Dark Knight Rises
4 Inch Scale
Back when the Dark Knight hit theatres a few years ago, Mattel put out a plethora of toys in a variety of scales. One that caught many people’s attention, was their 4 inch line which gave some insight on how Mattel would do a smaller scale line. When Mattel got around to pumping out figures for the Dark Knight Rises, this year, the options are more limited. The 4 inch line is back though and this Halloween season, Target has a Halloween Exclusive Batman.
I’ve often lamented that there just aren’t enough Halloween toys that could be handed out as treats. Every year Target seems to have a small aisle for these sorts of items, but for whatever the reason it seems that girls get the pick of the litter. They often have several figures, Polly Pocket, Barbie and others to choose from with a Halloween theme. Boys usually have a Lego set, which often isn’t even really a Halloween theme and some Hot Wheels that might be slightly monster oriented at best.
This year though, Mattel has risen to the occasion with a rather unique variant of Batman in black and orange. They’ve even made the packaging reflect the Halloween spirit. We know Mattel can do good packaging, but is this a good toy?
Let’s talk about the package first, because it’s one of the most visually stunning parts of the whole presentation. Although the card itself is no different than the size or shape from the absolutely boring and dreadful basic Dark Knight Rises 4 inch figures, the bubble stands out. The bubble is beautiful. It’s a pumpkin made out of translucent orange plastic. It’s immediately an eye catcher.
The front also has some neat little Jack-o-Lanterns on it. It doesn’t give this figure any particular name though. Why not call it Halloween Batman or All Hallow’s Eve Armor Batman, or something? The back is boring and super generic, just as the regular 4 inch Batman figures are.
This Batman figure is based off the Stealth Armor, which I believe is exclusive to another Target multipack, but it may also be packed elsewhere. The armor looks quite good, but it’s mostly in the mask where you’ll notice the core differences from a generic Batman figure. He has solid color eyes, which reflect lenses and a mouth piece.
The colors are very basic, orange and black. This is pretty true for most of the figures in this line, but the colors really work here. Not only with the Halloween theme, but just in general. This is one of the most badass Batman variants I’ve seen in years… And I have a whole bunch of vintage Kenner Dark Knight Collection figures!
The sculpting is actually quite good, with tons of details all over the body. It’s really impressive how much Mattel was able to get such sharp details into such a small figure. Of course, the flip side to that is that there’s not much paint at all. That works here, but wouldn’t necessarily in other figures.
The cape is fabric, which I can appreciate. It connects into the figure and doesn’t have the collar of the old Kenner figures. Oh well.
These guys have almost no articulation, which is why collectors tend to avoid them like the plague.
I was under the assumption that Halloween Batman only had the big 5 in terms of articulation. For the record, I don’t mind figures with only the big 5, but the figures have to have bent elbows. Batman’s lack of bent elbows (as Kenner would have done it) make him clunky to pose
Much to my amazement, Batman also has knee joints. That’s nice, but I actually think elbow joints would have been better. The basic hinges have a decent range of motion, which is more than I can say for the hip/leg joints. Batman can barely move his leg up half an inch. He can’t convincingly kick anyone. There’s no logical sculpting reason why, it’s just made that way.
The regular version of the Stealth Suit figure comes with some sort of detachable claws. Other figures that are essentially identical to this one, also typically have at least one accessory. Whether it’s a grappling hook or a Bat-a-Rang. However, poor Halloween Bats has nothing.
There was a time when you could get a GI Joe for $5. Sadly that time has long since passed and there aren’t many figures out there in this price range. However, you get what you pay for. With paltry articulation, little in terms of paint applications and zero accessories, Batman ain’t going to win any awards. Also, be sure to shop around. While this is a Target exclusive, I first saw this guy for $6.99 or so. It wasn’t until I went to a different Target that I found him for $5.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 6
Articulation – 4
Accessories – N/A
Value – 4
Overall – 5 out of 10
I would have never in a million years bought one of the 4 inch Dark Knight Rises figures from Mattel, had they not done this special Halloween figure. Despite having so much against it, Halloween Batman as a one off, is kind of neat. The orange color really pops and works well with the Batman motif. However, by regular standards this is a pretty basic if not uninspired and downright lame toy. A good gift for youngsters in their Halloween bags, though.