…Roland Daggett

Yes. Yessssss.

From the Batman Wikia:

Roland Daggett is an adversary of Batman. He made his debut appearance in Batman: The Animated Series as a corrupt and powerful businessman, voiced by Edward Asner. The president of Daggett Industries,a pharmaceutical company, he is depicted as being a large, physically imposing man with smoothed back reddish-brown hair and blue eyes…

…He is similar in personality and function to Lex Luthor. It should also be noted that his look (and overall demeanor) bears a striking similarity to Norman Osborn as he originally appeared (minus the “Osborn Cornrows”). He was originally intended to be Max ShreckChristopher Walken‘s character from Batman Returns, but it was decided instead to introduce a new character.

Alongside crime boss Rupert Thorne, Daggett is one of the main recurring antagonists of the series who isn’t a member of the Rogue’s Gallery, and is considered to be a possible forerunner to Batman Beyond villain Derek Powers.

Roland Daggett is FASCINATING to me, as a Batman character, for a couple of reasons.

First off,

Character highlights:

  • Infects Catwoman with a near fatal disease, almost unleashes it on the city so his company can make money off of the cure.
  • Inadvertently turns Matt Hagen into Clayface.

The Norman Osborn influence is so pronounced its borderline copyright infringement. Which sounds like a negative but the episodes Daggett appears in (Feat of Clay, Batgirl Returns, etc) are some of the best episodes of the series. He’s a fun bad guy to watch.

And really, having Batman face off against a recurring foe that served as a kind of “evil Bruce Wayne” figure who doesn’t physically engage Batman so much as create problems with his influence is a cool concept. The antagonism here between Daggett and Batman could almost be seen as a prototype take on the later Luthor/Superman stuff by Timm and co.

Anyway, yeah. Good stuff. Surprising that the character hasn’t made it into any other Batman outlets beyond the animated series, sorta like Carl Grissom.




Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Feeding Time”)

I now own all of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. Each week, I’m going to work my way through the series one episode at a time.  Dig?

Episode: “Feeding Time”


What Happens: An accident during a heist of toxic material from STAR Labs turns idiot janitor Rudy Jones into the monstrous PARASITE. He sucks off steals some of Superman’s powers/strength and stuff.



  • Well, first of all, this:


  • I like how Superman gets a couple of different “environment” suits in this show. The anti-Kryptonite suit and the space suit are cool ideas.
  • Man, Parasite’s just about the creepiest Superman foe. Even when he isn’t leech-mouthed, the whole “stealing people’s memories and abilities” thing is…unsettling.
  • Definite horror movie vibe when we first see Parasite.
  • Where does one pick up Kirby-esque stripper wear?

Left to the imagination: Nothing

  • I LOVE the whole bit where Parasite knows about Clark Kent being Superman and uses it to ambush him.
  • Parasite’s whole scheme here is “literally live off of Superman, steal his apartment/anything else I want”. It’s appropriately short-sighted.
  • I think this is the first episode where Jimmy Olsen is something more than a background character. Good Superman interaction.
  • Placing the fight in STAR labs was a good choice, especially since it gives us THIS:

Yes. Yes.

  • And, of course, it all comes full circle with the Kryptonite and the Kryptonite suit we saw at the beginning of the episode.
  • Nice little reference to Psycho with the end there.


And with that, we finish up the first disc. A good episode, though it felt really short. Nice introduction to Parasite, who gets a couple of pretty interesting episodes later on.


Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Fun and Games”)

I now own all of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. Each week, I’m going to work my way through the series one episode at a time.  Dig?

Episode: “Fun and Games”

What Happens: Lois Lane is caught in the crossfire when the Toyman takes revenge on local crime lord Bruno Mannheim.


  • The animated incarnation of the Toyman is THE CREEPIEST THING. I remember being unnerved by the Toyman episodes when I first saw this show as a wee ‘un. The similarities to Mattel’s “Matty” mascot are uncanny.

That SMILE...

  • Hey, Bruno Mannheim is in this episode! He’s basically just a plot device in this episode but they do some pretty cool stuff with him once the Fourth World characters start to show up.
  • The different weapons Toyman uses are fun. Giant rubber duckie, indestructible bouncy ball, remote controlled planes, living play doh, etc.
  • Toyman is so committed to his gimmick that he puts together an expository pop-up book!


  • Have to say, I REALLY like the new origin for Toyman here and the pop-up book mashed up with Clark and Jimmy going through old news reports is a pretty clever way to convey it.
  • Looking back, it’s kind of surprising that they didn’t do a Joker/Toyman team-up episode, seems like a pretty natural fit and they certainly did enough crossovers between Batman and Superman.
  • Did not realize Bud Cort was the voice of Toyman in all of his Timm-animation appearances. Cool!


Nice little episode. Creepy villain with a creative gimmick and it sets up a few plot points for later episodes.

Next Episode: A LITTLE PIECE OF HOME (Krrrryptonite!)

“What exactly are you a doctor OF, Mr.Venkman?”

Slimed Peter Venkman with Slimer (Ghostbusters Movie Masters, Mattel)

Ghostbusters is my favorite movie, period. So when I heard last year that Mattel was doing an online-only Ghostbusters line, I was ecstatic. I’ve wanted a proper Ghostbusters line since I was a kid and, honestly, did anyone see this coming? Sure, NECA put out some very good product a few years ago (which I’m happy to have bought, because the Ebay prices on Stay-Puft, Slimer, and the Terror dogs are INSANE), but a company like Mattel doing toys based off a 25 year old movie with only a video game and an anniversary as a tie-in is practically unheard of.

Sadly, theres been a number of factors that put me off buying the figures. Off of, each figure will end up costing you about $30 with shipping and you’d better move fast because they sell out within a day or so. On the after-market, the figure’s go for about double that. The cost, plus the fact that I haven’t been blown away by most of the sculpts, made me pass. Meanwhile, Diamond’s Ghostbuster Minimates are available at Toys-r-us, about a quarter of the price, and are just really fun figures.

However, I broke down when I saw the latest figure up for sale: Slimed Peter Venkman. Venkman’s my favorite character, and it’s a cool, stand-alone variant,  so I went ahead and got it. And having it in hand, I’ve gotta say…this is a really cool figure.

The Box

Generally, I don’t really care about packaging, but the packaging for Venkman is really impressive. The carded figure comes in a simple white box with the Ghostbusters logo, the name of the figure and the fact that it’s a “adult collector” figure (so many gross connotations with that phrase).

Carded Figure

Inside that box is the carded figure and, I’ve got to say, Mattel really out did themselves on this. The Terror Dogs and the Stay-Puft in the background look great and I love the embossed logo on top of the bubble. It makes a cool little diorama, so much so that I was almost tempted to just keep it in the box. But, for $30, it’s kind of silly to just keep it in the box, right?

The bio on the back is fun and the little background details are amusing enough. The “Six Inch Ghostbuster Figures Subject to Availibility on” is pretty hilarious, very enticing ad copy.

Slimed Peter and Slimed Peter (Minimate)

Out of the package, I was pretty immediately impressed with the figure. I’d heard some complaints about likenesses and articulation in the past, but I don’t think that’s the case with Venkman. It’s not a perfect likeness of Bill Murray, but it’s a good one and well above average for this sort of figure. Other sculpted details, like the proton pack and the jumpsuit details, are impressive. Little things like painted zippers on the jumpsuit really make the figure. I LOVED that, unlike the previous three ‘busters, they gave Peter gloves and untucked pant cuffs. They’re so essential to capturing the look of the character.

There’s around 15 points of articulation on the figure, which keeps it at a nice balance. It isn’t a statue like a NECA figure, but at the same time, they avoided interrupting the great sculpting by giving Venkman an ab crunch or waist articulation. I will say that, while I love the new pant cuffs, the ankle articulation suffers for it slightly. Regardless, I was pretty astounded by the variety of poses the figure can hold.

Paint-wise, there’s a lot I like. The metal detailing on the proton pack is beautiful and the slime is subtle enough that it’s clearly there, but doesn’t interfere with the sculpt. It’s reasonably accurate to the specific scene but not overwhelmingly so.

"I feel so funky"

The real draw of the figure to me is, besides the fact that it’s Peter Venkman, the proton pack and neutron wand. It took me a minute to figure out how to affix it, but the wand attaches to the pack very securely and looks great attached or in hand. I don’t know if this is the case for the non-gloved hands of the previous figures, but Venkman’s gloved hands and the hand holds on the wand are made of a rubbery plastic, which makes putting the wand in his hands/removing it from his hands really easy. It’s a smart move on Mattel’s part and makes me feel better about the $30 price tag.

The Ugly Little Spuds of NECA, Mattel, and Diamond, respectively

Peter comes with a Slimer figure and he’s a nice add-in. A few reviews I’ve read complained about getting yet another Slimer figure (the previously released Egon comes with similar one), but he’s kind of a must for a Slimed Venkman figure. It’s a nice little figure: six points of articulation, including a balljoint, and I love the “licking his lips” head sculpt. I’m not sure it’s nicer than NECA’s version of the character, but considering that it’s A. a pack-in with a regular figure B. in-scale and C. actually translucent, I think they both stand well enough on their own merits. The clear flight stand’s nice too.

All in all, Slimed Venkman’s a really well executed figure and, while it’d be nice if I could’ve picked this up at retail, it’s worth the extra hassle. It’s criminal that these figures don’t come with proton streams or atleast a walkie talkie. Still,  it makes me want to track down that Walter Peck/Ecto-Containment unit set…