SDCC 2016 Exclusive Armored Batman figure from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’


Square Enix is set to release a Play Arts Kai’s Batman figure based from the DC cinematic universe film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Aside from the animated film “Batman: The Killing Joke,” we will also be able to first feast our eyes on the 10 inch tall figure at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

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According to IGN, the figure is based on the caped crusader’s armored suit designed to be able to withstand the strength of the alien threat Superman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He represents how someone without powers can still become an epic a superhero as to match those lucky enough to be blessed with superhuman abilities.

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Mattel Releases Six New Batman Action Figures for Batman V Superman


Mattel has released six new Batman action figures in the Batman v Superman line. Some of which showcase weaponry used in the film, and others may be derivative of the comics or other Batman material.

The figures include Battle Armor Batman, Blast Attack Batman (also known as Knightmare Batman), Knight Glider Batman, Gauntlet Assault Batman, Heat Shield Batman, and Grapnel Blast Batman. Let’s take a look at these in relation to Batman history.

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For Gauntlet Assault Batman and Grapnel Blast Batman, these are very classic Batman weapons. The gauntlets that Batman wears have contained some sort of blade, whether dispensable or not, since the 1940s comic. I believe that this green interpretation is an homage to the Kryptonite weapon used in the film. The grapnel that Batman is seen with in the Grapnel Blast figure is also a time honored gadget. Originally a product of Wayne Enterprises, Bruce Wayne found the device useful in pursuing villains and moving around Gotham’s rooftops. Most notably, Batman evades the police in his head turning exits with some form of the grapnel gun.

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Blast Attack Batman (nee Knightmare Batman) and Battle Armor Batman both claim their origin in the new Batman V Superman film. Knightmare Batman makes his appearance in Bruce Wayne’s nightmare about a dystopia ruled by Superman. He appears to be an “underground” Batman, concealing his appearance in some ways. The jacket is similar to that of a detective, and probably alludes to Batman’s title as the “World’s Greatest Detective.” Interestingly enough, Bruce Wayne of Earth-43 is also titled Nightmare Batman, and was turned into a vampire but continues to fight crime.

Battle Armor Batman dons the most heavy-weight batsuit we’ve seen yet. The armor fully covers his batsuit, and may give him some strength boosts similar to an Iron Man suit. Otherwise, the main purpose of the suit is protection, and this toy is a great recreation of that.

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Heat Shield Batman does not seem to be derivative of the film, nor any older Batman material. However, it would not be the first time that Batman has employed a shield, or fought an enemy with heat and fire powers. I am guessing that this figure and uniform are truly organic, and I’m really excited about that. Given the shield and orange gauntlets and utility belt, you can imagine this Batman to be relatively unique.

Knight Glider Batman, however, is reminiscent of the Batglider from The Animated Series that was the subject of several toy lines in the 90s. The Batglider was renewed in Batman Begins, which marks the last time we have seen Batman fly without the use of a grapple gun or other device. The Knight Glider on Batman in this figure seems like a completely new design. It is significantly less wide than the original Batglider, and can fold downwards behind his back when not in use. Because of the narrow design of the wings, I imagine that they have some type of propulsion method. Furthermore, the blue Batsuit is a completely new design, and will stand out for that reason.

I am really excited about this new Mattel line of Batman figures, and I’m looking forward to more coming out with the Justice League and Suicide Squad films on the horizon. Look forward to more reviews of new Batman figures!

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New Funko Batmobile Dorbz Ridez


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Funko has released a new Batman V Superman edition Batmobile for its Dorbz Ridez line! The figure depicts a new, unseen Batman Dorbz with a more traditional grey and black suit in contrast to the mostly black that we see in Batman V Superman. The Batmobile itself is true to form, with an all black, armored appearance. The propulsion jets are visible on the back, but other gadgetry is withheld in this representation.

The vehicle is roughly the same size as the previously released Classic Batmobile, seen below in black and red, and shaped like the Cadillac seen in the 1960s Batman. Other than the Toy Tokyo exclusives and a Funko Wacky Wobbler Batmobile, these are the only two Funko Ridez we’ve seen widely released that represent the iconic ride of the Dark Knight. Perhaps following in the footsteps of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet, we may see a full sized Pop! figure and ride that could encapsulate more of the Batmobile’s iconic gadgets and features, or otherwise give us more reason to clear some shelf space.

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DC Collectibles Creates Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Figures


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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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New Pop! Surf’s Up Batman, Joker coming in July


The new Pop! Heroes line will include Batman Classics Surfs Up! Batman and Surfs Up! Joker!

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Both are modeled after a 1966 live action episode of Batman titled “Surf’s Up, Jokers Under.” The episode involves the Joker challenging Batman to a surfing contest to takeover the beach, and, err, Gotham by extension. I love seeing Funko turn a piece of Batman history into a seriously involved Pop! that represents true obscurity. These Pops! will sell out quickly for their sheer quirkiness and irresistibility. Surf’s Up Batman Pop! and Joker are available for pre-order at Wildcard Toys.

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This is definitely not the Gotham Knight, nor sadistic Joker, we’ve seen in recent Batman films.

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Bruce Wayne Gotham Funko Pop! #77 Review


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Today we’ve got the Funko Pop! figure for Bruce Wayne from the TV series Gotham. This is from the first wave of Pops! for Gotham, and represent season one including Oswald Cobblepot, James Gordon, Selina Kyle, Harvey Bullock, and Fish Mooney.

This Pop! captures the sophistication and expression that David Mazouz brings to the character Bruce Wayne very well. He’s seen in his tie and sweater, similar to what we see him wearing in most scenes. One noticable difference in Bruce’s stance are his hands in his pocket, which shows a little bit of a relaxed attitude, not very noticeable in the depiction of Bruce Wayne in Gotham, or really any other canon production.

I’m really excited that Funko has started making Gotham Pops! and I’m really looking forward to the next wave. I’m hoping that they make Nygma, the future Riddler and eccentric forensic scientist, and the mysterious Silver St. Cloud from season two. Comment and let us know what Pop! you would like to see from Gotham.