1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: , , , ,
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I'm a DC fan and while Batman doesn't rock my boat as much as other superheroes in their stable, The Dark Knight decreed that I should attempt to collect 1:6 versions of characters from the movie.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

I'm glad DC gave Hot Toys a shot at The Dark Knight figures, given their quite impressive track record with movie licences. I'm not a big Hot Toys collector Hot Toys and became a fan of their products since I picked up their Superman Returns figure in 2006.I pre-ordered that figure based on preview pix alone and pimped it quite a bit in forums and got flamed quite a few times, which was quite funny.

Enough about other superheroes, the focus of this post is Batman in his TDK costume. I've seen comments about the cowl being too slim, and creative mods done to correct this.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

I can live with the sculpt, and the paintwork as always, is top notch. No gripes from me about this and I won't be trying to do anything to a rather pricey purchase.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

Hot Toys' hallmark attention to detail is evident in his suit, which was barely visibly most of the movie, due to the mood lighting. I trust that they did consult stock references in developing this, and this is probably the only time I got to examine the suit in such clarity and detail.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

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1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

I like the blades on the gaunlets that number 6 per glove, which is an upgrade from what his original costume had.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

The utility belt doesn't hold the batarangs this time round...

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

...but the clasp for his grappling gun remains.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

As far as I can see, the boots are largely similar to the ones on the original costume version. He still has slightly weak ankle joints, so displaying him with his stand is recommended.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

The cape attaches to the suit via a plastic hook-like device that slots into the groove on his suit.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

Here are the accessories that come with the figure...

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

... and the next avalanche of photos depicts him with the accessories.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

The neck that comes with Bruce Wayne's head is longer than the standard True Type neck, pictured on the left. This means that if you want to plug his head and neck on a True Type body, it might look too elongated.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

Yulli's added furrowed brows, lightened the skin and removed the scar below his left eye for this sculpt. The original sculpt is on the left, in this series of comparison pix.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

I personally prefer the first sculpt even if he looks more benign in it.

Here's the head plugged on to the batsuit. I've pix of the original head on a Saturday Toys Men Suit in this post.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

Here he is with his original costume version.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

There have been quite a few comments in toy forums that this Batman appears quite fat, and I agree. Some collectors have modded the figure to achieve a more streamlined look, and it tends to look better off for it. Medicom's impending version seems to be the choice for some collectors, and I am looking forward to see how that turns out. I'm also wondering whether Takara will throw their hat in the ring, and give this figure a shot. As I personally prefer having my figures in the same scale where possible, this is my TDK figure of choice.

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

1:6 Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece The Dark Knight Batman

I've pix of the following figures too.

Hot Toys Joker (Bank Robber Version)


Hot Toys Batman Original Costume


Hot Toys The Joker


Kitbash Bruce Wayne


Bandai SIC Movie Realization Batman & Bat-Pod




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18 comments:

  1. Laurens says:

    cool stuff......

  1. Armand says:

    Figure looks great! Why oh why hasn't my TDK arrive yet?! The wait is killing me!

  1. Shaun says:

    when are you expecting yours, Armand?

  1. Armand says:

    My guy said most probably this week, last by next week. Shytes! If I miss out on this figure I dunno what I'll do. Probably burn down his store or some other similar form of violence...

  1. Great pix & review as always!

  1. desmond says:

    @Armand - Why so serious!! haha!!

  1. Shaun says:

    My guy said most probably this week, last by next week. Shytes! If I miss out on this figure I dunno what I'll do. Probably burn down his store or some other similar form of violence...

    The Fortress of Testicular Fortitude does not condone such acts, and it shall take no responsibility for comments by it's readers.

    cosmicbaby said...
    Great pix & review as always!


    Lol! No review at all Marcus.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Shaun. It's Mr. Detail from the DC Direct message boards. Look at this pic at DC's page.

    http://dccomics.com/dcdirect/popup_images.php?i=10646&j=b

    Their pic has batarangs attached to the belt which is good so long as the rest of the figure is like the one in your pics here. You state your batarangs won't attach. I'm concerned that there is a Japanese version and a American version that are not identical in detail and quality.Geuss I'll order mine from where you got yours to be sure. Thanks.

  1. Shaun says:

    Hi Mr Detail, my friend Jeff Parker confirmed in his review at Michael Crawford's site that Hot Toys did remove the batarangs', for lack of a better word, holster on the belt. There is no different Japanese or American version as far as I know, so I do hope you manage to score yours with decent shipping rates as well.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, can the orginal batman head be fitted on the TDK body?
    would like to see how it look .
    cause i find the orginal head a bit big for the original body .thanks

  1. Shaun says:

    Hi anonymous, I can't get the original head to fit on the body cos the suit on the TDK figure blocks the base of the cowl from being fitted on.

  1. Excellent post with cool stuff... These are very nice pics and review about batman. The Dark Knight is a masterpiece of the year 2008. One that will knock you out of your seat. It is the best Batman film ever, the best superhero film ever and the best film of 2008 thus far. So wanna watch this fantastic movie of the year, then go through the link and enjoy it now. Download The Dark Knight Movie.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Shaun, great pictures of ur collection. Would like to ask ur permission if I could use some of ur pictures for my facebook and others?

    Joseph

  1. Shaun says:

    Hi Joseph, do go ahead and use them with a credit link back to this url: http://testicular-fortitude.blogspot.com. Thanks.

  1. 70thSith says:

    Great pix and review! The figure looks awesome but I'm a little disappointed it had less accessories than the original costume version. I was hoping for a sticky bomb gun and sonar eyes attaching thingies...

    I still love it though. I had no idea this figure was available since October and my dealer didn't even notify me. Aargh!

  1. Shaun says:

    Hi 70thSith, thanks for dropping by. I have to admit I wish Hot Toys included the sticky bomb gun too. But I think the sonar eyes would warrant another headsculpt, further adding to the cost. My guess if Hot Toys were to pull off a battle-damaged version, the sonar eyes would be included with that.

    Hope you do manage to get your hands on this soon. Just a headsup if you didn't know already, I understand DCD are carrying this as well.

  1. Heewonie says:

    hi i love my dark knight figure but it is so easy to get scratch on both chest plate and knee pads and the back too. i even cut my nails to prevent it from scratching. i cover the figure with cape but still it doesn't help. the worse thing is the rubber comes off when i hold the figure or play with it. especially on the knee and butt part. i'm not sure if its just mine or not. i ordered the original batman on ebay hope its not like this. by the way im the Anonymous who commented about getting iron man mark 2.

  1. Shaun says:

    hi Heewonie, seems that there are quite a bit problems with your piece. Hope you got a decent deal for the original costume on ebay.