Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Hot Toys DX Batman
I do not think that Michael Keaton made a good Bruce Wayne (come on! Bruce with curly locks!?!) but I think he made a good Batman!
He has a strong jaw and nice mouth which look very good when he dons the Batman's mask.
I have always liked the 1st movie's bat suit and I rate it as one of the best amongst all the bat suits.
The design is very simple as compared to the later Batman (Bale as Batman) movies but I think it suits the overall persona of how I see Batman.
I am glad that Hot Toys decided to do this version of Batman.
I did not pick up Batman from Batman Begins or Batman the Dark Knight but I knew that this version will be my first Batman from Hot Toys.
Hot Toys has made a name for itself for great packaging design but for this figure the design is very simple. On the front is the picture of Batman's head...well that's about it.
There are 3 layers in the packaging. The first layer holds the PVC transparency batman logo which will project the Bat-signal on the wall with a flashlight. The 2nd layer holds the figure and the last layer the accessories and base.
The yellow color used inside of the box is a nice contrast to the black.
Simple packaging design
This is a DX figure hence it comes with the PERS eye system.
This system allows you to position the eyes anyway you like.
In order to move the eyes, you would have to remove the back of the head which is held in place with a strong magnet.
Unfortunately, the cover does not fit perfectly so you can see the line.
Eyes to the left
Eyes to the right
The obvious line
We don't get the full head sculpt of Keaton but we get the lower half. Keaton has a strong jaw and a nicely shaped mouth and I think Hot Toys managed to capture those in the sculpt. We get 3 different versions of the lower face. Close mouth, Open mouth and Wounded Open Mouth.
They are attached to the mask with a magnet.
Hot Toys painting is first class and for this figure it does not disappoint. The painting adds depth and details to the already awesome sculpt.
Mask without the lower half of the face. Notice the magnet
Attaching the lower half to the mask
Wounded Open Mouth
In terms of accessories, you get the standard different hands and many bat gadgets.
The utility belt can be unbuckled and removed from the figure.
I thought majority of the bat gadgets given could be somehow attached to the belt but only the grapple gun and grapple hook can be attached.
I found the cape pretty hard to manage and could not pose it in the way as seen in the official pictures. I hope it is just me.
Batman's gadgets - I like the batarang!
Grapple Gun and Hook attached onto the belt
We get an extra item which is the PVC transparency batman logo which will project the Bat-signal on the wall with a flashlight. Okay it was fun for the first few minutes but I got bored of it pretty quick and now it is in storage...talk about a short product life-cycle.
I kinda like the base with the big Batman logo. The contrast of the yellow and black is so nice.
Being a DX display stand, it has light-up features, Batman nameplate, movie logo and the DX series title...do we really need it??
Overall a great figure which captures the Michael Keaton's Batman perfectly. It also displays very well with Hot Toys Superman, The Movie.