Resolute B.A.T.

I’m B.A.T.man

From the Resolute 5-Pack which has a couple red Resolute Troopers, the black & red Resolute Cobra Commander, and a Resolute Duke with a jet pack to depict the scene where he and Scarlett infiltrated a COBRA weapons facility. This B.A.T. is the only originally non-Resolute figure of the set, but ironically, is probably one of the main draws of this 5-Pack.

Frankly, the original colors for this mold is silly. I know, I know. The black and yellow is traditional. I understand that and appreciate it, but from a neutral perspective, it’s just… not very impressive. I suppose it’s too kiddy. But the Resolute repaint? AWESOME. Really, it’s totally amazing. Black and red naturally work well together, but it’s not just that. Whereas in the original, his translucent chest was very campy sci-fi with the circuitry shown, the Resolute BAT’s chest circuitry now look sinister. That red cylinder inside, you can imagine it being blood or something.

But what probably separates the Resolute B.A.T. from many a kiddy toy is the paintwork. That was one of the things that got me to wanting to get this guy as opposed to the regular BAT, despite the regular’s higher selection of equipment. First off are the arms, which have loads of dirtying done. Giving them a really gritty, weathered metallic look. Once you get a load of them, your first thought’s gonna be “Why couldn’t the Terminator Salvation guys be like this?”. But once you fiddle with this guy, you’ll find such detailing is present on the figure as a whole, not just the arms. Particularly the head, which has a real scuffed up look.

Oh sure, obviously, this isn’t a specialty collector’s level of work, it’s ultimately a kids’ line after all. But for a mass retail figure of this scale, the paintwork is exceptional.

Articulation is standard Joe, but therein lies one of the few problems with this figure. His derriere sculpt. It’s this depressed looking thingamabob, where it doesn’t stick out like a real human’s bum. Which is great from a conceptual and aesthetic sense, since it’s a hint that yes, the BAT is a robot. But the problem is that such a configuration means that the BAT has zero backwards hip movement. While it’s not that huge a deal, it still limits him quite a bit for no significant reason.

Nonetheless, articulation is quite good. He’s a G.I. Joe line toy after all.

Accessories are also nice. Mainly he comes with extra forearms in addition to his humanoid ones. He’s missing the Spores you can find in the Hall of Heroes version, and the battle damaged head as well. But considering he’s cheaper individually; thanks to being from a set, and the fact that he just plain looks soooooo much better. I can’t hold it against him. The Resolute B.A.T.’s selection of toys is enough as it is that there’s no real cause for complaint.

Overall
While looks are important, I seldom give the aesthetics of a figure too much weight. But the Resolute B.A.T. looks soooooo gosh darn good. Oh sure, it’s your usual modern G.I. Joe toy, meaning he’s a solid piece of engineering. Both articulated and durable with nice extras blah blah blah sooooooooo pretty!

If you can find this guy loose, or if they release him single carded or part of a B.A.T. Pack, he’s a definite recommendation. Otherwise, whether you want him as part of the Resolute 5-Pack, depends on what figs you already have and what you can afford. The figures in the pack are all good. But if you already have the Resolute Cobra Commander and Troopers, and you’re not an army builder, you might be hesitant to get this set. But for me at least, it’s a good set to get regardless. So overall, recommended.

Pros: Looks oh so pretty! Good toy all around. Sculpt, Articulation and Accessories, it’s got it all. It’s B.A.T.man.
Cons: Leg articulation hampered (but not crippled) by weird butt formation.

3.8 out of 4.0


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0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent
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