Four Inches Is A Great Size For A Batman Figure

Ride, tiny Batman, ride.
Ride, tiny Batman, ride.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku

A 12-inch Batman is great for kids or serious collectors, depending on the toy line. Six inches is a good size if you want a nice amount of detail and articulation and don’t want Bruce Wayne to get lost under the couch. But for my money and purposes, the four-inch Batman of Spinmaster’s Bat-Tech line is the perfect anytime, pocket-sized Caped Crusader.

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Spinmaster has been making four-inch Batman figures for a little while now. You see them popping up occasionally on shelves at Target or Walmart before the relatively low-priced figures (between $10 and $15 generally) are snapped up by compulsive Batman shoppers like myself.

One of the Bat-Tech line’s cooler sets, with its chonky translucent armor.
One of the Bat-Tech line’s cooler sets, with its chonky translucent armor.
Photo: Spinmaster

What’s cool about Spinmaster’s four-inch Batman line, aside from it being the perfect size for sticking in your pocket, is that each package includes a trio of “surprise” accessories. These colorful plastic weapons and tools tap into the tiny collectible stuff trend that continues to dominate toy sections everywhere. You get a cool figure, plus some extra bits to fiddle with.

It’s not just Batman, but Batman is best.
It’s not just Batman, but Batman is best.
Photo: Spinmaster

The particular figure I’m playing with here is one you won’t find on store shelves. Spinmaster made up a number of special edition toys for this year’s New York Toy Fair, which did not happen due to covid-19. That left them with a bunch of these special boxes filled with special Batmen.

This is where he gets those wonderful toys.
This is where he gets those wonderful toys.
Photo: Spinmaster
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Inside is a special Batman and an assortment of chunky gold bits that serve as Batman’s armor and weapons. There are several very large batarangs, a grappling hook, a sub-machine gun (probably not), and a suit of armor that makes Batman sort of look like he’s trying and failing to look like DC Comics’ Aztek.

Maybe solid gold mittens were a bad idea.
Maybe solid gold mittens were a bad idea.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku
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The accessories fit on well enough but can be a little clumsy-looking. The gloves in particular peg into Batman’s fists, so he can’t wield his weapons with the gloves on.

Seriously, what the hell is the gun on the left?
Seriously, what the hell is the gun on the left?
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku
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But that’s fine, because Batman needs no shiny gloves to fight crime. He just needs a dark outfit, a small nylon cape, and a Macbook Air to pose on.

He is the night. And that’s The Nevers on in the background.
He is the night. And that’s The Nevers on in the background.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku
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Getting up-close and personal with the four-inch Batman you can plainly see scuffs on his tiny plastic body, but that’s part of the charm. He’s battle-worn and beaten up a bit. That makes it easier to put him into dangerous situations.

Batman teaches us an important lesson about fire safety.
Batman teaches us an important lesson about fire safety.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku
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Do check out the Spinmaster website for its full lineup of Batman stuff, from these four-inch toys to the 12-inch Batmen who will not fit in my pocket no matter how much I try. Do not set Batman on fire, and you will have a Bat-friend for life, or until you lose him behind the couch.

Batman and me, we’re best friends.
Batman and me, we’re best friends.
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku

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DISCUSSION

seancurry
Dake

I know the manufacturing economics are getting more difficult to manage, but I will always say that 3.75"-4" is the perfect size for action figures. It’s big enough to get great detail, and small enough to allow for vehicle interaction.

I may be a bit biased though.