Batman and his Batcycles from McFarlane Toys
Toy Review: McFarlane Toys’ The Batman and His Batcycles
For the first time since acquiring the DC Figure License, Todd McFarlane has an all-new Batman solo movie on his watch. Which means he’ll be the first to make 6-7 inch scale action figures, rather than having to follow in the footsteps. Naturally, he gives his all, even if, in many ways, The Batman looks like perhaps the least “toy” Batman movie ever. (Even Christopher Nolan had the slightly sci-fi looking Batpod and Tumbler.) Most of the Batmobile toy rights seem related to Spin Master, hence the reason McFarlane Toys mainly manufactures Bat-Raptors, Bat-cycles and Batmobeasts. (The 1966 Batmobile, built by George Barris, may be under a different license.) But the company surprised by making two Batcycles from the movie: an official Batcycle and a Bruce Wayne “Drifter” motorcycle.
The logic of this seems odd at first. Who wants to play with – or even flaunt – Bruce Wayne in thrift store clothes on a generic motorcycle? But it makes more sense overall. And that’s it: motorcycles for 7-inch figures aren’t really a thing. Although it is requested. Think of the Terminator, for example. Often considered to be riding a motorcycle. And yet, because NECA could never license the actual model of bike seen in the movies, their many Terminator figures never got a ride.
So far, that is. The downward angle of the handlebar makes it difficult to hold, but it only needs one hand on it.
And Arnold isn’t the only one. Doesn’t the 6.5-inch WWE Undertaker figure also deserve a decent ride?
Not that there aren’t other McFarlane characters who could also use a trick.
So whatever emo Bruce. The real audience here is anyone who needs a realistic motorcycle for any figure this size. Although for McFarlanes specifically, it does include an alternate helmet head, primarily for Bruce but likely compatible with Selina Kyle as well. (McFarlane only sent the bikes in for review; The Batman figure was purchased from Amazon.) Because McFarlane stakes don’t always work universally, here’s the head precariously poised on the skinny neck of a NECA Terminator figure. The paint dings and scratches on it are a nice additional detail. The visor is neither translucent nor removable.
The Batcycle comes with an additional right hand for Batman, complete with a handlebar grip, as his usual hand is a karate hand with a hole in the palm for his grapple gun peg. Combined with the grip in his left hand, this creates a default two-handed throwing pose.
The peg on the gun also attaches to a loop in his belt, though not as neatly.
Understanding that this Bruce is a bike enthusiast explains his Batsuit a little better. Legs and leather chest armor suggest a competitive biker, while shoulder pads and collar offer hints of Gotham by Gaslight and the fan of the hockey-pads of The black Knight. It looks all black from a distance, but when properly lit, the main costume reveals itself as a more bronze gray, with black highlights, making it look more accurate than it initially looked.
The likeness is absolutely one of McFarlane’s best.
As for size, it’s close to other DCs, but not perfect. Compare him to the Ben Affleck Batman who is supposed to wear bulky armor, and he looks slightly enlarged. Affleck IRL would be two inches taller than Robert Pattinson. We doubt his head is much smaller.
Overall, the figure is one of the best in the business. The cuffs still suffer a bit from Revoltech-style exposed ball joint syndrome, but the boot cuffs cover it on the ankles. And those hands, after all, require a switch to properly put it on the cycle.
The motorcycles have rotating steering and do not stand alone. That’s why both come with a clip to hold the rear wheel straight. Different sizes, of course. Detailing is good on both, from the scuff marks on the front to the burns on the exhaust. It seems odd, however, that the pedals are located such that Batman’s feet go directly to the exhaust ports. Looks like it might hurt a little.
Oh, and Batman isn’t exactly flashy at this point, so no logos to designate him as an official Batcycle. It’s just more elegant than usual.
Will the kids be playing with these a bunch? Probably not. But as diorama display pieces, they are perfectly detailed. And it’s easy to imagine collectors buying more than one to customize; even the Batcycle is generic enough to work with other figures.
Both bat cycle and Motorbike Drifter go for $29.99, with Batman himself at $19.99. Very good deals, given the current prices. (Note: Superhero Hype participates in the Entertainment Earth Affiliate Program, which is designed to provide a way to earn fees by logging into Entertainment Earth.)
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