BATMAN — DEFENDER
BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER (SPIN MASTER)
Remember earlier in this week when I was talking about the DC line’s wacky variant coverage? Remember the thing about getting the variant before getting the standard? And also the thing with the gold? Great, that makes writing this intro a bit easier for me. This time it’s Batman. Here we go.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gold Batman, who is apparently called “Batman Defender,” is part of the very first series of the Batman: The Caped Crusader line. He ups that “rare” game that was going on with Wonder Woman to a “Super Rare” game…again, whatever that means. I’ve got this one and not the standard one, so I don’t know about the relative rarity. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 17 points of articulation. There are currently three Batman sculpts floating around in this line, and this figure makes use of the most “standard” of the the three. It’s based on the Rebirth design for his costume, which is a pretty darn solid Batman design, all things considered. The sculpt is pretty much on par with the rest of the Spin Master DC stuff, so it’s a little bit bulked up when compared to the comics depiction, but honestly, it has a pretty good basic Batman feel to it. The costume details are well rendered, and I appreciate the level of work that’s gone into it. The head in particular has a nice classic Batman vibe, which I can definitely dig. He’s got a cloth cape, and like I noted with Superman and Shazam, it’s not a terribly impressive piece, but it’s also not like it’s particularly bad either. They made a point of leaving a hole in it that corresponds with the port on his back, so at least he can make use of all of the gear from other figures, if you’re so inclined. While the Gold Wonder Woman was totally devoid of paint, Batman mixes things up slightly. He’s got his black insignia, white for his eyes, and flesh tone for his lower face, indicating that this is supposed to be a costume, I guess. It’s different from all of the other gold variants, but it was also the first one, so I guess they hadn’t quite made up their minds fully on the concept yet. I think I might have preferred the straight gold, but this isn’t bad either. Gold Batman includes three blind packed accessories: a grapple in neon green, chest armor in black, and a shield in yellow. It’s a shame they didn’t go for the all gold pieces like with Wonder Woman. I feel that would have inclined me to use them, instead of just tossing them to the side.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I liked the Wonder Woman a fair bit, and I definitely want the Gold Superman, so I figured I might as well grab a Gold Batman too. The one from the corresponding series is built on the armored body, which I wasn’t quite as big on, but fortunately for me, Max was on board with trading out that one for this one, and passing this one along to me. It’s a little weird that they changed the gimmick mid-run on these guys, but I still like this figure. I guess I should pick up a Batman in standard colors now.