By far, the biggest presence in the room when it came to TV collectibles at Toy Fair this year loomed in the form of Adam West’s iconic Batman visage. Thanks to a deal made between Warner Bros. and Fox, the world is finally starting to get the action figures, toys, vehicles and collectibles based on the short-lived but highly influential “Batman” television series from the mid-to-late ’60s. Fellow classic show “Twilight Zone” also got in on the action along with more modern favorites like “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Breaking Bad,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and plenty more. Read on for a look at Toy Fair 2013‘s first look at toys based on small screen favorites.
’66 BATMAN | Mattel has jumped fully into the world of the Adam West “Batman” series with plenty of offerings. In addition to dressing Barbie and Ken up as Batman and Catwoman from the vintage 1966 show, they also unveiled the first looks at their 6-inch action figures as well. The line will include single figures of Batman, Batman from the episode “Surf’s Up! Joker’s Down!” Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman and The Joker (with mustache!), though the latter two were not on display. The line will also include an in-scale Batmobile as well as a Batman and Robin 2-pack that comes with a building exterior you can mount on the wall to recreate the iconic climbing scenes from the show. For now, the 2-pack will be the only way to get Robin. All figures will be available at major retailers.
’66 BATMAN | As mentioned in the above link, NECA scored the rights to create a giant, 1/4 scale version of Adam West as Batman. Though the version shown at Toy Fair was not the finished product, the accuracy looks dead on from the non-pointy cowl down to the cloth cape. This piece will be out in July.
’66 BATMAN | The wonderful world of 2-inch tall Mez-Itz figures will also be getting in on the “Batman” lovefest with their version of the George Barris-designed car. Though they weren’t displayed on Sunday, it’s safe to assume that Mez-Itz versions of Adam West’s Batman and Burt Ward’s Robin are on the way as well.
THE BIG BANG THEORY | A recent episode of “The Big Bang Theory” found Howard and Raj purchasing custom action figures of themselves at exorbitant prices. Had they waited a few more weeks, the fellas could have saved some cash thanks to the new line of “BBT” figures from Bif Bang Pow! The first series will include Raj, Sheldon, Leonard and Howard.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSIC | Mattel had a huge event on Sunday to show off the wealth of upcoming Masters of the Universe Classics toys in the works as well as other offerings. The biggest piece was the Castle Grayskull playset which has gone back up for pre-order on Mattycollector.com. They also announced a new add-on subscription of figures based on Filmation characters like Batros, Icer and Shokoti along with three as yet unrevealed figures, one of which was said to be pretty out there. One figure will ship a month between July and December and that sub can be purchased today. Plenty of other figures like Castaspella, Clamp Champ, the Fighting Foe Men 3-pack, both ways of setting up Galactic Protector He-Man (which all come in one package), He-Ro, Karatti, Mantenna, Snake Face with both faces, Octavia and Strobo which comes with a maskless Zodak head also got rolled out for display.
KNIGHT RIDER | Diamond Select Toys made every “Knight Rider” fan’s day when they announced the license to make vehicles based on the popular ’80s TV show starring David Hasselhoff. At Toy Fair they showed off an all new version of KITT, one that will be able to change into the car’s epic Pursuit Mode, complete with fins, spoilers, extended bumper and back-jets.
BREAKING BAD | “Breaking Bad” is cooking up excitement in the toy world. In addition to the 6-inch Heisenberg action figure shown off a few weeks ago, Mezco also has Mez-Itz versions of Brian Cranston’s anti-hero with alter ego-revealing hat and glasses. The company will also offer a yellow-clad Walter White bobblehead standing on a pile of blue crystals.
DC NATION | While the fates of “Young Justice” and “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” remain up in the air, Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block will continue with “Beware the Batman” and “Teen Titans Go!” as well as the fantastic shorts that run between commercial breaks. One of the fan favorites is DC’s World’s Funnest which comes from Wallace and Gromit producers Aardman Animations. DC Collectibles celebrates the series with a line of figures including Batman, Robin, Superman, Catwoman and The Joker.
GAME OF THRONES | Dark Horse Deluxe has been rolling out their line of “Game of Throne” collectibles — we noted the Iron Throne early last month — but they really stepped up their game by revealed the John Snow and Ghost statue at Toy Fair. Looking exactly like actor Kit Harrington from the HBO series, Snow comes complete with his loyal direwolf Snow and Longclaw sword, ready to do battle.
STAR TREK | Diamond Select Toys is hopping back on the Enterprise and looking to the future. While they don’t have any currently announced plans to sell “Star Trek Into Darkness” collectibles, they do have the already-shown line of Star Trek Legacy MiniMates as well as the continuation of the Star Trek Select line. Captain Kirk and Khan will each come with part of the bridge from the “Space Seed” episode. Swappable parts and articulation will allow for various kind of posing. DST also revealed artwork and information about the next figure in the line: Captain Picard from “Next Generation” who stands on a dead Borg base.
THUNDERCATS | Mezco wants you to have big fun with their Thundercats figures. It’s easy when you consider these figures are pretty gigantic. Heading into Toy Fair, the company premiered the Cheetara figure, but they also had Mumm-Ra and Panthro on display. The last two figures are scheduled to debut in July.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN | Hasbro has all kinds of Spider-Man toys in store for fans of the character as well as his current animated series, “Ultimate Spider-Man,” on Disney XD. The Power Webs line of 3 3/4 inch figures comes with a ton of Spidey figures as well as Iron Fist, Venom and Doctor Octopus to spice things up. Similarly, the Web Head-heavy line of 6-inch figures is punctuated with appearances by another Doc Ock and Nova!
THE VENTURE BROS. | Bif Bang Pow has not one, but two lines of Venture Bros. action figures to tide you over until the series returns to Cartoon Network sometime this spring. The 3 3/4 inch line will add core members like Hank, Dean and Doctor Venture as well as Dr. Girlfriend, The Monarch and Phantom Limb. Meanwhile the larger, 8-inch retro line gets deeper into the show’s mythology with characters like Shore Leave, Alchemist, Pete White and Jefferson Twilight. Go Team Venture!
TWILIGHT ZONE | Every New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Syfy does its best to remind people how amazing Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” is by running a two day marathon. Bif Bang Pow! does the same by way of their “TZ” retro action figures. The latest additions to the line include Cyclops (“The Fear”), Alicia (“The Lonely”), the “Hocus-Pocus and Frisby” alien, a nurse from “Eye of the Beholder,” Alien and Hansen.
THE MUNSTERS | The second wave of Diamond Select Toys’ “Munsters” figures will not only feature brand new versions of Lily, Herman and Grandpa, but also a pair of all-new entries in the line. In the figure department, Uncle Gilbert — who looks an awful lot like the Creature from the Black Lagoon — joins the family. If you buy all four figures, you’ll be able to build Spot, Eddie’s stair-dwelling dragon!