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Toying Around Reviews - DC Direct Batman the Animated Series: Batman

This week we will be checking out the Batman the Animated Series, the Batman figure from DC Direct, and McFarlane Toys. This is the same Batman figure that DC Direct released some years ago. McFarlane is rereleasing the figure but with some cell-shaded paint apps and a new collect-to-build figure. McFarlane Toys, a subsidiary of Todd McFarlane Productions, is a company founded by comics creator Todd McFarlane that makes highly detailed model figurines of characters from movies, comics, popular music, video games, and various sporting genres. On July 27, 2021, McFarlane Toys announced that it would take over management of any remaining DC Direct inventory and that it would continue to make statues, busts, and other collectibles in DC Direct's previous merchandise lines.



Before we open this up, let's check out the packaging.

These figures come in a more standard McFarlane-style rectangle box but done in a dark red color. The figure itself is displayed in the middle of the window along with all his accessories. The Animated series logo is at the bottom of the box along with a picture of Batman that was used in almost all the promo work for the show. The right side of the box has an animated picture of Batman. The back of the box shows the Condiment King and all the figures you need to collect to build him, Scarecrow, Batman, Robin, Mr Freeze. the left side of the box has part of the window wrapping around the box. This is nice for some in-box collectors who wish to keep the figure mint in the box.



Let's take a look at how the figure comes packed inside.

Opening up the box and taking everything out this is what we get, Batman in a clam shell with all his accessories. Behind the figure we just have a blue insert that has the trading card attached.



Let's open the box and take a closer look at the figure.

Taking my figure out of his plastic prison we can see that this is the same figure that was released some time ago by DC Direct. McFarlane has added some cell shading to the figures this time around, The paint is way overdone, especially on the legs. My figure's cape was also really messed up inside the box from the plastic.



Let's see what kind of accessories the figure comes with.

Batman comes with two bat-a-rang holding hands, two punching hands, a hand with bat grapple attached, a bat-a-rang, a loose grapple, left and right arms for Condiment King, and a trading card.



How can we pose the figure? Let's find out!


MUSHROOM PEGGED HEAD - This allows you to turn the head 360 degrees around

BALL-HINGED SHOULDERS - Gives the arm 360-degree rotation and also the ability to raise and lower the arm.

SINGLE JOINTED ELBOWS - This allows you to bend the arm just below 90 degrees.

SWIVEL HINGE WRISTS - It allows you to turn the figure's wrists in a full 360-degree circle while also bending them up and down.

AB CRUNCH - This cut lets you be able to bend the figure front and back at the Abs.

WAIST SWIVEL -This lets you turn the figure around 360 degrees at the waist.

BALL JOINTED LEGS - This allows the legs to move out to the side along with some front and back motion.

DOUBLE JOINTED KNEES - The joint allows you to bend the leg itself back to the butt of the figure. (mine are hard to get to move, and I feel like I will break the figure if I keep trying)

ANKLE SWIVEL - The ankle swivel lets you turn the feet a full 360 degrees.



How does the size of this figure compare to others?

Batman stands right about the 6-inch mark, here is Batman standing next to two other Batman from the McFarlane DC Multiverse collection.



What are Baby Huey's scores for the figure?

PAINT JOB 2.5/5 - The figure has a lot of paint, and that is kind of the issue, cell shading looks good when done right, look at NECA they have it down on the TMNT figures. The saying would hold true here, less is more.

FIGURE SCULPT 5/5 - The sculpt of the figure is on point, I really do enjoy how he looks.

POSING 3/5 - The figure does suffer some some of the older body style that he is on, the ab crunch looks bad on the figure while the single-jointed elbow makes it so you can't even get to 90 degrees on the bend.

ACCESSORIES: 4/5 - Batman does come with a lot, but if you really wanted to stand out from the older DC Direct figures, you could have added an unmasked head or something.

DURABILITY 5/5 - The plastic on the figure is solid, I have no issues or complaints.

OVERALL SCORE 3.9/5 - The figure itself is a good figure, could have done with out all the extra paint. If you have the older figures from DC Direct then you can skip this guy 100%.






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