By Rick Alaia
It’s that day again! Batman Day 2016! In celebration of #BatmanDay we are going to run down a top 10 list of upcoming Batman figures that I think you need in your life.
10. DC COLLECTIBLES GREG CAPULLO JIM GORDON AS BATMAN
Is that Bat Chappie? No, it’s GCPD’s own Jim Gordon as Batman! I can honestly say I was not a fan of this when first announced. After reading the story, it has grown on me. For fans of the book, this deluxe 2 pack is a necessity.
9. DC FILMS BATMAN V SUPERMAN FIGURES
While these are still in the development stages, they are going to be DC Collectibles segway into the higher end collectibles. My money's on them being highly sought after.
8. DC COLLECTIBLES LEE BERMEJO BATMAN
This is one version of Batman that I said deserved a figure for a lonnnnnng time. I first took notice of Bemejo when he was doing covers for various Bat-titles. I loved his take on Batman’s costume and always wanted to see it in plastic form. This figure will come with 4 interchangeable hands and Batman’s trusty Batarang. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and go read Batman Noel. Bemejo’s art is something that must be seen.
7. NECA 18" MICHAEL KEATON BATMAN
Back by popular demand! A lot of people missed out on this 18-inch figure when it was first released. Have no fear, NECA has heard you and has gone into a 2nd limited production run! If you skipped it the first time, you’ll definitely need to grab this at retail while you can.
6. HOT TOYS BATMAN V. SUPERMAN - BATMAN
There was a lot of outcries when HT showed the prototype of this figure. It was met with the same type of reaction to the movies. Fans loved it...fans hated it. Hot Toy’s heard the fans and set out to fix the issues collectors were concerned about. A new body, and later a suit then it’s knight and day…you saw what I did there…moving on! 😉
5. HOT TOYS JOKER (LETO) IMPOSTER
There have been a couple different takes on the Joker Batman since BvS. Most have been lackluster and boring. This figure, however, knocks it out of the park! I love the look of this figure. When it was announced a lot of people thought we’d see it in Suicide Squad. Even if it didn’t happen, this is still one fantastic looking figure that I have to add to my collection.
4. MAFEX KNIGHTMARE BATMAN (BATMAN V. SUPERMAN)
This figure, oh boy! This is going to be one amazing piece of Bat-merchandise to add to your collection. They don’t have a group shot for me to show, but this figure comes with a ton of accessories. He comes with 2 guns, 2 heads, binoculars, a cowl and 6 interchangeable hands.
3. BATMAN BEYOND DELUXE PACK
This is the set that fans have been asking for, for a very long time. This set includes Batman Beyond and old man Bruce Wayne and a fully articulated Ace (the dog, for those not in the know.) It’s supposed to come with a bunch of accessories as well, but just this picture alone has me sold.
2. MEZCO ONE:12 COLLECTIVE BATMAN (BATMAN V SUPERMAN)
There’s a lot of Batfleck on this list and that’s not a bad thing! This will be Mezco’s third Batman figure released. For those that missed the SDCC Armored Batman, it is incredible. This one will almost assuredly not disappoint either. As you can see from the picture he comes with a bunch of accessories and looks fantastic!
1. DC COLLECTIBLES BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES EXPRESSION SET
This set is quite possibly the best and most ingenious Batman figure DCC has done. Based off of all of Batman's expressions from the 90’s hit, Batman: The Animated Series. With all the different options to display Batman, this will be one set that you have to buy more than just one or two.
****BATMAN BONUS FIGURE IN STOCK 9/21/16!!****
MAFEX Batman (BATMAN V SUPERMAN). This is the single best Ben Affleck Batman figure to date. The two comic shops in my area to order them have pre-sold out already. Get to your shops and pre-order yours before they sell out!