Today’s Arrival: Mattel Batman Unlimited Batman Arkham Origins

22 10 2013

Finally figures of the Batman Unlimited series from Mattel is starting to hit shelves just time before the video releases this Friday (10/25/2013). The Arkham origins Batman comes in the same style packaging as previous figures.

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The figure is an amazing sculpt. The armor is well done. His cape is nice and wide, perfect for action poses.

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Taking a closer look, his head sculpt is very good. Batman hasn’t shaved in a bit if you look close enough.

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His pose-ability isn’t that great. Nice bicep swivel, not enough elbow bending range, no ab crunch , and lack of ankle rocking hurt this figure.

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Still, I like how this figure turned out. $15.99 (Target)

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Mattel Batman Unlimited: Beware the Batman

15 08 2013

Walked into my local Target and spotted the finally wave of Mattel’s Batman Unlimited action figure line with the Beware the Batman action figure (Retails for $16.99). This CG Animated version of Batman comes in Batman Unlimited style packaging.

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His design is pretty accurate to CG animated show. To me though, it’s not Batman’s best looking figure. His proportions just seem odd with his thin arms and legs. His colors are so dark that its tough to see any distinction between the 2 blacks that he uses within his costume. He’s head sculpt is pretty good but I would have loved more sharpness to his bat ears.

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He functions mainly with ball hinges for articulation which allow for 90 degree bending and 360 rotation. I’m never satisfied if a bend only goes 90 degrees because dynamic posing just can’t be achieved. Would have loved an ab crunch, ankle tilts, and bicep swivels.

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The paint job is sloppy with the belt and the skin on his head sculpt. Come on now Mattel!?!

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He scales equal to DCUC figures like this New 52 Batman.

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This isn’t a must buy but maybe your only Beware the Batman action figure to get your hands on. I’m really hoping a Beware the Batman toyline launches next year, its really the only way the animated series will succeed.

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Today’s Arrival: Batman Unlimited: Batgirl (New 52) Action Figure Photo Review

29 10 2012

Got my hands on a loose Batman Unlimited Batgirl action figure by Mattel. Found it loose on eBay and I was quick to buy it even though she was out of packaging and had no accessories. I’m huge Batgirl fan and paid more than I should of.

She stands same scale as the 6″ Batman Legacy Batgirl figure (see photo below). She sports entirely new body sculpt except for the head which is a re-used mold. She has high-gloss black body suit with  slick gold colored belt, gloves, and boots. Notice the high detail sculpted armor throughout the whole body. Her cowl and backside of her cape are flat black. Inside cape is a bright purple.

Articulation has changed this time around. You will notice there is no bicep swivel this time around. This is a disappoint because you can’t  get good range for dynamic arm poses. She has ball hinged elbows that allow for 360 rotation and a 90 degree bend. A nice plus this time around is 360 swiveling wrists. Right hand is open for holding accessories such as a batarang while the left hand is a closed fist. She can barely rotate just above the abs but not with a lot of range due to the sculpt’s design. No waist articulation in the belt area which is surprising. You have new better looking thigh-high articulation for the legs which makes for a better visual look. Its similar to the Mattel’s Catwoman figure from the Arkham City video game. Everything else is the same from her Batman Legacy edition: ball jointed head, lower leg thigh swivel just above the knees, ball hinge arms with good range of motion, single jointed knees with a max bend of 90 degrees, and hinge feet. As a nice extra touch, you have peg holes under her feet, perfect if you have an extra stand not being used in your action figure collection.

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Head sculpt is a reused mold that was used in Mattel’s DC Superheroes and Batman Legacy lines. It’s a very good mold and I’m kinda glad to see it with this figure. The strong red lipstick is a nice touch.

Slick new body mold with some impressive sculpted elements and shiny black and gold colors.

Notice the lack of a high bicep swivel

Knees are single jointed with a max bend of 90 degrees. Could use more range.

Comparison shot with the Batman Legacy Batgirl. Legs are bit thicker with the new 52 Batgirl

Standing with Mattel’s DC New 52 Batman. Good scale against Batman.

Other things to note: The thigh joints are very loose so dynamic posing like a fighting stance can be difficult. To get around that problem, grab a extra DC Classics display base and take advantage of those peg holes under her feet. I feel like Mattel cut some corners with this figure. A lack of no high bicep & waist swivel and double jointed knees should be a standard Mattel should stick to like with past figures but I guess we can’t have everything. Don’t get me wrong, this without a doubt is the best Batgirl action figure to date…it’s stunning. This will release Fall 2012 at around $16 .