DC Direct's Batman Kubricks
Here at MillionairePlayboy we really like Kubricks. We're always impressed with the company's ability to put so much emotion into the block figures. Each figure truly represents the character intended while still retaining the Kubrick style. But there's one thing we love more than Kubricks and that's Batman! So to say we were excited when Freebento.com sent word these were available on their site would be a bit of an understatement. It's true this set has been out awhile but why were we so stinkin' pokey in nabbing it? That's a mystery, so let's take a look at what makes these such great toys.
The quality of Medicom's toys is always top notch. Whether we're talking mini-figures or 12 inch uber-articulated figures, they are always made with extreme care in the quality control department. It's just a given. These comic inspired Batman figures are no exception. The paint applications are extremely clean. There are no thin spots, no runs, and no miss-applied details (crooked, off center, etc). Also, each figure sports 8 points of articulation that is present in most Kubricks. The pieces fit together snuggly, allowing movement but they will hold a pose without problem. Finally, the faces have just enough detail to give the impression of the intended character without overdoing it. Sort of a minimalist approach to the design and it works perfect for the block form. Each toy has its own personality and deserves a separate look... so let's go!
Unlike the movie version, this Batman's cowl is sculpted onto the face. I like this because now he can move his head, which the Michael Keaton version couldn't do (which was also true to the movie, if you think about it). The designers went with the gray and blue version much to Mr. Stinkhead's delight. Personally, I like the gray and black version best (Dark Knight Returns) but this comes in a close second. As far as accessories, his cape, belt and er...pectorals are all removable if you're willing to take the toy apart at the articulation points. The cape is too rigid for him to sit down with out removal, and the belt is a bit warped, but it's a nice utility belt all the same: capsules, not pouches. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if MPb were to have a mascot toy it would be this Adam West-ish Batman.
The boy wonder is represented in his Jason Todd outfit (meaning no pants, but his hair isn't as nicely managed as Dick Grayson's). But admittedly, the first two Robin's had nearly exact outfits so if I'm wrong, I apologize. His hair is messed very nicely and is removable. His cape and belt/shirt tails are also removable. But a word of caution: if you remove the belt/shirt tail piece it looks more than a little fruity. Yes it's true this is the Robin that started the whole "he's more than just a ward" controversy. We at MillionairePlayboy would like to officially state that we do not believe a word of this terrible rumor. But we think it's pretty darn funny. Seriously though, this is a great representation of the original (and TV) Robin.
Here we have Barbara Gordon (pre-crippling at the hands of Joker) as Batgirl. This is a great toy. The first thing I have to mention is the hair. The sculpt on this is just great! It comes out from the back of the cowl with large flowing curls and doesn't look odd at all. Her face is determined and I'd like it better if she was smiling, but that's just me. Her green eyes are painted on very nicely (Batman and Robin just have white eyes) and her boots are hot! She has the removable cape and belt found in the last two and her cape is the best sculpt of the three. Here's something strange: Batman has bigger breasts than Batgirl. Explain that!
Boo! Scared? Well you will be...you will be. Sorry, wrong franchise. Jonathan Crane comes at us in all his spooky glory complete with burlap bag over the head action! He has a great hat that is removable and sits fairly snug on his head. Like his comic counterpart he went all out with his scarecrow get up (unlike the movie Crane in a suit). I appreciate when people are willing to go that extra mile so I really dig this figure. The neck, wrist, and waist ruffles all come off if you want him to be more stream lined. The sculpt on these pieces is great. The ropes holding him together look great and the patches on his pants are a nice touch. But truly the scariest part of this toy is the sewn mouth. That is always creepy!
Earlier in this article I said that we love two things at MPb: Kubricks and Batman. Well, I neglected to mention one very important accessory that makes a toy go from a nice toy to a "freaking great toy I have to have"! That's the bubble dome. And if the dome is removable, all the better. This is all true in the Mr. Freeze figure. The dome is great and snaps on and off his shoulders with a simple twist. So if you like to take pictures or pose your toys like we do, that means you can take off the bubble, turn his head for a nicer pose, put the bubble back on, and bam! You have a nice display. Okay, I digress...Besides the bubble dome, this is a great toy. The shoulder and back pack are removable as are the wrist details. His boots are great and the expression on his face is truly angry!
I really like this set of Batman Kubricks. It's a great deal for five great toys all together and they are the perfect size to display on your desk and still have room for your paper work. But if you're running low on space and need to decide between the two, I'd suggest the Kubricks. Your boss won't care, trust me. Also, this set is a great opportunity for you to pick up a few toys that are harder to find now. My final point is that this is a great set of classically styled Batman toys as well as easily referencing the campy TV show and is worth some attention.
Getting Kubricks, however, can be tricky as a lot of their original Japanese releases are blind packed. When this Batman line came out originally, they were blind packed, one per. That's why it's nice that DC Direct presents them all at once in this neat package.
Swing on over to Freebento.com to pick this set up. They also have some other great Designer Toys and a fantastic selection of Japanese imports!
This Kubrick set was made by Medicom Toy, but imported and made available exclusively through DC Direct. They make some great stuff themselves and if you're into Batman or other DC comics you should check out their site.
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