Come gather round, readers, for I have a tale to tell about a Batman action figure.  Some say it may be the greatest Batman action figure, though who can know for sure?

Well, based on my experience, it could very well be the greatest Batman figure ever crafted.  At the very least, the greatest Batman figure modeled after an iconic comic book cover.

It is McFarlane Toys’ Batman: Year Two action figure, based on Todd McFarlane’s own art.  You know his legendary cover for Batman #423:

Pretty impressive cape there, I guess.

But there’s another McFarlane image from the divisive-yet-immensely-entertaining Batman: Year Two that really shows off Todd’s affinity for big capes:

Now that’s more like it.

Those mad geniuses at McFarlane Toys have taken that very image from Detective Comics #577 and rendered it in plastic, and friend, it may very well be the coolest Batman toy I have ever seen.

And yes, as you can see, I am being one hundred percent serious.  This thing is absolutely incredible, from its craftsmanship to its overall look to the fact that it’s perfect as a display piece and an action figure.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Packaged in a massive box to make room for the huge, hard plastic cape, Batman comes with a set of arms (I’ll get to that), two extra hands, a cloth cape, a Batarang, a display base (which, reading the names on the gravestones, has no chill, as the kids say) with detachable posing arms, and a trading card.  Much will be written and said about how incredible this guy looks with that insanely long, “flowing” hard plastic cape, and really, it’s understandable.  Just… look at it:

That is positively beautiful.  As a display piece, this aspect of the figure is perfect, as he looks great on a shelf.  The dramatic graveyard scene, Batman’s stoic look, and the even more dramatic cape make for a striking figure.  It doesn’t just look cool, either, as the construction of the cape is meticulous and quite impressive.  There are multiple layers to it, so it isn’t just a single piece of plastic, and the subtle shading in the folds and around the shoulders makes it look all the more like a piece of cloth billowing in the wind.  You even get that yellow oval chest logo peeking through there, which is everything I want from Batman anything, really.

The only real drawback to this aspect of the figure is just how well constructed the cape is, so to speak.  It’s so massive and rigid that it’s really hard to get the posing arms in there, which are kind of a necessity to support the figure on the display base.  Once it’s in there, it’s simple enough to position it where you want it to go on the base… but more difficult to get a good foothold for Batman.  There are four different pegs you can place his feet on, but given where the arm attaches to the base it’s kind of hard to get his legs in a position that isn’t pretty awkward.  Once in place, it’s kind of a set-and-forget situation, and you can’t see much of his feet or legs from under the cape anyway, but still, it was pretty tough getting him where I wanted.

That is literally the only complaint I have about this figure, though, and even though it’s difficult to pose Batman with the giant cape, it’s not a deal breaker.

Especially when you can see how awesome this Batman is as an action figure, in addition to a statue or diorama.

 

Head to toe, this is a perfect Batman action figure.  That gorgeous gray and blue suit, the striking yellow oval, the capsule belt, and the glove spikes and cowl ears that are the perfect length.  When I think about Batman, this is the exact costume I have in mind, so I love that it’s been immaculately rendered in three dimensions.  Since the hard plastic cape makes it… difficult to get more than one pose out of the figure, you can pop Batman’s head off and pull his body out to assemble him for actual play or display.  Since the hard cape is so bulky with a pretty compact cavity for Batman’s body, he doesn’t have arms attached when you take him out of the box.  It’s pretty comical to see, but understandable.  Just snap each arm into the respective sockets, though, and you’re in business.

Every detail of the figure is incredible, and he just looks like a McFarlane or Aparo drawing come to life.

Little, plastic life, but life just the same.

Like other McFarlane figures, Batman has 22 points of articulation, and each and every one is strong yet smooth.  I didn’t have to fight with many of the joints to get some sweet poses, and he also stands on his own well enough without the base.  The different hands make it easy to get some cool Batman shots, and the Batarang accessory fits neatly in the open right hand piece.

Oddly enough, my favorite feature was how the cloth cape attaches to Batman’s body.  Instead of having a hard clasp that goes around his neck, or flimsy attachment points that lock into his torso, the cape is attached to a molded plastic piece that fits under Batman’s head.

Granted, you have to take the head off to get it on there, but there are two studs that slide into holes at the tops of his shoulders to keep the cape firmly in place.

Just a clever, solid design choice that adds to the durability of the figure.

Other than my one minor gripe about the big cape, the only other drawback of this figure is its exclusivity.  It retails for $49.99, which really isn’t bad given the versatility of the figure, but it’s a Target exclusive and has been pretty hard to come by.  Still, if you can track one down, it’s well worth it.

OVERALL: I wasn’t kidding when I said this is one of the best Batman action figures I’ve ever seen.  He has that classic blue and gray look that I adore, and the fact that it’s an awesome action figure and an incredible display piece cannot be repeated enough.  Practically everything about this piece is everything you could want from a Batman figure, so get one if you can.

Special thanks to McFarlane Toys for providing this figure for review.