Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mattel Justice League Interactive Talking Heroes Knightcrawler


Hello! I should have done this review two weeks ago when I got this beautiful beast. Yes. Justice League. It was once again a divisive movie, but there were a lot of things I liked, and the Knightcrawler was one of them! Thanks to Mattel, we can all own one! And it's worth every penny! (Although I got it for $24 at target during a sale, which made it sweeter, best money ever spent)

ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. This is how it comes. Pro tip: When you insert the legs, make sure they are all the way in. Pro tip #2: It takes 5 (five) double A (AA) batteries. I'll tell you why momentarily.

I should have probably scanned these. You can read them, right? If not, then drop a comment.

Good God this thing is a thing of beauty. I would like to praise Batman gear's aesthetics seen since Batman vs Superman. From the outfit, to his weapons, and his vehicles, they have been really well done on screen. One of my biggest disappointments in BvS is that Mattel did not release a proper Batwing except for an RC drone or in Hot Wheels format. I really would have loved a figure scale Batwing with a cockpit. Luckily we have tons of Batmobiles this time around, as well as the Knightcrawler and the biggest bat-vehicle of all: The Flying Fox, which we will cover soon enough. I do miss the fins... The screen's Knightcrawler translates well enough onto this toy, which was designed to talk to the talking figures. It's highly detailed, it's HUGE, and it's got turrets that shoot missiles really far! The legs are quite hollow, which can some times be distracting, but that's because of the walking mechanism. This is mechanized so don't expect a lot of articulation on the legs. For details on that, read on.

The cockpit is quite small. It accomodates the BvS and JL figures (not Multiverse) figures well. In other words, if your figure is slightly bigger than 6 inches, it's not going to fit. If anything, the talking figure barely fits, and it's pretty tricky to put it in. The cockpit isn't going to close without a fight, so arm yourself with some patience. If you want to use a 5 inch figure of a 3.75 inch figure, oh they'll fit. As you can see, the Knightcawler dwarfs the figure, and it's one of the biggest Bat toys ever made.

The top of the cockpit features a window you can push back, so you can push talking Batman's belt, which will allow it to interact with the figure. It will recognize Batman, and other figures. Now, I don't own any other talking figures. I'm tempted to get Cyborg. The machine will recognize and talk to Batman, and say various phrases, which I've recorded in the following set of videos.

As for the walking mechanism, it's very loud, very powerful, but it walks a very short distance. Forward sensors will detect walls and blockages. This is a generation 0 pet robot.

I cannot recommend this enough. Buy it yourself and discover for yourself what makes it tick. I'm still figuring out how to get it to say what and so forth. I began collecting batman stuff when I was 5. This would have made me freak out. It's one of the coolest Batman toys in existence, and worth every penny. Yeah, there are some issues like the cockpit being quite small for 6 inch figures, the walking not being perfect, the hollow legs, but still, this is awesome. It's just a really cool toy. But anyways. Plug time. To my readers, did you know I have an Ebay store? You can find it here: Use the tabs to the left to find whatever you're looking for. We've got all sorts of stuff, excellent for stocking stuffers:, and don't forget to give us a like here: tell everyone you know there's a giant vintage toy store on ebay called The Mesozoic Emporium, and tell them to find us on ebay, or on facebook. It's Christmas and I could really use your help so I can get more Bat toys and review them, past the ones I already have, of course. Anyways. Next up, we'll be looking at some more Suicide Squad stuff. I don't know about you, but personally, I liked SS more than JL. What do you think? Drop a comment belowww! Alfred, we'll take it from here!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Batman vs Superman Arctic Zone Batman

BvS Arctic Zone Batman

After this, I only have two Mattel BvS Batman figures left to collect: The one with the Lex Luthor 3 pack, and the one that came with the Batcave (RIP).

This is a straight up repaint of Blast Attack (Knightmare) Batman with a white grapple gun, and two ice blades, repainted from the kryptonite gloves Batman. They've been reviewed here before. Just look them up. I do love the little dirt effect going on at the bottom of the trenchcoat. I gotta be honest though, this Batman just looks like he's ready for labwork, and less ready for war. Perhaps he found the Fortress of Solitude?

It's a cool looking figure, but like the rest of the line he's just a mix and match. It's almost like Mattel is taking cues from Kenner! Now give us cloth capes that are removable, and we're good!

Things did get icy in BvS, so I guess this figure is fitting.

There's a nice comparison shot. Like I said before, Mattel is doing the whole Kenner thing with JL and these figures, mixing and matching existing parts to create new figures. Except Kenner was more original. I still need the Batman figure that comes with the BvS Batcave that never showed up in my area. They've repainted the cave and given it a new figure! Now I need both. Ugh. Anyways, this figure was super hard to find for me. I ONLY found it yesterday at a Fred Meyers, as some sort of relic from last year. I'm excited, but once I review it, I'm no longer excited. Cool line, but they could have done better. Then again, I still haven't gotten to the Batcave. If anyone who reads these is selling theirs complete for cheap, hit me up.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mattel DC Multiverse Suicide Squad Batman

Mattel Suicide Squad Batman

For a full review of this figure's original form, please see this and this respectively The figure is exactly the same as those two. The only cool thing about this figure is that it comes with an extra head, and extra accessories.

Honestly, I don't know what took me so long to get this figure...Maybe it's because I feel I already had it, but then Killer Croc became a concern of mine, and the fact that I was still searching for SS related figures one year after that *ahem* unfortunate movie premiered. Really, that movie had some good things, but it was mostly bad. Everything felt forced, as this figure does. I do welcome the extra set of tools. However, these tools seem to be really film specific, like the breathing mask. Why couldn't they get a breathing mask accessory instead of an entire head? This sort of bothers me.

I feel like the grapple gun is a bit...small.

The batarangs are on point. They do bend in the packaging, and there's no real way to straighten them out, which also bothers me. Losing them is rather easy, too.

Yayyy! More accessories! Let's take a minute to talk about how awkward this figure's base is. The articulation doesn't help. It's just...oddly sculpted, oddly cut...I don't know. I know everyone's buying far superior figures made by Mezco, etc. This particular figure is just awkward. The smaller BvS mainline figures are just...I don't know. Maybe they'll do better in Justice League. We'll look into that soon.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mattel DC Justice League Interactive Talking Heroes Batman

Justice League Interactive Talking Heroes Batman

JL talking heroes! They do exactly that! They talk and talk to one other! I'm incredibly excited to show y'all my very first Justice League Batman figure! I saw these in stores and immediately cried with awe! I didn't buy one right away because I've been mostly broke this summer due to travel and low sales at the store I work at, but that's going to be all better! Every passing day I see more incredible stuff coming out of Mattel! A 5 year old me could have never dreamed of the stuff these guys are making! Last year's offerings were sort of depressing, but they're seriously upped their game, beginning with this figure!

First off, Batman figures that talk aren't especially common. I remember the R.A.M BAT Batman from Mission Masters (which used the backpack to talk, while this figure has a built in electronic system), and probably a few larger figures talk, but this would be only my second one. It says 15 different phrases that I haven't gotten to yet (find out what he says when you buy it). It's a wee bit shorter than last year's figures. Just a tad bit shorter. I wish I had taken a comparison picture with BvS figures. As you can see, we are making a return to cloth capes, which I feel is a bloody miracle. If you follow this blog, you'll notice I'm a big fan of cloth capes. Plastic capes are just so...rigid. I personally like to fwoosh around with my figures. In the last picture you can see where the battery goes. It uses 3 A76 batteries, which are hella expensive. I know this because I've been dealing with them since 1993 with my Jurassic Park dinosaurs. The belt buckle is the button, and I think it looks kind of nice. The sculpt is really nice and detailed. It's pretty textured, as these Batmen usually are. I love the job Mattel did with that woven like fiber texture on Ben Affleck's Batman outfit. (DISCLAIMER: Ben Affleck does not provide the voice for the figure)

To the modern super articulated fan, these figures might look a bit stiff, but they've made some improvements since last year. Elbows and wrists are actually ball jointed! Kinda useless since the shoulders aren't, but still a million times better than modern Star Wars figures. I love it how they have open fists for holding other figures' accessories. Some of BvS figures did have ball jointed elbows, but that's sort of an useless feature if you don't have ball jointed elbows in my opinion. Still, good for boxing matches.


They also have knee joints. Overall a pretty fantastic figure, really. It's a mix of back to basics + 2017 toy engineering, and I know a 5 year old me would have gone nuts (see what I did there?) over this figure.

I got mine at Target for 14.99 (no sales tax in Oregon), and for that price, I think this is an excellent gift for From me. The line also has Flash, Aquaman, Wonderwoman and Superman, which I will not be getting or showing here as this is a Batman universe page. I can't wait to get more JL Batman figures to show y'all. The next couple of days I'll be talking about the Suicide Squad Multiverse figures I haven't reviewed yet, and because this year marks the 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series, I'm going to review every single Kenner figure and vehicle tied to that era!!!! So stay tuned! Also, for those of you who have facebook, please give these folks at like: The Unofficial Michael Keaton Academy of Getting Nuts, which is probably my favorite Batman page on FB (no they're not sponsoring this, that'd be nuts, I just had to share it because true Batman fans will enjoy this).