Last Sunday I went to Walmart to do some shopping for the week (I know, shopping on Super Bowl Sunday? I'm nuts) and since I was alone I decided to wander around the toy section for a bit. And guys, I found the best thing!
They also had the Joker with a surfboard and a Catwoman without one. I guess I was laughing pretty hard because this older gentleman came over to see what I was giggling about. We had a little conversation about how amazing these were. I remember telling him I was actually impressed with the face paint and we talked about the show for a little bit. Eventually he walked away with a Joker and the only Catwoman and I walked away with Batman obviously.
I've done a little research and it appears that this particular Batman (and the Joker and Catwoman) is part of series 2. Series 1 had a regular Batman, the Riddler and the Penguin for sure but no Robin has been in either. I think there is supposed to be a series 3 but I haven't found much about it yet. These are made by Mattel and go for about $25 online. I got mine for around $15 at Walmart so if you're interested I would check there first!
Now I'm a sucker for box art. All of the boxes on the shelf were pretty beat up, but still it's a really cool box so I took a lot of pictures. The box is pretty much a punch to the eyes in terms of color, but in a good way. Batman and Robin are scaling a purple building with two orange buildings, a yellow sky in the background and the Batsignal in the right-hand corner. The Batman tv series logo is the opposite corner:
There is also a speech bubble belonging to non-other than Robin:
In the bottom corner is a neat little graphic telling us that this is Surf's Up! Batman and that there is a collector card inside:
There are three onomatopoeias molded into the plastic! There is this whamm!!:
My favorite part of the box is this:
The back of the box is almost as cool as the front:
The top has the logo for the series and the words Surf's Up! Batman:
this episode of the series. I mean I don't know what other episode those shorts would come from! Seriously youtube the words Surf's Up! Joker's Under! and watch the hilarity. I think I might need to buy this show.
The middle has a cool surfing Batman graphic:
And the bottom shows the other characters they've made figures of in little screens:
And now at last we can get the opening! Here he is in the box one more time:
The collectors card is an image of the Joker and Batman surfing on the front:
And the back has part of what appears to be a larger image of the Batcave:
The stand is neat:
The surfboard is awesome:
Here is a better picture of the fin and the pegs:
And here is the Batman himself:
The cowl is made of two different plastics. The face-mask is black with white eyebrows and nose square and the back and neck-piece are made of a sparkly, navy blue plastic. It also has two small molded ears on either side. You can also see how the cape attaches better here:
His face is amazing! The face-mask has no lenses so you can see his awesome blue/green eyes. I love the detail around his mouth and cheeks too. He even has subtle smile lines and definition to his cheekbones!
The board-shorts are yellow plastic with a splotchy design I'm sure is supposed to be floral. His utility belt (where he keeps his shark repellant ;) ) sits on top and has a gold buckle. It's hard to see but there is a metallic orange-ish bat on the buckle:
They have three spikes on the back of each:
His boots are the same blue sparkly plastic as the gloves/gauntlets.
Okay now I have done something super dorky. I'm sorry I'm inflicting this on you. He has some really kick butt articulation (21 points!!) and so I made a video to show you:
Here are a few more pictures of his articulation up close:
He can do okay side splits:
And front to back:
His head articulation is super cool like I said in the video:
Here are some sassy head angles:
For comparison, here he is next to all my other Batman related figures/statues:
And finally here is the part where I had a lot of fun:
A random surfing pose:
And Batman standing stiffly with his board:
I'm really curious about the other action figures in this line. Really regretting letting that guy get away with Catwoman now! I think I might actually go back and see if they have anymore this weekend. I want to see what the articulation is like on a figure that isn't supposed to surf!
I hope you enjoyed this look at Surf's Up! Batman! Next time we'll get back to our regular doll related things. Till then!