I'm sure you've all seen these on the pegs at Target or whatever, they're the more kid-oriented Batman figure line, and they have a very "animated" look for something that's not actually tied into any show. I never really gave them much thought, but as I was wandering by the tiny toy aisle of the local supermarket, I saw a few of these and took a good look for the first time and actually liked what I saw. They're big and chunky and don't have much in the way of articulation (neck, arms, elbows, waist, legs... and no, I didn't leave out the knees, the actually don't bend!) but the design on some of the basic figures is really eye-catching (at least until they start getting into the weird specialty costumes - Fire Batman, Ice Batman, Froggy Went A Courtin' and He Did Ride Uh-Huh Batman, etc.), and they have that very specific "will look good on my shelf" factor.
Long story short, Twin Blade Batman came home with me and my groceries. Just a cool, basic looking Batman, decked out in the sort of blue and grey costume that reminds me of the Batman I grew up with (armored and with a different variation on the oval Bat logo, but hey, close enough). There was a black & grey version, too (Battle Gauntlet Batman or some such thing), but the nostalgia factor of the one I chose was too great to be denied. And yes, it will look damn cool on my shelf.
I may keep an eye out for the Robin from this line, too... different in design than any traditional Robin costume, but still kinda cool.
Yeah, they are more like a five-inch scale, but I, too, appreciated the design, and the price point is better than anything I've seen in a while.
I was even shocked that I didn't mind the new Batman logo.
What has kept me from actually pulling the trigger and picking these up is that articulation thing. I can take a basic sort of articulation (as you mentioned), but it has to include the articulated knees.
If these go to discount somewhere, I might pick them up and see if I can cobble some knees joints in there.
If, in your travels, you stumble across a Robin, let me know!
All I'm probably getting from the line. Unless they were to come out with a Nightwing. That might be cool.