We’re just two weeks away from Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice hitting theaters, and somehow I’ve caught the fever for a movie that I was absolutely certain for months was going to be an abomination. But while I’ve still got my reservations about the film, that hasn’t stopped me from buying a variety of BvS toys over the past week–and my favorites of which are some oddball variant by Funko! It’s the Walmart Exclusive Funko Glow-in-the-Dark Batman v Superman POP Vinyls figures!
After over a year of resisting, it wasn’t until the start of this very month that the hype for the Batman v Superman movie finally reached me. And knowing me, it’s not too hard to guess that a big part of the reason that I finally got sucked into the hype is the enormously cool number of BvS toys that Funko has released this winter to celebrate the movie.
And of all the Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice toys out there that I knew I just had to have, the one that topped the list was this fabulously crazy set of nuclear green GITD Batman vs. Superman POP Vinyls!
This set is a Walmart exclusive, which is both good and bad–but mostly good in this case. First off, Walmart is pricing this set at about $17 in stores, which averages out to around $8.50 per figure–that’s $1.50 cheaper than any other retail store in my area sells Funko POPs for.
Furthermore, this is the sort of gimmicky set that would absolutely not sell at mass retail–if GITD Superman and Batman weren’t released as an exclusive, I doubt that they’d be released at all. So I think the fact that we’re getting them at all makes up for the trouble some folks (including me) may have had finding this two-pack in stores.
While neither figure in this set is a new mold (nor should they be in this sort of variant pack), movie Batman and Superman are brought to life like never before in eye-searing shades of bright green.
The Funko Batman figure mold used is armed with a batarang, while the flying and punching action pose Superman POP! is used for the last son of Krypton. Both of these are nice, modern molds that look nifty facing off against each other.
Of course, as with most things, there are some negatives about this set. The aspect of these figures that bothers me the most by far is that the paint apps are messier than we’ve gotten used to seeing in the last year or so from Funko.
Some friends helped me picked out the best-painted set from eight available at Walmart, and even on the best one you can see uneven paint lines and some sloppy deco, particularly on Batman.
In addition, Superman’s flight stand is very wobbly and regularly disconnects from the holes on his back when I move him around. I’m not sure if this is a widespread issue or specific to my Glowing Superman, but it sure is annoying.
Finally, the glow on these figures isn’t quite as strong as I would like. The darker green paint isn’t glow-in-the-dark at all, and the lighter green doesn’t have a very powerful glow, even when the figures have been held up to a powerful lightbulb for a minute or two.
That’s not to say that the figures don’t glow at all or aren’t fun or anything like that–they actually look tremendous when they’re held up to the light and fully lit–I just wish that they lit up bright for longer after being charged.
Overall: The GITD Batman vs. Superman POP Vinyls two-pack is an overall solid set of a pair of oddball variants. I like that Walmart has set the MSRP for this pack to lower than the cost of two standard POPs in stores, and I love the quirky appeal of neon green Batman and Superman POP Vinyls.
On the downside, the paint apps on this set are definitely below Funko’s best efforts, the glow is a bit underpowered and Superman’s flight stand is looser than I’d prefer.
Overall, I think that this set is a strong release that would be just about perfect if the quality-control was slightly better. For those who like whimsical, gimmick-based vinyl figures like these, the Walmart Batman vs. Superman GITD POP Vinyl set earns a high recommendation.