Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sofubi Vinyl Batman by Medicom

I was positive I wanted this sofubi vinyl Batman after discovering him on the internet some time ago, but was turned off by the high price at retail. That said, a mere twenty dollar drop in price, no tax, and free shipping was enough for me to cave in. Made of soft vinyl by Japanese company Medicom, this 10.5" doll has the kind of retro styling that appeals to myself and a whole community of serious collectors, some going for two to three times what I paid for this Batman...

Though articulation is limited to swivels at the arms and neck, this fun toy has a removable cowl and big, irresistible design! The snap on the cape and oversized head really adds to the aesthetic of this figure, announcing it's unapologetic status as a fun toy!

Another figure I love in my burgeoning collection of vinyl toys is my Funko Vinyl Invaders Batman. While I have a few other characters in vinyl, Batman is my obsession in this subcategory of my collection. There's also a Joker, Superman, Batgirl, Catwoman, and Bizarro in this retro Medicom series, and Harley Quinn, Riddler, and Spider-Man on the way for 2015.

My Mattel 8" Retro-Action Batman has a great deal in common with the sofubi Batman, and several attributes in styling I admire in a Batman. I like this Silver-Age color scheme on a Batman, the blue on gray with black shorts and yellow oval behind the bat symbol on the chest. And a removable cowl, no matter what the complaints, always sells me!

Pictured below, some Silver-Age blue/gray Batmen in my collection:  Mattel 5" Stealth Strike Gear Up Batman (also w/removable cowl), Mattel 8" Retro-Action Batman, Medicom 10.5" Sofubi Batman, Mattel 6.5" Arkham City Batman, Mattel 6" Power Attack Batman, and 4" Power Attack Batman...

More Later-Make It FUN!


  1. I'm so tempted by these figures but the price is prohibitive for me. Especially since there's no way I could just get one. Seeing them in person at NYCC a few months ago is what really hooked me. The size is impressive without being imposing and the colors are amazingly vivid. I don't know what my sweet spot is in the price department, but I haven't found it yet. Someday though :)

  2. Nice! I like the blue and grey Batman theme!

  3. I got my Vinyl Batbot the same way you did. The right price at the right time. Those are the figures you really appreciate over time because of the deal you got.

  4. I'm with 'ShesFantastic' - these things look incredible (I saw them in person at SDCC) but I just can't justify the price for my own collection. Although I am hugely tempted by the upcoming Harley Quinn!