Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tonner Batman – Action Hero is not an Action Figure

*** Warning : Doll Nudity, view at your own discretion ***

batman-costumeI have been a fan of super heroes since I was a kid. Lately, Tonner has released 4 Superheroes, Superman, Batman, Aquaman (2 different face moulds), Green Lantern. My favorite sculpt of Tonner’s DC Superheores is actually Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern (LE1000, US169.99). Hal’s face is so different from typical Tonner male look. It is probably sculpted by somebody else. However, Batman (LE3000, US159.99) is the only one with normal hands, while the others are with fist hands. When I found Batman at a big bargain on Pergo, I decided to give Tonner’s Superhero a try. It was sent to my friend in USA in order to save some postage. After months, this superhero has finally arrived here with some other dolls and stuff.

Sad Face Batman?

batman1Batman’s face sculpt is not attractive to me at all. I think his look is the worse amongst the 4 superheroes being released. I am not sure if he is supposed to look angry or about to burst into tears. I could not help but thinking what should I do to smooth the winkles between his eyebrows, and find someone to repaint him for me. His light blue costume is not the Batman that I am similar with. The whole costume looks very clumsy and cheap. Surprisingly, there is no gargets around the famous Batman blet at all! batman-tonner-downup

Batman’s Body Sculpt vs Aquaman’s

But when I undressed Batman, I actually am quite impressed by his body sculpture. I kept taking pictures of his body and some of them turned out to be quite good! That muscle sculptur is so familiar to me! Yea, it is almost the same as my 13” tall Aquaman by DCdirect. Look at their upper torso, they are almost identical. They even have the same mid-section to enable them for some articulation. Wait! My Aquaman could crunch and twist gracefully in big angles, but this Batman could crunch forward like 15 degrees only. It is almost functionless but giving him a hunch back and ruin the beauty of the muscle.

auqaman-action-figureThe amazing articulted body of DC Direct’s Aquamanbatman-vs-auqa-manbatman-tonner-vs-aquaman-front

batman-tonner-vs-aquaman-backTheir back design is from the same conceptbatman-tonner-aquaman-same-muscle-sculptTheir upper torso sculpt is almost identialbatman-tonner-front-nude batman-tonner-back-nudebatman-tonner-rightbatman-tonner-donw-upwardsDue to his huge muscle and one-piece-body design, even with 14 points of articulation, his arms, knees could only bend slightly. You can see he could not even hold Antoinette in anyway. How could such a stiff Batman save anyone from the evils in Gorham city? batman-tonner-antoinette-sensual batman-tonner-sensual-antoinette-articulation-limit

Action Hero is not an Action Figure

So, I guess this Batman is more like a display doll/a fashion doll rather than an action figure. Oh well, then it is not fair for me to be too harsh on his articulation. I discovered that he could actually be a very sexy bodybuilder photography model. I took some shots as below and they turned out to be a nice surprise to me!


batman-tonner-sittingbatman-tonner-nudeOk then, if he is not going to be an action hero, then the question is “Where could I find fashion of his size?”. I know Chewin, who makes the best glove fit outfits specialized in suits and tuxedo for this Superhero body. On the other hand, in 2010, Tonner will release a tuxedo (US99.99), casual outfits (US79.99….Help!! Tonner is still making high waist jean!!), a pair of slippers (US19.99), tracking shoes (US24.99), faux suede hiking boots (US24.99), for “male athletic” body guys. I found a US6 SD size sneakers by, which would fit him also (Not perfect though!).

batman-tonner-curve backbatman-tonner-superhero-thigh

Batman could only crunch at maximum

and legs bend maximum like that…Very limited.


Other Tonner Guys Good Companion

Batman looks huge alone by himself, but when I put him next to another Tonner male doll, Jeremy Voss, the difference is actually not that big. They could still be standing next to each other without looking odd - Jeremy Voss’s review to be followed.

Batman-vs-jeremy-voss-side They can stand next to each other

without looking odd at allBatman-vs-jeremy-vossbatman-tonner-left-side casualsandals formalaffair hikingboots supercasual trackshoes

Picture Credit: Tonnerdirect, Cliff Chan

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Baby said...

Ni Hao, I really like your blogs. I've learned more about dolls from here then any other blog site. The Batman costume is from the old Batman. I was lucky to growup with with both the old and new Batman (In this costume, the black and then the grey/black) I agree with the Batman face, our western thinking of how a man should look...such nonsense! Good luck with your collecting and your blogs.

Cliff - Hong Kong said...

Hi Baby,
Thank you very much for your compliment! I have just found that you have left a comment here. Sorry for my heavy delay in responding to your comment.

Thank you very much for the information about the old Batman costume! My Batman is now naked with only the blue pants on as his swimming trunk! And, about his look, I am still looking for a good repaint artist which price is affordable. Any suggestions?