The world needs more Batman collectibles. That might seem like a crazy statement considering the wide variety of insane Batman figures that have graced toy aisles over the past few decades, but there's one important piece of the Caped Crusader's history that's been largely untouched in the collectible world: the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
Because of rights issues between Fox and Warner Bros., the show has been in a kind of licensing limbo for decades. However, the two studios made a deal last year that has lead to the announcement of a line of toys from Mattel as well as all kinds of other items to purchase.
Still, all parties involved have been relatively tight-lipped on actual details -- until now, that is! In a press release (below), Warner Bros. lays out plans for a 6-inch Batman figure assortment, TV Moments 2-packs and a new Batmobile. Funko and Mezco are also getting in on the action with urban vinyl-like toys, while NECA has dibs on 18-inch figures. Round 2, Sideshow Collectibles, Kotobukiya, Medicom and Hot Toys among others will handle some higher end pieces. Expect a lot of new pieces to get shown off at the upcoming New York Toy Fair.
Fans of the Batman Classic TV Series will be doing the Batusi when WBCP and its licensing partners give them a first glimpse at the all-new licensing program for the fan-favorite live-action series. Sure to ensnare the eyes of collectors and ignite the nostalgia for the 60's series is the Mattel vintage-styled Batman Ken and Catwoman Barbie collection, and a BATMAN Classic TV Series 6" Figure Assortment, BATMAN Classic TV Series TV Moments 2 Pack, as well as a BATMAN Classic TV Series Batmobile. Rubie's will introduce a line of costumes based on series favorites including Batman, Robin, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Joker. Additional licensees supporting the Batman Classic TV Series include Funko with stylized figures and plush; Mezco with colorfully detailed vinyl figures; NECA with an 18-inch action figure; Round 2 with model kits; Cryptozoic Entertainment with trading cards; and a variety of high-end collectibles from Noble Collection, Sideshow Collectibles, TriForce, Kotobukiya, Medicom and Hot Toys. The Mattel Hot Wheels brand will rev-up with a high-end Elite Scale Batmobile inspired by the 1966 hot-rod in the series for the true collector; along with many other toy partners who will help bring to life this cultural phenomenon with a Zap! Bam! Pow!