McFarlane is paying tribute to the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns storyline by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson comic book in 1986. This wave includes a horse that you build for Batman to ride as seen in the comic, and each figure includes parts to build this horse. This wave includes Batman, Robin, Superman and The Joker all with great likeness and accurate to the source material. Other companies have tackled figures from this storyline in the past decade, including Mattel and DC Direct, but these take the likenesses further ahead.
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Availability: June 2022
The figures are packaged in the standard DC Multiverse window box packaging, with artwork and images on the front and back, including the assembly instructions for the horse.
These figures are based on their appearance in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns published in DC Comics in 1986, which was a offered as a mini-series. This wave gives you a horse as a Collect & Connect that Batman rides in the comic, and this is one a few times throughout the line where fans are being offered an obscure character to build that you never thought you’d see.
Batman and Superman are each given a bulky figure sculpt as featured in the comic, each stylized to this storyline. Batman comes in a grey and black jacket, with a brown utility belt, and a black cowl. The head sculpt includes nicely done facial details, including the paint applications applied to the mouth, and he has a plastic cape that is folded in the back. Superman comes in his blue, red and yellow outfit, with the S logo sculpted on his chest, and a yellow belt around his waist. The cape is also made of plastic, but this version of Superman does not have the S logo on the back of the cape. The head sculpt also pays a great tribute to the source material, with sculpted black hair and also great facial details.
Batman includes an alternate set of hands, a batarang with rope, a display base and a trading card. Superman includes an alternate set of hands, a display base and a trading card.
The articulation for Batman can be tight clicking to move in a few parts such as the arms and elbows, and Superman’s elbows also has that clicking to it as you move the joints. They share the same articulation, including a ball jointed head, ball hinged and butterfly shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, double-hinged knees, swivel-hinged ankles and hinged toes.
Robin comes in the classic red, green and yellow outfit, with a black and yellow logo on her chest, belt and buckle, and black shades. The paint applications on the outfit look great and is crisp and clean looking, and the cape has sculpted folds and is leaning to the left as if it’s being picked up by the wind. The head sculpt also resembles the source material quite nicely, including the bold black shades, red hair and facial details. Included is a sling shot, a base and a trading card.
Robin’s articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged and butterfly shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, double-hinged knees, swivel-hinged ankles and hinged toes.
The Joker comes in a white jacket with a sculpted pattern, a white tie, light grey pants, a purple shirt and shoes. The jacket is made of a soft plastic over his torso, and a soft plastic tie. The head sculpt also has a very detailed likeness, with the mouth sculpted in a laughing pose, with nicely done paint applications on the eyes and mouth. The hair is sculpted and painted in a dark green with black highlights. Included with Joker is a knife, also made of a soft plastic, a base and a trading card. In the comic, Joker used a gun but apparently DC has a no gun policy right now with their branded figures, so a knife he gets instead.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso (with limited movement as the jacket prevents most of the motion), ball jointed hips, hinged knees, swivel-hinged ankles and hinged toes.
The horse has the most impressive sculpt of the wave and the main reason to buy every figure, which has been a key selling point to the Collect & Connect and Build-A-Figure concept. The horse has a great likeness to it and is big enough so that one 7″ scale (or 6-8″ figure) can ride it. The horse is cast in black plastic, with a brown saddle with sculpt details and patterns, brown straps and metallic silver buckles around his head and straps Batman can hold. The horse also has a black mane and tail, with sculpted hair.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, hinged neck, hinged hips x 4, hinged knees x4, hinged ankles x4, and a swivel-hinged tail.
Overall, this is quite an impressive wave and one of my personal favorites for this year so far. I’ve been very picky over which DC Multiverse figure and wave to pick up as they are going in multiple directions in this line and not just focusing on the classic/golden age era that Mattel had done. This wave will appeal to most fans, especially if you enjoy classic 80’s, 90’s era comics. Definitely recommended, so head on over to Entertainment Earth now and grab these figures!