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I've been sleeping on this line, not anymore.. Booyah!

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I just today ordered my first one, Arkham Knight Batman! I saw him at Target a couple weeks ago and passed and have been regretting it. Then today Gamestop.com had him on sale so I pulled the trigger.
 
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I just today ordered my first one, Arkham Knight Batman! I saw him at Target a couple weeks ago and passed and have been regretting it. Then today Gamestop.com had him on sale so I pulled the trigger.

I'm about to capture some shots of him tonight. Great looking figure, best of the Arkham Game Batman series IMO.
 
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The head is the thing that kind puts me off. It's kind of small and inhuman looking. Not McFarlane's fault, he looks like that in the game... it just doesn't translate well or something.

But still had to get him! The newer McF figures are really well made.
 
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The Arkham Asylum one defiantly had a small head. The Knight version looks a little better. But you're right the source looks that way also..
 
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I wish i knew they were gonna hit so many of the arkham looks so soon. I'd have held off on getting the Arkham Asylum one for the Knight instead.

As it is right now, my Dark Knights Metal Batman is the one in display. I think my McFarlane designed Batman is going to be displayed somewhere else though. Looks too cool to stay in the package.
 
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I wish i knew they were gonna hit so many of the arkham looks so soon. I'd have held off on getting the Arkham Asylum one for the Knight instead.

As it is right now, my Dark Knights Metal Batman is the one in display. I think my McFarlane designed Batman is going to be displayed somewhere else though. Looks too cool to stay in the package.

I haven't got that Dark Knights Metal Batman or the Death Metal Batman, but they're on my list. Who knew Bruce likes to rock out. Haha
 
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I haven't got that Dark Knights Metal Batman or the Death Metal Batman, but they're on my list. Who knew Bruce likes to rock out. Haha

I just mean the regular one with the axes in his grey outfit. The trench coat ones look cool, but for some reason I was a massive fan of the all grey New52 look that they've mostly kept.

Batman isn't my favorite DC character, but I'm really excited for some of the (inevitable)movie figures We'll get of him. Specifically the rumored Justice League version and I can't imagine they'll have this license for 3 years and never do a Bale TDK Batman.
 
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I just mean the regular one with the axes in his grey outfit. The trench coat ones look cool, but for some reason I was a massive fan of the all grey New52 look that they've mostly kept.

Batman isn't my favorite DC character, but I'm really excited for some of the (inevitable)movie figures We'll get of him. Specifically the rumored Justice League version and I can't imagine they'll have this license for 3 years and never do a Bale TDK Batman.

I think you are correct to assume the movie versions are on the list. Making it a Multiverse license was smart of McFarlane. It's leaves him open to make whatever he feels is cool and would probably please a greater section of the fan base to a least pick up something.
 
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I got the Arkham Knight figure in the mail today! It's overall pretty impressive, I love the articulation on this newer McF stuff. However, I'm extremely underwhelmed by the paint aps. So many little silver details are missing, the gold belt looks cheap and is missing all sorts of paint aps, and I'm pretty sure the colors on the entire chest piece are wrong.

I know, I know... what should I expect from a $20 figure? I guess older McF figures had me accustomed to great paint and we've sacrificed that for articulation. In the end I'm fine with that; I can add paint but I can't add joints!

Painting him now... anyone have any good reference pics of the abdomen area?
 
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I think you are correct to assume the movie versions are on the list. Making it a Multiverse license was smart of McFarlane. It's leaves him open to make whatever he feels is cool and would probably please a greater section of the fan base to a least pick up something.

There's a rumored list going around now of the Justice League figures. Supposedly those are out in May. Some satirical toy website made made a fake list of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin characters. I watched an interview from right when wave 2 was coming out and he said the license itself is for the multiverse, so everything is on the table. I wonder if he's gonna try to work something like the Ninja Turtles from Injustice into this line the way he worked Spawn into the MK line.

Now that you mention it, @AgentClaret, I don't think any of the figures have blown me away with their paint, but I am a fan of the sculpt details.
 
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There's something so tragic to me about how this line is just filled up with Batman figures and I don't really dig Batman as much as this line does :p

I kind of hope the line continues until we can get at least the Alex Ross inspired versions of classic characters, but I guess in the mean time I'll be sculpting a classic Captain Marvel and Plastic-Man to scale in this line :)

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I read the first Dark Knights Metal story and it seemed it was just a Batman multiverse story. I wasn't really crazy about it, but pretty much anything Scott Snyder writes becomes DC's best selling book, so they basically turned the concept into their new Crisis/universe rebooting event.

I will say the Hawkman that was in Metal was AWESOME. I didn't read the rest of the Metal books, but I would it a figure of that Hawkman easily!
 
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I painted him up the last couple days...

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The belt got a total repaint, that stock gold was awful. Chest repainted thanks to archrival for those awesome references ( I tried Googling them myself but couldn't find anything that wasn't too dark) then just a lot of silver and gunmetal details.
 
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That looks really solid, especially that belt. All the silver accents brings out the sculpt. I need to get another one now. The one in my pics is my sons figures and I don't want to paint his..

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A little off topic, but I opened the Witcher Geralt and Wild Hunt King today and they did something different with Geralt. His midsection from below his chest to his waist seems to be just a hollow rubber shell around the joint. It doesn't feel weak or flimsy. It's nice to not have a piece of plastic to fight with.

It would be nice to get this on the DC figures.
 
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I got that one coming Wednesday!

I hope someone 3D prints a longer replacement neck for him like they've done for the Figuarts Mando. The armor makes him look like he's got no neck!
 
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The neck is the stiffest joint on mine. I'm not sure if it's the joint itself or the hair stopping it from moving further. Besides that, he's got a really good range of motion everywhere else though!
 
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I have a Feeling that this line will eventually be discontinued similar to other DC lines (Mattel Multiverse) that focused always on Batman and not enough focus on other DC characters.
 
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I've been thinking about it and I think this line might be doing better because they're putting out so many of the most popular character in different versions. I personally haven't seen the line pegwarm anywhere, and i see a lot of excitement over it online. Plus, certain Batman figures I've only seen once or twice in-store, so someone must be buying these. I also think this line is addressing problems the Mattel lines didn't.

Today a few sites/pages said that overseas sellers started listing figures for the Suicide Squad movie. It'll be curious to see how those sell but also, by the time the movie hits, they might be something collectors are wanting.
 
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I've been thinking about it and I think this line might be doing better because they're putting out so many of the most popular character in different versions. I personally haven't seen the line pegwarm anywhere, and i see a lot of excitement over it online. Plus, certain Batman figures I've only seen once or twice in-store, so someone must be buying these. I also think this line is addressing problems the Mattel lines didn't.

Today a few sites/pages said that overseas sellers started listing figures for the Suicide Squad movie. It'll be curious to see how those sell but also, by the time the movie hits, they might be something collectors are wanting.

I agree, plus most of these figures are new sculpts except the occasional repaint. At a $20 price point excluding the BAF waves that go for $25. I can't stop taking pics of them. 😃 Plus it did get me to read The Batman Who Laughs. I haven't read a comic in years..
 
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Not McFarlane, but didn't want to create a Mezco Style Thread..


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You didn't think I was going to kill the Batman for this?

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Rumor is a two year extension is happening. Plus a vague rumor about the scope expanding which people are speculating might mean Todd filling the DCC void in some capacity. Items sold I directly through comic shops.

No idea how accurate either of these are. The two year extension seems likely seeing as this line is pretty well run. Product hits the pegs, sells and is restocked. Crazy concept.
 
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I'd be curious to how exactly he'd be filling the DCC role. Maybe some more obscure figures in a limited release?

I'm glad to hear there's rumors of an extension.
 
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It sounds like WB is pretty happy with how this line has been going so far. I know there was a little back and forth in the beginning as Todd was pushing for stuff he wants to make and WB was pushing what they wanted him to make. They seem to have found a happy medium and are okay with him adding some "sexy" to the characters designs.

I know the JL figures were a case of WB pushing HBO Max and seeing as the movie release schedule is all over the place they asked him to make JL figures to tie into that release. JL Snyder Cut figures are basically filling in the void left from The Batman being pushed back.

I heard the Metal figures came about because they wanted him to make semi current comic tie in stuff. Pretty sure the WK stuff was Todd's idea but that probably wasn't enough. Thankfully Metal lends itself well to Todd's design tastes.

So, for everyone complaining about the Bat heaviness of the line....yeah...it's a thing. But he also doesn't get 100% decisions on what to make. He's gotta pitch stuff and it has to be approved. WB knows where the money is....Batman. At least Todd is mixing the Batman figures up in an interesting way.

The speculation is that if he filled the DCC role it would be like the Designer series stuff. I mean the WK figures are basically designer series as is.
 
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Wow, I really like that Last night on Earth Wonder Woman! Too bad I missed it though.
 
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The Metal stuff is DEFINITELY Todd's wheelhouse. That stuff was drawn by Greg Capullo and that's who Todd brought in on art duties for Spawn about 24 issues in when he couldnt keep it on schedule.

I'm very game for JL figures. I like those designs enough.

I thought I saw an interview where Todd basically said when wave 1 came out that Hellbat and Superman Unchained were like his pet projects in the line to see how "cool-looking figures" would sell over just the basic designs. Turned out those were the hot sellers for that wave, so I think he built a lot of goodwill pretty fast.

The designer stuff could be cool. Especially how creative he gets picking which artist take a on which characters. Although, with White Knight and Last Knight on Earth, I sort of feel like doing Story Arcs might be a bit of a better seller. But then again, they could keep that as a mainline feature.
 
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After all these Metal Batman versions that are dropping, The Mortal Kombat Spawn is getting harder to resist..


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The Metal stuff is DEFINITELY Todd's wheelhouse. That stuff was drawn by Greg Capullo and that's who Todd brought in on art duties for Spawn about 24 issues in when he couldnt keep it on schedule.

I'm very game for JL figures. I like those designs enough.

I thought I saw an interview where Todd basically said when wave 1 came out that Hellbat and Superman Unchained were like his pet projects in the line to see how "cool-looking figures" would sell over just the basic designs. Turned out those were the hot sellers for that wave, so I think he built a lot of goodwill pretty fast.

The designer stuff could be cool. Especially how creative he gets picking which artist take a on which characters. Although, with White Knight and Last Knight on Earth, I sort of feel like doing Story Arcs might be a bit of a better seller. But then again, they could keep that as a mainline feature.

Yeah, the armored figures were definitely his pet projects. Those were his proving ground. I know there was a lot of push back and forth early on and lately they have given him more freedom. It's to be expected. I do know the mandate of "make current comic related stuff" is what lead to the Dark Knights Metal figures. The mandate was broad enough that he could make figures that interested him and still be delivering what they wanted which is a Bat heavy line based on current comic series. It's just funny that the complaints about the line being Bat-heavy are warranted but not entirely his fault.
 
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Wow, I really like that Last night on Earth Wonder Woman! Too bad I missed it though.

How did you miss her? She's not even supposed to be officially released until March. Stores have just been getting her early. She's available everywhere for pre-order online. Target has her still available for pre-order marked down to $20.
 
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