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Mattel Batman Batman Mattel, 2013
Day #898: April 14, 2014
Mattel Batman Batman Action FigureBatman
A Dark Knight

Batman Action Figure
Item No.:
Asst. Y7572 No. Y6624
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: Nothing
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.00
Availability: June 2013
Other: Cloth cape

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Mattel Batman Batman Action FigureOn the box, this figure is named merely Batman. The 3 3/4-inch scale action figure sports 5 points of articulation, and some sellers call him "Power Attack Grey Batman" for some reason. The figure has massive fists, a small head, and is articulated similarly to old Kenner Star Wars action figures.

Similarly styled figures are hitting big box stores now and have been there since earlier this year, but figures like this Batman in this size and style were largely stuck in Big Lots! and other lower-end discount shops since last year. There are vehicles, a Joker, and others in Big Lots! plus multi-packs hitting stores with oversized Clayface figures and other goodies. I picked up Joker as well, mostly because of the utterly bizarre costume created for the series. We've come a long way from Kenner's The Dark Knight Collection, although in terms of construction this line-up is incredibly similar in many respects.

Mattel Batman Batman Action Figure

The hip joints swing forward freely, and the shoulders swivel without restriction. Thanks to a cloth cape, the figure can actually sit and fit inside some 3 3/4-inch scale vehicles. The oversized yellow plastic belt looks like it may hide some secrets, but as far as I can tell the element is glued in place and there's nothing to pull out of here.

There are no accessories to speak of, so any Batarangs you deploy will come from another figure. His massive, meaty paws are big enough to hold 5mm weapons from Transformers without too much stressing. It's a little goofy, but it certainly is charming - the exaggeration, bright colors, and unique bat-symbol make this figure stand out from the endless parade of adult collectibles, movie replicas, and otherwise samey toy parade.

Mattel Batman Batman Action FigureThe lack of accessories makes this figure sort of a questionable value - the price tag is lower than similar Hasbro figures, but the overall lack of expansion in the $5 or $6 3 3/4-inch action figure world makes me think that Mattel and Hasbro are already pretty much over it. This is a shame, as I'd probably buy a Max Steel or other characters made like this - and if I see any other denizens of Gotham at $5, I'll bite. A good diversion for kids, a fun desk toy for collectors, but his fists are probably too small to hold on to your pencils.

--Adam Pawlus

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