Last year at Comic-Con, Funko gave me the the inspiration for the very first figure of the day on this site with a new vinyl Batman. And this year, Batman returns in a blocky style with no articulation, a stark contrast to the almost cuddly and Sanrio-esque Pop! Vinyl figures hitting stores everywhere. Not content to rest on the increased sales and shelf presence of its earlier line, Funko will now proudly offer this 7-inch (at its tallest) figure of the Bat.
This figure looks best from the front-- I mean, just look at it. It's amazing. His gloves have a little detail, his belt has a lot of detail, and his back has no detail. If ever there was a line ideal for desks or shelves, this is it-- heck, you could even mount it on the wall and it would look pretty damn cool. With no articulation to speak of, it really does have a lot more in common with "designer vinyl" toys that the press seems so keen on with a few exceptions. One, it's significantly cheaper, and two, someone might actually be able to sell enough of these to make some real money. My guess is that the Blox won't be quite as hot as the Pop! Vinyls, but I am glad to see Funko reinvent themselves constantly with new and different product lines which are all pretty cool. Even if you don't want to collect Blox-- and I'm tempted to get a bunch of these-- there's no denying that you'll want at least one of these guys. If they do Star Wars or a musician you like, I'd suggest grabbing at least one. It's not much of a toy, but as a statue or a decoration, you'll be hard-pressed to do better.
I should note that there have been a few reports of questionable paint on the early samples from Comic-Con-- mine is pretty good, although at the pointy ears, on top, it seems more silver than blue and there's a tiny blemish on his face. I don't really notice though and I like the piece enough to not be complaining. It's a weird folksy wood carving mashed up with overpriced vinyl, but cheap. I'll take an imperfection or two, the design is sharp enough that Funko could have a hit on their hands by slapping these designs on apparel too. I mean, I'd wear that shirt, or insist on seeing it on girl's shirts. (The ladies may not want to wear them, but I will insist.)
Batman was one of the first figures released in the line as a metallic Comic-Con exclusive, along with Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula-- all of which will be getting non-metallic releases later this year. Superman, Green Lantern, and the Joker are also on deck as well as... other things I can't talk about yet. But I like this, and I hope to see the line continue and expand and if I get my way, grow into at least one giant three-foot figure release.
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