|It's a Two-Face Two-fer!|
When DC Collectibles first introduced their new 6 inch scale Animated Batman action figures last year, there were a lot of complaints from the toy collecting community about their quality. Apparently, DCC used a brittle form of plastic in their joints, causing the articulated pieces to break. So even though the figures LOOKED really cool, I stayed away from them, because I like to take my action figures out of the package and pose them and play with them, and that didn't seem like a viable option with these figures. But after the first batch of figures was released, DCC took stock of the toy collector's complaints, so all the subsequent releases now have decent plastic in them and won't break. As I saw all the awesome looking figures that were coming out, as well as the super cool animated series Batmobile they are releasing, I decided I had to start collecting these, even if the first four figures were more fragile than the rest. So I went ahead and picked the first four figures up, and I plan on buying the rest of them in the next few months until I'm all caught up.
|Packaged DC Collectibles The New Batman Adventures Two-Face Action Figure|
I also have a random assortment of vintage Animated Batman Kenner figures in my collection already, and I keep meaning to buy more to fill in the gaps. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at the vintage figures side by side with the new ones. For the first four Kenner figures, I picked up unopened packages, and for the subsequent figures it will probably be a combination of loose ones for the figures I already have in my collection, and packaged or loose ones for the ones I don't.
|Packaged Kenner Arkham Asylum Escape Batman Vs. Two-Face|
I'm starting off with DC Collectibles' Two-Face action figure. Since I was worried about it breaking, I opened the package and removed him as gently as possible. Then I submerged him in boiling water for a minute to soften up the joints. Then I gently worked all the joints to loosen them up. Despite all this, I was unable to move the joint in his right knee. It's possible that I could have moved it if I used more force, but I didn't want to risk breaking it. Aside from that, though, everything moved very well. The figure has 17 points of articulation, so I guess 16 out of 17 isn't bad for a figure that was supposed to have so many quality control issues.
|Two Guns Blazing|
|DC Collectibles Two-Face Accessories|
In addition the action figure stands, these figures come with a lot of neat accessories that are based on a specific episode that the character appeared in. This one comes with two guns, a pocket watch, a tool bag, two poison gas canisters, and a gas mask, as well as two pairs of alternate hands. The gas mask pops on and off of his face easily, as do the different hands. He does not come with his trademark coin, however, which is kind of odd. Instead, the coin is sculpted in to the palm of one of his hands, with the unscarred side up. I understand that the coin is probably too small to make a good accessory, but I would have preferred if it was sculpted being held in his fingers so you could at least see both sides of the coin.
|Portrait of Evil (DC Collectibles Animated Two-Face)|
Overall, I was pretty happy with this figure, and I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the figures in this series.
|Gas Mask and Guns|
For the vintage Kenner figure, I went with Two-Face from the "Arkham Asylum Escape: Batman Vs. Two-Face Battle Pack." This is a fun action figure pack that includes Batman, Two-Face, and some great accessories, including the arched entrance to Arkham Asylum, a pair of guns for Two-Face, strait-jacket style insane asylum restraints, and Batman's grapple gun.
|Kenner Batman and Two-Face|
Both the Kenner figures and the DC Collectibles figure a labeled as being from The New Batman Adventures, but I'm pretty sure the Kenner figure is actually the same figure they made for Batman the Animated Series. Two-Face's design was pretty similar on both shows, though, so that's not much of a problem. The Kenner Two-Face has the standard retro 5 points of articulation at the legs, arms, and head. The Batman figure is unusual, in that he is sculpted in a dynamic pose, with one leg straight and one bent at the knee, and his cape is sculpted as if it was being blown in the wind. He also has a 6th point of articulation at the waist.
|Kenner Two-Face and His Guns|
This pack was released in 1998, and I THINK it was the last official "Kenner" animated series release. Kenner was actually owned by Hasbro at this point, and all of the subsequent figures were released under the Hasbro name instead of Kenner.
|Profile of Evil (Kenner Arkham Escape Two-Face)|
|Kenner Arkham Escape Batman|
|Batman and His Grapple Gun|
|Kenner Two-Face Full Body Profile|
|Hung Out To Dry|
|DC Collectibles Two-Face on His Action Figure Stand|
|Gas Mask Portrait|
|Two-Face and His Two-ol Bag|