Today we’ve got an action figure set from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the 1993 animated movie based on the highly successful Batman: The Animated Series.
The Mask of the Phantasm aided in creating the film noir tone that we associate with current Batman comics and films, especially in cooperation with Tim Burton’s 1989 live-action film, and The Animated Series. Set in Gotham circa 1940, the film depicts young adult Bruce Wayne creating his persona as the Dark Knight, while competing against a masked vigilante who seeks to kill Gotham’s mob leaders. Named only the Phantasm, the non-vocal villain outraces Batman to Gotham’s crime leaders until the film’s end, in which the character is revealed to be Wayne’s former fiance.
The DC Collectibles figure perfectly encapsulates the Phantasm’s mystery, both hiding the character’s identity and gender. The figure is armed with Phantasm’s signature dagger, which she uses to subdue criminals throughout the film, and is seemingly attached to her armor.
On Batman, this is a very similar characterization to what we have seen from The Animated Series action figures. The figure has the signature black and grey bodysuit and cape with blue interior. One of the film elements that these figures support is the doppelganger effect of both masked and caped vigilantes, in which the Phantasm represents the dark, unforgiving crusader, while Batman seeks to uphold justice.
This is a great find and I’m so glad that DC Collectibles went to one of the most popular Batman movies and story arcs to create these compelling figures. I highly recommend grabbing a piece of history with this set.
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