The Batman duplicate created by HARDAC, the Holographic Analytical Reciprocating DigitAl Computer, is back, and he’s looking to replace all of humanity with robots! Based on the episode “His Silicon Soul,” this 11” PVC diorama features new sculpted details revealing the circuitry behind HARDAC’s Batman costume, and arms him with a scimitar sword from Batman’s own armory! HARDAC is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios!
Time again for another Diamond Select review. Now I think by now I don't have to tell you how excited I was to get this in the mail. I'm actually thinking of buying my mailman a gift because he delivers so many cool packages to me. This guys, really is a "Too For". You have another beautiful Diamond Select PVC Diorama, and its Batman. And not just any Batman, no this is from Batman The Animated Series, which is considered by many to be the crown jewel so to speak of Batman. Sorry, I'm an Adam West guy myself.
Now for those unaware HARDAC is an acronym, that stood for "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Android Computer") was created by Dr. Karl Rossum, the head of Cybertron. Rossum claimed that the computer was a prototype that was built to prove the feasibility of artificial intelligence technology. Even if that claim was true, the truth was that HARDAC had decided that the most logical way to avoid that pain would be to eliminate the source of death itself: the mortality of humans. As humans could not feasibly become immortal, however, the computer had decided to replace all of humanity with androids, and thereby eliminate the problem from its flawed viewpoint. In the process of his plan HARDAC found out Bruce Wayne was Batman and when he created several androids, one of them was the Bat Duplicate.
Now first lets look at this head shot. This is detailed to perfection. Every detail, including the robot teeth and chin indent on the android side is sculpted wonderfully. The cut off of the android to Batman side is perfect, its exactly like the Animated episode down to a tee. The red eye, the black holes on the cheek and around above the ear to the perfectly etched detail around the neck, this is flawless.
No he's not getting ready to fight The Defenders, and The Punisher (also available from Diamond Select) this is a shot of the back. look closely at the head. Now that's detail you don't see in many animated versions that come to life as Diorama's. Its not smooth, its actually etched out to show the android skull. If you run your fingers over it its actually etched in there not painted. The cape area looks perfectly torn, as only the normal Batman side has the cowl. You can actually follow the cape/cowl tear all the way up.
As you can see he is holding a sword because that is like a bad ass weapon in every sense of the word. Its a swashbuckling style and you can notice that it has the curve done just right to it to give it a perfect 3D like effect.
Here you can really get a good look at the front. There is that bad ass sword I told you about, that actually has all the fingers done and is gripping the handle. You notice the Batman side of the face that features the evil red eye, and the human mouth that also has the teeth etched in in a normal color.
The Bat Signal is raised on the figure to give it a more heightened look, and the spikes on the gloves stick out just like they did in the Animated Series. Even the knee cap area of the figure is done to mimic the look of the animated series. The utility belt has every nick and pouch and I particularly like how the cape folds on the left hand side giving the impression that the wind is blowing it as the HARDAC is getting ready to spring into action. The chest is even sculpted to show the peck muscles and the twist of the figure even has the line where the oblique muscle would be.
The base is just standard grey but its the cape I want everyone to look at. See how its Blue, and not only blue but a bright blue. I love that so much. You know why? Because the Animated series (aside from the great Adam West) is the only one to do it the right way. Batman does not wear all black! The inside of his cape is blue, and to me adding the fact that the cape is open and flowing behind him just makes this all the more fantastic. I love the bright colors used, so the black boots combined with the back visual of the blue cape on a grey base give this a full on 3D effect. It looks like it is actually leaning back. That to me is the final element needed to really showcase this beautiful diorama.