SprüKits “Man of Steel” Superman and “Arkham City” Batman Reviews
September 12, 2014

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Today I’ll be taking a look at two SprüKits by Bandai. A new line of articulated models for kids ages 8 and up. Today I’ll be taking a look at Superman from “Man of Steel” and Batman from “Arkham City”. My full review and in hand images after the jump…

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I will say that my first impression was that the instructions were a bit intimidating but that obviously was just at first glance. I’ll be showing images throughout, in progress shots of the build of both figures. But I will start out with what I didn’t like about the SprüKits.

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Taken at face value with full knowledge of what these  toys are supposed to be there is very little wrong about them. Having said that, I do have a few nits and things to watch out for.

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I wasn’t a huge fan of the paper capes. I was hoping they would  be soft goods but they are a high quality paper material, like  what magazine covers are made of. (I know what you’re thinking, what’s a magazine?)

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Another thing I didn’t like was that there  didn’t seem to be any extra pieces. Meaning if you lose a piece or a piece is missing from the set entirely then you my friend are out of luck and will not be completing your SprüKit. I imagine that hopefully Bandai would have a system in place (like Lego) to send you  any missing or lost pieces but I can’t confirm nor deny that.

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My final and only other complaint is that the missing piece situation is made worse by the fact that while the pieces are very convenient to remove from the kits, they do have a tendency of coming out before you need them to. Adding a terrifying few minutes to my build looking for a few loose fellers.

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All that aside, these  are very fun kits. It’s sad that the small pieces limit that age range on these because  I can’t imagine a better way to teach children structured building and patience  than having one of these figures as their reward. The box says 8 and up but I’m sure there are kids younger than that with the ability to handle the difficulty level. I’d like to think that I would be one of those kids (probably  not).

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The instructions were very easy to understand once I got the hang of things and the pieces themselves intuitive enough that I found myself  skipping the instructions on several instances (a few times to my detriment).

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Both kits took me about 30 minutes each back to back and at no point did I want to punch the instructions. I should say that I really enjoy building things. I find it very relaxing, so much so that I look forward to putting together furniture just as much as I would a Lego set.

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I’m very impressed with the overall look and articulation of the end result. The best part being if a kid plays too hard with these he’ll know how to fix them. I enjoyed the process and it almost felt like getting a behind  the scenes look at how toys are made.

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I had  fun building them and like the figures enough to add them to my shelf. I highly recommend them to collectors and kids with building abilities.

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Special thanks to Bandai and Sarah Gumina for sending these over!

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Cesar Zamora
Born and raised in El Paso, TX. I grew up collecting and displaying toys. My love for action figures has only been strengthened by the fact that the internet provides a community to share that love with. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA freelance writing and buying too many toys.
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7 Comments »

  • batfan says:

    Great review. How is the articulation on these?

    • Cesar Zamora Cesar Zamora says:

      Pretty great. All ball joints and multiple cuts built into the sculpt. You are building an action figure not a model, bottom line.

  • Ken Raining says:

    That’s pretty neat. I wish they had chosen more classic Superman and Batman, though. I’ll probably get the Batman one, but I just can’t stand that Superman costume.

  • demoncat_4 says:

    nice review never thought some one could figure out how to take the old model kit thing and apply it to figures. bet they were both a chore to get the pieces to snap together to make bats and supes.

  • dihay1978 says:

    In my opinion the Batman figure looks much better than Superman, particularly since the Batman figure has the ‘ armor’ to cover up some of the wonkiness of these models. Superman tends to look like one of the old toys that sit on a pedestal and you push in the bottom of the pedestal to release the tightness of the string that holds the figure together. I also do not get why there is no color detail on the faces. The Joker model is extremely disappointing because of this limitation, as well as the laziness of the white hands and purple shoes, which contain the detail of spats. Not very pleased with the size either. I’ll more than likely eventually pick up the Bat related ones (except for the $55 one) but I’ll wait to see if Target marks them down as they do not seem to be burning up in sales in my area.

  • Shadow Raven says:

    The weakest part of these action figures/model kits are the capes they are lame and look very cheap. Nothing some fabric can’t fix. Also the lack of painted details can be a good excuse for customizing which I am planninng to do. But I think overall the price is quite good for what you get, specially compared with mattel products.

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