Play Arts has come out with their next version of their giant action figures. This time around, Batman is joined by The Joker from the Arkham Asylum video game. These two figures are about as different as they possibly could be. Strength, design, color. Anything you can think of, and they are nothing alike…. other than being freaking awesome. That is a technical term if you already did not know.
I have not been totally happy with the past Play Arts characters that have come out, with some minor flaws. Generally to be expected, but with a $60 price tag, these are more than your ordinary action figures. They need to be as near to perfect as they can be. This time, I think they raised the bar. Two great figures.
Batman comes with an extra piece to his cape. The left side of his cape can be removed to create an open wind blown look, as opposed to the curling in cape. The cape is in two parts, and does pivot on the really nice ball joints that we get with all of the Play Arts figures. His cape would be hugely heavy, so it is great that it goes all the way to the ground to keep Bats upright.
If you have ever read one of my other Play Arts posts, you would know that I am not a huge fan of the knee joints on the figures. This time though, they actually put a bit of a design on the joint to show the knee pad stretching around the knee. Nice touch! Look at that great boot detail. The legs have all of the normal pivots and swivels we have come to expect: Hip, double knee, top of boot, and ankle swivel and pivot.
We get an alternate pair of hands. One is open, and the other is a gripping hand for the grappling gun. The hand also works for the Baterang. The other hand is a little too open to hold anything, so don’t plan on having Batman holding both the gun and rang.
Arkham Batman does not take anything for granted. What is better than one grappling claw? Three of course. The gun is at a bit of a weird angle, but the design is top notch and has some really amazing detail.
Let us not forget the arm articulation. The great design of the shoulders being able to move forward and back allow for some dynamic poses. Batman is one of the most solid Play Arts figures I have had the notion to play with.
In contrast to Batman, The Joker is a different kind of scary. He comes with the same number of accessories, minus the extra cape piece. He is vastly different from Batman in every other way. Skinny, long body parts, and a creepy face.
I noticed when I was looking at the boxes of Jokers, their faces tended to each be slightly different. Some had more dark paint, while others just seemed to have it in different places. If you are buying one in person, you may want to look through the boxes to find the one that looks the best to you. They all looked good, but the color variations made for a slightly different appearance.
While Batman runs around with “toys”, Joker runs around with…well, actual toys. He comes with a set of wind-up teeth. They have a hinge so they can be posed open or closed.
Eat your heart out Jack Nickolson Joker, this is the gun the real Joker carries. None of this hogwash of giant barrels, or fist-guns. When The Joker is done with someone, he is really done with them. The gun has great detail, and a nice metallic paint job. You can also see the knee joint on his right knee has texture to match his pants, while his left knee does not have texture to match his patch.
He does not have the best articulation. Mostly in his feet, where his pants cover his ankle joint. He does still have the swivel in the feet though. He also has a bit less movement in his wrists since he has the long sleeves that cover over his hands. All of this is minor to the great overall appearance The Joker has. Many times the skinny characters (mostly women) have exposed joints that do detract from the aesthetics of the character. Good cover this time.
"Where are you Batsy?"
"Right here, Joker!" "BAMPH"
And where else can you get a whole bunch of characters from different genera all in one place?
Oh, yeah. In MiniMate form. But the Minimates don’t have nearly the articulation or the details.
Not knocking my collection of 542 MiniMates. I have nightmares they will come alive like in Small Soldiers and try to kill me in my sleep. 🙂
If you are looking to drop a few bucks, these are the figures to do it on. Batman and The Joker are great, giant, and will look good in any collection. Chances are, they will become focal points OF your collection. They have both come out in the last two weeks, so you still have time to get them before they are gone.