Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Game Review: Funko - Batman vs. The Joker Throw Down Battle Game

Funko Throw Down! Battle Game! Batman vs Joker packaging
Holy Board Game!

The Batcave Toy Room received this ultra cool new Batman game from Funko this past week to review and I've been bogged down battling dastardly villains all week, but now that they'll been turned over to Chief O'Hara I can get on with my Review.

12 inch Batman container for Throw Down! Battle Game!
First off, the 12 inch Batman container is off the Bat-Hook. No cheap cardboard box here citizens. This game comes in this molded 12" inch plastic Batman. When it's not on display with the rest of my Batman collection my apprentice likes to carry it around and refers to it as her baby Batman.

Vinyl Joker and Batman collectible game pieces
Monopoly has been one of my all time favorite board games and one thing I always thought was great about that game was the players game pieces. Funko must have taken one out of the Monopoly history books when designing this Throw Down game because the Batman and Joker collectible figure player game pieces are exquisite.

What's in included on the Throw Down! Battle Game! Batman vs Joker
Here's what else comes with this game:

  • 4 Batman combat cards
  • 4 Joker combat cards
  • 8 mystery combat cards
  • 4 6-sided battle dice
  • 8 power boost coins
  • 1 folding battle mat

Contents of the Batman vs Joker game by Funko

Everything seen here fits nicely in the molded Batman container for easy storage and clean up.

View of Batman vs Joker game board
I am embarrassed to say that two college graduates, that would be myself and my super cool, yet non-geek wife, had a hard time getting started, but once we walked through a mock game following the example scenarios provided we got the hang of it. The age point of this game is 7 and up.

Overall, the game is fun, but it does go fast, which the instructions suggest to not use the power coins at all and only use 2 dice for a longer game. At a price point of $29.99 the Battle Game fits in with other games of this nature. The sure collectability of the game itself could be enough to offset the price.

The packaging mentions future additional game pieces of Robin and Two-Face that I definitely would pick up and expand the playing of the game. I'm looking forward to a possible Nightwing and Harlequin (fingers crossed) too.

You can pick up one of these Funko marvels at retailers like Big Bad Toy Store and Entertainment Earth.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.


  1. Awesomeness John I need to get one of these just for displaying purposes.

  2. I asked Colin over at Super Duper Toy Box the same question, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

    The kids and I would love to be reviewing Batman games!

  3. There are really cool Batman products out there....and then there is this....I hate when toy companies make short fat Batmen. I would never buy something like this. They put the Dark Knight down to a kid's level...More like a Toddler.

    1. Your comment reminds of that episode of The Brave and the Bold when Bat-mite is talking to a room full of Batman fans.

      "Batman's rich history allows him to be interpreted in a multitude of ways. To be sure, this is a lighter incarnation, but it's certainly no less valid and true to the character's roots than the tortured avenger crying out for mommy and daddy."

      The great thing about the caped crusader is there are stories about the character that I can enjoy as an adult as well as versions I can share with my three-year-old.

      While there are some cool Batman collectibles that would look nice on my bookshelf, I get a lot more pleasure buying action figures for the my kids and watching them use their imagination to create stories and adventures.


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