BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN (DC DIRECT)
“An epic tale of mystery and suspense that takes Batman deep into the underworld of Gotham City.
The Long Halloween reveals the events that transformed Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face!”
Though he was a long time Bat-foe by the time The Long Halloween was published, Two-Face’s background, beginning with his time as Gotham’s attorney Harvey Dent, had only ever really been touched on in brief. Long Halloween uses Harvey Dent as one of its central characters, detailing his efforts to clean up Gotham by taking on the mob, and how it ultimately leads to his downfall. It became rather defining for the character, and even served as a heavy inspiration for The Dark Knight‘s version of the character. So, it’s not terribly surprising that Two-Face was included in DC Direct’s tie-in line for the storyline, I suppose. Let’s have a look at that figure, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Two-Face was included in DC Direct’s Batman: The Long Halloween assortment of figures, which hit shelves in 2006. He actually marked the first time DCD had done a Two-Face figure, which was really something, given how many figures they’d put out by this point. He wouldn’t be their last, of course. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. Of the figures I’ve looked at from this line so far, Two-Face is definitely the most restricted in terms of movement (though he’ll be outdone by Mad Hatter, should I ever get around to him), with pretty much no movement in his lower half, as well as cut joints at the shoulders. There’s not a ton of posing to be done here. He’s got a nice ball joint on the neck joint, I suppose. His sculpt is again a very stylized piece, inspired by Tim Sale’s art from the series. It’s…fine. The pose is a little more neutral than Batman or Joker, so it’s more versatile. The feet both pointing one way, which is a little awkward, and I’m not entirely sure why they opted for that. Also, while the sculpted work on the scarred side of his face is a truly impressive piece of work, the unscarred side misses the mark on capturing Sale’s style…or at least on capturing Sale’s version of Harvey Dent. There are still some Sale qualities, but his features are a little too exaggerated for Harvey. Still, it’s far from a bad sculpt, and it’s certainly got a lot of character to it. Two-Face’s paint work is pretty strong. They did a great job consistently applying all of the pin stripes to his suit and tie. It’s adds a nice dynamic flair. I also really like how well the accenting works on the scarred side of Harvey’s face. Two-Face was packed with two hands, in the same pose, but with different side of the coin showing, a pistol, a display stand, and a calendar page showing January 1st. The hands are really hard to swap out, so that’s a bit of a bummer, but the stand’s nice, and the calendar page is a nifty little extra.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted in my prior reviews, I hadn’t yet read Long Halloween when these figures were released, so I played the waiting game on getting them. The same collection that had the Batman and Joker figures I reviewed last week also had this Two-Face figure, loose. It was actually the Two-Face that caught my eye, as he was the one that was higher on my list. I really enjoy the story’s take on Harvey, and though this figure may not be perfect, it’s nevertheless a solid rendition. I’m definitely happy to finally have it.