Holy Bat-Swag, Batman! Action Figures Based On 1960s TV Show Planned

By Zack Smith

We’re anticipating a lot of big news at Toy Fair next weekend – but can anything possibly compete with Warner Brothers’ announcement about the slew of merchandise based on the 1966 Batman TV series?

In a press release, Warner Brothers indicates that fans of the campy/awesome live-action show will have plenty of opportunity to drop some hard-earned dollars in the next year, including:

-Six-Inch Batman 1966 action figures;

-Two-packs of said figures for “Memorable Moments;”

-A 1960s-style Batmobile;

-Mattel Batman and Catwoman Ken and Barbie dolls (but will it be Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether or Eartha Kitt?);

-Costumes from Rubie’s based on the 1960s versions of Batman, Robin, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Joker;

-Vinyl Figures from Mezco;

-18-inch figures from NECA;

-Model kits, trading cards, Funko figures and plushes and more!

Holy merchandise overload, Batman! It’s a big deal to see all this. Because of licensing rights issues between Fox and Warner Brothers, we haven’t seen much done with the 1960s Batman series, despite its enduring popularity – let’s remember that many of the Mego dolls of Batman, Robin and foes in the 1970s were based off the looks of the characters on TV. And while the darker-toned Batman films and cartoons have distanced themselves from the goofy TV series, its innocence and earnestness has made it an enduring favorite amongst fans.

Will we get toy likenesses of Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith and other great character actors as the Bat-Foes – not to mention show-only villains like Egghead and King Tut? More importantly, might his mean we finally, finally get some DVDs of the original series, complete with such oddball crossovers as the Green Hornet and that bit where Batman met Col. Klink from Hogan’s Heroes?

(We don’t get it either. Presumably Klink’s sheer ineffectiveness at Nazism rendered him immune to the Nuremberg trials, and led to his inadvertent celebration as a turncoat. It’s not good to apply logic to Hogan’s Heroes, especially once you know what Bob Crane was up to in real life.)

Whatever the case – at least this means that fans won’t have to make do by putting a cape and cowl on their Adam West figure from Family Guy. Of course, finally having some 1966 Batman toys will create the new problem of NEVER NEEDING ANOTHER BATMAN TOY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Just as long as the Batman figure comes with Bat-Shark-Repellant and variant “Batusi” hands, I’m cool.

We’ll bring you pictures of these new toys as they’re available – and let us know if you’re excited to finally see them!

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