While I was attending Fan Expo last week I snagged this lovely collector's set inspired by the Batman: Long Halloween graphic novel for only $35.00! I was terribly excited.
Batman has extremely tall pointy ears and far too many muscles in his stomach area, but looks great otherwise and a very cool representation of the comic version. This Batman is set early in his career, back when Two-Face was still Harvey Dent and Jim Gordon wasn't the commissioner yet. He also hasn't gone blue quite yet or got the cool shiny containers for his utility belt. He DOES have a batarang. It's oversized and has a rope attached to the end for no apparent reason. He also has a hard time holding it so be prepared to constantly have to try and get it back in his hand should you ever purchase this figure. One thing I really enjoy about this figure is that his cape, sculpted from a soft, rubbery plastic, is very ragged looking and falls far below his feet. When he's on a flat surface the cape trails the ground behind him, and if you pose him on the edge of a table or shelf, you can have his cape fall down below in grandiose fashion. Small things like this amuse me.
Neither figure has exceptional articulation. They're both along the lines of standard Star Wars figures (although in a larger scale). The sculpts really only lend themselves to a few poses. You can move the arms or head, but don't bother trying to get any dynamic poses from the legs. What you see in the box is what you get on the shelf. Each figure comes with a stand as well, but they do little. Batman is a rebel and refuses to even put both feet on his stand at the same time. It gives a nice feel of movement, but also somewhat bothers me. Either way, the stands are unnecessary as the figures also stand well on their own.
Great story and art, in a "Year One" sort of style. I was super impressed. I only had one BIG problem. The binding on the TPB was SOOO cheap. The book falls apart basically as soon as you open it. This could have been only my copy, but it sure does explain why this set was only $35.00 and not the $50.00 or so that I would have expected. Regardless, I got through the comic and managed to keep the pages in order and I'm glad I bought the set. It's far from perfect, but it's a great addition to my collection and the figures will grace my shelves long after I've forgotten how annoying it was to turn the pages of the defective book.