The Batman Cartoon Figures We Deserve
DC Collectibles is bringing us figures from the best cartoon version (some may say best version period) of Batman and his rouges, in a new 6″ scale, with the Batman: The Animated Series Action Figures. This cartoon was my first introduction to the caped crusader, after cutting my teeth on Darkwing Duck. I have much love for this series and the others it spawned; Superman and the Justice League shows. I collected more figures from the Justice League shows than from Batman, so I am very happy to see these new figures. Everything about these toys looks great; scale, sculpt, paint, and the amazing level of articulation. I can’t wait to see these in stores. Let’s take a look at the lineups as well as each figure.
Series 1 features Batman, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, and Two-Face and will be released in quarter 3 of 2014.
Series 2 features Robin, Joker, Poison Ivy, and Man-Bat and will be released at the end of 2014.
The Dark Knight himself. I love the cape over shoulders look, I’ve always felt this was the best look for a Batman figure. The type of material the cape is made from will have an impact on the range of motion on the shoulder though. This is a must and obvious buy. I do find it odd that Batman is from the New Batman Adventures instead of The Animated Series. I would have liked to have seen the original blue/grey suit with yellow symbol first out of the gate.
Really happy to see classic Catwoman here instead of her New Adventures look. I never liked the goth costume and pale blue skin Selina got with her redesign. This look is the go to Catwoman design for me. I’m hoping she comes with a whip and if we’re lucky, maybe Isis too. Not really a locked in purchase for me, it’ll be a wait and see on Ms. Kyle here.
My personal biggest disappointment with the whole line-up. Mr. Freeze is recreated here in his New Adventures look instead of his classic Animated Series appearance. His debut episode, Heart of Ice, won an Emmy for crying out loud. The episode was so good DC retconned his comic book origin to align with the episode by introducing Nora Fires. So why DCC chose to go with this version is beyond me. I’ll be waiting for the (hopefully) original version to be released.
I’m not 100% sure which version of Two-Face DCC is listing this guy as, Animated or New. Out of all the main characters, Harvey certainly got the least amount of redesign (for his brief appearance) when the show was overhauled (next to Harley). I’m counting this as an Animated Series figure. DCC has assured fans that Mr. Dent WILL come with his trademark coin as well as gas mask and gun. I’m holding out hope for a white half mask to go over his scarred face.
Dick Grayson as Robin makes his debut in series 2. I always liked the design of this Robin. The look and the attitude really struck a balance between youthful wonderment and seriousness of being a hero. Next to the last Robin costume that Tim Drake wore before the New52 relaunch, this is my favorite Robin look. No word on accessories, but I guessing a grapple gun perhaps. Not having an Animated Series Batman to stand side-by-side with Animated Series Robin is a tiny little dagger in my heart. Hopefully it wont be too long until we can have the dynamic duo paired up from both shows.
Hey, hey Mr. J. So happy to see Joker here in his classic look. For me, removing his lipstick, whitening the teeth, and blacking out the eyes made him less crazy and scary looking. This is the bat-s#@t crazy Joker we all know and love. That maniacal grin is so perfect, you can almost Mark Hamill’s voice coming out from behind those yellow teeth. If we don’t get a Joker fish with this one, DCC should hang there head in shame.
My 2nd biggest disappointment with this line. Poison Ivy’s New Adventure redesign was awful. She was went from a strong, independent (albeit wacko) woman an was changed into a crazy goth/hippy chick with green tinted skin (what was that all about in the New Adventures?). I was never a fan of this version as her Animated Series design hit all the right notes and was basically perfect. This one will be a pass for me.
Man-Bat out of nowhere! I don’t think anyone saw this guy rounding out series 2. Harley was the fan favourite selection to match with Joker, but she’ll probably be in series 3. Man-Bat seems to have the least amount of articulation when compared to the all the other figures. Which is a shame, since he’s the only one that can fly. A ball jointed shoulder would seem like an obvious thing to include, but at least give us ELBOWS. Hopefully Langstrom will receive a few tweaks in the articulation department before release.
For those keeping the score, the series breakdown looks like this:
Batman: The Animated Series figure count = 5
The New Batman Adventures figure count = 3
DCC mentioned previously that just because a figure from one show is made, that doesn’t mean we won’t see a release of that figure from the other. I can assume it’s safe to say we’ll see both versions of Batman, Robin, and probably the Joker. This is great for those who only like a certain version of the character and not the other. Good move DCC.
Overall, I am really looking forward to this line as whole. We are getting some great figures from a pair really great and classic cartoons. What I love most about this, is this is basically a love letter to fans from DCC. These shows have been of the air for years and there are plenty of other things DCC could be making. Instead we get figures that, for some, mean a great deal to us, and have strong ties to our childhoods. If this was strictly a financial decision or as a sincere thank you to fans DCC has made a great choice in making this figures. I hope this line does very well and we continue to receive more down the road. With how many Justice League/Justice League Unlimited figures I bought back in the day, if DCC gets around to making figure like these from those shows, I might need to re-finance my house.