Toy Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Batman and Robin PVC Diorama (Diamond Select Toys)

Batman’s 80th Anniversary is still kicking and Diamond Select Toys just served up a home run with this PVC Diorama of Batman and Robin. This story takes place ten years […]

Batman’s 80th Anniversary is still kicking and Diamond Select Toys just served up a home run with this PVC Diorama of Batman and Robin.

This story takes place ten years after Batman retired and Gotham has sunken lower into lawlessness. Gotham needed him and he came back with a vengeance and was joined in his crusade by Carrie Kelly who has taken the mantel of Robin. Batman must battle against two of his greatest foes, Two-Face, and the Joker. He also must fight against one of his best friends, Superman!

This PVC diorama was designed by Shawn Knapp and sculpted by Alterton. It features Batman and Robin on a rooftop ready for action. It is made of high-grade plastic and features extremely detailed sculpting and paint applications. for a PVC diorama, this piece has some heft to it.

The sculpting on this diorama is superb. The base alone is a masterpiece. The bricks have an old weathered look to them with the proper shading and black wash to look like it is night time. The smoke coming from the pipes in the back is a fantastic addition for the effect. You could even put a few led lights in the back to highlight the smoke if you were feeling artsy. The sculpt on Batman is just as impressive. He is massive, his cape has detail upon detail, and his suit is very well done. Carrie Kelly is the same. Every detail to her suit, cape, and slingshot are not missed.

Paint application to Batman was flawless! The way the grey hits those lines in the suit make it pop! The blue in the cape literally brings the cape to life! Carrie Kelly has an almost perfect application. The only flaw I saw in the paint was in the rim and sides of her glasses. Now, this may be due to the clear plastic used on her glasses and that the paint just did not work with it. This by NO MEANS takes anything away from this diorama’s beauty.

This is an AMAZING piece that any Batman fan should own. The PVC is a nice change of pace to the resin statues that I usually review and collect. With PVC if it gets knocked off your shelf chances are it will not be damaged as bad as a resin statue would. JQ gives The Dark Knight Returns: Batman and Robin PVC diorama a 9.3 out of 10!! Go to your local comic shop and pick one up today or ask them to order it for you!!

Many thanks to Diamond Select Toys for letting me check this out!

 

About Jason Quaregna

Jason Quaregna (or JQ to the online world) is making his return to the Fanboy Factor after a brief hiatus. JQ is a single father of 2 beautiful girls, a computer teacher by day, and comic book store clerk by night. He is a HUGE Batman fan but does enjoy reading the other members of the Bat-family, X-Men, Spider-Man, Boom Studio's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and many many others. He is also a big toy collector with Japanese imports being his personal favorite. His personal favorite import line is the S.H. Figuarts Super Sayan (Power Rangers), Star Wars, and MCU collections. JQ is also a Batman Black and White Series statue collector.