Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of well known superhero Batman ENTRY #7438 , specifically in his look from the game Arkham Asylum ENTRY #29298 ! This figure ITEM #78309 is from the Play Arts Kai action figure line ENTRY #23532 and made by Square Enix ENTRY #7627 .
I will start off with telling some more about his background.
I don't think the character Batman needs a lot of introduction, but perhaps the specific game he is from does. When Arkham Asylum hit the shelves in 2009 (has it been so long?!) it was quite a revolution. Batman got licensed games regularly, but most of them were really lacking in quality. Arkham Asylum was going for a very different direction both in storytelling and gameplay. My husband and I being fan of Batman (especially the movies), we were stoked with how in this game you had a lot of story, many different enemies and a big area to explore. The only nitpick would be that the missions in the game can get a bit repetitive. Even if you are not fan of Batman, if you like action/stealth/exploration games, give it a try!
The reason why and how I got him
Back in 2012 when this figure was released, I was trying to get my husband into the figure collecting hobby as well (something that I have nowadays given up on). He took an interest to this figure and I decided to pre-order it as a gift for him.
As this is an action figure, a lot of different poses that can also be seen in the game can be made with this figure.
The action figure takes direct reference from Batman his look in the Arkham Asylum game, which is known for having Batman himself extremely muscled, his cape extremely wide and his mask having higher 'ears' than the average Batman design.
For people that prefer the box shots, first look and first shots of the figure as a video, please take a look at the inserted video below. For the people interested in pictures: keep on scrolling!
Parts of this video will also appear as gifs during this review! And a special notice this time: Multiple of my gifs were too big for even resizing and I don't have the software in which I made these gifs anymore. This means you'll have to watch the video to see all the angles and poses animated!
The front of the box has a nice, big window, so you can take a good look at the figure. I like the addition of the blue splotches from the artwork on the cardboard, continuing on the plastic window.
The sides of the box show artworks from the game and a close-up picture from this figure.
The back of the box shows multiple poses the figure can be put in and advertises the matching Joker figure.
The top window shows a pattern fitting for the asylum.
The figure comes with a small instruction sheet, explaining how to switch hands (which uses a lot more force than you might think) and how to attach his huge cape. Important with his cape is that one piece is attached and one piece comes loose in the box. This is probably because of the cape being so big and this being the only way to keep the box size reasonable.
A downside of the placement of the cape in the box is that the back blister that holds the extra piece of cape is glued to the cardboard. This means you need to damage the cardboard to fully take out the cape.
The blisters are made of very thin plastic and this figure being quite heavy, it makes the plastic prone to bending even when inside the cardboard outer box.
The additional pieces this figure comes with are:
- 2 extra hands
- Batarang (shuriken/boomerang combination weapon)
- Batclaw (grapple hook-like weapon and actual climbing hook)
When I first unboxed him I was like...this figure is HUGE! And HEAVY! For an action figure to stand at 24cm tall is incredible! I'm mostly used to 1/12 scaled and chibi action figures. Batman his height changes with every iteration and for Arkham Asylum he is officially listed as being 1m88cm. This would make this figure inbetween 1/7 and 1/8 scale! Take in account Batman his very muscular build and this figure is both very wide and tall! And let's not forget the heavy part, except for my cold cast statues, he must be the heaviest figure in my collection. There is a lot of engineering work in this figure design!
It's funny how he from the side looks a lot less impressive than the front or back.
That's definitely a pretty unique way to attach the cape, but it works because of all the dark colors. Especially if you would display this figure with the cape a bit more closed almost no seamlines are to be seen.
Looking at all the details! - First pose
There is only one faceplate, but wow, the details on it are great! The skin has a lot of sculpted wrinkles and shades. The eyes have a lot of depth as well, which really makes or breaks a face like this with the rest of the look being so dark.
The outfit is incredibly detailed as well with all the paint and shading in the right places. For some nitpicks I could point out the seamline at the side, the painting on the belt being a bit simple or maybe the pattern on the suit being a bit too big compared to the source material, but I think the rest is so good that it makes up for it.
The cape has a lot of texture and small dents, making it look like old leather. The material is bendable as well.
Some parts, mainly at the bottom, have lighter shading.
Batman's lower arm armor is sculpted in a way where it seems like it has gone through a lot of wear. The paint at the spikes recreates this nicely as well.
The leg armor is surprisingly lacking detail compared to the rest, almost like they have forgotten about it.
The upper leg has really nicely sculpted muscles and some wrinkles in the fabric.
What I like about this figure is that because of the bulky design, the armor and the dark colors, most joints are pretty well hidden. His upper arm joint is not visible in almost all it's movement options.
The back joints that hold the cape are very weird looking, but hidden by all poses as well.
Switching Batman's hands is done by (carefully) pulling the hand out, leaving a visible peg joint. Although I have swapped hands a lot of times with this figure (and nothing happening so far), that tiny peg compared to the weight and the size of this guy, feels a bit brittle.
Looking at all the details! - Second pose
Because of the sheer weight and no base coming with this figure, he needs a very balanced pose.
Something a lot of people hate about this figure, which is understandable, but not an issue for me: His knee joints. The slightly rectangular shape makes him sturdy despite his weight and allows for a lot of movement, but it does look odd once you start paying too much attention to it.
When I first got this figure I was happily surprised that he was still able to be posed so low to the ground and his cape moving accordingly as well.
The Batarang has simple sculpt and paint compared to the rest of this figure. It's why I personally barely displayed him with it.
Looking at all the details! - Third pose
As he comes without a base, you need to be a bit create in how you want to pose him. Me lacking any kind of cool diorama, please act like he is on a rooftop building or that he's leaning on a gargoyle in this picture.
This is also one of the few poses that exposes his upper leg joint. I was also impressed at how much I can pose his leg outward, considering the weight and proportions of this figure.
The Batclaw it's sculpt is nice, but the paint a bit simple.
It's also the only part where I could find copyright information on this figure.
Trying to put him into a walking pose can look a bit strange as you can see here.
As earlier mentioned, this figure is huge.
Here he is next to an 1/12 scaled Figma ITEM #198486 . Batman towers over her.
- Absolutely huge
- Very nice paint details
- Way more movability than expected
- Only one face sculpt
- Doesn't come with much accessories
- Very weak inner plastic blister
- Accessories lack shading and detailing
- Box needs to get damaged to take a piece of the figure out
The way joints are barely visible and the range of movement in this big sized action figure is incredible. There is also a huge amount of detail on Batman, with only a few parts and the accessories lacking in detail.
I would give Batman himself a 9/10, but the disappointment in painting on the accessories makes me deduct a point.
The posability for this figure is intense, but I don't feel like I can score it higher than an 8, because of the limitations in his balancing caused by his weight.
There is no base. It would have been nice if something simple was included, but as the figure can stand very sturdy by itself, I probably would have left it in the box just like with my other Square Enix action figure, that one ITEM #1451 being from the regular Play Arts line instead of Kai.
The box itself has a nice design and is compact for the size the figure inside is. However, the plastic blister is of very low quality and a part of the inner cardboard needs to get damaged to get a piece out.
I decided to not rate enjoyment as this figure is of high quality, but I have decided to put him up for sale once I am able to reach my collection again. He just didn't fit the rest of my collection and my husband is not enough into figures to keep such an expensive and high quality collectible displayed. If you are a fan of Batman and/or the Arkham Asylum game and love to collect high quality items, I am sure you will find much enjoyment with this figure!
Definitely value for your money with the big size and nice sculpt quality. Very interesting to buy for collectors of primarily static figures as well, because his joints almost don't show and he comes with minimal accessories. For the collectors that are into bigger sized action figures, he is recommendable as well.
This figure was originally released for ¥5,800 and quickly shot up in value on the aftermarket, right now averaging ¥11K-¥12K. He is not super rare, but he is not much in stock at shops either. Considering the average Figma being ¥8K nowadays, I would definitely say this almost double as big figure is worth that aftermarket price, when of course, you are a fan of this franchise and have a nice place to display him.
And to finish it!
Currently all my collection is boxed away because of my emigration, but here is how he was displayed:
I used to display him together with other video game action figures!
For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about another action figure, but more moe this time: The A.G.P. figure of Gertrud Barkhorn ITEM #109652 !
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