Toy Review: Brave and the Bold Hang Climber Batman by Mattel

Brave and the Bold made its debut and of course with any new Batman cartoon comes new Batman toys! I'm a big fan of the new cartoon. It's great for those of us who like our Batman light and cheesy, and I really dig the new classically-inspired Batman design. With any new Batman incarnation, I try to get a basic Batman figure. The Hang Climber Batman fits the bill as well as any of the other figures. How does it stack up? Read on!


Company: Mattel
Size: roughly 5"
Price: $7.77 at Wal-Mart
Packaging: Carded


Looks: 2.5/5
I love the character of this figure... he has kind of an Adam West look to him. And the blue-gray color scheme with yellow belt and emblem is not only fun but reminiscent of the classic comics. The paint apps are okay. They're a bit sloppy around the cowl/mouth boundary, but other than that, I have no problems.


But there is a gaping hole in the figure's looks. Actually, 7 gaping holes. The figure has holes in his arms, legs, and back in which he can plug in his accessories. Unfortunately, the holes aren't simple peg holes, but huge crevices. It's very distracting and takes away a lot from the look of the figure.

Articulation: 2/5
Batman has 8 points of articulation: swivel neck, shoulders, waist, and hips; and hinge elbows. Unfortunately, there is no knee articulation. I've come to expect this because The Batman figures had articulated knees, so this was a big disappointment. Another thing this figure needs is ball-in-socket shoulders and hips. As he stands, his articulation is sub-par.

Accessories: 3/5
Batman comes with a mini-glider looking thing. The glider is kind of cool looking: you can put it on his back and pretend he's flying, or put it on his arm and pretend it's a weapon or his grappling hook. I think it's a better accessory than the batarangs that come with another Batman. But to be a convincing glider, it needs to be wider.


Value: 3/5
As much as I hate to admit it, $8 for a figure of this size is pretty much par for the course. Should he be cheaper? Of course. Would I be able to find a comparable licensed figure for cheaper? Probably not.

Coolness: 4/5
I love the style and colors of this Batman, so he gets some props in this category. He's a pretty cool, basic figure.

Overall: 3/5
This figure just barely eked out a 3. While I love the concept, the execution leaves much to be desired. Lose the gaping holes and give him some good articulation, and you have a great Batman figure. As he stands, he's just meh.

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