The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot) is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. He was introduced by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, he first appeared in Detective Comics #58 (December 1941)
The Penguin, one of Batman's oldest foes, is an eccentric criminal mastermind, known as much for his love of ornithology and trick umbrellas as for his already shady business dealings. Gotham City's popular Iceberg Lounge serves as Penguin's front for a number of illegal financial stature; the Penguin is a wily foe whose umbrellas conceal a variety of deadly weapons and gadgets.
In most incarnations, the Penguin is a short, chubby (though he wasn't really fat in the original Batman series) man who wears a tuxedo, top hat, monocle, white gloves (black in Batman Returns), and spats. A mobster-type criminal, he fancies himself a "gentleman of crime". Unlike most Batman villains, he is sane and doesn't theme his crimes around a psychotic obsession; his intelligence and aristocratic personality starkly contrast against demented Batman villains, such as The Joker. As a result, his relationship with Batman is often somewhat less tense than it is with other villains.
The Penguin is a very interesting villain to say the least. I wont lie in saying my favorite version of him, aside from the comic books of course was in the old 1966 Batman TV Show where he was portrayed by the late great Burgess Meredeth. His appearance in the books has changed slightly over the years, but not much. Still portrayed as a smaller yet fat gangster always sporting an umbrella and a cigarette in his mouth. He’s a classic villain to say the least, and now Diamond Select is giving him his own statue to add to your Batman Collection.
Looking at his face you can see the trademark cigarette, in its holder dangling from Penguin’s mouth. A solid black holder with a golden tip, and a white cigarette (sorry I don’t know what brand he smokes) hanging out in a rather menacing fashion. You can see the mouth is slightly open in almost a sneer like fashion. You can see a few of Penguins teeth exposed as he bites down on the cigarette holder. Notice the frown lines and cheek indents in the face. Its really well done. You can see how even though he has a fat face his checks are sculpted in giving the impression he is actually taking a puff on the cigarette. He has the big trademark nose, which has changed from the old school pointed look he used to have. One eye is wide open, hence how the eye brow is slanted up, and the other is covered by his always present monocle. The face is so well done, not only because it looks like the comic book come to life, but because all the facial features are sculpted to show his monocle is being squeezed by his eye, and his mouth is clenched to a cigarette. His top hat is in full effect as well. Shiny and black with a purple wrap around at the bottom. This version more closely resembles the new, gangster style club owner version of the penguin, and it is spot on to say the least.
Moving down you can see his short but wide frame as well. Purple pants with black stripes sculpted and etched with pleats and wrinkles. His tan colored button up cardigan that is also designed to be wrinkled all the way down and around his midsection. You can see the collar is fully designed like a real sweater top with all the ruffling’s. Nice gold buttons going down that are also fully sculpted to look like the real thing. Underneath the outfit is his grey scarf which is shaded in a faint black to give it plenty of lines and flows throughout. It really and truly looks to be completely folded and puffed out. Covering the entire outfit up is Penguins famous black leather coat with a white, almost tan fur collar around the neck, bottom, and hands. You can tell the coat is painted to have a more leather like shine to it, yet its also molded with all the details giving it a real wrinkled look in parts. You can even the buttons going down the right side, all each sculpted. And last but not least we see the Penguins white gloves. Each finger individually sculpted as he is holding his Umbrella with both hands. The gloves have faint amounts of black smudged into them as they are given a bit of a dirty look. The umbrella looks great as well. Black handle, white umbrella. Simple and classic, and it fits the comic to a “T”
This side shot gives you a really nice look at one of the coolest features on this piece. The orange tip of the umbrella is often used as a weapon by the Penguin and this is sure showing it off. You can see a cracked Batarang pierced through the tip. I like how the hole itself is etched to look scratched as well as the paint on the Batarang being faded giving the impression this was pierced with force behind it. If you look down you can see how well done the jacket is done in terms of being bunched and wrinkled in the correct areas. The cuff hangs down like a big jacket would and you not only get to see a full shot of Penguins white gloves, but the sleeve collar on his white shirt as well. That’s a really nice touch giving you just that certain amount of detail that Diamond Select is known for.
The back in pretty simple. It’s the back of the jacket. You can see some of his hair on the back of his head as his big top hat covers everything else on his head. The coat is done almost in a cape style as it not only hangs to the ground but also puffs out giving the impression its blowing in the wind. It looks great I must say. Especially the dirty fur on it. Everything on the top and bottom, fur wise that is, is etched to look like real fur. A combination of tan, cream, white, and hints of black shading combine to give it a fantastic real and dirty look. You can see the coat itself is clean, almost shiny. Notice the wrinkles going down to the bottom, as well as the lining done under the shoulder area. It’s a great contrast having that appear clean and fur parts appear dirty, as the fur is the first thing to get dirty on a jacket. I love how Diamond Select can take these comic book style statues and still add real world elements to them.
The base is unique to say the least. A dirty black and white checkered floorboard that has a middle section that elevates the Penguin himself. It’s a marbled which is really slick plus its done to look cracked in spots as well as dirty. This Penguin really is a sloppy fellow especially for priding himself as being a first class gentleman. The design of the bas is very cool, and adding a penguin with a cartoon like bomb on his back was a great touch. The penguin itself looks real. Black and white, with very subtle shading in parts to show the almost leather like skin. His eyes are fully painted in, and to top it all off he’s even wearing a little helmet that is strapped to his head, and of course the straps around his neck and bottom where the bomb is attached. The bomb looks old school, almost like a barber shop pole. Dirty white and red stripes with a big silver style pointed top. I really like how they incorporated a real penguin with this piece.
Top to bottom this is a great looking piece that’s a must own for Batman and comic book collectors. It’s very eye catching to say the least. I have him next to a couple of my Joker statues and he looks great on my Batman wall. Pick on of these up right away,
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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