There are so many collectibles out there, it can be hard to come up with something new for Batman to be. I worked at the company that put out the push puppets, and while I was involved in the line in some way I couldn't actually remember if I said much of anything important as to this product's appearance. I think I just saw it and went "Oh, cool!" So there we go, I think it's cool.
The figure is about 5 inches tall with a 1 1/4-inch base sporting a fairly typical "Batman" logo. The comic-inspired figure takes its inspiration from old German wooden toys, as this format of plaything was common for horses or certain animals and cartoon characters. You push in a button beneath the figure's feet, and it releases the tension keeping the figure together. The figure's legs will sag, causing the figure to fall over. If you just push it in a tiny bit, it gives an illusion of movement or dancing. The repetitive movements are like a pre-fidget toy gadget, with one main function that gives the object some illusion of "life."
The numbered packaging is a curious choice for a curious collectible, but it looks pretty good. If you've seen all the licensed nutcrackers and whatnot, the wood figure is not unlike those - kind of blocky, kind of charming, and a little weird. In an era of on-model toys all made from the same digital CAD file approved by the licensor, it's no exaggeration to call it "unique."
This is a gift for the Batman fan with everything - it has a cloth cape, and it has a scowl. This is what a good Batman toy needs to start with, and if you've got closets of action figures it's certainly different and fun. If you have more Batman toys than days in the year, you just do what you need to do. But I like this one, and it's fun to futz with as I don't have any other push puppets in my toy stash right now.
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