Today we are taking a look at the S.H. Figuarts Justice League Batman figure from Bandai Tamashii Nations. Many companies are tackling the 6 Inch scale versions of these guys, and in promo shots S.H. Figuarts are very promising. Their first release here with Batman is close, but does have some issues which we will go over after the break. He’s got the sculpt, paint, articulation, weathering and accessories you’d expect from a higher end import figure. The cape is standard fabric with wired edges style. The only issue – height. However, that may be a manufacturing issue. Let’s dig into that after the break!
S.H. Figuarts Justice League Batman
OK, so I am torn. It’s really damn good in almost all respects. But, something happened during production that shrunk the guy. Basically the peg in his torso is too small, so his upper body rests too far down. In a basic stance, his top row of abs are covered. There are youtube videos showing how you can actually replace that peg with the one from the Mafex Batman figure and have it be back to normal (see it here and here). When that’s done, it seems to be on point height wise. I don’t have either of the Mafex Batman figures here so I wasn’t able to do it myself. As it is here, he stands significantly below TDK Bale Batman from SHF, and that’s a no no. Christian Bale was 6′ 0″, and Ben Affleck is 6′ 4″. So even if you were just keeping all the “Batmen” then same height, still doesn’t work.
Aside from that (big thing), the figure is great. Paint and sculpt are tight. Has a wash on him to darken up the light blue suit tone. Cape works well, fabric rests easy and the wires on the sides allow for good posing. Articulation has all the higher tier options at every point. No extra faces, but the batarang and grapple gun are well done.
Bottom line – pick up if you don’t mind the smaller size, or you feel like doing the peg swap.
Check some key shots here, full set below!
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Disclaimer: Bluefin Brands provided this figure for review purposes.