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Yes it is shockingly good, especially for Mattel, because not only is it less than $10 retail, but it looks like Mattel has actually produced a new sculpt and not just repainted an old one from the past.  That's not the norm for Mattel, which is sad because this the 11th hour for Mattel's DC license.  Now  they choose to do a new, accurate sculpt.   Too little...too late,  Mattel.

Batman Missions Bane

Batman Missions Bane (Back)

Welcome, Fans of the BATCC website.  Moose here.  I am the Co-Chair for Action Figures for the Boston Area Toy Collectors Club.   Basically, that means that I can pontificate on action figures at our monthly meetings before any other member or club officer, and if you've been to a meeting,  you'll realize that pontificating is what I do best.

I decided to present my thoughts and feelings about action figures here on our website for more action figure lovers to read.  This is the first written pontification that I have done in a while, as well as my first entry under my new column.  It's Called Moose's "A Lotta Plastic for the Buck." 

"What's that mean?", you ask.

What it comes down to is: do the action figures that I present here have value?  In this capitalistic society of ours, it's always about value.  That's my angle and I'm sticking to it.

Below you'll see the new 6" Bane action figure from the Batman Missions line by Mattel and while not great  it is,  shockingly, good.  It's good because it does actually look like Bane, which is, many times, not the case with Mattel (recall the "Irish" Batman figure from the Batman and Robin series of the late 90's).

Photo courtesy Moose Hannon

Photo courtesy Moose Hannon

Photo courtesy Moose Hannon

So. Let's get to it.  Does this figure have "A Lotta Plastic for the buck"?

Er...uh. ..No. 

Why?  It's too small or short.  It has a fine design and I give that an 8 out of 10.  Mattel even gave this guy his venom hoses.  But...  It's just at least an inch shorter than it should be.  It's got the strong, beefy muscles, but not the height to make this figure great.

Also, accessories are weak. I rate that a 4.  Figure comes with a mace contraption and that's it.

Photo courtesy Moose Hannon

"Irish" Batman

Articulation has thirteen points which is okay, so that rates a 7.

Paint quality looks fine.  I give that an 8.

Price point is usually under $10 at major retailers.  (No, Walgreens is not a major toy retailer.) That earns the figure a 7.

So that totals a 34 out of 50.

In school,  you need a 70% for a C grade.  This just missed so it's a C minus.  While it is the best figure in the Batman Missions line, even better than the Batgirl fig, it still can't be called "A Lotta Plastic for the Buck." 

Keep hunting, collectors!