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ToyFarce: McFarlane Toys/DC Direct Batman: The Adventures Continue Wave 3 review and images


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Header.jpgIt's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce review!

This week, we're having a look at the resurrected Batman: The Adventures Continue line by DC Direct, under the McFarlane Toys banner. I have been a huge fan of the Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures lines from DC Direct since the very first wave, and bought every single one of them as they came out, so I was devastated when they announced DC Direct was gone, and that they wouldn't release the last few figures that were announced. Fast forward to a few years later, when McFarlane Toys announced that he was reviving DC Direct, and i was full of hope again!

First, the Batman version 2 (cel shaded). Batman version 2 comes with 3 extra pairs of hands, a batarang, a grapnel launcher and a hand with the grapnel launcher in it. This figure is pretty much a repaint of the very first figure from the DC Direct line from 2014, but with some nicer paint apps, and cel shading (the same cel shading as the Marvel Legends VHS Wolverine, complete with shadows on the inner thigh making it look like he soiled himself). This figure has never been known to have amazing articulations, but man, does it look good on a shelf. I've always liked his presence, the accurate design making it look straight out of the animated series (which they didn't manage to reproduce with the Animated Series one, in my opinion. There's something off about it but I can't place my finger on it).

Comparison pics with the original DC Direct one from 2014, and the MAFEX version from last year.

Catwoman is another straight repaint from the one from the very first wave from 2014, except the paint apps are a lot better (and she doesn't come with Isis the cat...). Also, we finally get an unmasked Selina Kyle head! The unmasked head had only been available with the Mondo 1:6 version, so it's nice to finally have it in 1:12. She also comes with 2 extra pairs of hands and a whip. As all the female releases from that line, this figure feels very brittle, since it's the same design as in the Animated Series, with really thin legs and arms.

Comparison pics with the original DC Direct one from 2014.

The Batman Who Laughs is one of those figures from that line of a character that never appeared in the Animated Series, but here is what he would look like if he did, as if Bruce Timm designed it for the show (just like Red Hood, Deathstroke, Azrael and the Armored Batman in the 2 previous waves). The Batman Who Laughs comes with 2 extra hands, a mace and a chain batarang. To me, this is where this line is fun, when they bring characters that weren't in the show with that design. I could do without the repaints, even. Give us more of those! The Batman Who Laughs looks amazing in the Animated Series style.

There were also a Vampire Batman, Talon, Flashpoint Batman and Hush, along with cel shaded repaints of Batgirl and Tim Drake Robin that had been shown at various conventions before DC Direct shut down, so here's hoping that these will see the light of day as well!

More news at 11:00... The Adventures Continue... now with cel shading!

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Good review with the comparison pics to the originals, I appreciate that.   I have some of the Batman Animated line from DC Direct but missed out on a huge chunk in the middle of the line for various reasons and I was really hoping McFarlane would re-release or even repaint more, along with some new ones sprinkled in.   Why not?  

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This is my favorite action figure line in the past 10 years and was crushed when DC shut DC Direct down after new figures were announced for future releases. Then it was announced that McFarlane would continue the DC Direct label of statues & action figures, including The Batman Adventures Continue...Now that the first three figures have been released, including the all new Batman Who Laughs, I do hope McFarlane will at least release the other announced figures in the line like Talon, Hush, and Thomas Wayne. The Vampire Batman, Talon, and Thomas Wayne, plus re-releases of Batgirl and TNBA Robin, prototypes were shown at New York Comic Con in 2019. Since McFarlane wanted to continue DC Direct, these would be the least he could manufacture for the loyal fans of the line. There are so many characters that could be produced with minor new parts, coupled with repainting parts already available in molds. I'll keep my fingers crossed that we can see more of these wonderful figures from McFarlane in the coming months.

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