Continuing our coverage of Mattel’s display at WonderCon, here’s a look at the line-up of Batman Legacy, due out this fall. Featuring a mix of repaints, kitbashes, some new tooling and some completely new figures, this looks to be a line extension that will transition into movie toys for The Dark Knight Rises next year. While there’s some figures here that I can’t wait to get, I hope that this will transition into something more like Green Lantern Classics at the start of 2012, with more new figures of Batman and especially his rogues gallery.
I’ll start off with the one pic I took of the Batman: Arkham City 2-pack. It’s not that I don’t like these figures – it’s just that I took a lot of pictures of the Arkham City 2-pack at Toy Fair. Missing from the display was the Gordon and prototype suit Batman from the Batman Begins movie – but we also saw that at Toy Fair.
Batgirl in her original comic book colors was the new reveal for WonderCon. This is a welcome repaint of the original Batgirl released as part of the DC Super Heroes line – that figure was released in blue and light gray, and featured a different belt. This one looks to have the belt kitbashed from Zip Line Batman, also from the DC Super Heroes line.
I ended up taking a lot of pictures of the Dick Sprang-inspired Golden Age Batman that was revealed at C2E2 in 2-up form. I think this figure will give me a reason to open the Sprang-inspired Robin variant from DC Universe Classics wave 16 that I have sitting in the pile of packages behind the door that my wife keeps threatening to eliminate. I couldn’t help but think something was off with this painted prototype, though.
Getting a better look at the 2-up on display helped narrow it down. I think there’s two problems with the head on the smaller figure. First, it looks like it lost a bit of the crispness when they shrunk it down to 6-inch scale. You can see that the ears aren’t as pointed and there’s less definition on the nose and mouth. Also, the painted blue eyebrows lost a bit of the Sprang quality when rendered as a simple arch. The paint job on the 2-up captures it a bit better.
They also had the Golden Age Joker on display in 2-up form. Normally I am not a fan of artist-inspired figures, as I do like some cohesiveness in my display – but for these guys I am starting to come around.
Stay tuned for more Mattel as the week progresses. Thanks for looking!