Bruce Wayne, Why Are You Dressed Up Like a Hot Toys Batman?
If there's one Batman film that hasn't gotten the same amount of love and attention as the rest of the franchise, it's Batman Forever. If there's a second, it's Batman Returns. Fortunately for all of us, Hot Toys is revisiting the 1992 classic with an all-new Batman figure, and its first Michael Keaton Bruce Wayne to boot.
This is hardly the first venture into the Tim Burton-era Batman films for Hot Toys, but this does mark the first time the company will be recreating the version of the character from the sequel. We're still a few years out from the 25th anniversary of the fan-favorite film, but we gladly welcome starting the party a little bit early with this highly-detailed sixth-scale figure.
There will be two different versions of the Batman Returns Batman available sometime in the coming months. The first is a standalone Batman, which features a new head/cowl sculpt, along with new interchangeable jaws. The figure also features Hot Toys' PERS (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System) and a light-up base. There will be plenty of accessories as well, such as the standard grappling gun, the remote batarang, the zipline gun, a signal jammer and the Batmobile remote control.
The second iteration comes with that same Batman figure, but also includes a Bruce Wayne in a tuxedo. The accessories are almost all the same, though this two-pack also includes an exclusive broken cowl. With that cowl, you can recreate those brief moments at the conclusion of the film where Batman is unmasked during the final confrontation with Catwoman and Max Shreck. There are also some extra hands for the Bruce Wayne figure, and a separate figure stand, but Bruce himself doesn't have any special accessories.
The Batman figure looks really great, especially if you happened to miss out on the original Batman (1989) figure Hot Toys released previously. While it's still early, the Michael Keaton portrait is a bit off in its prototype stage. There are some aspects that Hot Toys gets perfect (mostly his eyebrows), while elsewhere the figure looks more like Mark Ruffalo than it does Michael Keaton.
There's no release date or price available yet, but we'll update this post when we have the information from Sideshow Collectibles.
You can probably expect the standalone Batman to retail for around $225, while the two-pack should fall in around $450.
Now everyone just has to cross their fingers and hope that this means a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman isn't far off.
Update: Boy, I was way off on the price of the two-pack. It's up for pre-order now for $344.99, and the single Batman figure is available for $219.99 (I was a little closer on that one). Both versions are expected to arrive between Nov. 2015-Jan. 2016.
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