I've been waiting a bit to unload my woes on you guys, but no mas! When we first launched MPb, the driving force behind my getting back into collecting was Masters of the Universe, then like fate, the day we learned from Mattel that the line was official dead, we were also introduced to Hasbro's Xevoz. The torch was passed, and I was able to collect with the fevor and excitement I had with Skeletor and crew. As Nelson says Ha-hah. We all know where that got me. So I decided to focus mainly on Batman.
I'm no Johnny-come-lately (or -not-at-all fa fa fa), I've been collecting Batman for some time, he's been my favorite comic book hero for the longest time, however I wasn't actively chasing down Batman figures, I'd pick up what came my way, and that was about it. Before the death of Xevoz, my excitement for Batman went up as I was researching the Batphone tutorial. So here we are, I need something to obsessively hunt for, and Batman, is my man.
One of the reasons I chose to focus on Batman was because, between the movie, the current cartoon, and the comic book line, there is plenty of Batman merch to track down each time I go to Target or wherever, but there is also tons of old hard-to-find stuff that I can save up for and spend time trying to acquire. Plus, they can't possibly kill off Batman, can they? Don't answer that.
So today I look at the Microman Batman and friends. These were produced in Japan and are available online, or in specialty shops. They're a wee bit expensive if you look at the amount of plastic you're getting, but they're reasonably priced if you look at the coolness factor, and the import costs. Is there a chance these will be distributed differently in the future for lower prices? Perhaps.
The Microman body is pretty versatile, the amount of articulation really allows for some great poses, and frankly, I spend more time posing and photographing toys than I do laying belly-side down on the rug making explosion sound effects with my mouth. So articulation is a plus. The downside ofcourse is that the overall body is a little more effeminate for Batman than I prefer. I really like this figure, but if all of my figures came alive and got into a big fight, this is the one you'd ask to stay home and make victory brownies with the playmobil. However, if you look at it, the Japanese like their dudes a little more wispy, less hulked-out. It's not a deal-breaker. Looking at the poseability and the accessories it comes with, this is a prominant entry in the Stinkhead book of must-haves.
Wow, I cannot get over the number of hands they give you. It's a popular trend with Japanese action figures to provide an alternative head or pair of hands to allow for a variey of poses, but great catbird on a stick, you get six pairs of hands. You get pointing, grabbing, punching, reaching, trigger finger, and karate chop (or is that spanking?) capability with these extra hands. They've got an extra joint in the wrist to allow for some great movement.
Then on top of all that, you get a cool snap-on gas mask, a grappling hook, bat-cuffs and batarang accessory. Mix and match the hands and you can get some cool poses. Speaking of poses, each Microman figure comes with a clear plastic base, so you can get all kinds of high-kicks and other gravity defying poses.
One other gripe before I go on however, because of his removeable cape... his head sits a little high, and you can't do too many squatting poses. Batgirls' cape is hinged, to allow for a little bit more movement. I like the nice rubbery material it's made out of though.
Batgirl Whoooo-wee (said like Cowboy Curtis), Batgirl is a looker. I'm not too fond of female action figures. They never look right, or you can't do a damned thing with them. The Microman body however allows for a great looking female body, with tons of poseability. This and Catwoman (ok, mainly Catwoman) are my favorite female figures ever. The fact she's wearing a body suit helps overlook the screws and joints all over the place, but she's looking good either way. You get the same number of hands as Bats, and she comes with her Batpurse to plug on her side. One improvement I wish they'd apply to Batman are the scrumptious boobs. Wait! I mean, I wish they'd apply the hinged cape to Batman. You can do all these poses with him, but his cape gets in the way. Either that or include a cloth cape alternative. Batgirl even has hinged hair. You can flop her flowing red ponytail up and down. You'll notice I don't have a ton of action poses for her. Well how many action poses can you really get into when you're carrying a purse? Believe me, I know the limitations.
Batgirl comes packaged with the Batman above. They sell variant Batmen separately, but to get both together, this is a great set. Costs around $25. But BRCActionFigures.com has it for $18.
Catwoman Caaat woman (said like Adam West in the 66 movie). She is looking good. Between the Jim Lee inspired look, and the crazy amount of poseability, you can see why Catwoman is my favorite female figure to date. (I mean, as in thus far, not take out to dinner and then make out in the back of a car)
With Catwoman you get her whip, an alternative head (sans goggles) and a great pair of claw hands in addition to the existing pairs. They look just like Batman's in color, but they are slightly smaller like Batgirl's. I'm not talking about her boobs either, it seems Catwoman has been eating her vitamins.
I'm very happy with this purchase. I'd love to see a Joker
or Riddler in the future. There are two other Batmen
currently available. One is a straight re-paint of this
one in a black and gray color scheme, the other is super
extreme cyber pilot gear type Batman with all kinds
of Microman styled plug ons.
I like how he is in scale with some of my other Batprops. The poseability is fantastic, the accessories really push it up as one of my favorites, but because of the overall look, he won't be my absolute favorite Batman in my collection. The women on the other hand, are some of the best I've ever seen.
I will be looking further at current, and vintage Batman figures as my collection grows. Check out our Batman coverage for more Bat-goodness. (including that vintage Batmobile and make-your-own Batphone directions), and if you like Microman, check out our Microman coverage.