22 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 5: Holiday Knights

Everyone has a favorite Batman.

Mine is the animated show from the Nineties.
The show had wonderful production values, mixing deco art style with a dark color palette.  The writing nailed a ton of Gotham's finest characters, often employing comic writers to base episodes on their fan-favorite issues.  The assembled cast of voice talent (Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker) lead by director Andrea Romano just made it... perfect.
And the designs.  Ah, the designs.
Several years into production, the art team lead by Bruce Timm and Glen Murakami completely re-did their character designs in THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES.  Soft lines were completely eliminated, the color palette was reduced, and designs were minimalist.
Thank goodness there were toys.
KENNER made most of Batman's Rogues, with only a few missing favorites, including Clayface and Poison Ivy.  Thankfully, I found some online resin kits to make up for the absence.
My favorite New Adventures episode, you ask? HOLIDAY KNIGHTS, which was three episodes in one:
As a starter, Batgirl is holiday shopping when she notices some kids acting up.  Turns out they're all Clayface.

The kit arrived and weighed a ton..

 In the second story, Poison Ivy and gal pal Harley Quinn use mind control lipstick to take Bruce Wayne’s bank accounts for a holiday shopping spree.


Finally, an exhausted Batman beats the Joker on New Year's Eve and toasts with Commissioner Gordon. 

Just a few more figures to finish off the main set.
I think we have a great Christmas to look forward to...
Catch up with our Christmas Count-down:
Day 12 is here.
Day 11 is here.
Day 10 is here.
Day  9 is here.
Day 8 is here.
Day 7 is here.
Day 6 is here.

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