Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Long Halloween/Dark Victory The Joker

TLH DV The Joker

More like Christmas with the Joker. I must admit that this figure is horrifying and it scares the Bats out of me. I don't know why but the 3d version of this particular Joker is scarier than it is in the comics, where he's ugly but sort of...comical, especially in Dark Victory.

Now this line features mostly posed figures, and if y'all remember my rant about posed figures at the beginning of this blog, the Joker's is the most extreme, which is something that bothers me, but at the same time, damn he looks stylish. This is a very flamboyant, chaotic figure, and one of the best plastic representations of the Clown Prince of Crime ever. Anyways, it's not even Christmas!

A drawback to this figure is that his hat falls off too easily, as does the bag of presents, and that can be an annoyance...

Let's put a smile on their face anyone?

He's just so excited, it's a great time to take over Gotham City!

The eternal duel. Anyways, this is a fantastic figure. He's got a little bit of articulation, but it's kind of pointless unless he's...y'know, pointing at Batman. Speaking of which...


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Long Halloween/Dark Victory Catwoman

TLH/DV Catwoman

Those who know me know I am a huge fan of Catwoman. She, like The Joker is mysterious. We know she is Selina Kyle, but her past is mysterious, and she has more than one origin. She continues to be reinvented, and just like The Joker, she is an absolute presence in Batman's life, Gotham City and DC comics as well as general conscience. She is an important character in The Long Halloween, Dark Victory and the follow ups, because...well I can't spoil that for you. She is Bruce/Batman's foil, and she is more important than just a double love interest.

This is a very faithful adaptation from her comic book counterpart. She looks absolutely amazing and comes with character specific accessories, such as a headset and an electronic stethoscope. Interestingly enough, she does not come with her traditional whip!

I love the wrist jewelry! She is also one of the most articulated figures in the line along with Batman and Robin. Her card is Feb 14, and we all know what that stands for.

Something's going down over at the Falcone's penthouse...

Business first...pleasure later...maybe? No?

This is one of the best graphic novels ever, aside from The Dark Knight Returns, Year One and all the other works considered seminal. This was a great figure line and I really wish they had made more characters. Catwoman is very nicely sculpted, a perfect representation of how she appears in the novel. Highly the rest of the line.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

-The Long Halloween/Dark Victory D.A. Harvey Dent/Two Face

TLH/DV Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face

District Attorney Harvey Dent, a brilliant, handsome D.A., married to Gilda Dent, had a promising career. He was The Batman's friend, as he was Lt. Gordon's friend. Together all three would bring down the city's mob problem. Upon Boss Sal Maroni's indictment, Harvey was tragically disfigured after Maroni tossed acid into half of his face. This broke Dent in two, letting a monster take over to exact revenge and justice in a terrible way.

My favorite Two-Face interpretation ever, this figure captures the depth of Two-Face in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's excellent series. This is an amazing figure with really good detail over his burnt clothes, his two faces, even the gun is accurate.

He is painted straight out of the comic, with mismatching pin striped suit halves, jet black hair with blue highlights, and a form but just least on the Dent face. The other half is a demon waiting to take over.

He comes with two hands: one with the good coin and one with the scarred coin. Nice touch.

"He was my friend"...

"Not this time, Harv"...

He is gone. He is dead.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Long Halloween/Dark Victory The Mad Hatter

TLH/DV Mad Hatter

Just another freak assisting you know who, this one can control your head AND have you in a charming tea party with all manner of hypnotized characters.

Straight out of The Long Halloween, this is one of the most grim faced Mad Hatter figures I have ever seen, which is almost comical because of the way he holds a tea cup in one hand and a huge gun on the other. This dude isn't screwing around.

To him everyone is a potential lab rat, but to live in his delusion, a delight.

Don't mess with tea time though. Alice won't be proud.

One of his Alices was hanging out with Dick Grayson in Robin, year one and beyond. This was a mistake.

Made a sympathetic villain in Batman The Animated Series, this is a very dangerous, evil criminal mastermind. However he always seems to be working for someone...

Springtime sucks. Anyways, it's a nice figure with a lack of articulation (still wayy more than the BTAS/TNBA version as you will soon see). I wonder why they chose to make him instead of...say...Alberto Falcone or any of the more relevant bad guys in the story?

The Long Halloween/ Dark Victory The Penguin And Robin

Long Halloween/Dark Victory Penguin

First off, let me apologize for not posting anything in a while. Last year I dedicated it entirely to dinosaurs, but then google deleted my dino review site because of some template error with no chance of recovering it. Batman vs Superman came out yesterday, and soon I'll be reviewing them, but I want to get finished with Loeb and Sale's excellent run of DC figures. So stay tuned and bear with me.

I don't really know why they decided to release Penguin and Robin in the same pack. I think it has something to do with size, but combined these two have more accessories than the rest, so Robin is a welcome addition, joining the next big gangster in Gotham.

The Penguin is a very nice figure, very detailed and an excellent 3d representation of his comic book counterpark, complete with rifle umbrella and a fishy grin.

I love all the tiny details this figure has, from the bird stain on his fuzzy jacket to the real chain on his monocle. It's just a fantastic figure. The jacker is painted in two tones, black and dark blue which adds texture.

Screw Zucco, the Maronis and the Falcones, right? We all know who the true king of Gotham is!

thgough not great in the articulation department, this figure has a lot of personality. He's comical as he is diabolical.


Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo. Batman's partner in justice is an orphan whose parents were callously murdered by the mob. Full of kid-like enthusiasm, Robin has come into Batman's life and joins him to help him rid of the evil that plagues Gotham. But everybody knows that!

This is a great figure. It would have been better if it had articulated knees and elbows, but that does not matter too much. This is a perfectly accurate, detailed form of Robin as seen in Dark Victory.

He has this imp like feel to him...he totally belongs in The Lost Woods in the Zelda games. He's full of expression. Angry, yet focused and still retaining his child like enthusiasm.

Shoulders are elbow jointed, and wrists are articulated so he can hold his fighting stick in a variety of different ways. His hair has shades of blue added which gives him depth and accuracy to his comic counterpart.

This never happened in the comic, but whatever. He's a bit of a badass in it, that's the only spoiler you're gonna get. Anyways, stay tuned for a few more Halloween figures! This is such a great line. I absolutely love them.