DC Super Heroes (Mattel) - Series 3
What? Plastic Batman Reincarnation No.47,834? Great...
At first glance, hurrah, it's just another Batman, but with the 6-inch-scale-craze Marvel started, this Batman deserves another look, even though lots of other 6-inch Batmen have been made, and even if only as fodder for your next custom.
This newest Batman stands about 6 1/2 inches, and it is a fine addition to your army of Batmen. He wears the classic grey and blue colors with the new bat-symbol engraved on his chest (I think this blue/grey suit looks strange without the original yellow symbol though). The detail is outstanding. Stitches, wrinkles, and shading abound. The head alone is something to be proud of. The white eyes stand out against the darker shading, the mask is well-sculpted, and the ears are just the right length. The lips make him look like Val Kilmer when he played Batman in one of the movies, but I don't like Val Kilmer so let's move on. The gloves and boots are finely tailored and sculpted, not just cheaply painted. Every nook and cranny is emphasized by the great shading. Bat's hands are stuck in fists though, which limits the amount of effectively awesome poses you can put him in. There is a slit in his left fist where you can stick in one of the 7 batarangs he comes with (finally, a Batman with cool batarangs and not some ridiculous cannon-gun he would never use anyway!). The 'rangs and very flimsy though so you'll have a hard time sliding them into the slit. The flexible-plastic cape is nice and so is the way it attaches to Bat's neck, seamless! Even his underwear has seams and is nicely shaded, although that big bulky belt covers most of it. Why would they give him that ugly belt? When was the last time Batman wore such an ugly incapacitating item? It blocks some of the leg articulation. And it's ugly.
DC is getting smart and starting to add more articulation to their figures. Batman's neck is a ball-socket joint which lets his head tilt almost anyway you want. The shoulders are socket-swivel-hinges, arms are swiveled, elbows are hinged, gloves swivel, mid-section is hinged, waist swivels, hips are swiveled and hinge outwards, legs are swiveled, knees are hinged, and the ankles are hinged and slightly rocking. 24 POA are quite nifty when they are put in the right places!
Bats comes with a Gotham City cardboard display. It looks nice but the ENTIRE thing should have the Gotham City sky-line in the background instead of that weird yellow electro-burst.