Gotham has presented fans of the Batman mythos with a colorful array of characters. Diamond Select brings those characters home in a series of figures based on the TV show. The first two series present six characters from the series. Let’s take a closer look…
First off, these are not just figures with an accessory or two but in usual Diamond Select style the figures come with a diorama setting. All of the figures come on the large blister card with the typical Diamond Select wraparound card with graphics from the TV series.
Detective Jim Gordon is 7” tall and features the show’s protagonist in suit and tie. His diorama features a sidewalk and wall scene. It is obviously an alley as evidenced by the two trash cans and crushed cardboard box. Gordon features 16 points of articulation and is armed with a handgun. The mold is good although the likeness to actor Ben Mckenzie is only average. There is nice detail to Gordon’s outfit although there isn’t a great deal of detail to the paint. The only area where paint provides multi-color detail is on the face. The figure has 16 points of articulation.
Selina Kyle is 6” tall which appropriately puts her shorter than the other figures. The mold likeness to actress Camren Bicondova is very good. It’s a more detailed figure than Gordon particularly with her leather jacket and the silver zipper and coat buttons. Selina’s diorama features a partial wall with balcony and fire escape ladder. One thing that would have been cool is that if her goggles were not molded but could be removable to put over her eyes. She also comes with a quart of milk, her favorite drink.
The Penguin is the best figure in series 1. Again we have a figure that is 7” tall and features 16 points of articulation. The likeness to actor Robin Lord Taylor is outstanding, from his angular face to his pointed hair on top of his head. Just superb! His black suit is molded in a single color but his vest does feature a nice purple and black checkered design. He comes with an interchangeable set of hands along with an umbrella and a green apple. His diorama is that of the Gotham pier where he faked his death in the first season of the series.
In series 2 we start with Detective Harvey Bullock. The physical likeness to Donal Logue is ok but nothing great. The figure’s face appears too thin to me. On the other hand the mold of his suit is nicely done and gives Bullock that disheveled look that makes him look like he slept in his clothes. He comes with a removable fedora and revolver. Bullock’s diorama is similar to Gordon’s in that he has a sidewalk/alley street scene but his scene doesn’t come with any accessories making it rather dull in comparison. It can however, connect to Gordon’s street scene to make for a larger diorama.
Alfred Pennyworth is next up and this is a great mold. The likeness to actor Sean Pertwee is spot on with the expression of both concern and consternation. Alfred’s suit and vest are all painted in the same black color and the only accent is the gold chain of his vest pocket watch. His diorama features a large wall and mantle from Wayne Manor. It’s quite elegant and bold but I wish they had included a part of the floor as a base as the series one figures have.
Last up is Edward Nygma and this is the best figure from series 2 by far! The likeness is just perfect. The coke bottle thick eyeglasses seem to magnify his eyes giving him that nerdy scientist appearance. His lab coat features a finely detailed ID card clipped onto his breast pocket along with a trio of different color pens. He comes with a coffee mug and his diorama features his metal desk from the show. Again a base would have been nice to go along with the desk, however.
The Gotham figures are a mixed bag. The two cop figures are the worst ones of the batch while the villains are the best. Overall though it’s an above average line.