Batman the Brave and the Bold Action League Review – Batman & the Top

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Know what both kids and collectors love? Horribly obscure villains in outfits that make me want to gouge my eyes out. Thankfully, this set includes a Batman variant worth owning. Yes, I just admitted to a Batman variant worth owning.

Batman needs to throw a full reversal on the spinning money-hungry vortex known as the Top!


This Batman figure is a repaint of the single pack version that was released back when this line was first announced, but I doubt many (if any) of you bought that. For the most part, he’s identical in terms of sculpt to the Batman that came with B’wana Beast or Metamorpho/Rex Mason the Element Man. The only difference in sculpt is his right arm, which is fully extended in a punch.

But what really sets this version of Batman apart is the colors. Instead of the Adam West version of Batman in blue and gray with painted eyebrows, this version is the caped crusader decked out in dull black and grays. This is the first time we’ve gotten this classic version of the Batsuit in the line and it looks great. Of course, Batman has the standard articulation: arms, neck and waist.

The villain in this pack isn’t popular by any stretch. A member of the Flash’s rogue gallery, the Top isn’t the most threatening villain. His powers involve spinning really fast and wearing a hideous outfit of green and yellow while wearing way too much eyeliner.

The Top is based off the one-step forward pose, which I keep complaining about, but this time it actually works! For a character about spinning, it would make sense for him to be on one foot. Plus this time he stands without issues! What’s most impressive about the figure though is the sculpt. Every single line is sculpted, not just painted. Throw in the fantastically unique face sculpt, I ended up liking the figure much more than I expected.

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Sure, the Top may not be at the top of anyone’s list (I apologize for that) but the figure is visually distinct and looks good. Throw in the fact that it’s a great Batman variant, this pack ended up being much more than just a random Batman and D-list bad guy. The biggest shame though has to be that Mattel thought it would be a good idea to pack these three to a case while shortpacking both the far better Dr. Fate vs Wotan and Blue Bowman and Owlman 2-packs. But if everything worked out well, that wouldn’t be Mattel, right?

Batman the Brave and the Bold Action League Wave 3
The Dark Knight & The Demon Etrigan
Dr. Fate & WotanOwlman & Blue Bowman
Batman & the JokerBatman & the Top

Written by jestergoblin

February 10th, 2010 at 12:01 am

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