1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: , , , ,
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1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

I had a bit of time to play around with this figure today and thought I'd post a few thoughts about it.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

I skipped Hot Toys' first Batman Begins figure largely due to the headsculpt, opting to go for Takara's interpretation of the character. It was my favourite among what was put out in the market by Asian toy companies at that point in time, with Medicom being the other contender. Michael Crawford has a thorough comparative review of all three figures at his site, which I believe has helped many in making their 1/6 Batman Begins purchasing decision.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

Takara's version also came with a Bruce Wayne's head, which kickstarted my kitbashing attempts, giving it that edge over the other figures for me.

In producing this figure, Hot Toys has had the benefit of hindsight, improving on what was lacking in their earlier product. The most notable improvement is to Bat's headsculpt and this time round. We also get Bruce Wayne's head and a decent assortment of accessories.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

I like the material used for the suit. If you've had the chance to handle Hot Toys's muscular body before, basically they've replicated the material used for his lower body on the upper body, and made it slightly more malleable, which means Hot Toys Bats' articulation is improved and he can achieve poses Takara's cannot, due the restrictiveness of the material used.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

Takara's interpretation looks more streamlined while Hot Toys' comes across as slightly bulky. The bulk appears to be more movie accurate though, and my only complaint is that the closed fists look inproportionate to his body.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

I would say this is one of the coolest Batman figure I have had the pleasure to own, and would strongly recommend this to anyone on the hunt for a definitive 1:6 Batman Begins figure.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) Review

I did an earlier preview of Hot Toys The Dark Knight Batman (Original Costume) here and have pix of a kitbashed Bruce Wayne here as well as Hot Toys Joker here.



Hot Toys Joker (Bank Robber Version)


Hot Toys Batman (The Dark Knight Version)


Kitbash Bruce Wayne


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4 comments:

  1. Joshua says:

    a really great figure. though i must say that i prefer the dark knight costume more. can't wait for my preorder to arrive at tfh.

  1. Ahh, the hunt for the definitive 1/6 Batman definitely is expensive!

    It looks like they left the cowl-head rather immobile like in the 2005 version. Ironically, the new movie writes that in, with his comment abt being able to move his neck.

    Thanks!

  1. Hey Shaun, I have this figure for about a month now and have been in one pose - holding up his batarang. Today I took him out and guess what? The rubber suit around his elbow somehow started to 'melt' and was starting to stick together! I gently peeled them apart, thank god no permanent damage. Anyway, given our hot weather (I'm in Brunei), do you use anything to protect the rubber suit? I was thinking of getting some car care rubber lotion to apply to protect the suit. Any tips? So for the rest of you who have this figure, make sure you check them once in a while in case those suits start to melt like mine almost did!

  1. Shaun says:

    hi borgkingkong, quite a heart stopping moment for the suit there! I did read about the car care rubber lotion but the experts on the forums esp onesixthwarriors advise against it. I think the best prevention is to leave it in as unarticulated a pose as possible.