SH Figuarts Batman The Dark Knight REVIEW!
Batman is a fictional superhero who appears in his comic book series by DC Comics. The character was originally created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).
Batman's alter-ego is Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy and philanthropist who lives in a fictional city called Gotham City.
When he was a child, Batman watched helplessly as his parents were murdered by criminals. Driven by a thirst for vengeance and justice, he swore an oath to protect the city from criminal and those who would do harm.
But unlike other vigilantes like Marvel's The Punisher, what makes Batman different is his disdain for guns as well as well as a moral code to never kill his opponent.
What makes Batman truly stand out from other characters in the DC universe like Superman or even the Green Lantern is the fact that he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, science, logic and detective skills to carry out his mission.
He's that one superhero who's always ready with several contingency plans, and the only who knows everyone else's weaknesses.
I also think the reason why Batman resonates with so many readers is because he represents the duality in all of us.
Every one has a secret, a secret life or identity that they keep hidden from the public, or even aspirations that they wishes they could set out to do.
Batman takes it a step further and showcases in many story arcs the struggle between the two roles he juggles to portray, and leaves us wondering just exactly who is wearing the mask- Batman or Bruce Wayne?
Bandai's latest offering for its SH Figuarts line is the Dark Knight, based on Christopher Nolan's version for The Batman. The character was played by actor Christian Bale to great critical acclaim, and Nolan's three Batbale movies were box-office successes.
SHF's Batman comes in your standard packaging for the SHF line. He comes packaged in a slipcover box designed for collectors, where are compartments to store the accessories if you want to keep them safe and not run the risk of losing them.
Batbale comes with:
- Two headsculpts
- Five types of optional left and right hands
- One grapnel gun
- One sticky bomb gun
- Two batarangs
I would have rated the accessories a little higher but I was a little disappointed with the fact that they did not include an unmasked Christian Bale headsculpt.
There are some things I liked about the figure, and some things I didn't. I loved the fact that Bandai really paid attention to the tiny and managed to pull off reproducing an accurate 1:12 scale version of Batbale. From the body armor to even Batbale's jawline, its evident they took their to craft a figure Batman fans deserve.
The cape is both a gift and curse. While its pretty sweet that the wired parts of the cape allows Batman to assume gliding poses with his cape outstretched, the same wiring material makes it difficult for any other poses, which gets really frustrating at times.
The shoulder armor keeps popping out if I stretch his arms too far up, but its easily attached back on again.
I generally don't have any gripes with the figure as far as articulation goes except for the fact that it kinda feels less sturdy a figure in comparison to Mezco or even Marvel Legends.
There is some semi-conscious part of me that's afraid of moving a joint too hard and risk breaking it, because it feels quite delicate in my hands. Maybe that's why I bought two...
No problems posing this figure except for the fact that the wired cape does get in the way at times, thus slightly compromising the ability to execute some shots. The figure itself can pretty much bend to your will heh heh!
I'd recommend getting this figure if you are fan of Nolan's Batman trilogy. Its going for US$54.99 (RM231) at Big Bad Toy Store, or you can head over to EMT&R Anime Service to back order the figure.
OVERALL SCORE- 7.8/10
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