DC Gallery Batman: The Animated Series Batman PVC Figure review
For an entire generation of fans, Batman: The Animated Series is practically the definitive take on the Dark Knight. With good reason, too: besides being an all around excellent, highly influential show, the series distilled everything in Batman's world down to its purest form. It was inspired by the comics, yet took liberties with characters and storylines that often superseded established canon. Look no further than the gut-wrenching new origin that Mr. Freeze was given, for example.
Since the show's 1992 debut, there has been a near endless parade of merchandise based on the designs of the series. Again, this is with good reason, as the visual aesthetic was sleek, simple, and iconic. Even 26 years after it's debut, there's no shortage of merchandise available that didn't take at least some inspiration from the show.
Diamond Select is in on the game themselves, with an entire line of busts and figures based on the animated series. One of the crown jewels of the collection is their Batman PVC Figure, which is practically an animated cel brought to life.
The statue is part of Diamond's DC Gallery line of PVC figures, which consists of high quality and affordable pieces based on your favorite characters. Batman himself measures around a foot tall and is captured in an incredibly dynamic pose, his cape billowing about as he clutches a Batarang.
I've been impressed with the boxes each Diamond piece has been shipped in, and this figure is no exception. There are three large windows around the box so you can get a good look at the figure within, along with a high-quality photo of the piece on the back. The material of the box is solid, so if you ever need to move or store the statue you can just slip it right back in.
There's not an awful lot of detail on the figure, which is actually a good thing. The Batman design for the animated series was so sleek and perfect it doesn't need any frills. Still, translating such a simple design can be difficult, as any sort of blemish or imperfection would be unforgiving. Thankfully, Diamond have rendered this Batman perfectly, with the solid grays, blues and blacks evoking the look of the show.
The fact that there aren't unnecessary details doesn't mean it isn't sculpted well, though, as there are some great touches on the figure here. The pose itself is just so dynamic and looks so great, for one, and details like the fanned fingers on Batman's right hand and the pointed toe on each foot evoke a sense of action. The Batsymbol on the chest is a bit raised, giving a nice break in texture, and that capsule belt just looks so classic. The only thing that may be a bit off-putting is the mouth, as it's hard to see. He's sculpted with a focused, set face, typical of the Batman. From a distance or from certain angles it can appear as if there isn't a mouth at all, though, but I personally didn't mind this detail. The rest of the head is sculpted perfectly anyway, as are the fins on the gloves and the Batarang in his left hand, so such a small detail is easy to overlook.
My one genuine complaint is the lack of detail on the base. It's solid and very sturdy, so the figure stands up very well, but that base is pretty plain. It would have been great had Batman been jumping onto a more detailed ledge of, say, the Gotham City Police Department or even a roosting gargoyle. As it is, the base is fairly devoid of form and doesn't look like much of anything. It's only vaguely architectural in its design.
Saying that, the rest of the figure more than makes up for it. Those boots look great, for one, the clean black pairing nicely with the gray of the suit. For my money it's the cape that's the real show-stopper here: it is massive, with the scallops almost reaching to the ground along with the base. It arches out from the figure itself to give a cool billowing effect, with one side folding in a tad to simulate movement. Batman isn't just standing there, no: he's moving to strike. That absolutely gorgeous, deep blue of the cape interior just makes it all the more pleasing to the eye.
The figure retails for $45 and looks like it's worth at least three times that amount. On its own this is just a stunning piece that looks great displayed with comics, movies, or other collectibles. With an affordable price tag it's the perfect piece for a fan who may want to have a nice figure to display but can't afford the going rate of other statues and busts. There's also a HARDAC version with a rad sword, if you're so inclined, so get it for yourself or another Batman fan in your life.