So, to start out my tenure here are GES-SA I thought I would talk about a slightly older release From Kotobukiya.
The All Star Batman & Robin two pack.
Now just to lend a little context to the piece, this statue set is based on artwork by Jim Lee in Frank Miller’s All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder. This was a series that was released sporadically between 2005 and 2008. As best as I can tell the series has not yet been completed but was meant to retell the origin story of Dick Grayson, the first Robin.
Just so you know, the All Star imprint by DC was an initiative to tell stories outside of the main DC Universe continuity to appeal to new and returning readers. This particular story take place in Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” continuity.
Despite the brilliant art work, the story was a little underwhelming as the characters were portrayed very differently from the standard canon. Like seriously, Batman is a total Arse-Pop in this continuity.
Anyway, storyline aside, Jim lee’s art is to comics what the Rock is to Hollywood- super saver! So I was interested to have a look at this piece.
I was able to get a look at this statue combination at both Cosmic Comics and Project Mayhem so a shout out to both teams for putting up with my accidental girly squeals of delight as I inspected this piece.
As always with my statue reviews, we will consider the Two A’s ie Aesthetics and Aish-Factor.
In this section I will discuss the overall visual appeal of the statue.
So being an ArtFX+ statue, this piece is beautifully rendered in 1/10 scale.
As you can see in this side-by-side comparison picture the likeness is uncanny!
Just to kick things off, the statue included a stylised metal base bearing the classic batman insignia. The statue also includes a tiny batarang accessory held by Robin.
I will discuss the Robin figure before moving over to the Batman.
I have never been a fan of the pixie boots and tiny green “Namor-brief” version of Robin. It just seems so ridiculously unrealistic. That mind you, is in the context of the story of a man who dresses up in custom military grade armour and beats up petty criminals.
Design choices aside, the statue boasts a sleek frame with great paint work throughout. I particularly liked the subtle shading I the folds of the cape and across the statue. The Blue highlights in the hair give it a classic comic book look.
This piece is actually quite small and measures roughly 9cm or so.
Which brings us to the Batman statue.
The Batman statue is obviously the main component of the overall piece and showcases the dark knight in a battle- ready hunched pose. The overall design style is very reminiscent of the larger Kotobukiya ArtFX statue (flashback review coming soon).
The sculpt work is very clean and as is expected looks as though the figure was lifted right off a comic book panel.
The excellent paint job we saw on the Robin extends to this piece as well with even dry brushing across the statue to add shadows and depth to the musculature of the statue.
A true testimony to the detail that Kotobukiya is putting in to their works is the painted stubble we see on the Batman’s face. This is comic accurate for one thing and adds to the moodiness of the statue.
I do feel that the colour pallet is a bit to “blue” for my taste on the Batman and I would have preferred to see more black areas. This is more of a stylistic preference on my part though.
AISH! – Factor
The “Aish! – Factor” is a fictional scale that I coined where I test the level to which a piece makes we want to shout
“Aish!” with enthusiasm for going and getting a piece; or “Eish!” with pity for all the guys who got robbed when buying a piece.
I liked that there seemed to be a dynamic contract between these two pieces. The Robin statue is bright and vibrant while the Batman statue conveys a raw moodiness to it with the shading choices and the addition of finer details like the stubble I referred to.
When you put them together, this is a stunning display piece.
Both figures are well designed and made of high quality PVC. There is no assembly required with these two pieces.
This means that you won’t have the issue we have seen with other recent Kotobukiya releases where joints fall apart fairly easily.
In summary, I couldn’t fault the piece at all and have no reservations with recommending it to a Batman fan.
Between the phenomenal sculpt, superb execution and reasonable price point this is a first rate statue and elicits a resounding “AAIISSHH!!!”
Where to from here?
Local Suppliers offering this figure (including payment plans)
Cosmic Comics who can be reached at:
011 782 0819 (Karryn or Shane)
Project Mayhem Collectibles
0727898008 (Naseemah – available on Whatsapp as well)
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