DC Direct's 13" Deluxe Batman
by Mr. Stinkhead
We review this Batman in our latest Video Podcast!
You can tell by our namesake that Batman is my hero. He doesn't have all the powers, but he has some cash and he used it wisely. Speaking of using cash wisely, I had always schemed that if I won the big lotto, one of the frivolous things I would do is comission Plan-B Toys to make the ultimate masterpiece Batman action figure. I would produce just enough to give to everone that read MillionairePlayboy.com, and that'd be it. A Batman figure to put all others to shame. You've seen their Special Forces figures... I want a Batman like that with cool accessories and articulation. Well it looks as if the bar has been raised.
DC Direct produced this figure to be the hallmark in anyone's Batman collection. Our friends at YouBuyNow.com wanted us to check it out. It comes packaged in a wonderful flip top box. You can open the front panel to see the figure and his accessories, allowing you to enjoy the figure and keep him mint. But you have to get him out. You absolutely have to deny what you may think is "right" and go ahead and do it because it must be done. Just like that time I was at that beach in Spain and took all those pictures of the Europeans sunbathing. Thank God for 12X Optical zoomand this beautiful Batman.
So I ripped him out. Just a few twist-ties, nothing to get in a twist over. [ED note: Dammit I can't believe you used that pun. That was so obvious a joke that my brain began to bleed. I need to put tampons in my ears. Back-up try again.]
So I ripped him out. After a reasonable amount of twist ties I was able to start posing and positioning him. First thing you'll notice is the thickness of the cloth outfit. It stretches and bunches like it would on a person. In fact, this is the most "realistic" looking figure I have. With the right lighting and background, I could probably pass off these photos as of a real person.
The body is nicely articulated. I can't see each and every joint, but the ones that came in nicely so far are the double jointed knees (allowing a better knee-to-the-groin action. Now where is that Cheney action figure?). I'm also a fan of the swiveling bicep, in conjunction with the ball jointed and hinged shoulders, you can get some great, natural looking poses. Even the Batusi!
That leads me to the hands. He comes with 2 sets of hands. One set is in clenched fists. The other pair are bendable fingers, that's right, it's made of a really neat squishy rubber that allows you to make just about any finger pose you want. Amazing control. I wish I had this kind of control when playing Gooey Louie. Anyway, I really liked the type of material they used, it looks great and poses well. You can't do much with the pinky and thumb, but it's alright. They pop off nice and easy, infact too easily, so be careful. They pop right back on, but I wish it was a wee bit tighter... I also wish you could get a little bit more wrist articulation. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I love the pleathery goodness of the cape. It's got a great leathery texture and hit "hangs" well. It looks natural in multiple poses. There's almost enough to get that "wrap around" lurking look, but not quite. Other than that it's just about perfect. In some of my photos it looks stylistic and illustrated, like right off the comic pages. I also like the head, I wish it was more on a ball joint, but it's tight and twisty, and the sculpt is nice. Very Frank Miller inspired.
His boots are nice, they have a functional zipper on the back, so you can pull them off, and there is nice range in the ankles. The important part is that the ankle joints are tight enough to hold the weight of Batman, so he doesn't fall down easily. Even though he has a stand included, it's nice that he can balance on his own. I also like the single Batsymbol tread on the sole of the boot.
The accessories are good. I like the wide variety of batarrangs. One even folds up. Using the bendable fingers, you can make him hold any of them. I love his batbelt. None of the compartments open up, however it looks like real brass and leather from a reasonable distance, and I am glad they decided for form over function on this one. I'll also include the stand. It's got a nice subtle look to it, and it has a ratcheted clip that you can raise or lower.
My overall thoughts are that this is an incredible collector's piece. I love how the body looks stretching the costume. It looks great. I love the hands and posability. This is one of the most perfect Batmen ever. It's clearly inspired by Sideshow's level of quality and completeness. I don't think Sideshow could have done a better job. The joy I got from playing around with it overpowers how minimal the nitpicks were.
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