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Hall of Heroes B.A.T. (v20)

Review by Phillip Donnelly

Our next Hero in a Hall is... a robot. Don't heroes have to be human? Or at the very least organic? This B.A.T. is a mindless robot, he doesn't really do much in the way of heroics. Ah semantics, how would I ever fill out a review without you?

Let me just summarize this figure in a nutshell - it's the DVD Battles B.A.T. with the single-pack B.A.T. head. There's nothing special about it in this perspective - the same backpack, the same attachments and hands. Is there anything that makes this figure worthwhile, you may ask? Well, thanks for speaking up, hypothetical person, but it's rude to interrupt me while I'm talking. Jerk. Anyways, yes, there is something included that makes it interesting and worth a look. He comes with a battle-damaged head and a backpack with spores! Parts from the quite-possibly canceled Battle-Damaged B.A.T., this may be the only time you can get these accessories. Toss in a gun from the Tomax/Xamot comic pack and the creeper vines from the DVD Battles Pack Set 2, and you're only missing the damaged chest window.

I kind of like the idea that you can take a pristine B.A.T. and rough him up, so to speak, so it's a nice play feature. I kind of wish we could have had damaged arm attachments, too. It's probably a little too much to wish for my figure to spark dangerously, though. Stupid child safety laws.

B.A.T. v20 Moving on to those spores, there's actually three of them, and surprisingly enough they appear to be different molds. It fits into his second backpack, a cylinder container to reproduce a look seen in Marvel's G.I. Joe #44. It's a wonderful callback to the original comic book series, and I'm glad we have a chance to actually obtain these accessories.

Are these pieces alone enough to warrant the purchase? I would have to say no, but keep in mind the B.A.T. is a nice army builder. That alone should make him desirable, no?

In the end, this is the only figure in the line to utilize new molds. Like Firefly (v18), he offers something new to the table, and this B.A.T. actually has a pretty neat play feature. I actually see myself liking this guy.

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B.A.T. (v20)

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