Each week we like to take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the packaging. Even though the title says "toy," we sometimes look at some high end collectibles, including statues. This week we have the fiftieth edition in the Batman Black & White statue line, the Sean Murphy edition.
It's always cool to see the box for these because each is in a different size to accommodate the statue. There's also a sketch of the artist's design on the box so you can see what the sculptor based the statue off of. It's also great that it gives credit to who sculpted it. In this case, Jonathan Matthews.
Sean decided to try a different pose with his design. Batman doing a hand-plant definitely makes it stand out from the other ones.
Sean's art sometimes has a tough/gritty look to it. That's what I love about his Batman. Batman is a guy that is going to jump into the action. Bruce Wayne may be a rich pretty boy but that doesn't apply to Batman.
I seem to recall at San Diego Comic-Con overhearing that a metal pin was used inside the arm in order to give it more strength. This statue was definitely a challenge and one the sculptor gladly took on.
The batarang and wire were also a nice touch. It's nice to have something with a little more give on the statue to stand out from the sculpted parts.
The detail in his hand holding the batarang is impressive as well.
Sean went with a different, more punk-style for Batman's boots. What's really cool is seeing a tiny Bat-symbol on the bottom.
Sean also decided to give Batman a 'Dark Knight Stick' to add to the accessories. It looks great as it adds to the motion of the pose, hanging off Batman's utility belt.
It is impressive seeing this whole figure balancing on the one arm. Again, this pose really makes it stand apart from the other (amazing) pieces in the series.
One thing you'll want to be careful with is with his gloves. You can see the fins are really thin. (Isn't there another name for those fins?)
The slightly raised look of the Bat-emblem on his chest was also nice touch.
It's a great looking piece. All of the Black and White statues are impressive but this one has such a great look to it because of the action pose.
You might be thinking to yourself, "Yeah, this statue looks great, but I can't afford to spend that much money on a collectible."
It's actually reasonably priced. You can maybe find it at your local comic shop or you can easily order it directly from DC Collectibles HERE. The price is only $79.95. The dimensions are 8.2 high x 4.75 wide x 3 inches deep. If you're a fan of Batman and Sean Murphy, you definitely want to get this.