Movie Realization Batman & Bat-pod
Freshly back from my holiday in Japan, I thought I better post something up before you all think I’ve gone missing XD. Here’s one I prepared (mostly) earlier. Please enjoy!
The Movie Realization Batman & Bat-pod is the result of the collaboration between legendary manga artist and self proclaimed Batman fanatic Masakazu Katsura (桂正和) and Takayuki Takeya (竹谷 隆之), brilliant sculptor and the man behind the Super Imaginative Chogokin aka S.I.C toy series.
The Batman and Bat-pod designs are based on the movie “The Dark Knight” released in 2008, re-imagined for the Movie Realization toy line by Bandai.
Name: Batman & Bat-pod
Line: Movie Realization (S.I.C)
Sculptor: Takayuki Takeya
Designer: Masakazu Katsura
Material: ABS, PVC, POM, Die-cast
Release: Sept 2009
Original Price: ¥8,500 (approx. $101.50AUD / $100USD)
Secondary Market Price: $250USD – $430USD
Height (Batman): 200mm / 7.87inches
Length (Bat-pod): 380mm / 14.96inches
The packaging for this toy is monstrous. It is roughly the same size as my snowboard boots shoebox, if not wider. It is really nicely made but there are heaps of empty spaces inside as you can imagine. The top flips open to reveal the contents inside, and the contents are held in by plastic trays with minimal use of twisty wires. Artwork on this box is amazing, there is a large batman close-up on the front, a “looking over the city” full body drawing on the inside lid, and tonnes of photos showing the actual toy in action. Artwork drawn by Masakazu Katsura.
Batman isn’t one to rely on weapons when dealing with the bad guys, but he does have a few “tricks” up his sleeve. He comes with his grappling hook gun and a batarang. Both very nicely made, and painted to perfection. Included are also various hands to handle to batarang, the grappling gun as well as a pair to ride the Bat-pod.
Straight away, you can see that this figure is not a direct translation of the movie design. Masakazu has made some interesting changes to the Dark Knight’s second suit, some of which may not be to everyone’s liking. Firstly, this Batman is quite tall and slender with a very thin waist. Then there is the neck brace-like piece, the double layered shoulder pads and the see through Kevlar chest. Regardless I still think he looks kick-ass!
The Bat-pod too, has had some slight changes made to the original movie design. It is slightly more organic looking with more curves built into a lot of the components. There is a fair amount of die-cast in this toy which includes the front steering rack, and the rear left wheel components (I’m not actually sure what its called or what it does haha). With all the die-cast parts on one side of the toy it makes the Bat-pod very left heavy, so a display stand (included) is essential to keep it standing straight. Even with this flaw, it is still a beautiful machine!
Compared to most Batman action figures available, this one is ahead of the league. It has a total of 23 points of articulation including the double jointed knee and elbows. I do wish that it had a swivel joint on the thighs to give it more movement in the lower body like the Mattel Movie Masters Batman though. Once again, the solid rubber cape does hinder poses somewhat, but not as bad as the Mattel Movie Masters version.
Unlike the Mattel Movie Masters version, this Batman was quite easy to mount onto the Bat-pod and is actually able to look where he’s going when riding the thing.
Paint job is just wonderful on this toy, I really cannot find any faults at all. All the black areas are consistent in terms of gloss and shade and really make the colours areas like his belt and chest Kevlar pop!
The Bat-pod is where all the paint action is at with this release. It is simply awesome with so much subtle paint detail that it really makes the toy come to life. Click photos to see details!
There is a really cool gimmick on this toy that I really like, and that is the folding blades on the gauntlets. They can be folded down flat, or deployed when in battle just like in the movie!
If you look closely at the details on the Bat-pod, you can see that the sculptor has even captured the welds of the metal, how amazing is this?!
The rubber wheels on this Bat-pod are very solid and does not compress like the Mattel version hence adding to the solid feel of this Bat-pod. Speaking of Mattel, here’s the Movie Masters Batman standing beside Bandai’s version for size reference.
Last but not least, some shots of the Mattel Movie Masters Bat-pod up against Bandai’s release. Both look great, but the difference in quality is huge. Size wise, the difference is not as dramatic as the figures which might explain why Bandai’s version of the Batman fits so much better to his Bat-pod.
Finally, I think this is a most definitely must have for any Batman fan. It is such a stunning toy in every way (which may explain why the second hand market value has doubled / tripled). If you can find a good example for a fair price, I’d say go for it.
Thanks again for reading my sometimes overly long review, I hope you enjoyed it!