6" Batman for the young Justice line. He should have never been shelved. Well, he should have hit the shelves. Sometimes I question the reasoning of retailers and manufacturers. Assortments can kill a line. Price points can kill a line. Both killed Young Justice. And in turn the rumor that the show's cancellation was due to poor product sales. $10 for a 4 inch figure will not succeed when targeted at children. $20 for an adult targeted 6" figure is also too high. I love the bases, but they should have been scrapped in lieu of more characters in the assortment as well as a lower price point. Young Justice retail also failed with distribution. Overproduction of the first 2 waves destroyed the market and filled the shelves. Easy enough to kill a line with mistakes like this. How did Batman turn out? Target and Wal-Mart will never know, but you can see after the jump.
Somewhere eBayers are getting their hands on the last two 6" figures. And I praise them for that. I bought this beauty for $25 shipped. (And it was easier than dealing with Digital River. What a surprise..) That's not too shabby considering the $20 retail price. And while he isn't anything completely spectacular, he is a welcome addition to my Young Justice 6" figures.
The packaging is for the long season 2 story arc: Invasion. Being a fan of the show, I absolutely love it. However, it is a reminder that I won't get 6" figures of some of the fantastic characters in the show. I somehow really need the Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl from season 2 and maybe an "evil" Aqualad. But it's a dead line, so it will never happen. If we are lucky we still may be able to complete the core team. Maybe SDCC will see Miss Martain and Superboy.
Somehow I think a Collect and Connect themed 6" line would have done well. Throw in a build an Amazo or Black Beetle and sales would have gone a bit up. Variety would have also been a good thing. Scratch that. A great thing!
While the figure is plainly Batman, (which isn't a bad thing) the accessories and the neat base make this worth the price (although parents might disagree). 2 Batarangs and a smoke bomb. How I love smoke bombs! I need a couple of these! It fits on the foot pegs just like the GI Joe: Retaliation 3 pack Firefly's incendiary devices.
He has standard DCU articulation without double jointed knees/elbows or rocker ankles. The cape also hinders some shoulder movement. YJ Batman sports nice paint and plastic color choices. I rather like this Batman. I'll add him to my 50 others (slight exaggeration).