Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's the Knight before Christmas - The Dark Knight of the Future: DC Direct Batman Beyond!

This was from my STGCC 2014 haul which I posted in September - see my toy blog post HERE

Since today - December 24 - is Christmas Eve and therefore, the night before Christmas, I thought I'll post something relevant which is, a Knight before Christmas. Everybody knows Batman is also referred to as The Dark Knight and Batman Beyond / Batman of the Future is no exception although with his looks, he could very well be the Nightmare before Christmas as well. Either way, an appropriate subject matter.

Batman Beyond (also known as Batman of the Future) is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting teenager Terry McGinnis as a new Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne, the series began airing on January 10, 1999, and ended its run on December 18, 2001 after 52 episodes spanning three seasons and one direct-to-video film.

At 1/6 scale, this 2010 released DC Direct Batman Beyond 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector figure stands 13 inches tall and features a cloth costume that accurately reproduces the character's look from the animated Batman Beyond series. It comes with glider wings that measure 14 inches across. I was intrigued by how the toy designers interpreted the future Batman's look, a little unconventional and very different from the rest of the other Batman characters. Haters gonna hate but somehow I found him appealing in a creepy "frankenstein" kind of way!

So far I've only had the much smaller scale Batman Beyond action figures released by Mattel Toys (see my toy post HERE) so this is a welcome change as this makes it the 1:6 scale version of Terry McGinnis Batman of the Future.

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Batman Beyond is the newest addition to DC Direct's line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6 scale figures! This fully poseable deluxe collector figure has 28 points of articulation. Terry McGinnis takes flight dressed in his authentically detailed Bat-suit, complete with glider wings. Also includes a display stand.

The year is 2039 and 16-year-old high-school student Terry McGinnis becomes the Batman of the Future when Bruce Wayne takes the teen under his wings, trains and equips him with the skills to combat crime in Neo-Gotham City.

DC Direct Batman Beyond 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector figure in the main tray with two extra pairs of gloved hands, a figure display stand and glider wings

Future Batman's accessories laid out: Display Stand, Glider Wings and extra hands.

The base of the figure display stand has the Batman Beyond logo printed on it

The future Batsuit was developed presumably to compensate for Bruce Wayne's advancing age and was eventually inherited by Terry McGinnis when he assumed the mantle of Batman. The Suit was at least two decades old when Terry became Gotham's new savior; however, its technology was so advanced that it was still considered state of the art.

Here's the DC Direct Batman Beyond 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector figure with glider wings attached and deployed. The wings are translucent which makes it look futuristic. The whole ensemble with predominantly black with some dash of red does make the figure look intimidating and cool at the same time. The mask (it's no longer a Bat cowl) makes all the difference between this Batman and all the other Batman that came before. The mask covers the entire face and yet all the features such as eyes, nose and lips are still prominent and can be seen.

In this particular shot, you can see angles of the mask and the clear definitions and lines. He looks like he belongs as a character in Guillermo del Toro's weird and wonderful dark fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth"

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Check out the close-up pictures of DC Direct Batman Beyond 1:6 scale head sculpt which has received lots and lots of negative feedback and comments. It certainly is unique and one-of-a-kind!

Related post:
Compare this future Batsuit to the classic blue and gray suit Batman wore in the comics - review of Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics 1/6th scale Blue & Gray Batman 12-inch action figure posted HERE, HERE and HERE

How about the Batsuit Batman wore in The Dark Knight series by Christopher Nolan? Check out the Hot Toys MMS (Movie Masterpiece Series - Deluxe) DX02 "The Dark Knight" Batman 1/6 scale collectible figure reviews posted HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

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