Hiya Toys expands their line up beyond Aliens and Predators with a new series of figures based on the Injustice 2 video game. The story focused fighting game series explores an alternate Earth in the DC Multiverse where The Joker tricks Superman into killing a pregnant Lois Lane, and setting off a Nuclear explosion in Metropolis, killing millions. Superman, after killing the Joker, becomes a dictator, ruling over Earth alongside a mix of former heroes and villains, and killing anyone who dares to defy him. He is ultimate defeated by Batman’s Insurgency, which is reinforced with alternate dimension versions of some of the heroes, including Superman. With Earth’s heroes in shambles, Braniac mounts an attack, forcing Batman to work alongside Superman one last time to save the Earth.
The new figures from Hiya toys are 3.75″ scale versions of the figures from the game. they are kicking off the line with Batman and Superman. Additional characters, such a Harley Quinn, The Flash, The Joker, Supergirl and more are all in the works (see them at Toy Fair 2018). Each figure includes character specific interchangeable parts and accessories, as well as a figure stand. They are due out for U.S. release in March. Hiya sent over the two figures for us to check out, and we have a photo gallery and review. Read on to check them out.
Injustice 2 Batman and Superman 3.75″ Scale Figures by Hiya Toys
- Mostly solid sculpts
- Really nice articulation
- No joint issues
- Easy to swap out parts
- Face paint isn’t as sharp as it should be
- Not quite as detailed as the prototypes
The Injustice 2 figures are packaged in collector friendly window boxes. The boxes are the same dimensions as their Aliens and Predator figures. Small, compact, and easy to store. The front includes a shot of the specific character, while the back showcases a couple of photos of the figure. Inside the box, the figures sit in plastic clamshell trays. Superman includes two head sculpts and an extra set of hands. Batman includes a grapple gun, three Batarangs, and some interchangeable hands. Both include figure stands.
The initial prototypes that Hiya showed for these figures were phenomenal. The sculpted details on those were quite intricate for the smaller size class of figure. The final production figures don’t quite match up to those, but do have some impressive detail work on their own. Batman’s sculpt work will likely be more appreciated, as his costume is full of armored plates, and is generally just more detailed. The base sculpts for each of the head sculpts is actually quite good. Where the details get a bit muddied is in the paint application. The paint, on the whole, is applied fairly thick here. The thicker paint may be what is obscuring some of the sculpted details on Superman’s costume. They do make good use of different paint layers on Superman, as there’s some nice scuffing to keep him from looking too pristine. Batman, while mostly black, has spots of gray as well as silver highlighting in a few areas. The paint on the head sculpts is a bit of an issue, as they aren’t as clean or sharp looking as they should be. Eyes are a bit cartoonish on both figures, and Superman’s static head sculpt looks like he’s wearing lipstick. The heat vision head sculpt for Superman is the best of the trio, with much cleaner eye paint and no red coloring around the lips. From a distance they’re all mostly fine, but up close it doesn’t quite live up to the cleaner paint jobs I’ve seen on figures like the recent Predator’s.
Articulation and range of motion is quite nice here and on par with what we’ve seen in previous releases. I had no issues getting solid poses out of them, and each joint had full range of motion, with almost none of the sculpt hindering movement. As we’ve seen with figures like the Predator’s, the plastic quality is constantly improving with Hiya releases. Here, I was happy to find no fragile joints, and no locked joints. Right out of the box, I was able to start posing, with no need to loosen anything up. Hands and head sculpts swap out with no issues. Batman includes hands specifically for his accessories, and those work well. The fabric capes are fairly basic, but are attached well and look good, if a bit unnaturally straight.
Outside of some dodgy paint on the faces, you have two pretty solid 3.75″ Scale DC Figures. They pose nicely and have some good accessories. They’re priced at $19.99 each and should see their official release in the next few weeks. Check out a selection of highlight photos below, and the full gallery after that.