“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” — Knightmare Batman
When Batman V Superman –Dawn of Justice (BVSDOJ) was first announced the fandom lost its mind.
Then we got a teaser trailer that showed us a captured Batman in a trenchcoat that is brutally murdered by a corrupt and pissed off Superman – and the fandom lost its mind again.
Love it or hate it, BVSDOJ was definitely an event on the geek calendar of every fan.
I am told that the movie was nominated for a Razzie or six – well let me tell you that the entire situation is horse apples. I don’t understand what people expect of the movie – it was supposed to a treat choc-full of escapism and entertainment it delivered on that. Let it go damnit.
Whatever else may be wrong with the movie itself, the 1/6 Scale figures released by Hot Toys following the movie are as big of an event in the collector circle as they rightly should be.
Today we will be taking a look at the Hot Toys Exclusive Knightmare Batman figure.
Quick shout out to my close friend Dean Fourie and his lovely wife Ayesha for letting me spend the better part of one Sunday afternoon going bat-crap-crazy over this and some other figures in his collection. I am very grateful.
As always when looking at a Hot Toys masterpiece we will consider the 4 Cardinal A’s ie Aesthetics, Articulation, Accessories and Aish-Factor.
Like Batfleck this figure is a monster and the specially developed Hot Toys body sculpt is more than a little bigger than the standard hot toys figure and measures between 12 ¾ inches… maybe 13”
I was floored by the level of detail the figure boasts. Let’s start with the cowl – The cowl showcases a mean Batman. The figure has a few removable faceplates that are an excellent likeness of Ben Affleck.
The costume itself is an excellent depiction of the Nomex/ Kevlar weave we learn about from the comics. The Batsuits in this movie are without a doubt the best we have seen in a Batman movie to date. They are comic accurate and as much as I loved the previous ones (except Joel Schumacher ones) this is the best for me.
As far as looks are concerned though, where this figure really shines is the “leather” trenchoat Batman sports.
I was amazed by how well Hot toys was able to replicate the movie version. This thing is movie accurate all the way down to the scuffing and distressing across the jacket. Dean and I watched the scene in the movie in slow motion and were thrilled by the fact that even the broken buckles on the jacket as per the movie are replicated.
The attention to detail doesn’t stop there though, as the figure also has dust and dirt simulated across the costume which was a detail I was not expecting! Hell the paint work is so detailed, they even painted individual hair follicles on Batman’s face plates!
All in all this is a beautifully rendered figure which is without a doubt one of the most screen accurate versions of a character I have seen
This figure sports a specially developed proprietary True Type body base and has the usual 30+ points of articulation we expect from Hot Toys.
Given the price of the figure and the fact that it is ridiculously hard to come by, I had to resist the urge to go crazy with the poses. Still I was happy with the level of articulation that was achieved.
Admittedly, there was some restriction to the movement into certain positions but that is due only to the jacket and cargo pants the figure sports. I was able to get all the poses I had in mind so I wasn’t too cut up about this.
I should mention that the figure has an instructions manual that you should probably have a look at before you go cray cray with the poses – last thing you want to do is damage such an expensive figure.
As everyone probably knows by now, I get very excitable when a figure comes packaged with many accessories. This figure did not disappoint.
Sometimes even though we get a lot of accessories, the accessories themselves don’t really make sense and we tend to opt not to use them in our displays.
Not the case with this figure. I was thrilled to discover that the accessories boast all kinds of fine details that one sees in the movie. For example, the rifle batman carries has a Joker card taped to the hilt. This was another detail we noticed in our slow-mo review.
The accessories are easily swappable and boast the same level of detail as the rest of the figure.
The figure also comes with a custom display stand showcasing the BVS logo which allows you to raise the logo itself. It is a fairly large base at that.
This figure is differentiated from the standard Batman BVSDOJ figure in that it does not have the extra sets of eyes that come with that figure. While it isn’t an essential accessory by any means, it would have been nice to have the option of swapping those out.
Just to get this out of the way….
No? Very well.
This is a masterfully executed figure which whacks the “shazang!” out of all my expectations in terms of appearance and accessories.
In summary, while this version of the character may not be everyone’s favourite version of the character it is still one of the best versions of the character I have seen!
Given the high cost of the figures themselves I opted to buy the standard suit Batman for myself. I definitely don’t regret the decision but I will definitely be looking for one of these on the second hand market.
Where to from here?
Sadly it may prove more than a little difficult to get yourself one of these figures at this stage. This was the exclusive Toy Fair release and Hot Toys typically release very limited stocks of their wares.
Perhaps you will be lucky and one of the usual suspects will be able to help you track one down for yourself.
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