The Batman: Power Attack line made a rather large showing at SDCC with its own oversized, dedicated diorama. While pretty much everything you see here is already at retail, this is the first time that Tomopop has given coverage to the line so it very well may be new to you.
Batman: Power Attack is something of a successor to a previous action-oriented power armor toyline geared more towards youngsters. That line usually had ugly pegholes all over the figures to accommodate snap-on armor, something thankfully abandoned with this newer line. While Batman: Power Attack still suffers from most of the figures in the line being Batman, there is a fair assortment of villains and the line itself is broken into "mission" themes.
Despite being predominantly geared towards kids, the general art style may also appeal to older collectors (the packaging art is really neat) and there are definitely a few figures in the line that collectors should give a serious look.
Hit the jump to learn all about it.
The display case emphasizes the mission concept well. On the second shelf from the top you'll notice Mr. Freeze and an Arctic Batman from an ice mission. The missions seem to have four figures in them, at least one of which will be a villain and a Batman variant (often several Batman variants). On the bottom shelf you'll notice the weirdest basement ever, which seems to replicate the swamp mission (starring Killer Croc).
The line is split between Basic and Deluxe figures. Basics like Robin here have a MSRP of around US$8.99.
Deluxe figures include a larger accessory and retail for a bit more. Offhand, I think the MSRP is around US$12.99. The Deluxe selection is mostly just Batman variants. I can't recall seeing a single non-Batman Deluxe at retail.
There's just something really cool about the style for these, especially where the villains are concerned. Many of the villains feature some sort of a revamped look, most often in the form of a new, goofy element like Two-Face's gauntlets and shoulder-pads. Then again, that might be part of the charm. Two-Face's outrageously large gun is certainly an amusing choice.
You'll also notice that the line is really light on articulation, just opting for hinges at the shoulders and hips, pinned elbows, with a cut waist and neck/head for rotation. This is probably the most bothersome aspect, especially since ball-socketed or jointed shoulders wouldn't have been difficult yet could have added so much.
Killer Croc is definitely among the most impressive figures seen in the line thus far. It's worth noting the villains have monikers just like the Batman variants, which may have been done for style reasons or because other versions might appear in the line. "Swamp Raider" Killer Croc features metal implants for his jaw and shoulders. I don't recall the packaging even explaining the change, which adds to the camp value. I already own this figure and you can expect a review within the month.
The Mr. Freeze is also very cool. With his translucent arms, exposed skeletal chest cavity (seriously, what? Why?), and ice covered head (like in The Batman), he makes for one ice display piece. But I imagine that you don't need to be cold how much of a chill it would be to own this.
Before I forget, what killed the dinosaurs? THE ICE AGE!
The Joker probably impresses me the least from the villains that I've seen. It basically looks like a re-do of his Hero World appearance. It's still a great-looking figure.
The overall diorama seems really impressive. As always, though, it's stuff not sold by Mattel. Probably wouldn't be hard to track stuff like it down, though.
It's also worth quickly pointing out that they did a Batomobile. I assume that it can fit the figures but wouldn't really be surprised it didn't. I've seen it on shelves but never really paid attention to it.
Personally, I think the Batman: Power Attack line has a fair amount of potential. So far we've had a few solid designs which, sadly, can be hard to find with all the Batman pegwarmers. Are there any characters that you want to see in the line? Personally I'm hoping for a Penguin and Scarecrow.
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