With Mattel’s Retro-Action line of 8” World’s Greatest Heroes figures put to bed last year, it seems Figures Toy Company has stepped in to fill the void with actual replicas of Mego’s famous ’70s dolls beginning with Batman, Robin, The Joker and The Riddler. Expected in comic and specialty stores this July, each figure will sport Mego’s signature sculpts, cloth costumes and 16 points of articulation (although hardcore fans will note that Batman and Robin’s masks aren’t removable like the earliest World’s Greatest Superheroes! line versions). Twisted Mego/ToyFare Theatre should be especially excited by the thought of customizing the dynamic duo into a modern Bat-Pumpkin and Squash. Pricing info hasn’t been released just yet, but judging from FTC’s previous releases, fans can probably expect to pay around $15-25 per figure this summer.
Following their reveal at last week’s Warner Bros. Consumer Products/Junk Food Clothing launch event last week at Meltdown Comics (where DC’s new Batman ‘66 comic was announced), Mattel has released official images of two upcoming Batman Classic TV Series 6” action figures including a Cesar Romero Joker and “Batusi” Batman. The Joker figure is expected as part of the second wave of Batman Classics following the first wave’s rollout in July, while the “Batusi” Bats is slated to be a San Diego Comic-con 2013 exclusive. Fans will be pleased to know that this figure will come specially packaged in a TV style diorama recreating the famous scene from the 1966 Batman episode “Hi Diddle Riddle” where Adam West debuted the dance to end all dances. Pending the arrival of a King Tut figure in subsequent ‘66 toy waves, fans could also recreate Batman’s go-go moves of choice from “The Pharaoh’s in a Rut” episode.
You can see full images of both Batman Classic TV Series 6” figures on ComicsAlliance!
2013 will forever be marked as the year that Betty Felon blew all her money on Batman ‘66 merchandise (and when she developed an accidental crush on Rob Thomas).
As an action figure guy, I’ve been pretty stoked on Mattel’s upcoming line of 6” Batman action figures based on the 1966 live action TV series starring Adam West. If you’re a Barbie collector, however, you may want to make sure you’re sitting down to look at Mattel’s newly revealed Lee Meriwether/Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt-style Catwoman Barbie and West-flavored Batman Ken. Each of the cosplaying dolls can now be preordered through the official Barbie Collector site for $34.95 a pop. They’re not expected to ship until June, so if you’re desperate for an in-scale Barbie Batmobile for these two to cruise around in (or, say, a Skipper doll dressed as Robin), now’s a good time to start letting Mattel know.