Like millions of other, my first real introduction to the world of superheroes came in the form of daily reruns of the iconic Batman television that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. If I were to be honest, which I am since it’s my column and all, I’d say that television show remains my favorite incarnation of the caped crusader.
For me, and millions of other fans around the world the fact that there wasn’t any merchandise or DVD presence for this beloved series was frustrating. We watched while classic TV series after TV series received the nostalgic resurgence, while all Batman got were a few morsels, just enough to keep hope alive.
Then, out of the blue, last year at Comic Con we received the surprise news that thrilled Bat-Fans everywhere. Mattel would be releasing action figures based on the classic 1966 series!
Since that announcement we’ve learned that some sort of agreement has been reached allowing all sorts of Bat-goodies to be made for mass consumerism.
DC Comics will be publishing a digital first comic book series this summer based in the world of the show. DC plans on releasing a print version of the book as well. You can believe I’ll be buying both.
Funko will be releasing POP and bobble figures, we’ll also be getting Halloween costumes, T-Shirts, posters and much more, but so far the coolest product goes to Figures Toy Co. who will be producing Mego-esque figures based on the series.
For you out there who have no idea what a Mego figure is, first, I’m sorry for you.
Mego was a toy company in the 70’s that produced 8 inch action figures with cloth clothing, they had agreements to make DC, Marvel, Dukes of Hazzard and many, many more brands. They had a cool run of Batman figures based on the comics, and Figures will be reproducing those as well, however they will be doing a second set of figures based on the show.
They’ve already published some great photos of Egghead (Played by Vincent Price) and Caesar Romero’s Joker and they look fantastic. The company has big plans for the toy line as long as interest is there. I can’t wait to see more personally, there are a lot of great villains that should get the Mego treatment.
So Batmania is ready to strike again this summer, much of the merchandise is due to start coming out in June. For the first time in several years I’m excited to be out on the hunt for a collection. A collection that I’ve been waiting on my whole life.
The one announcement however, that hasn’t been made is when and if we’ll be getting a DVD/Blueray release of the series. There’s always this years Comic Con I suppose.
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