Mafex Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy Version) – Review

This time around we have Batman (ver 2.0) by Mafex as he appears in the Dark Knight Trilogy.  The batsuit itself didn’t get a whole bunch of variations over the course of the movies, which makes things easier from a collecting point of view.  There’s no need to complete a set of varying designs.  This particular suit is reminiscent of the suit that appears in Tim Burton’s Batman movies in that it sports an all black motif, but now it has some modern design cues.

First Impressions:

On the subject of the all black theme, it’s possible for this suit to be largely monochromatic while still able to show off its lines and fine details.  The skin tight suit from previous outings has been replaced with something more tactical and armoured.  There are splashes of carbon fibre distributed throughout the figure and it’s good to see a cloth cape being introduced in the mix.  The gold coloured utility belt and the open portions of the cowl are the only other coloured areas present.

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight

Accessories:

The package includes left and right closed fists, left and right open hands and a right hand for holding guns and similar weapons.  He comes with 3 different heads – neutral, “serious” and without cowl.  Also included is his grapple launcher gun and an EMP gun.  It’s funny that Batman has a “no firearms” policy when all his vehicles are fully armed with guns and missiles.  The head without the cowl has a pretty good likeness to Bruce Wayne (in this case, played by Christian Bale) given its size, although the paint apps around the eyes may vary.

Batman's Gear
Batman’s Gear

Articulation:

Starting from the top, the head is connected with a ball joint as well as the lower neck which give the head a good range of tilting and turning movement. The arms connect to the torso with ball joints but have a swivel in the shoulders. The double joints in the elbows allow for almost a full bicep curl and the hands have a double swivel.

Ball joints in the chest, waist and hips offer a pretty good range of movement.  There’s a double joint in the knees and a double swivel in the ankles, and there’s also a joint in the toes that offer a slight pivot.

All these combine to allow the Dark Knight to pull off some dynamic posing.  Also worth mentioning are the strands of wire that run the length of the cape.  Having those wires means that you can also pose the cape in various ways too.  A bit disappointing that there’s no stand included, but with a bit of imagination (and patience) you can pull of some nice poses.

Combat Stance
Combat Stance
Ready for a quick exit
Ready for a quick exit
Bat-punch!
Bat-punch!
Bat-kick!
Bat-kick!
EMP stand by
EMP stand by
EMP Ready
EMP Ready
I am the Night
I am the Night

Conclusion:

Mafex’s Batman (ver 2.0) will make a worthy addition to any collection.  I love how the cape has those wires in it.  It’s something that a lot of caped figures should be having these days.  Batman features a nice, clean sculpt and poses very well.  The accessories included add a lot more playability to what is already a solid figure.  (It would be great to see if Mafex will come out with a Bane figure as seen in The Dark Knight Rises)

Mafex Batman can be found at the link below along with other figures in the Mafex range.

Batman Unmasked
Batman Unmasked
375mL Drink Can for Scale
375mL Drink Can for Scale
Why so Serious?
Why so Serious?

If you can, it’s also worth it if you could pick up the Batpod as well. 😀

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