Bane is an escaped convict from an island prison in South America and a super-villain/assassin. Bane has abnormal physical strength as a result of having undergone experiments involving a derivative of the drug Venom. He became known as "The Man Who Broke the Bat" when he broke Batman's back, forcing Bruce Wayne to give up the Batman persona while he recuperated.
Bane is awesome The original, or I guess now “Old School” Bane. A hulking giant with a luchador mask and tubes full of steroids on his back. He looks fantastic. I was never overly impressed with the character, as even though he did break Batman’s back, he got his ass handed to him every single time they fought afterwards. But the fact he looks cool has never changed. Diamond Select Toys has just made a comic book accurate Bane (Because the movie version was awful) and it’s a thing of beauty.
Lets look at the top first. There it is, the Lucha mask. The best mask in comic books. A light black, almost faded blue with a big white mouth and red eyes inside a white outline. Its spot on perfect. You can even see where the nose and ears are under the mask. Its molded perfectly. It even has a slight indent by the mouth area. Its identical to the comic book in every possible way. You can see Bane is wearing his singlet outfit which is also the faded blue, light black color. If you look close you can see how its painted and etched to give it a spandex look. All the little lines and stitching are perfectly crafted throughout. The body is just like in the comics. Overly exaggerated and huge. Its anatomically correct just done really massive. All the muscles are molded to look real, just really really big. You can see the chest popping through the straps on his outfit. I like how there is even shading done to give him a back and shoulder hair. Throw in the bulging veins that are a light green from the Venom he takes and you have a perfect match.
Moving down you can see the muscles in full effect. As I mention they are sculpted to look like the real thing but on a larger scale. The abs are sticking out of the outfit, yet you can also see these muscles under the outfit. Another nice touch is the molding of the costume in general. Notice how it gets wrinkled under the chest and ab muscles. Also take notice of the wrinkles sculpted in under the belt, where Bane is bending his legs. That’s amazing attention to detail. The belt is there as well, just like in the books. Silver with a red and silver buckle. The belt is scratched a bit just like in the books. You can see by looking at the legs how I mentioned this is designed to look almost like a spandex material. You can see all the stitch markings etched in throughout it. It really does match the comic book version perfectly.
This side shot not only gives you a great look at the green venom infused veins running though Banes arms but you can see he’s holding Batman’s cape and cowl in his hand. Let me first point out the hand looks great. The fingerless gloves with the silver studs on the knuckles are there in full view. You can see all the muscles in the arms and forearms as well. Gigantic to say the least. And like I mentioned the batman mask in his hand. Its battled damaged to say the least. You tattered cape is completely wrinkled and flows lifeless to the base. The cowl part is incredibly nice as you can see its hollowed out where Batman’s head would go. Having Bane clutching this really gives the piece a menacing look and points out that he is a main adversary of the Batman.
The back shows off the venom tubes. Venom is a super steroid that gives bane his strength. You can see the tubes go from the back of his mask down his arm (complete with arm band to hold it in place) all connecting to a small unit in his right wrist. When Bane triggers this he is pumped full of the venom to give him his superhuman strength. The tubes are a bright green and fully molded with lines going down the entire unit. You also see how massive he is done from the back as well. This is a very wide piece to say the least. Notice all the bulging muscles under Banes outfit, and also the wrinkled parts of the top around the waist. This is just a great piece to look at in general.