Here is my review on the recent addition of DC Collectibles to their multiverse of figures — the DC Icons Batman figure..
PACKAGING – this box-style of packaging is pretty much common now a days not just in the DC Collectibles line but also to other toy line like Hasbro’s Star Wars six-inch Black Series and Marvel Legends line that has a decent display window that pretty much shows the entire figure and all of the accessories it came with. Maybe its just me being a nitpicker over a packaging but they could have gone with a bit smaller box instead since there is a lot of space here unless the figure comes with a props or small diorama stand of some sort which it doesn’t..
DETAILS – The figure is atleast 6-inch tall from the bat ears down to toe, the sculpt is nicely done with a solid paint application, I dig the darker tone on the base body with a rubbery feel on the bat-gloves, boots, cape and the utility belt —- and no, the belt is not removable if you may wonder but it is a separate piece attached to the figures waist.
There may have been some collectors who look forward into getting this DC Icon figures that got disappointed on how these figure turned out since these figure are smaller in proportion compared to the current lines DC Collectibles had released so far. Here are some height comparison shots I made for everyone’s reference. (click the images to view gallery)
I could have added more figures to compare this DC Icons Batman with but I think you already have an idea how tall these lines are by now…
ARTICULATION – I believe that there are some expectations made when this first photo of the anatomy of the DC Icons figures was posted and shared in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and such many moons before it was released that it would be like sort of a “super articulated-ish” DC Action figure which somehow it did met the articulated part but not as great as many hope it would.
For instance, the head is on a ball joint but the range of motion isn’t that much really — it can tilt a little tiny bit of an angle and not much moving the head downwards and upwards — I tried to add a little pressure moving the head upwards and it came out easily — not that its broken but you will really have to modify either the socket or the ball-joint on the neck just to pull off the range of motion you are expecting to.
The torso is on a ball joint and there is a decent range of motion there , it kinda serves as a support to provide a bit of a wider range when positioning the figures ab-crunch forward and backward even in sideways, the hinge on the figures waist is a bit tight that can go as far between 70-60 degrees angle forward and a little backwards.
As advertise, the figure does not came with a waist articulation and tigh swivel which DC Collectibles should have added in and also bummed out that the forearm of my figure feels like its glued and doesn’t swivel — did tried the hot water method but still it won’t budge at all.
But despite the shortcomings of the DC Icon’s articulation in some areas there are still poses that you can pull off with this figure…
ACCESSORIES – The figure came with two pair of weapon wielding hands/slightly open splayed hands with rubbery fingers, 2 batarangs and a alternate hand wielding a bat-line/grappling hook/bat-rope… whichever you want to call it.. :)
Please be careful when replacing the figures hands for you may break the peg and moving the hinges on the wrist — it is still a DC Collectible figure that may break easily if you are careless.
The fingers on the weapon wielding hands are on soft plastic/rubber that you can insert the batarang to it… or hold it whicch is the purpose of it o begin with.
and the bat rope/grappling hook/bat-line accessory is pretty much the same that was added on the Batman and Robin figures that was released from the DC Universe line.. The only difference is this is already sculpted on the figures hand instead of having it as a separate piece. It has a slide-ish feature (I don’t really know what its called LOL) where both sides of the line can go forward and backward.
So to sum it all….
What to brag about this figure?
- Well detailed/sculpted figure
- Nice Paint Apps
- Average Accessory count
What to gripe about this figure?
- Limited articulation on the head
- No tigh swivel
- No waist articulation
- No forearms swivel — not a huge deal to be honest but just want to add this in
Overall I would still get this figure at any other day despite with the gripes I have because there are still some stuff that I liked about this figure. There may have been some opportunities that they could have done with this toyline that maybe time can only tell when will that be….