Batman (Classic TV Series) Quarter-Scale Figure by NECA

This big guy has been setting unopened on my shelf for way too long, but that shouldn’t reflect poorly on my interest in him. No, I’ve been saving him for just the right time. That turned out to be this past weekend,  because the Hot Toys version of the 1966 Caped Crusader started shipping and since the reports of the super delicate body suit has officially scared me off of dropping $200 on him, I thought I’d settle for this giant Adam West as my consolation prize.

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This figure is the fourth of NECA’s Quarter-Scale line in my collection, and my second Batman, so the packaging here doesn’t hold many surprises. It’s a simple and huge window box that displays the figure well and offers up all that kitschy charm of the old TV series. Even the cardboard tray inside is illustrated with all that cartoony artwork in the style of the TV Show’s opening credits. The back panel has more of the same and does a nice job showing you what kind of accessories are inside.

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The figure comes secured by a plethora of plastic ties, so you better come prepared with your Bat-Snippers. All the extra bits come secured in trays under bubbles on each side of the figure. The box is totally collector friendly, and if you’re buying this guy in an actual store, you should be able to scrutinize the figure you’re buying quite well to avoid any blemishes or unsavory paint surprises. If you aren’t familiar with the sheer size of these figures, Batman stands about 18-inches tall. That puts one of Mattel’s Batman figures at a height roughly equivalent to this guy’s knee. They’re big!

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Freed of his diabolical trap, I gotta say NECA did a really nice job on this sculpt. Sure, Adam West’s Batsuit isn’t the most detailed ensemble to reproduce, but I still have to give props for how good it looks. I was a little concerned that it might look bland or spartan in this huge scale, but instead it just looks downright impressive. The body suit is an even grey, which is possibly a little too dark, but not enough of a divergence for me to get upset about. The plastic simulated material used for the boots, gauntlets, undies, and cowl, on the other hand, is downright perfect. These parts have just the right amount of sheen and some brilliantly sculpted wrinkles. The batsymbol on his chest is neatly printed and the yellow is bright and vibrant.

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As with NECA’s giant Keaton Batman, the cape comes pretty rumpled out of the box. It does improve a bit after being allowed to fall naturally. I keep meaning to pick up either an iron or a cheap steamer and have a go at these capes. I think the results would be pretty phenomenal. Batman’s cape is secured around his neck with a metal chain clasp and it’s designed so that it can fall over his shoulders or it can be neatly folded back so as to be worn off the shoulders and out of the way.

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The portrait here is excellent. Not only is it a decent likeness to West, but I’m super impressed by the way the head is constructed to give depth and credibility to the mask. The head is obviously a full head with the mask layered on top of it and the result is that if I didn’t know better I’d swear it was removable. Of course, it isn’t. The skin tone is excellent as is the faint pink paint on the lips. Still, I think it’s the eyes that really drive this portrait home. The glossy paintwork is absolutely phenomenal and better than anything they’ve done on any of these Quarter Scale figures that I’ve seen before. There really is an uncanny spark of life in Batman’s peepers.

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The utility belt hangs on the figure so that it can be repositioned if needed. The pouches are all sculpted on and you actually get one loose pouch that clips onto the belt. It doesn’t open or hold anything, so I’m not sure why NECA did it, but it’s there nonetheless. The belt buckle opens to reveal the Communicator button. It’s worth noting that the hinge on the buckle feels extremely fragile, although I don’t see any signs of it breaking.

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The articulation here is well beyond what I expected. Previous Quarter Scale figures in my collection have had serviceable points, but most of the articulation was in the arms and everything else felt like it was just there for tweaking. Batman’s articulation makes him feel like an actual action figure and not just a giant display piece. The arms feature ball joints in the shoulders, swivels in the biceps, double-hinged elbows with a great range of motion, and hinges and swivels in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips and knees, the ankles have hinges and the feet are hinged in the middle. There’s a ball joint in the torso and the head is ball jointed as well. There’s a lot of great poseability here and the leg joints are strong enough to hold the bulk of the figure. My only real gripe is that I would have preferred rockers in the ankles over the hinged feet. It’s also worth mentioning that I had to do a lot of gentle coaxing to unstick a a few of these joints.

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Before we get to accessories… let’s inventory the hands. Batman comes with a total of three pairs of hands, all of which can be swapped just by unplugging the pegs. You get a pair of fists, a pair of Batusi hands, and a pair designed to interact with the accessories. The Batusi hands are also really good for hooking the cape on if you want to display Batman with his cape spread outward.

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Batman comes with a pair of Batarangs, one of which folds up and can be stored in a pouch, which can be clipped onto the back of the utility belt. It’s rather bulky, but a nice option nonetheless. I really dig the fact that you get two Batarangs, and both have holes so you can attach a string if you so desire.

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You also get the Bat Communicator, which is a really nice piece that has a pair of telescoping antenna. That’s all there is for the accessories. Not bad, but a can of shark repellant would have been pretty cool.

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I have to say that this Batman is possibly my favorite entry into this NECA line since Captain America. I expect these giant figures to be great display pieces, but this guy is the first one of these Quarter Scales that I had trouble putting down because I couldn’t stop playing with him. Size be damned, he’s just an incredibly fun action figure and well worth a look if you want a giant conversation piece to express your love for the Adam West Batman. At about $90, these giant NECA figures still feel like a good deal, but considering the fact that I got Batman here on sale for $75 shipped, he turned out to be an extremely good deal. As always, the only downside with these figures is having to find the space to display them. Right now I have all of mine still in their boxes and lined up on the bottom shelf of one of my book cases, but as soon as I can find some extra room, they’re going out!

Oh yeah, NECA… I’m waiting for my Quarter Scale Robin!

 

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