A Batman will always exist, as the the Dark Knight is timeless.
Legends exist regardless of the time: Throughout generations, there has always been a force of justice that agents of crime, chaos and evil have contended with. Every incarnation of Batman that existed throughout time stood as a beacon of hope and the reflection of the age it is a part of. Utilizing and innovating the technology available, Batman is ever vigilant even in lawless times. These Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless" action figures provide us a chance to see the various concepts of the famous vigilante now envisioned through intriguing epochs of time.
This is the recently released Square Enix Play Arts Kai 1/7th scale DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless - Sparta" action figure. The designers at Play Arts Kai have re-imagined Batman as a Spartan-like warrior. Sparta was unique in ancient Greece for its social system and constitution, which completely focused on military training and excellence. Sparta's reputation as a land-fighting force was unequalled. In 480 BC a small force of Spartans, Thespians, and Thebans led by King Leonidas (approximately 300 were full Spartiates, 700 were Thespians, and 400 were Thebans although these numbers do not reflect casualties incurred prior to the final battle), made a legendary last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae against the massive Persian army, inflicting very high casualties on the Persian forces before finally being encircled. The superior weaponry, strategy, and bronze armour of the Greek hoplites and their phalanx again proved their worth one year later when Sparta assembled at full strength and led a Greek alliance against the Persians at the battle of Plataea. The decisive Greek victory at Plataea put an end to the Greco-Persian War along with Persian ambition of expanding into Europe.
In this fictional retelling of the Sparta story, a lone man survives the massacre of his entire tribe and vows to exact vengeance on the corrupt leaders who had a hand in exterminating his people. He operates as a lone dark knight against all the criminal elements of his time under his tribe's creed: Gothe Heam Stundes (Justice comes for you).
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Box is rather large to contain the impressive 1/7th scale Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless - Sparta" Batman 10.5-inch tall action figure. I liked the interpretations that the Play Arts Kai designers have imagined for the various "Timeless" Batman figures (Wild West Batman, Steampunk Batman, Bushido Batman) but this particular Sparta Batman intrigued me enough to want to pick it up. And I am certainly glad I did.
Spartan Batman comes with a shield with a Bat symbol on it, a spear, five additional interchangeable hands, four daggers, a long sword and a figure stand (not shown). You can see pictures of the figure stand posted earlier HERE and HERE
On the back of Spartan Batman's shield, there are two sheaths to hold two of his daggers
Here's the Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless - Sparta" Batman action figure out of the box and without his shield. Spartan Batman looks really cool with all his armor, red cape and gauntlets. He keeps two daggers and a sword in sheaths on his belt around his waist. No utility belt this time. He really does look like a dark knight. Check out the turnaround views below :)
The close-up pictures below show the awesome details found on the Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless - Sparta" Batman action figure
Shown below are pictures of 10.5-inch (27cm) tall Spartan Batman action figure with his shield up and sword drawn. Strike a pose, Batman!
NEXT: More pictures of this Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless - Sparta" Batman action figure. One post is just not enough to contain all that coolness :)
Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant "Batman: Timeless" 1/7th scale Bushido Batman action figure posted on my toy blog HERE
Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant 1/7th scale Batman figure by Tetsuya Nomura revealed HERE
Preview pictures of Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant 1/7th scale Batman Timeless: Steampunk Batman posted HERE
The first Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant 1/7th scale Batman: Timeless Wild West Batman (pictures HERE)