Sunday, May 29, 2016

DC Comics Multiverse Batman Vs Superman Bat Creature

BvS Multiverse Bat Creature

*SPOILERS AHEAD* If you have not seen BvS, stop reading. If you have seen BvS, collect superhero figures, and are here, reading this, then you, as well as everyone who collects superhero action figures are wondering the same thing I am. Why on God's Green Earth would Mattel make a figure of a non-character that appeared for ONE second in Batman vs Superman? Why not give us Lois, Alfred, or even Superman's pal Jimmy? This makes me want to scream MARTHAAAAA!

The figure comes with the bigger barrel.

MARTHAA!!! Ok I'll stop. Uh. This "gargoyle" is totally unexpected. It's not even a character in the film. This represents a monster that lashes out at Bruce when he was dreaming about his mother's tomb. I really loved all of Bruce's bits in Batman vs Superman, even the controversial bits. The gargoyle definitely scared me though the first time I saw the film. I remember it being a lot darker in the movie though. While unexpected, the figure is actually really cool. I'm just going to pretend it's this particular universe's Manbat, or Batman from Earth 666...something like that. If the figure were darker, it would be difficult to notice all the details. I hate to say it, but this is unfortunately my favorite BvS Multiverse figure. Still missing Alfred though!

This is a frightening figure. It does have this inviting face though. This is probably what drunk Batman sees in the mirror. This is what he wants to become, so if you begin to think about it, this is actually just another Batman figure, just a very unorthodox one. If I were to analyze the dream sequence, this would be THE Batman pulling Bruce Wayne into his parents' tomb, into his grief, making him into the monster that he is. This is the essence of Batman.

Like most Multiverse figures, this figure has an amazing amount of articulation. It is a bit difficult to stand up, especially with those backwards curved toes. It reminds of the aliens from Independence Day, as they had the same backwards turned toes. Bats have 5 toes on their hindlimbs though. Certainly this is a bit strange. Either way, the figure is able to pose in many ways, which makes it great.

The backwards turned toes allow it to hang upside down from a rocky surface, or a string. This is how I plan to display it as this is the only way it'll stand without a standee or a wall behind it. The joints are tight, so if articulated just right, it can stand easily. One can always articulate the toes outward, but it doesn't look as unsettling. I absolutely love the possibility though. This is a really well done figure.

AM I TOO SOON? GOD I AM TOO SOON! Wait that's Flash's line...

What I dislike about this figure is the wings. They are removable, but they are not articulated and there is nothing one can do with them. I never watched Gargoyles as a kid, but I was familiar with them and the storyline. This is what a remake of Gargyoles would look like. It also looks like Xavier, the archangel...somewhat. I think this creature and Batman make a really good team though, ready to take down THE BELLS CANNOT BE UNRUNG!!!!!!!!DINGDINGDINGDINGDINNNNNGGGG!!! Seriously, get this figure. It's the best one in the line-up, and a weird surprise. I don't like surprises, but this was a weirdly pleasant one.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Darwyn Cooke has passed away

Darwyn Cooke was a brilliant write and artist. He gave us this retro 50's style, which can be seen in New Frontier, and in this cover for Batman 37 (2014).

I really wish more figures existed in that 50's retro tone. Some do, which have yet to be acquired by me, and I'm thankful for it. he was on top of the class, of the class. Only hours after it was publicized that he entered palliative care for an aggressive cancer. Man, y'know...comic book artists bring out their art, their vision of the world of comics to us. We enjoy these modern legends because in some way or another it touches our lives. I always thought of New Frontier as simplistic and borderline retro, but Cooke understood the Batman really well, and helped formed my modern vision of what Batman is. But his art is better than his stories! He is a master, and he now belongs to the ages. Rest in Peace, Darwyn Cooke. Your art lives on in our otherworldly hearts.

Language incoming:

FUCK CANCER, FUCK 2016. The good die young. If you read my blog (I don't know if you do), remember to get screened for cancer every 6 months, make sure you know your family health history, and don't smoke, don't drink, don't eat red meat. That's about all I can tell you. Good night, and good bye.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Batman vs. Superman Epic Strike Batmobile

BvS Epic Strike batmobile

Ten bucks if you enjoy the nostalgia in the last picture. Anyways, this is the BvS Batmobile, or as I like to call it, the Murdermobile or Death Sled. It was a cool part in the movie, regardless of how you feel about Batman's actions in that scene (SPOILER ALERT, he kills a lot of people). The packaging is minimalistic and environment friendly. There's no instructions and easy access. The pictures on the back are instructions enough. All you have to do is unhook these plastic drills, and your Murdermobile will be free!

Mattel mainstream Batmobiles have utilized cheaper builds in the last few years. Gone are the days of more complex Bat vehicles built by Tonka. But for $20, this really is not bad at all. It's a bit of a "chibi" version of the BvS Batmobile, and as the back of the box says, it's got speed, style and mega action! It drives very fast even on carpet! It drifts easily, and it's very nicely detailed!

I'm thanking God and Mattel right now. They have a history of creating bat-vehicles with molded in figures and no actual cockpit where you can't fit figures in. I'm a big fan of being able to fit your own figures into your own vehicles, and for those who make Barbie dolls and accessories (and numerous vehicles), it seems ridiculous that there was a time where they didn't seem to care, but this seems to be only with flying vehicles (The Bat-TIE fighter from The Batman rings a bell, and a lot of The Batman vehicles...ugh). This is very nicely detailed, you can tell it's a Batmobile, but it follows this post modern design where utility is more important than looks, as it was in the 90's with the sexy Batmobiles. It's heavily armored, but it also has this "flexibility" component to it. The spoilers are very conservative. Think of it as a "sleek tumbler". And then there's the controversial guns up front. They serve an important function, and it's not just shooting Kryptonite missiles. The launcher does not turn 360 degrees though! That's a bit of a let down. This Batmobile will fit in pretty much EVERYTHING as it was made for 6 inch tall figures, which is AWESOME. You can fit multiple figures in it, but for now let's just focus on the line's 6 inch Batman figure. The taller Multiverse figures will not fit. They are too tall!

The Batmobile actually makes the figure look bad somehow. Must be the weird lighting. He looks really big next to it because those figures are 6 inch tall.

The cockpit has nice colorless details inside and on the back of the lid. The glass panels are very opaque and let almost no light inside and out. Again, practically everything fits in there, but Batman is tricky to seat due to the stupid plastic cape. Movie moment time!


So after incinerating a bunch of people, Batman find himself face to face with the one man he is actually trying to murder.

He crashes onto him, and that leads the almost indestructible vehicle to skid into a gas station. The Murdermobile has these blast off panels that are pushed out via clever engineering and striking the front turrets at high speed. Reminds me of Jurassic Park vehicles from yesteryear and their dino damage capabilities, with the fact that once you turn the Batmobile upside down with the panels on, they will fall out. The panels attach very weakly on, but surprisingly stay on when the vehicle is being pushed around. Many collectors will probably just glue them on. Reminds me of the Batmobile Batmissile as the sides would pop out without warning some times (the gears on the latter are all rusty and crumbly so now you have to PULL them out, but this is a review for later). It's kind of cool though because for the first time we got an opportunity to open up a Batmobile and check its engine without having to pull a Batman Forever. So what's under the hood?

The engine is extremely nicely detailed and painted in a shiny silver. Pushing the panels out also make the cockpit raise up, but this whole "dino damage" bit is just reenacting the film. Aaahhh, the car smells like vintage now. But really check out the detail on that engine! Man oh man! When it is in the box, the engine tops are tied down by a rope and some plastic attachment. It's gonna be tricky getting it out. If you're smart, you'll just leave it on and pretend the black rope is "tubing" or something. This thing was designed to be well packaged, too.

"When you see your signal lit up in the sky, don't go to it. The Bat is dead. Consider this mercy.

"Do you bleed?"

"you will..."

Since armored Batman can't take care of the problem, the Murdermobile definitely will. How about that, Superman? Kryptonite canister shaped missiles! My sister said the green missiles were off putting and just plain weird, especially when comparing it with the other movie Batmobiles.

See what I mean? The bright lights make the neon bits look ridiculous. I should have taken this with the missiles out. But dang don't they look nice together? They are all roughly in the same scale, though the 60's Batmobile might be a bit too big. I apologize for the messy dusty look on them, I haven't cleaned around in a while. Even Harley fell out. AaAAaanyways, for $20 this Batmobile is highly recommended if you own all the other Batmobiles. But it is a very cool, new aesthetic. All Batmobiles are always controversial. We always go back to the Burton Batmobile or the Lincoln Futura from yesteryear. I've got 10+ Batmobiles from all eras, all shows, etc. Yes, they all fit in figures. I don't buy a Batmobile that won't fit a figure in. And I have learned to appreciate their aesthetics. Even with their murdering guns. For $19-$24 this is highly worth it. Go buy it if you can. I can't tell you how fun it is. They are all fun, and the cheap feel makes it durable as heck. Just don't expect to go to a Goodwill store and find the missing bits 10 years from now!

Monday, May 2, 2016

DC comics Multiverse Batman vs Superman Knightmare Batman

Multiverse BvS Knightmare Batman

We reviewed Blast Attack Batman, the $10 Knightmare version of Batman with less articulation, and I thought it was fun, but for $20 you can get a figure with...only better leg articulation, and some Batarangs to be used by the Multiverse Batman, or whatever Batman you choose. This is NOT an improvement, and the barrel for the Grapnel Gun is NOT worth it. Let's see, shall we?

Like Blast Attack Batman, the trenchboat really limits the movement, but it's worse here. The barrel, and the batarangs are NOT an improvement. This is exactly the same figure but slightly better painted and taller. The googles are different colored than the former's. I'm not saying it's a bad figure, it's just that $10 for a figure I already own, it's kind of unnecessary except for the barrel and the batarangs. C'mon, he doesn't even come with his movie rifle! He doesn't even use batarangs in the knightmare sequence.

See? It's exactly the same figure! More paint apps, better proportions (the small figures all have boxing gloves...), better yet useless leg articulation, and as you can see the elbows BARELY bend at all, again, due to the trenchcoat mold. Ok, fine it's a step up, but I am really pissed off about the elbow articulation, it's extremely limited and he can't hold a rifle in any way, shape or form. So let's steal Blast Attack Batman's...blaster, shall we?

Looks better...somewhat. At least he can still hold stuff as the other hand is a fist, which is useless when you don't have free arm range. Heck, the $10 figure has better arm elbow range.

Well, he can still pose like he's sneaking around, but if you remember, this was the movie's second biggest lone Batman fight scene. I don't know. Maybe I'm just feeling the whole "I've got it already so another version is never gonna be better"... Hello? Have you been reading this blog? For $10 more I should not just get a couple of batarangs, some random freaking piece and slightly better articulation. He can't even turn his waist. The elbow articulation is just pathetic (can still turn 360 degrees around, but it doesn't matter unless you wanna twist his arm in combat). Both figures are nice as they are, but this, being the premium, should have more...wayyy more to offer than the $10 one. Pass unless you need the barrel or the Batarangs.