“ Brand: Mattel / Age: 4 Years+ „
This Batman figure is part of the first "Secret Files" series of villains, which were inspired by the comics, instead of any film adaptations. The series included Man-bat, Mr Freeze, Black Mask and Killer Croc - some of the more underrated villains from Batman, as well as the seemingly forgotten-about Penguin, who seemed to last make any impact to anyone back in 1992 in Batman Returns. This figure of the Penguin I really like, although he's never been one of my favourite characters. It's fantastically well sculpted, done in comic-style disproportions to emphasise the character's build. The way the clothes are done really make it look like he's breaking out of that waistcoat and his hands are huge compared to everything else. But it doesn't look bad, or badly constructed or anything, but rather more like a caricature, which works really well. He has bendable arms, an umbrella prop and a removable hat. Again, with a lot of these figures, I find that there's a lot of detail put in on the faces. Here the pointy beak-like nose and the small, screwed up face are really done well. His trademark monocle and cigarette are a nice touch, too. It comes in around 25 pounds, but I've seen it cheaper elsewhere but, unlike the Joker I reviewed previously which came in at the same price, this character has a much more expensive feel to it, like the 25 pounds was actually worth it. Whereas the Joker felt more like those action figures released with a film (which it was) this actually seems more like a collector's piece. It looks great on a shelf, say in front of your DVD collection or something
My brother used to collect Batman toys, he actually had a Penguin action figure, the one who was based on the Danny DeVito Penguin from 'Batman Returns.' I remember the toy being very chunky and having a really good likeness, so stumbling on this newer version of the Penguin was most interesting. Made by Mattel, who used to make the HE Man figures, this new look Penguin will have collectors hot under the collar. The attention to detail on him is amazing and he has a very unique pose, which instantly gets your attention. The head appears to have been modelled on the older looking Penguin, from the traditional Batman comic book. If one was to picture what he should look like, then is is definitely it. His snarling face shows menace and terror and his squinty eyes shows loathing and anger. Penguin's receding hairline has been done very well and the face is etched with lines and a fiery mouth. His body is gloriously chunky and he looks hunched and seems to stoop. Great levels of texturing on his jacket and waistcoat add charm and even his tie has been given life. Penguin sports a loose looking pair of grey slacks which give him an air of a business man, as well as a villain. You will be able to move his arms quite readily, allowing you to strike poses. The figure comes with his hat which can be removed and a lovely umbrella, which has been beautifully sculptured. He stands at about five and a half inches so is big enough to catch your eye. This is truly one of the finest models of the Penguin that I have ever seen and he would make an excellent present for a Batman fan. Price wise, he is dear, expect to pay upwards of twenty pounds online, as he is rather rare.