The Inmate Toys are Running the Asylum

DC Direct recently revealed a great many “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City” action figures at the UK Toy Fair. It looks like they’re going to get to most if not all of the characters, so that’s cool. Above are the figures of the Penguin and a Clown Thug, as well as Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman and Azrael. Then there’s also Titan-filled Joker, Mr. Freeze and Killer Croc...

Can I just take a minute to say how much I love the character designs in the Arkham games? They just strike me as really spot-on—easily identifiable, taking clear cues from the original comics incarnations, but still updated in really solid, excellent ways.

Hell, I’m tempted to buy an Azrael figure, even though I’ve never read or even liked the character, simply because his design is so badass.

I’m even more in love with the Penguin—less his design, which is fine, but more his reinterpretation as a Cockney, Guy Ritchie-esque gangster. It just seems to suit his character so well—a tough-as-shit leader of thugs more than a super-villain, one with delusions of class, but one not afraid to get his hands dirty.
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