Friday, May 7, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Batman vs The Riddler Cold Cast Statue from Applause

This week we're looking at the final Cold Cast Statue from Applause - Batman vs the Riddler in the Riddler's Throne Room. Unfortunately my one is slightly damaged but you get the idea. Batman raising the Riddler off his feet with one hand. This was something based on the concept art from the Style Guide which featured several illustrations of Batman grabbing Riddler by his collar (something that never happens in the film, they have no physical altercation at all).

Friday, April 30, 2021

Batman Forever Style Guide - Part 1

A while back I posted a video looking through the Batman Forever Style Guide - a massive folder that Warner Bros prepared for merchandisers to use in creating Batman Forever products.

You can see that video here.

It's a fascinating document, full of illustrations of Batman, Robin, Riddler and Two-Face as well as concept ideas. I've now scanned the complete folder and, because of the size, I've created a PDF that can be viewed or downloaded here.

Still I'd like to share some of the images on the website so I'm going to post some of the best images over the next few weeks. Here's the first batch.























Friday, April 23, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Robin vs Two Face Cold Cast Statue from Applause

This week we're looking at the Robin vs Two Face Cold Cast Statue from Applause  - a resin diorama recreation of the scene from the end of the film where Robin fistfights with Two Face on top of the elevated rocks of Claw Island. As with previous Applause statues it's good but let down slightly by the poor quality control on the paint. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Concept Art: More Costumes

Here's a couple more costumes sketches that I've found. Particularly interesting to see the weird devices that are on Two Face and Riddler's heads. Were these early version of Nygma's box?

To see my first post of costume sketches, click here.



Friday, April 9, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Batman and Robin Cold Cast Statue from Applause

This week we're looking at the Batman and Robin Cold Cast Statue from Applause, a neat little resin diorama of the dynamic duo looking out over Gotham from atop a gargoyle. Apparently they made only 5000 of these.

I think this is loosely based on the deleted ending but with a few changes. Robin is crouching rather than standing alongside Batman and the gargoyle is a bizarre ram's head rather than bat shaped. 

Aside from a few quality control issues, this is probably the best thing Applause did after the 12 inch statues and highly recommended if you can find it.