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Beast Kingdom The Darkish Knight Returns Batman and Robin motion figures evaluation

Beast Kingdom The Darkish Knight Returns Batman and Robin motion figures evaluation


Within the historical past of Batman, I’m prepared to guess that extra phrases have been written about Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Barley’s The Darkish Knight Returns than simply about another story. It’s a seminal work that– for higher or worse– modified the character in methods which can be nonetheless being felt right this moment, nearly forty years later. Whether or not or not you suppose it’s the greatest Batman story, there’s no denying that it’s one of the crucial vital Batman tales, and its affect may be felt throughout all kinds of media.

Do motion figures rely as media? For the sake of argument, I’ll say sure, and Beast Kingdom have dipped their toe into the TDKR pool to carry us a Batman and Robin two-pack. As a part of their Dynamic 8ction Heroes line, the aged Bruce Wayne and younger Carrie Kelley are right here to carry justice to your bookshelf. Are they spuds or slicer-dicers, although? Learn on to search out out.


The titular Darkish Knight comes with plenty of equipment, together with 5 pairs of swappable arms, three particular person Batarangs, two alternate mouths for the primary head, and a “battle broken” head that additionally has two extra mouths. His fundamental head additionally has a light-up characteristic the place the eyes will glow, although I wasn’t in a position to observe down sufficient batteries to check this myself. Per the Beast Kingdom web site, he stands 20 centimeters in peak and has 20 factors of articulation, and he’s outfitted with an actual material costume and cape, the latter of which has a bendable wire alongside the perimeters for posing.

Whereas the feel of the material costume isn’t what I used to be anticipating– the grey bodysuit is a fairly broad weave– the colours are good with that wealthy blue of the cape, cowl, trunks, boots, and gloves. I’m a yellow-oval man, so seeing that image on Batman’s chest is all the time a welcome sight, even when it’s a tad massive right here. The blue areas of the costume are constructed from sturdy rubber or onerous plastic, and there’s some good put on to the cork specifically that actually evokes Miller and Janson’s artwork.

As cool as a few of the equipment are– and they’re fairly cool– the arms had been a nightmare to swap out. They’re hooked up to a rotatable ball joint within the wrist that, to be honest, is sturdy and has a great vary of movement. The socket in every hand is so comfortable, although, that it’s extraordinarily tough to get a brand new set of hands-on there.  Even with twisting and making use of completely different quantities of stress, it nonetheless took me upwards of ten minutes to get them modified out.  Particularly the arms with the three molded Batarangs in between every finger, since there isn’t a great way to seize these for stability. That, and the interchangeable mouths had been nearly too straightforward to take away, so I discovered myself by chance knocking a part of Batman’s face off when combating with the arms on a couple of event.

Regardless, when you get them on there, you may get some fairly cool poses and motion photographs. The completely different joints transfer simply sufficient whereas nonetheless holding in place, so that you don’t have arms or legs simply flopping round. The material costume is surprisingly sturdy too, so I don’t suppose there could be a lot threat of carrying it out or overextending it across the joints.

Regardless of coming with a base and posing arm, Batman stands up on his personal fairly effectively. If something, the bottom is cool to make use of extra for the candy comedian artwork and lettering work than something.


The Carrie Kelley Robin could also be small, however her determine packs a punch. In some methods she’s even superior to Batman, however we’ll get to that.

Robin additionally sports activities a material cape and costume, which is made from a extra stable cloth so it doesn’t seem like thermal underwear. The material is type of thick and heavy, nevertheless it doesn’t actually impede any movement within the determine’s joints, so you possibly can contour her very slim body into a wide range of poses. Like Batman, she additionally stands on her personal fairly effectively and has good steadiness, which you may not suppose at first due to her slim ft and skinny legs.

The Robin costume is an all-timer, and it seems actually good right here, with stable software across the R image and the faux-leather belt. She additionally comes with two completely different heads, one with some “windswept” hair and the opposite get extra conventional reduce. She comes with a pair of her trademark glasses that bought over her face and ears  simply fantastic, although it’s type of disappointing that the lenses are stable, painted plastic. It might have been good in the event that they had been a clear inexperienced plastic, so you possibly can see Carrie’s eyes. Manufacturing prices and ease, I’m positive, although it’s nonetheless a bummer.

Carrie comes shipped together with her personal base and posing arm, two further pairs of arms, and two slingshots. One sling is unfastened, whereas the opposite is drawn tight, so she may be delivered both drawing the projectile again or simply after launch, because of the completely different hand sculpts. Although I did run into some hassle swapping them out, her arms snap into the joints a lot extra simply than Batman, which contributed to me having fun with enjoying round with the determine greater than the Caped Crusader.

General: You should buy the two-pack by way of the Beast Kingdom web site, or get Robin individually. The set retails for round $150, which is a bit steep, although should you’re a collector it might be a terrific deal. At that value, it might have been good if some extra equipment had been included, like completely different fits for Batman and a non-gloved hand for Robin, and there are sufficient nitpicks about a few of the construct high quality that retains these from greatness. For Darkish Knight Returns die-hards that is value selecting up, although Batfans who don’t precisely jive with that e-book may discover one thing that fits their tastes elsewhere.



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