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Kenner’s line of toys based on the Batman Returns movie consisted of numerous versions of the same Batman figure, with a plethora of various accessories, some reused from other lines and a few of the main villains from the film as well as vehicles and play sets. Kenner took its usual creative license with a number of their Batman toys which featured action gimmicks and various equipment batman didn’t use in the actual movie.

Name: Deep Dive Batman
Line: Batman Returns
Manufacturer: Kenner
Released: 1992
Price: Then: $10-$16.  Now: $20 – $35 MOSC or less if loose
Scale: 4 -5 Inches in height
Accessories: Scuba gear (torso and legs) Sea Sled and Torpedo

I remember watching Batman Returns as a child when it was originally showing in the cinemas, I’m pretty sure I saw it with my cousins and maybe my uncle too, if I remember correctly. At this point I had already seen the original Batman 89 movie on VHS with my brother and my Dad. So it was pretty exciting to go see a Batman movie at the cinemas, even if this series of movies, at this point, was quite dark in overall tone.

What I didn’t have many of, was toys from this particular movie growing up as a kid, my brother and I only had the penguins with the rockets on their backs, one set for each of us.

No Batman figures, no villains. (I know, I know Shock! Horror!) I’m pretty sure we had every chance to pick up some of these toys too, but we never did. What I do remember fondly however, was at one stage having a Kenner toy catalogue that featured Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Batman Returns figures in it among others.

That made me want a lot of those figures as a child, although I never had any, until later in life (Various Toy fairs and eBay purchases etc)

So now as an adult collector I have virtually all these figures I wanted (consumerism at it’s finest right!?) so what better way to do something with them then take some nice photos and try and capture in photos and communicate in words just what I like about them, that even to this day, I still find very likeable, if not sometimes a little absurd looking toys.


The Batman sculpt for this line of movie tie-in toys was partly reused from Kenner’s previous line of DC toys, their “Super Powers Collection” Although the head and legs have been changed and in this Batman’s case some extra added details to the Batman figure itself (boots for example) It’s a passing likeness to Michael Keaton. but the overall sculpt is great and you can’t mistake it as anyone other than Batman or in this case, Batman in a diving suit!

I always loved the soft goods cape that these batman figures came with too, I always thought it was a nice touch!


The paint on Batman and his accessories is kept to a minimum and most of the parts are cast in the colour it’s meant to be. This is always how I prefer toys or figures to be made where possible. What paint there is, is fairly cleanly applied and neat. The Batman logos are nice and sharp too! Eve the little details on Batman’s dive suit look great too! Obviously if you are a bit of a perfectionist, try to get a good look at the figure you are buying and make sure you’re happy with the paint apps and overall condition of the figure too.


Batman has the standard five points of articulation that most 1990’s figures came with. Cut joints which swivel at the neck, shoulders and groin. It’s enough articulation to get Batman to sort of lie down on the Sea Sled, you sure aren’t going to put the caped crusader any dynamic action poses, keeping in mind, it’s a toy figure from a time when you had to use your imagination a lot more when playing with your toys, but at least it has some articulation.


This is where this particular Batman figure really shines in my opinion and the reason why I bought this figure, Batman comes with the following accessories: Scuba gear, Sea Sled and torpedo.

The Scuba gear is great and fits snugly on the Batman figure, it’s got plenty of great little details sculpted in it too. Secondly is the Sea Sled and torpedo, it’s a fairly large accessory and Batman for the most part sits on it quite well, but not perfectly.

The torpedo fires quite far too and has a bit of power to it. Plenty of detail on the sled, it has clean smooth surfaces, vents and engines/propellers which are quite detailed too.


None that I can think of; Batman is rock solid. What would you expect from a early 1990’s toy?  Just make sure your one has a good paint job before you buy it.


I was happy with the $20 + shipping costs for a mint on the card figure; however, I wouldn’t pay too much for this figure, as he is not worth any large amount of money.


The thing that appealed to me the most when I was a kid and even now is, the number of interesting gimmicks or action features that each Kenner Batman figure came with. Even at a young age I knew none of the accessories Batman came with featured in the movie, but said extra accessories did really fire up my imagination when it came to playing with my toys.

That said, visually this is a pretty cool looking figure and I definitely enjoy looking at the figure, for die hard Batman fans, I feel just like die hard Aliens fan, you are going to struggle to see the relevance of having these toys in your collection, when now days there are many, many better toys and figures out there, but for someone like me, who’s a fan of Kenner and a their toy lines and grew up when they were originally released, I really enjoy collecting them and appreciating the creativeness that went into each figure (even if in most cases it seems like trying to get blood from a stone!).

This is definitely a Kenner Batman figure for completists only or if you like your vintage figures Batman figures that are a bit more fun and usual.



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Heath Ledger played Batman’s arch enemy the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s the Dark Knight, with Ledger’s portrayal of the villain receiving high critical praise. Hot Toys made a number of versions of the Joker over the years with the Bank Robber version 2.0 being the most recent.


Name:The Joker (Bank Robber Version 2.0)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 249
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2014
Price: Then: $270. Now: $350 MISB Minimum.
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various hands and weapons.


Hot Toys announced this new version of The Joker, Bank Robber Version, this past July, as one of their always highly anticipated Toys Fair exclusive figures. This reveal didn’t come as too much of a surprise to me as for the past few years Hot Toys’ choice of figures has been: one Marvel figure, one DC figure, and one movie figure not related to Marvel or DC. So, that leaves a small amount of choice for what figures to make when it’s fairly common knowledge now days that Hot Toys use their Toy Fairs Exclusives as a way to bring fans figures that normally won’t get a wide release. I use that term loosely because most Hot Toys suppliers tend to still sell these figures anyway, even if there isn’t a Toy Fair in the country, they will still have them on offer, like here in Australia, for example.


Inside the box you get the following items:
One Joker figure
Eight interchangeable hands
One pistol
One Shotgun
One knife
One deck of cards
One Stack of Joke money
One Bozo mask head sculpt
One duffle bag
One grenade rack
Four Smoke grenades
Twelve grenades
One display stand and backdrop


The head sculpt is very similar to the original release; it wouldn’t surprise me if they just went back and tweaked the original a bit. There are a lot of artists out there making custom 1/6 scale Joker heads, but the difference with Hot Toys’ latest offering is that this is definitely Heath Ledger; but what makes it even better is it’s definitely Heath Ledger as the Joker, not Heath Ledger with clown makeup on. The character really shines through and it’s that perfect combination of paint and sculpt that does it so well.

The main update is the hair line; the previous version had an awful wavy pattern where the separate hair piece met the head. I don’t have my original Bank Robber Joker anymore, but this was one of the main reasons I sold it a while back. It just bugged me way too much when having newer Hot Toys figures next to it when they had the improvement that this head has, which is that the hair line is sculpted up from the head and the separate hair disappears into that part, almost making it seamless. It really adds to the realism of the head.

The second masked head is great too! Even though there was some complaint from fans that the mask was non-removable. I don’t feel it’s a problem, you are either going to have him with the mask on or not. I can understand some people want Joker to be able to hold the mask in his hand, but I really think that it’s a small trade off. As with the first head, its paint application is excellent.


Hot Toys keep using more and more new techniques to make their heads look as real as ever, but they don’t overdo it either. It’s a very delicate balancing act, but JC Hong is a skilled master when it comes to paint and the finished product is one of the best as far as Jokers go. This was enough of a selling point for me as it’s an excellent update.



The body underneath is Hot Toys’ newer standard Truetype and has roughly the following articulation: ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, double jointed arms, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed torso, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles. We haven’t gotten a release of this base body yet, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before Hot Toys do, due to their popularity amongst fans. The body can be put into a number of simple and difficult poses depending on how extreme you want to get; the clothes don’t restrict the figure too much, if at all. I had no problems getting the poses I wanted and a simple tilt of the head or hands can make all the difference to your pose looking a killer.




The suit is also greatly improved. I happened to have a spare version of the original suit lying around to compare with and the original just looks puffy and cheap next to this one. The lapels stand out the most to me, as they are now very sharp and crisp. Besides the much tighter tailoring, even things like buttons on the cuffs and shirt have been improved upon too. They are now much smaller and in scale, but aren’t functional in anyway. Two things I will complain about is that the “buttons” on the cuffs did come off while posing the figure during this photo shoot; I just used some fabric glue to put them back on, but if I hadn’t noticed, they might have been lost forever due to their small size – something to keep in mind when posing your figure. Also I feel the length of the pants could be a smidge longer too, I think they just sit up a little too high, I pulled them down a little to suit my liking, but that’s just my personal preference.


You get a good number of accessories with this version of Joker; a few more then the original release came with too. For example you get the smoke grenade with the purple string attached to it that never came with the first release. I feel satisfied with the amount and variety. You get a number of gloved hands, all of which seem to be the same that came with the most recent TDK version of Joker (DX11) but now in black.

They are a softer material than normal, so I don’t feel like I’m going to break any wrist pegs when changing them over. The weapons are great too and all from the bank scene in the TDK, including numerous grenades and smoke grenades to go on the black rig that goes inside the duffle bag. Even the bag is much more detailed now with more zippers, better detailed strap and padding inside.

Joker’s knife, a pile of money which Joker has drawn on, a deck of cards and a wrist watch are also included. I won’t be using these in my display but they are all good additions to the figure and help add variety to the poses you can put Joker in.

Also included is one hell of an epic display base and back drop! It’s quite large and will take up a lot of space in your display cabinet or display shelf. What is missing is at least including a small black base like the original version came with. I just happen to be lucky to have a spare one and I’ll be using that for my Joker figure. Although impressive in size, I don’t know anyone who has space for the thing and I won’t be using it as I find it too much of a waste and a gimmick for me.



Nothing really to watch out for, be careful when changing out wrist pegs and be careful with those little buttons on the suit.



I normally don’t care about the box the figure comes in, but this one is pretty sweet. The outside looks like the clown mask and the slip underneath that has the Joker’s face on it, with eye holes cut out in the mask layer so you can see the eyes through the mask. I was pretty impressed by that design choice, its cool!


I paid retail price of $270 USD plus shipping for this figure and it’s easily worth that, it’s an excellent figure, but anything above $350 and I think you are paying too much.


I feel quite satisfied with this updated version of the Bank Robber Joker, having owned the original release for some time, with it being one of my favourite figures, one I was sad to let go of. I am more than happy that I now have a better version of the figure that I liked so much. In my eyes it surpasses the original in every way and is worthy of its 2.0 title. I’ve heard some Hot Toys fans are happy with the original and don’t want to update, that’s fine, but I think they are missing out. It’s worth the money and if you are able, it’s time to upgrade. This is another shining example of how far Hot Toys have come and how much they have improved their figures over the years.






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The 1989 Batman live action movie is considered one of the better batman movies that have been made. With Jack Nicholson playing the Joker, Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Tim Burton directing, there was an enjoyable mix of story and action with two great actors bringing their talent to the roles. Being a popular, comic book based movie there has always been a lot of merchandise both at the time of the movie, and after. There have been some good collectibles/toys made (Kenner) some excellent ones(Hot Toys) and then there are Kubricks which fill another different niche all together!


Name: Batman, Joker
Line: Kubrick
Manufacturer: Medicom
Released: 2004
Price: Then – 1,200 YEN Now – 5,000 – 10,000 YEN
Scale: 3.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Batman – Bat-a-rang, Joker – long nose pistol.



For me the Kubrick figure is a type of toy/collectible I would only ever associate with Japan. Even though it shares similarities with Lego, if I were to put together a short list of toys that instantly make you think of Japan Kubrick would be one of them. Their simplicity is one aspect that really appeals to me; how a character is broken down to about as basic as can be, but still is a great representation of the character. This is definitely part of the Kubrick charm in my opinion.


Kubricks are made using a base body and then adding extra pieces to them to make up a character. The base body consists of smooth flat surfaces it works well as a blank canvas for the character to be created on. For Batman and Joker they have additional pieces added to them to complete the character: Batman has his cowl, an added chest piece, his utility belt and his cape; Joker has his coat body piece and his hair/hat head attachment. All these parts are fairly simple in appearance and look authentic to the characters they are meant to be.


The paint application is the other part of the puzzle to really make Kubricks look great! Batman is limited to his head underneath the cowl, bat symbol on his chest and yellow utility belt. Joker has the most detail, with his clothes and head having a lot of detail added to them. Both Batman and Joker, although simplified, still evoke the characters quite well, so there is no mistaking who they are supposed to be. The head underneath Batman’s cowl even looks like Keaton too!


Kubricks will in most cases share the same amount of articulation unless hindered by an accessory (the Alien space suits for example). Kubricks have the following basic articulation: swivel head, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel hands, swivel waist and ball-jointed hips. These joints are meant to mirror human movement and they accomplish that quite well for each joint’s simplicity. You can get some decent pose, but just like the movie batman’s cowl restricts his head movement. Also, Joker’s coat tails restrict the waist a little bit. In most cases the neutral arms down by the sides, legs straight AKA straight out of the package pose works best.


Both Kubricks come with appropriate accessories. Batman has his Bat-a-rang and Joker, his long nose pistol (used near the end of the movie). They are sculpted well and look nice; they are also cast in the colour they are meant to be. They also both fit into the characters hands without much effort and stay put too.


Not too many things I can think of. Perhaps, losing the tiny accessories or even the hands as they can come out fairly easily. These are made for collectors however, so they should be well taken care of.


Here is where it starts to get a little nuts. These figures, as cool as they look, are very small. So when they double or even triple in price, you really have to be asking yourself is it worth it to pay so much for such a small toy? If these were larger figure, I don’t think the price would be too bad. But for their size I don’t think the price inflation is justified, no matter how rare they are considered to be. Anything above $50 AUD for a MOC figure is asking too much in my opinion. Especially if they are loose too. Most other Kubricks go for $30 AUD loose and that is a more appropriate price.


Kubricks in general are always going to be cool. The designs are that perfect combination of simplicity and detail and even the stylized faces still convey the characters quite well. These two figures are great and really look cool together. If you can find them and for a decent price, it’s worth picking them up if you are a Batman fan, but also if you are a Kubrick fan. They are just that good.




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