .I am not sure but it looks like the Batman and son figure ( I never got it) that came out a few years back but with just a new paint job. Needless to say his cape looks more like a Sam Kieth design .It is kind of sad since I am huge fan of one of the classic Batman.

He also has a lot of texture on his cape and his muscles do pop out at you. He is a lot taller then the Classic Batman. I guess he has been drinking his milk which is why he is so tall. I know they needed a modern Batman but this is not the best figure to base it on.

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Posability

You can do a lot with classic Batman for a DC Direct as you can  see in the picture. You can make him bend his knees a lot more then the average figure from DC Direct ,sure both come with a stand but they don’t have the best balance on the stand so for the posing him I used some mounting putty.

He does however have some great articulation and I was had a great time playing around with him. His head moves up and down and left to right he also has ball joints at the shoulders and neck, swivels at the biceps, waist, wrists and thighs, and hinges at the elbows, knees and ankles. The bad news is you can’t move his torso. Overall I was more then happy with the articulation on classic Batman.  A lot more variety than I was certainly expecting.

Articulation is always a weak point with DC Direct and is the same with Modern Batman.He has ball style shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows and double hinged knees.He has a ball jointed neck that works well, allowing for some tilting along with the forward/backward and turning movement.

That’s about it when it comes to Modern Batman one more time modern Bat’s is a epic fail.I feel like DC Direct  did not take the time to work on this figure.

Final Score 8/20

I love the idea of the Origins Series two-pack a lot because a lot of characters you just  can’t find with the first appearance  and I fell in love with the Classic Batman figure as you can tell from this review.If they would sell it just by it self then I would buy it in a heart beat.

I just wish DC Direct would have taken more time to work on the Modern Batman or maybe give a bad ass sculpt that we have never seen before. Over all if you are a  Batman fanboy like my self then I would tell you to go out and buy this set of figures just so you can have  a classic Batman but if your not I would skip it.

There is also Nightwing,The Joker and Catwoman in this first line of DC Origins and I don’t think I will be picking up anymore as I don’t care about the rest of this characters. I am thinking about getting the Superman when that comes in the next wave of these two-packs but we will have to see how his sculpt looks.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com