Another day, another Orange Batman. The Pop! figures were exclusive to Entertainment Earth, but the Dorbz were open to all. This is actually my first Dorbz figure, despite hearing how much people love them I didn't get one until my pal Dat scored me one - and thank you, Dat. Funko has been hard at working on researching new and exciting collectible figure formats. They used to be famous for Wacky Wobblers and to a lesser extent, Spastic Plastic vinyl figures - and then Pop! Vinyl basically took over the world, opening the budgets and avenues for more new things like Hikari, Dorbz, Mystery Minis, Vinyl3, and Blox - all of which are awesome, but retail sales disagree. Dorbz are cute egg-like figures, simpler and cheaper than Pop! figures.
At 3-inches tall, this figure is incredibly stable and is in no danger of being easily knocked over. He's got a good weight to his base and a nice flat bottom to boot. The head has a uniquely sculpted cowl and cape, just in case you need such a thing. (You do.) The gloves have the little protrusions on them, and the neck is articulated to boot. There's not much else for Batman to do other than stand around and look cool.
Funko gave Batman nice clean paint applications, with satisfied - perhaps smug - eyes and an equivalent grin. His belt, symbol, and underpants are painted on cleanly, reminding me of animation cel art.
There are already close to 30 Batman Dorbz and over 200 regular ones, meaning that this is a pretty popular line. There are vehicles, chase variants, exclusives, and the works - and they're all pretty cute. Most of the big licenses are represented and they're simple enough that I have little doubt Funko could crank out a hot license in this format within a few months. From a production and development perspective, I'm jealous - this was a work of brilliance. They're cute and small, so if you're one of those people who can focus a collection it would probably be pretty awesome to put up a bookshelf of just Dorbz. I am not capable of this - I dabble, I love variety, so I'll probably snag one or two more of these at some point in the future because they are pretty neat. It's unlikely anything will topple Pop! in this generation of toys in terms of sheer variety, but Dorbz could give the line a run for its money in the gift department. If these things were in Hallmark stores in 1992 they would have conquered the world - they're going to be a great pillar in Funko's portfolio, especially as you can come up with some pretty great designs using similar molds. Get a Batman if you like - it's a wonderful little statue for your desk, but as toys go it doesn't do a lot other than be cute.
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