Batman Brave & Bold Action League
Batman and Gorilla Grodd
2 Inch Scale
To start off the year 2010, our first review here at Infinite Hollywood was the Action League Batmobile but as we head out of 2010, I figured it would make sense to revisit the Action League. So we’re ending the year the same way we started it. This time it’s the two pack of Gorilla Grodd and of course, Batman. These little guys have been quite the hit, but it seems as though 201 may also be the swan song for this particular brand of the Action League. Instead Mattel will be making an Action League without the Brave & The Bold cartoon style.
The package is a nice little window box with hanging tab. The design is simple and uniform throughout the Brave & The Bold line. Honestly, I find it more attractive than the DC Universe branding. I’m not a fan of Mattel branding all DC items alike.
You can see Grodd and Batman clearly through the window. Also, behind them is a neat little jungle background. No doubt the battleground for these two foes.
The back shows off the rest of the guys who came out in this assortment. That Joker has become quite hard to find in recent months, I suspect Mattel has stopped making them. The other deluxe pack in the assortment is also show, a Batcycle.
I’m a big fan of the style of these guys. Unlike Hasbro’s offerings, these figures don’t look particularly kiddie. I also think that they reflect a unique twist on the animation of the show. They’re not exact, but they’re exaggerated versions of those good designs.
Batman has been repainted with a jungle green theme, but we’re not given an explanation of exactly what this armor is. I do wish we had a little more details about that and why he’s using it to battle Grodd, but I guess you can fill in the rest of the details yourself. The gloves probably have some sort of electrical shock?
The Batman is the same “basic” Bats sculpt we’ve seen numerous times in this line. I’m okay with a universal sculpt and they’ve made plenty of other Batman sculpts as well. He looks good with the regular version and the Burton version.
Gorilla Grodd is obviously the draw of the set and looks quite nice. He’s just cartoony enough, but has some fearsome elements as well. He comes with a brain scan helmet on, similar to the DCUC version. This one of course, is more toon oriented.
The nice part about this one, as opposed to the DCUC version, is that the helmet is made to be removed. Huzzah! Grodd looks quite good underneath and he reminds me a bit of Donkey Kong. He’s also a perfect size to add to your Imaginext DC Superfriends collection as well, should you be so inclined.
He has some sculpted fur bits in various parts and his face has a lot of charm. It’s a nice little Grodd.
Batman has all the standard Action League articulation, which is simply cuts at the neck, shoulders and waist.
Grodd is a bit of a surprise as he has pin/post style ball jointed shoulders. His neck, waist and feet have additional cuts for posing. I do wish the hands had cuts so that we could swivel them into some other position than walking on his knuckles. Also, because the figure is hunched over, he’s hard to stand but in a few positions. I wish we had an extra joint to make him stand up straighter.
As far as I know, none of the Action League guys have come with separate accessories. If they have a weapon, it’s usually molded into their hands. Of course, this set is a tad different.
Grodd has his removable helmet. It’s a decent little addition and I’m sure you could so something else with it if you were so inclined.
You’re mostly paying $10 for Grodd. He’s a decent little guy and he’s got some bulk on him. Given that it’s $6 or $7 for a regular Action League two pack, I don’t feel too bad paying $10 for this deluxe set. Of course many stores are clearancing these guys out right now, so you can pick Grodd up for even less.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 5
Accessories – Helmet
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
This Grodd set scores a pretty good seven. It’s nothing amazing, but does everything fairly well. It’s a good way to round out the year and a neat little addition to your Action League set. I’m glad they decided to branch out into bigger characters. Plus he looks cool battling my Jakks Micro Ring Starz and such.