BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER) (SPIN MASTER)
Spin Master’s DC lines had a slightly rough start last year, what with the pandemic and everything, but they’re seemingly starting to get things a bit more back on track this year. In particular, they seem to be having alright luck with the Batman half of their product lines. Thus far, they’ve even had a small handful of store exclusives, with Target in particular having a few different pairs of Batman and one villain variant at a time. The latest villainous addition is one of my favorites, Mr. Freeze, who I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Freeze is one of the two latest Target-exclusive figures from Spin Master’s Batman: The Caped Crusader line, the other being another Batman repaint. Freeze, on the other hand, is actually an all-new figure, which I do believe is a first for one of these exclusives. That’s pretty nifty, I guess. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. He lacks the usual neck movement, as most Freeze figures do, thanks to the domed helmet, which is a permanent fixture on this guy. Design wise, he’s taking his cues largely from the post-New 52 version of the character. While I was iffy on the design earlier in its run, the slight adjustments to it have made it a little bit more palatable. I’m still not big on the suns out guns out arms, but I’ll live. Structurally, he’s an all-new sculpt. It’s pretty decent and generally in keeping with the rest of the line in styling. There’s some pretty nice detailing going on in his various tech pieces, and I appreciate that he’s got a fully detailed head underneath the helmet. It’s even got that pitch-perfect lack of expression on the face. Can’t have any emotion on a Mr. Freeze figure. I mean, not in front of other people, anyway. That’s for later, back in his cell, when he’s all weepy and stuff. But we don’t talk about that. It gets awkward. So let’s move on. In terms of paint work, Freeze is rather basic. There’s a little bit of painted work on the torso, but that’s it, with everything else just relying on the molded colors. It’s not really far off from his usual colors anyway, so it works out fine. There are a few smaller details that get left the same color as the surrounding stuff, but it’s still generally in keeping with the rest of the line. Freeze is packed with three accessories, all of which are guns. Lotta guns. He likes his guns. They’re all re-used, which is a little bit of a let-down, but I guess they have to save some tooling where they can. The re-used Killer Moth gun works out okay, but the Batman and Joker guns are a bit less so, since they’ve got a Bat-emblem and a pie tin on them, respectively. Kind of not Freeze’s usual branding. At least with the clear blue plastic, it’s not quite as immediately evident, but it would have been nice to see at least one new one here.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with so many of the Spin Master DCs, this one’s Max’s fault. Okay, well, not entirely, I suppose, since I actually told him about the figure’s existence in the first place. So, that’s on me. I’m very definitely a Freeze fan, so I’m glad to see him added to the line, and while it may not be my first choice of outfit, it’s still pretty darn fun. Spin Master’s quite good at keeping things fun, and I very much appreciate that.