The Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex has photos of Mattel's upcoming DC Universe vampire Batman as well as a New 52 Darkseid photo that would seem to confirm Big Bad Toy Store's earlier image as being correct.
As much as I like that we'll be getting a vampiric Batman, I really have to question Mattel's thought process. Poison Ivy, one of the most quintessential Batman rogues (who has appeared in numerous Batman cartoons, games, and even a movie!), is relegated to an online selection yet another dubious Batman variation will be making its way to retail. While I understand that it's essential to have versions of Batman available at all times, a vampire Batman is still an odd (albeit cool) choice.
Vampire Batman seems to recycle bits from other skinny, tall molds. However, this is the first time we've seen those wings and the head-sculpt is also brand-new. I'd like to say that I won't be buying yet another version of Batman but I find this one rather tempting. Interestingly enough, he's listed in the story as being a part of the DC Unlimited line rather than the Batman Unlimited line although I expect that it's probably a mistake.
The New 52 Darkseid had been leaked last November, but this photo is the first official image of the figure. That said, the design is identical to the one we've already seen so anybody hoping for a re-tool is out of luck. Darkseid features a very top-heavy design and seems to incorporate bits from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line. Despite its shortcomings, Mattel's New 52 Darkseid may still warrant a pick-up.
At any rate, the big question that I imagine will be on most of your minds is what outlandish Batman tweak that we may see next. Pirate Batman? Cave Batman? Cowboy Batman? Possibly a Batman pretender like the Jason Todd Batman or the Two-Face Batman? How about Batzarro? The possibilities are endless.
[ Hero Complex ]
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