DC Universe Action League Review: Batman & Bronze Tiger

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It’s been so long that I’ve only been reviewing LEGO sets that I started to forget what buying other toys was like. But amazingly, just after Christmas the latest wave of the DC Universe Action League arrived on shelves! And much like the Brave and the Bold Action League, Mattel has gone deep into the DC Universe to pull out a character even I don’t know anything about.

Brainwashed by the League of Assassins, Bronze Tiger attacks Kathy Kane – but he didn’t count on Batman showing up!

This is Batman’s third time in the Action League line since its relaunch and he’s the second straight repaint in the line as well. Dressed in his gray and blue cape and cowl, this figure is still one I would refer to as being Jim Lee’s Hush Batman. The colors contrast well with the goldenrod belt and the black bat emblem on the chest.

But there really isn’t anything new here. I think it’s a shame Mattel didn’t repaint the figure in black and gray to at least set him apart from the other Batman figures (plus, how many Batmen are running around Gotham now?). The paint isn’t the best either with Batman having some blue markings on his oversized chin.

Articulation is the same with Batman having a cut waist and neck and ball-jointed shoulders so he can kind of pose with his batarang.

The other figure is a guy I only know about because of OAFE’s review of his DC Universe figure – Bronze Tiger. Originally, the figure was meant to be released in the Brave and Bold Action League line and you can tell because the sculpting on Bronze Tiger is quite different from Batman’s. The overall lock is softer and stylized in a different way – only the hands and feet look like they belong to the same line.

Widely considered to be one of the best martial artists in the DC Universe, Bronze Tiger’s claim to fame is besting the Dark Knight in hand to hand combat (and resulting in the death of Kathy Kane). So to show that this guy is an amazing martial artist, Mattel sculpted him to be kneeling. At least his hands are clenched into fists, but the figure is perpetually looking down at the ground which seems a bit odd. Bronze Tiger has cut joints at the shoulders, waist and neck.

The paint on the figure is fairly well done. The orange plastic looks goofy and the bronze trim looks atrocious, but accurate. Even the tiger-fur trim looks hideously accurate (though it kind of looks like orange zebra fur). Bronze Tiger’s face is decent too with four points painted on and cold, dark eyes.

In a lot of ways, this reminds me of B’wana Beast getting a figure. Bronze Tiger is one of those fringe characters (who I’m sure someone loves), but it is downright weird getting him before someone like Hawkman, Robin or Lex Luthor. As a pack, this isn’t bad but I wouldn’t call it good either. If you don’t have this Batman figure, he’s excellent but diminishing returns is really kicking in for me with this sculpt.

DC Universe Action League

Wave 1
Superman & Bizzaro | Hal Jordan & White Lantern Sinestro
Firestorm & Deathstorm | The Flash & Captain Boomerang

Wave 2
Green Arrow & Prometheus | Batman & the Joker
John Stewart & Atrocitus | Tomar Re & Low

Wave 3
Superman & Wonder Woman | Batman & Deathstroke
Split Hal Jordan & Saint Walker | Killowag & Zilius Zox

Wave 4
Batman & Bronze Tiger | Professor Zoom & the Flash
Martian Manhunter & Deadman | Yellow Lantern Sinestro & Akrillo

Written by jestergoblin

January 23rd, 2012 at 12:00 am

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