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Vampire Batman Action Figure Review

In honor of the upcoming arrival of All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as is the most common name, I am going to be taking a closer look at one of my Elsewhere themed Batman figures, notably the scariest looking one of the lot, Vampire Batman. Released by Mattel for the Batman Unlimited action figure line this figure is based on the story line Batman & Dracula: Red Rain in which Batman voluntarily becomes a member of the undead in order to properly fight vampires that were attacking Gotham City and most notably take on Dracula himself.

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I am a big fan of the concept of Batman in different time periods and concepts which is the staple for the Elseworlds storylines and subsequent themed toys, so while I am not a huge vampire fan this fits into the first criteria so it is a very cool figure to take a deep dive look at for me. Between the wings, fangs, red eyes, thinner/gaunt look of his body I would say this represents well what you would expect to see from a Vampire Batman. Starting with his vampire wings, they really put the focus on the fact that you aren’t looking at just another Batman figure. The wings give this ready for flight at any moment and not giving the vibe that this was not something manufactured at Wayne Enterprises to help Bruce take flight, the wings definitely have the organic living vampire bat type look. This figure also depicts what looks like a gaunt feel than my other Batman figures, as I would suspect if you were to become an undead vampire than you may have to not worry about excess body fat. J There is still some good muscle definition on this Batman figure but in my eye we see more of an elongated or thinner version of Batman.

One of the aspects about this figure that I am not usually a fan of is the very long ear pieces protruding from Batman’s cowl. When this is depicted in the comics I am not a fan at all. I just don’t understand how having antennas sticking that far up from a very tall man that is Bruce Wayne would be conducive to stealth and helping his fighting ability. If I was fighting him it would give me something to grab a hold of and given the right strength be able to swing him around like Hulk does to Loki in the Avengers movie. For the sake of this figure it oddly works because it gives a more vampire-ish look to the figure so I am much more tolerant of the “rabbit” ears for this version of Batman.

This figure also comes with a blood red crucifix stake in the shape of the Batman logo. This piece is very cool other than on mine it was a very loose grip and seldom fell off. In fact at this moment, I have misplaced that accessory which is a complete bummer for the sake of this writing and pics that I am posting. However, if you get this figure and have a method to make him hold the stake with a better kung fu grip than I did or would like to donate the accessory to my collection I would love to hear from you.

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Taking a closer look at Vampire Batman’s nightmarish face, I just don’t have anything to hate about it. Well defined fangs, ghoulish open mouth, and blood red eyes. This most definitely is a great Halloween type figure for Batman and Vampire fans alike. I recommend for all ghouls and goblins provided they have a high tolerance for freaky looking things that may come alive and go bump in the night while they sleep off their sugar induced coma on Halloween.

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Posted on October 24, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.

Dark Knight Returns Batman Action Figure Review

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This figure was released in 2004 by DC Direct and based on the artwork of Frank Miller from the awesome Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. I didn’t purchase mine when it was released as my action figure collection hadn’t really jump started at that point. However, I knew this was one that I needed to have. There has been an updated set that was released in 2013 based on the animated feature of the same name but my figure is the one released in August 2004. The updated version appears to have more subdued coloring and lost the right leg utility belt. One of the factors that really appeals to me about this figure is it gives me a closer to real life vibe on an aged Batman. He is muscular and in great physical shape for being older the figure depicts that he has a hunched over posture. I love the added leg utility belt as I would imagine as the threat of Gotham has changed over the years you would need extra gadgets to fight the evolving crime landscape along with older rogue gallery elements that he would have had to still fight. DKR Batman (1) DKR Batman (2)

I love the facial features of this figure as it depicts forehead wrinkles that you would expect from an aging Bruce Wayne but the very characteristic grimace of the Batman. Unlike most other figures of Batman this one appears longer in the jaw line giving the further impression of age and works very well to characterize the source material.

I am a fan of the bright yellow circle surrounding the chest emblem as I love the contrast this has of the bat suit with dark subdued colors. As the same color is on the utility belts this really makes those elements “pop” on this figure.

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Why is this figure cool to me?

I was a late adopter into comic book reading and collecting. By late, I mean 18 years old. In 1989, it was the summer of Batman, with the huge marketing for the Tim Burton movie being releases, you couldn’t go far without being confronted with the Batman emblem. At that point of my life I was in my fledging days in the Navy and was attending technical school for my chosen Navy career. School didn’t fill every hour so we had nightly and weekend liberty. My technical school was located in San Diego, California. In 1989 I got the opportunity to visit what is now a very tough ticket and that was the International San Diego Comic Con. One of my introductions that summer was to the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. My view of Batman has never been the same since that summer as he ceased to be the “campy” version from the old TV show reruns I thought he was. This figure brings me back full circle to a never ending passion in my adult life.