MEZCO ONE:12 COLLECTION THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – AFJ REVIEW

By Jarrett Kruse

GRADE: A

Mezco has slowly been posturing themselves as a major player in the toy game. They solidify their solid rep with this amazing entry into the deluxe figure market. Their new One:12 Collective figure of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns goes all out and nails it just right.

 
While I ordered the figure sometime last year, there was some kind of holdup in the shipping because of a strike by the dockworkers in Long Beach, CA. (see our editorial on the strike here). This would have been a problem for me if the waiting did not end up in a such an epic entry. Yes, I was just that impressed when my Mezco package was delivered earlier this week. Like The Dark Knight himself, everything about this piece is big. The figure comes in an encyclopedia-sized box with a beautiful slipcase that has the cover of the iconic 1986 seminal THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comic book. After sliding that off, there is a flap that opens like a book revealing the figure in all its glory. And man is this the TDKR figure fans have been waiting for. It is a rarity when I will say, “It was worth the wait” but this piece exemplifies that statement.

Everything about this piece is big. From the 1:12 size of the figure down to the perfection of every last detail. It is as if the figure has been torn from the pages of Frank Miller’s classic opus that redefined Batman for a new generation. The figure comes with a sweet Bat-signal base and all the trimmings you want in this figure. From a brilliantly designed flowing cape and an amazing head sculpt (with an alternate scowling head!), this Dark Knight is a must have for any Bat-collector worth their salt. Even cooler is that this figure is a Limited Edition upping the exclusivity coolness factor by even more.

Prices on the secondary market are going to start spiking soon and with a Navy Blue version becoming available, the collector has two options if they want to pay the price. Even I could not get my hands on the Navy Blue version because it sold out super fast and by the time I knew it was available, I missed out. This is actually a figure that you do not mind spending sixty-five dollars on. It is just that impressive. The body is “hyper-articulated” by Mezco’s description with a whopping 30 points of articulation. And this costume is no paint job, no, this is the real deal made out of fabric. I thought that this was the perfect hybrid of old school Mego figures and the articulation heavy Marvel Legends style of the 2000’s. That is just another reason that makes Mezco’s entry so brilliant.

In addition to this museum quality piece, here are some of the extras that have collectors that missed out on ordering one chomping at the bit to score one.

Accessories include:

  • pair of fists

  • pair of "holding" hands

  • pair of posing hands

  • pair of "Batarang" hands

  • interchangeable boot with pistol holster

  • pistol

  • sniper rifle

  • removable utility belt

  • removable leg utility belt

  • grappling hook with climbing rope

  • alternate head

  • Bat-symbol display base

  • articulated figure stand for multiple dynamic figure poses

  • detachable cape-posing accessory clip for posing stand

I am not certain if these will be back in stock again but they were exclusively sold at MezcoToyz.com. It can’t hurt to check the site every now and again to see if you can score one. Prices are already starting to hover around the $100 mark on eBay making this a serious contender for my Top 10 of 2015 at the end of this year and we are only in March! The description from Mezco also goes on to make a point that the packaging was specifically designed and engineered for maximum protection while not sacrificing “ease of removal for display”. Can’t wait to see the next entry in the ONE:12 Collective from Mezco because this one is an easy “A”.
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