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  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    SDCC11: Batman Arkham Asylum

    Arkham Asylum figures get a major upgrade...

    San Diego Comic-Con coverage brought to you by Tonner, Collectibles Insurance, and Big Bad Toy Store.

    For several years Square Enix has been producing the most detailed and highly articulated action figures based on their popular video games such as Final Fantasy and several other in-house game titles. Their Play Arts Kai action figure line has truly revolutionized the action figure with their amazingly-sculpted details and extensively versatile articulation system. Their latest action figure releases include Assasin's Creed, HALO and Metal Gear and next year, Square will be bringing out the big guns with figures based on the most succesful comic-based video game to date, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

    On display in their booth at this year's Comic-Con were two amazing prototypes of Batman and the Joker from the hit 2009 video game. This dynamic duo of hero and arch enemy will be seeing release next year as part of the Play Arts Kai series and will feature tons of articulation and several amazing accessories. With the release of the Arkham City just around the corner in October, gamers and bat-fans alike will be dying to get theri hands on these incredible acion figures. Asked what future Batman video game characters we may see in the series, and Square replied that Harley Quinn would be a good contender.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2010

    Re: SDCC11 Batman Arkham Asylum

    I wouldn't necessarily call these an "upgrade". That's kind of insulting to the awesome DC Direct releases. I mean, the detail......I'm sorry, "detail" is nothing more than a few lines painted on the figure as "definition", and some added points of articulation. They're too busy. There's too much going on. Toys don't always need that. That AND, it''s out of scale with anything else from the Arkham lines, and costs an arm and a leg to buy. Hardly an upgrade.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2009

    Re: SDCC11 Batman Arkham Asylum

    They're okay, but I still don't like this new style their doing everything in, where characters are all skinny and look like Evangelions. Batman is a big dude and even if you say that some artists draw him differently, you're still trying to make a buck off of Arkham Asylum/City, wherein he is a BIG DUDE. Looks kinda like a wuss, in my opinion

    Joker's not bad, I'm just not sure the facial expression they chose for him captures the character at all.

    At 40 bucks, these are a solid maybe just considering the size. Higher than that and I'll probably have to pass. Double knees doesn't do Batman any good if the shin armor restricts the ankle joint.

  4. #4
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    Oct 2009

    Re: SDCC11 Batman Arkham Asylum

    ha, i'm so glad to see that others feel the way i do. yes, these are very impressive, but i won't call them an upgrade. the dc direct figures are as close to the game as you can get and at a fraction of the price. these figs will cost anywhere from $40-55 depending on where you get them while the ultra cool dc direct ones are running about $20-25. i have the dc direct arkham asylum batman and it is easily THE best looking batman figure i own, and i own several batman figs. oh and have you guys seen the series two armored batman? it's breathtaking. like someone has already mentioned, the size of these figures will defiantly be a determining factor. don't get me wrong, they are quite cool looking but let's be serious, these guys don't really resemble their video game counterparts. these look like they were taken from some japanese anime ...which isn't a bad thing.

    you know, looking at these figures brings me back to the ultra cool resident evil 5 figures square-enix had done. the chris redfield figure was really cool but i always thought that the NECA version was better. but hey, that's just my opinion.

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