“ Brand: Mattel / Age: 4 Years+ „
Released alongside the success of the reboot of the Batman film series, this figure features the (or rather, one of the) villain of the film - the psychotic psychologist Dr Jonathan Crane, or better known as The Scarecrow, who uses a "fear toxin" to make people see their biggest fears and is one of the only people who can effectively get inside the Batman's head. A worthy foe indeed.
This figure stands at over 5 inches tall, and, like the other figures I've reviewed here (I wish the site had more as there are loads I could talk about) is really well crafted, more so than the Joker I would say. There is good attention to detail in the clothing and his face is quite terrifying as well. There's a bonus little thing as well you can do is twist his head around and reveal another face, that really creepy one that people see when he's loaded them with the fear toxin, which is a pretty cool addition actually.
He has the usual moveable joints and looks as good as a display piece as it plays as a toy. The kids'll get a kick out of the head thing too, although they'll probably lose the weird poison injecting accessory thing he holds (which is fine as the thing looks pretty stupid, like most accessories action figures come with).
All in all, though, it's a great piece of plastic, although a bit expensive. I've heard this is because it's no longer made and actually quite hard to find, but at fourteen pounds, it's a good tenner less than that Joker or the Penguin I reviewed earlier (although not as nice as the Penguin).
My brother is an avid Batman fan and has several of the toys from the films. The Scarecrow has long been one of my personal favourites. Possibly even creepier than the Joker, this chap is definitely not someone to meet down a darkened alley of an evening.
Toymaker Mattel have had years of experience making action figures, so they should be in familiar territory with this one. Scarecrow stands at over five inches in height and would make for an attractive display piece or could be played with as a toy. The sheer level of detail that has gone into the figure will please Batman collectors, who will delight in the pinched and withered face. The colour scheme remains accurate across the figure, with tightly hugging fatigues showing signs of wear and tear.
One of the highlights are his fingers which have been crafted superbly, spindly and evil looking! The figure stands on his own with relative ease and can be posed at the head, arms and knees, allowing you to hunch him over in a menacing position. Why not stage a play scenario where he hides in a garden and leaps out at Batman from behind a bush.
If you twist his head you can get two different looks out of the figure, this is a neat trick which adds further play value to the toy. He comes with an accessory which can be gripped in his hand and removed with ease. The downside is the fourteen pound price tag which is going to put many people off. This is because he is rather rare. A fair price for material costs would be nearer eight pounds. Hard to find in shops, so shop online for him. A worthy addition to the line up though.