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KnightsEnd Batman

Posted by: Casimir at 7:51 am on Friday, June 15, 2012

I don’t often purchase figures from shady overseas sellers, but if there’s a chance a figure I want might not see a domestic release, I’m all for it. Thus is the case with Mattel’s repaint “KnighsEnd” Batman. With the changes in Mattel’s DC lines announced a few weeks ago, the remaining two-packs due at Toys R Us are in Limbo. At least, that’s my interpretation. If I’m wrong, please feel free to politely correct me. Even if the two-packs are released, I’m still ahead, as I don’t want to pay extra for yet another batman figure I don’t need.

The Knightfall/Knightquest/KnightsEnd stories were running as I re-discovered my love of Bats via the ever-lovin’ animated series. Despite some of the sillier aspects of the story, I really got sucked in. I think it was the buffet of villain appearances in Knightfall that did it, almost like an extended “Almost Got ‘im.”

It didn’t make a lick of sense as to why AzBats’ costume would suddenly turn red during the final fight, but I thought it was cool, nonetheless.

Admittedly, I didn’t read much of the middle part, Knightquest. That part was just too silly, even for my level of disbelief.

Those stories, and the characters at the time, occupy a warm and fuzzy place in my heart. I should probably not re-read the stories again in a modern light, or else they’ll get evicted.


About the Author: Casimir
Not satisfied with the limited options available at retail, award-winning customizer Cason Pilliod has been crafting his own toys since he was a child. His passion for toys merges with his background as a theatrical prop designer, allowing him to find unique customizing solutions, which he shares with the ever-growing customizing community via Inanimate Objects. Cason is also an armchair pop-culture historian, Swing dancer, DJ, daddy, and was once a Muppet wrangler, so he's got a unique spin on life. He also worked for Microsoft once, but let's just keep that a secret.




  • demoncat says:

    glad you got Az though knightquest kind of skipped reading it. plus the red looks a little bright .

  • Zach says:

    I’ve been thinking of picking this one up from bluesduff overseas. I’ve had good fortune with that seller in the past.

    Also, with the announcement of DCs New 52 last year, and my subsequent drop of all new DC titles, I found myself going pack to where it all started for me, which was just before Knightfall. I picked up the trades, dug through some back issues, and grabbed some of the ones I had never picked up. And I loved every bit of it. Knightquest had some weaker moments, but was still alright. I am currently still reading Batman back issues in order, and enjoying much of what I missed, which included but was not limited to much of Kelley Jones’ and Doug Moench’s fantastic run. I’m just about to get to No Man’s Land, and I can’t wait! I just got the new collected editions of those. I have also picked up the new Knightfall/Quest collected editions (if I only would have waited!) and they are absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend them.

  • Kirk says:

    The costume was always red, but painted blue. As he fights Bruce in KnightsEnd, the paint begins to chip off, and then when he catches fire and falls in the water, the true, Azrael-like color is revealed.

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