This is a classic figure and my hands down favorite of my Batman collection. The original comic book Knightfall series ran from 1993 to 1994 and it featured Batman’s arch nemesis, Bane. Popularized in the recent movie, Bane is also one of the all time legendary DC creations, a menacing and tenacious steroid driven psychopath who repeatedly attacks Batman and nearly kills him.
This figure’s greatness starts while it’s still in its box. The artwork on the packaging is spectacular and features a variety of characters on the back, including Bane. The shattered Knightfall logo featured in the series is prominent.
Once you take a closer look at Azrael Batman you realize you’re holding a work of art. The paint is immaculate and compared to other Batman figures of the past; it makes you appreciate its quality. It’s clear the artists who designed this version intended to create a classic toy and they delivered.
The detail throughout is likewise painstakingly produced. Batman’s unique Knightfall costuming is highlighted, as with the detail in the body region, the claw like fingers and hands, and the blades that shoot out through the forearms.
The articulation supports the figure. The movement of the hands is particularly fantastic. The arms bend at the elbow and the wrists rotate. You can move his clawed hand into different positions, and same with his head. This is a figure that was born to pose.
The only real complaint I might have, and its not really a problem, is Azrael Batman’s cape. The only reason I bring this up is that the way it’s designed, the cape is attached to the piece that juts out of his shoulders so his cape doesn’t lay flat. This is okay though because the cape is made out of a soft rubbery material that makes it flexible. This mitigates the issue.
One other thing to mention is the size comparison to the Bane figure. Side by side you can see Bane is slightly larger in all proportions, exactly as he is in the comic book. The authenticity of this type of detail can’t be overstated. You feel like these characters jumped out of the comic book and have come to life in these figures. If you can grab one of these treat it well and hold onto it for a long time.
If you are interested in this figure it’s available in our store.