Odds ‘n Ends > Mattelocalypse Averted

  • Let’s give credit where credit is due: while the WSOD did make an appearance yesterday, the Cyber Monday sale overall ran much more smoothly than previous months, and there seems to have been an abundance of product available. Only a few items are sold out now, and Battle Cat hung around much longer than anyone expected.
  • DST continues to eek out the occasional Battle Beast Minimate here and there. When are we going to get a real line of these things?
  • The new MOTU vs. DCUC 2-packs are starting to hit. I was thinking I wasn’t going to get them, but I know I will once I see them. I ain’t buying them off eBay, though. Anyone seen them in stores yet?
  • The packaging and constructs for the Hal Jordan vs. Thaal Sinestro set look great, but shouldn’t Sinestro be wearing the Sinestro Corps uniform, and Jordan his modern togs? Or alternatively, shouldn’t the “evil” constructs be green? Still though…great looking set. Why didn’t we get anything like Green Lantern Classics for Batman when Dark Knight came out?
  • A Chinese eBay retailer has some early samples of DCUC 16: Creeper, Robin, Riddler, Mercury, Jonah Hex. I didn’t realize Robin and the Creeper had double-joints until I saw these–that’s awesome. Here’s hoping for a super-articulated Batman down the line. Does Azrael Bats have double-joints too?
  • Speaking of Batman, here’s your question of the day: what’s your definitive Mattel Batman? Is it Zipline Batman, DCSH Batman (blue or black), DCUC Detective Batman or Burton Batman, DCUC TRU exclusive Batman or Walmart Robin 2-pack Batman…? My all-time favorite remains DCSH black-and-gray Batman, but a new modern DCUC Batman–with a black bat symbol, pouch belt, and double-jointed limbs–might top him.
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  • my definitive bats hasn't been made yet… i want tall ears and double knees and elbows. like, if i could have gotten the horsemen to give us "arkham asylum" bats w/ double knees and elbows, that'd be my bats… but we didn't, so i keen solitarily into the night, waiting for my bats to come…

  • I just watched the 1989 Batman the other day. I'd forgotten how murderous that Batman was…he mows down guys with the machine guns from the Batmobile, blows up a factory (and about a half-dozen mooks outside the vehicle), and tries to chaingun the Joker from the Batwing.

    "Rubber bullets. Honest." I don't think so…

    That said, I do prefer the Dark Knight outfit to the molded abs and pecs of the 1989 version.

    But nothing will ever beat the Burton Batmobile.

  • Gotta go with you Poe, the DCSH black & gray holds the center spot on my DC shelf and I cant see a better version than that coming anytime soon.

  • I'll give them that it was not bad as it could have been. I was pretty much expecting the worst, worst case scenario… like the web site blowing up my computer or something. It took me 45 minutes, but I was able to complete my order and get what I wanted, so I guess in the scheme of things, I can't complain.

    What was most surprising was that Battle Cat lasted so long… either not as many people were buying him or they actually had enough supply to meet the demand. At last check He-Man was "almost gone" and Skeletor was still available… which makes sense since they were the only three products that were from a secondary run and not leftover stock.

    I can do without Stratos, but more than likely I’ll want that Mer-Man repaint once I see it in person. I'm not actively hunting for them though. Too many TRU pegs are still littered with the first two, so hopefully once they reach saturation point they will be easy to find.

    DCSH black-and-gray Batman comes close to being my perfect Batman and Zipline Batman would be if he had better articulation. Right now my definitive Batman is the TRU exclusive with the black Bat symbol and pellet belt. Although I typically prefer the pouch belt, the re-use of the Public Enemies Batman's belt didn't look right to me, so I opted for other.

    If they ever make a MM-style Keaton Bats, I don't think that figure would ever leave my side.

    '89 Batmobile is tops, nothing can ever beat that.

  • I have the TRU exclusive with the black Bat symbol and pellet belt amongst the big seven of the justice league but the DCSH one is with the Bat-family on another shelf.

    I've seen in store reports of both the MOTU vs. DC and the new DCUC 2 packs in TRU

  • I'm fine if those Battle Beasts are never released. I love the original line to death, and to me, there is no way anyone can improve upon it.

  • The DCUC Wave 1 Batman is my current perfect Batman. I think it's just due to my mind linking the figure with my childhood love of the Super Powers toys and the Neal Adams art from comics.

    I also concur that the Burton Batmobile was the best ever, hands down.

  • @Fengschwing: GL Classics Wave 1 is in stock at BBTS. Just got the email that mine was ready to go. Blew a giant hole in my bank account that I wasn't expecting until after the first of the year but hey whaddaya gonna do.

  • DCSH Black and gray Bats is my ultimate Batman, and I don't even own it. I have the blue and grey. I love the grittiness right down to the visible seams on the costume and gloves. The pouch belt is very realistic.

  • @Poe: I have no problem with a Batman that murders crooks. Not like punisher murder, but the can't help it kind of murder, like when a cop kills a crook. I don't get how he could clear out that factory of all the crooks without blowing it up with them in it. Ask them to leave? Maybe that's just me though, I have a lot of problems with the character of Batman now.

    I think we can all agree that we need an 89 Batmobile in scale to DCUC figures though. And not one that's insanely expensive like something Hot Toys makes.

  • DCSH Batman is my preferred Batman too. I love the detail on his boots and gloves.

  • The problem with DCSH bats is that he had closed fists and the plastic cape is a hindrance.But best sculpt overall.
    Also,Bob Kane's batman uses guns,it's just the PC people that complained about it so the writers had to do a write around for the change.

  • @Mecha-Shiva: I'm glad that Batman doesn't kill–it's one of my favorite things about him. It shows a certain idealism that lies at the core of an otherwise dark character. Even Frank Miller didn't have Bats kill in Dark Knight Returns (the less said about All-Star Batman, the better).

  • My favorite from my collection is the DCSH series 3 Bats. It's hard to say though — I too am still waiting for a 'definitive' one.

    The one made by Mattel that I'd most like to have – but don't yet – is the Bat signal Batman. (And the Bat signal is a pretty awesome accessory, too.)

  • I really liked the DCSH Series 3 blue & grey Batman, but he's been completely de-throned by Wave 10's all-black version.

  • '89 Batman was my proper introduction to the character, but it didn't take long to realize guns and grenades on the Batmobile were strange. Also srrange was unloading weapons at a single guy in the street as he flew his crazy delicate plane towards him.

    I totally miss All-Star Batman. It was so gloriously hilarious! It was a whole new level of Miller self indulgence and a train wreck to see such ugly writing clash with sharp Jim Lee art.

    Speaking of which, the excellent DCD Tim Bruckner sculpted Jim Lee Hush Batman was amazing to me but the DCSH modern costume version came out with it's great articulation. The DCSH version has this odd asmmytrical warp in the face that I can't unsee, so they cancelled each other out. I still have no default Batman.

    That GL set is a fantastic presentation! Love the constructs and the dual colored lantern is a cool touch even though it will be little more than a Sprite keg out of the box. The size to house the small contents is a bit preposterous. A very transparent way to occupy $30 worth of shelf space.

    I wish Hasbro had gotten the Battle Beast license again. Rather than release 50 alligators, they could have easily released tons by playing up the rock paper scissors game angle in the current market of Pokemon and Bakugan. As a bonus, they could have gone back to the Beastformers origin of the line and made the relaunch a Transformers spinoff again. Instead, they've got Micronauts, which I don't think we've heard anything about yet. I still wonder if that will lean closer to the Marvel series or Microman.

  • @DoctorKent: Holly Crap! Those are awesome! I would buy those in a heartbeat. My favorite Batman (I'll stay away from the word "definitive") is the DC Direct Infinite Crisis Batman. He has the best sculpt and ALMOST enough articulation. (I love the ab crunch!)

  • The original Mattel Batman figure is my default Batman, and surprisingly (if you value the currently level of articulation) it's my favorite DC figure from the company. It's just so perfectly-realized–you can just tell the Four Horsemen sculpted it with the knowledge that they finally had a chance to make the ultimate Batman figure. Aside from the slightly undersized head, it fits into my DCUC collection perfectly, and the unique-yet-totally-FH-crafted sculpt is proof to those who praise the "consistency" of the reused body types what the word actually means.

  • My favorite is the Detective Batman from wave one. I know everyone digs black, but the Batman I know will always wear blue.

  • BTW, of note, the black friday sale was relatively simple because it didn't attract much of an audience… remember, the "fixes" aren't getting implemented till jan… all matty did this month was suck out loud.

  • That DCSH black and gray Batman is my definitive Batman, but I've given up on getting one, so I settled for the DCSH3 blue and dark-gray Batman with the giant pouch belt. He does the job just fine. I love all the detail that was put in to him, and I don't think any DCUC will ever top him for me, even if they added double jointed limbs. The few DCUC Batman I have is just too smooth and lacking in detail.

  • @Poe: i believe there is a scene in DKR where batman is forced to kill. page 64/65 of the collected paperback has batman confront a mutant with a gun to a child hostage's head. batman picks up a huge automatic rifle and fires it, the next scene shows the mutant and what looks like blood spatter behind him, and the hostage is safe.

    considering frank miller has always said batman's "no killing" policy is stupid, i think this can be read as batman using lethal force in DKR.

  • I know that this is a late comment but I want to chime in on the upcoming Jordan/Sinestro 2 pack.

    All I have to say is WOW what is Mattel thinking? The focus of the whole Green Lantern Classics line is the various lantern corps. Green, Yellow, Red, etc….. This set dose not tie in with that theme at all. Is there a overwhelming demand for a the blue pre-Sinestro Corp costume that I'm not aware of? I was willing to buy another release of Hal Jordan just to get the Yellow Sinestro. (Yes, I was willing to pay $30 just to get the Yellow Sinestro…) Now though I'm going to completely pass on it.