Japanese collectors get different (better?) Batman: Arkham City statue

Whether you're a Western gaming geek or a Japanese otaku, chances are good that when you're eagerly awaiting a game, you want to know what kind of added doodads will come bundled into the box for the special edition. Pretty, perfunctory tchotchkes: the universal language! The Japanese version of Batman: Arkham City, it turns out, will come with a statuette of the game's protagonist, just like the American and European ones – but this one's different enough to reaffirm your suspicions that life's just a little more colorful over there.

The Japanese “original color variant” is basically the US/EU version of the statue in different paint, though sharp-eyed viewers will be able to play “spot the difference” in the fine details. Is this some sort of clever metaphor about Western technology languishing in the monochromatic past while Japan is where even the figurines are in full-color HD? Can we discern anything about which region has worse sensory ADD based on whom Warner Bros. wants to sell full-color figurines to? Or is this just an arbitrary way of making everyone feel a bit more special?

In any case, the Japanese edition will come with postcards, a booklet and unspecified DLC, just like the other versions, and it launches in November, a month after the US and European editions.

 Aug 4, 2011

Source: Siliconera


  • YamiLink03 - August 5, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure they want people from US/EU to color their Batman now that I think about it.
  • WooddieBone - August 5, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    The US/EU one looks better but is not a statue. It's a rendered 3D model of an ingame Batman photoshoped to a stand. If I could choose i would choose the US/EU one BUT only if they really make him look like that picture and not like some retarded guy with angry brows and forehead but eyes that wouldn't hurt an ant.
  • sgloomy - August 5, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    I like the Black and White one better, it goes better with the tone of the game, I have the Batman figure that came with DCU Online so the colored one would be too similar!
  • inkyspot - August 5, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    Happy with the US version. it will look next to my computer.
  • murtlesmith - August 5, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    i love the looks of the colored one more. it has more depth to the colors and think about it, what batman has a really outfit. none. he's meant to be the stalker in the night. not the night light. the one for the us is just cheap as its MASS produced. or thats seems to be what i think anyway.
  • Fuzunga - August 5, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    I actually like the US version better.
  • Nato_VanDookie - August 5, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    Actually, after looking at the larger image of the b&w one again... I would almost bet money that that's the case...
  • Nato_VanDookie - August 5, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Based on what I can tell, and my initial impressions when the statue was originally revealed here... the b&w one isn't actually a statue, but instead a 3d model posed in zbrush that has been rendered... I could be wrong... but that what I've always thought. It just doesn't look as naturalistic. The bends of the joints feel soft, so I would say the colored version is actually just a more complete version, and an actual statue...
  • codystovall - August 5, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    The colored ones face looks stupid. Especially the eyes.
  • Bantha_Fodder - August 5, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    I like the paint, but prefer the US one. the JP one's face just looks messed up...
  • lovinmyps3 - August 5, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    I like the Japanese one better.
  • sigmanaughty - August 5, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    i like the less detailed one better...
  • UsernameLoser - August 5, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    It looks like he's preparing to masturbate.
  • GOD - August 5, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Just like all other westerners I highly prefer everything devoid of color, life, and sometimes fun, because "grittier" is obviously better. But seriously the colors on the Japanese version look great but I don't like the overly furrowed brow and he seems to be frowning.
  • YamiLink03 - August 5, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    The mask in the Japanese version kinda makes his forehead look vaguely similar to a klingon's forehead. Then again, maybe I'm just seeing things.
  • Gnilres - August 5, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I like the black and white one more.
  • nemesisuprising - August 5, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    in the japanese version his mask and cape appear to be more detailed, and pop out more, also I dont believe it says arkham city on the japanese version, also the bat-belt rest upon his right leg in the japanese version, while the US versions belt avoids contact with the right leg, or atleast it appears so

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