Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Batman00

I’m back to the Blackest Night busts after taking a couple of days off for other collectibles, and today’s feature is Black Lantern Batman. Blackest Night came after DC’s extended Batman R.I.P. storyline, in which Bruce Wayne comic book-died (meaning, of course, that he just went away from the comics for a while and returned later at an opportune time). During the time that Batman supposedly was dead, he came back in this zombified version along with a bunch of other deceased DC heroes and villains, including the previously posted Firestorm. I like the details in the paint on this Batman, especially the mud splatters on his cape that make it look like he’s just clambered his way up out of a grave. His pose either is a zombie reach or an enthusiastic call for the check while he waits impatiently in his booth at Chili’s.

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Batman00

This is the first of the three (so far) Batman busts that DC has released in their ongoing Heroes of DC series. The other two are a New 52 version and a Black Lantern version, both of which are sure to show up here with photos eventually. I really like the design of this one a lot, from the gargoyle base to the bat grapnel dangling from a wire cable.

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Batman00

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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Batcycle00

Eaglemoss has separate subsets of their Marvel and DC figurine lines that accommodate larger-scale characters with deluxe-sized figures that are larger than the standard figurines but still in scale with the rest of the line. Every once in a while, they produce a piece that doesn’t quite fit into the standard or the deluxe line, and that’s where this awesome Batcycle shows up. This is a really cool piece that is in scale with the other DC pieces and is unique in that it’s the only vehicle figurine in this particular line.

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HarleyQuinn00

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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One of the many things I collect is the DC Superhero Figurines Collection made by a company in the UK called Eaglemoss. They make small scale figurines of all the heroes and villains from DC Comics. The figurines typically are painted lead miniatures, and they are usually around 3 3/4″ tall. They kind of look like really cool chess pieces… so much so, in fact, that Eaglemoss’s newest series of collectibles is actually a line of Batman chess pieces. I don’t plan to collect those, but I’m way deep into the regular figurines, and I’m going to try to log all of them with photos. So far I’ve only managed to shoot ten of the many figurines I have, but you can see those in my Flickr gallery.

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