What’s this? Another feature? Again? Okay, Ethan, this is getting a bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Why yes, I do think that hypothetical reader. I think that very much. Today’s feature, however, is not entirely my fault. Like the addition of Wilson-4 (which necessitated taking an extra photo for every review I do), this one came from a friend of mine, who suggested this as an addition to the site. While I certainly wasn’t looking to pick up more work for myself, I certainly couldn’t deny it was an intriguing idea. So, what’s the idea? Top five lists, covering my personal favorites of a given sub-genre of figures. To keep myself sane, I’ll be limiting these to just the last Friday of each month. Without further ado, I present the inaugural FiQ Friday Fab Five at 5, where I’ll be taking a look at one of the most toyetic characters of all time, Batman! Now, there’s way too many Batmen for just one list, so today’s list is going straight for the standard, basic Batmen. We’ll cover those wacky variants at a later date!
Darwyn Cooke is quite possibly my favorite Batman illustrator ever (heck, that could probably be extended to “favorite DC illustrator ever”), so action figures based on his work kind of seem like a shoo-in. Unfortunately, DC Direct’s attempt in the New Frontier line left something to be desire. Their successors at DC Collectibles took another stab, though, and released an awesome figure. The only draw back of this figure is his reduced posablity, but if you’re just in it for the cool look, this one’s hard to beat.
NECA’s annual “loophole abuse” figures in conjunction with Warner Brothers have been a ton of fun, and few moreso than their Adam West Batman. After being let-down by Mattel’s lukewarm offerings, this was exactly the pick-up I needed. And, thanks to how close the old show stayed in design, this is a figure that can also work as an awesome standard Batman. The only thing holding this figure back are some minor QC issues that plagued his wrist joints, and I suppose the fact that he’s not a “true” Batman.
#3: Batman – Super Powers (Kenner)
Kenner set the standard for a large chunk of the DCU with Super Powers, and in a lot of cases have yet to really be beat. In the case of Batman, I have to admit, he’s not quite as all-conquering and victorious as his other SP-brethren, but he’s still a very solid addition to the line, and a huge piece in Batman’s toy history. You gotta remember your roots.
It’s sort of amusing, right? Seeing a figure whose review got the dreaded “Mistakes were made” tag on this site ending up in the #2 spot? Truth be told, this is actually a really great figure, held back only slightly from greatness by his odd scaling issues. Were he better scaled to the rest of his line, he’d have won top spot with little issue. As it stands, he’s a fun figure who is sort of all alone. But, if you’re just looking for a standard Batman on his own, this is a great one.
#1: Batman – World’s Greatest Super Heroes (Mego)
Remember what I said about the Super Powers figure? Remembering your roots and all that? Yeah, that’s really where this guy comes into it. He’s kind of goofy and he’s got those oven mitt gloves, but whether his mask is sculpted on or removable, there’s just something about Mego’s take on the Caped Crusader that just can’t be beat.
[Photo Credit: Mego Museum, since I don’t actually own this one]