Posts Tagged ‘Arkham City’


The first thing you should know about today’s collectible is that I didn’t buy it, and it probably never would have been in the collection if I hadn’t received it for free. The second thing you should know is that Play Arts Kai toys are really, really cool. This is the first PAK figure I’ve owned, and even though I’m not crazy about this particular figure, I think it’s made me a fan of the toy line. Play Arts Kai toys are made by Square Enix, and they are deluxe figures with tons of poseability and lots of cool detailing and accessories. They make toys based on every property from Batman and Superman to Mass Effect and Metal Gear Solid. The really neat thing about posing these figures is that the joints click to hold instead of smoothly turning. That lets you pose the figures dynamically without having to worry about the body parts shifting around.

I’m a big fan of the Arkham video games, and this Batman comes from Arkham City. It’s an alternate version of the playable Batman, though, based on the art of Frank Miller from the Dark Knight Returns comic series. If you can’t tell from these photos or from prior knowledge of comic stuff, Frank Miller draws really weird looking superheroes. His style works for stuff like Sin City, but I’ve never liked the way he draws Batman and other mainstream heroes. Just look at those thunder bat thighs. Just look! Still, having this figure gives me a new respect for PAK toys, and now I want to have some more of them!

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Arkham City is the second game in Rocksteady’s fantastic Batman video game series, and it presents some unique and twisted versions of classic Batman heroes and villains. One of the most iconic redesigns is Harley Quinn, the Joker’s insane cohort. DC has been releasing the Arkham City versions of the characters as full-scale statues, comparable in size to their Cover Girls of the DC Universe line, and Harley is the most recent to hit stores. These pieces are uniquely noirish in their presentation and painting, with most of them being almost monochromatic, except for one or two highlight colors. The end result is a statue that looks sort of Sin City-ish but that still fits into displays alongside DC’s previous full-color releases.

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