Mego's storied Worlds Greatest Super Heroes line of the ’70s shaped an action figure era with 8” articulated plastic dolls adorned with cloth costumes, but there was a special corner of the line reserved for sidekicks standing just 7” tall. That line? The 1977 Teen Titans series featuring Speedy, Aqualad, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash. Following the release of several waves of Batman Mego reissues, Figures Toy Company is turning its attention to rolling out all four of the previously limited edition dolls in the first quarter of 2014.
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.
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.