"Michelle Pfeiffer? Ha! The only real Catwoman is Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwetherr or Eartha Kitt." -- Adam West
Holy overused Burt Ward joke, Batman! The pop-cultural resurgence of the 1966 "Batman" TV series with Adam West continues with these new Mattel figures that capture the campy-cool vibe of the original actors down to the last detail...and we mean DETAIL.
Now available for pre-order on Big Bad Toy Store are Mattel's Batman Classic 1966 TV Figures, the new ultra-sculpted, highly-articulated version of that TV show we all loved as kids but didn't want to admit to loving as we got older because "darker" Batman was cool, but have now finally come around as cool again.
The new figures include the Caesar Romero Joker, and yes, careful scrutiny reveals a mustache visible under the makeup, just as observant fans of the TV show always noticed.
This gets pretty hardore, folks. As also recently announced, there'll be an exclusive "Batusi" Batman available at San Diego Comic-Con, which MattyCollector has just posted pics of on their site (scroll down).
How hardcore does this get? I dunno, how about a SURF'S UP BATMAN FIGURE WITH TRUNKS.
No announcement of a "Joker's Under" Joker yet, but y'all know it's comin'.
And for those who echo West's above sentiment, one of the only REAL Catwomen is getting a figure in the likeness of the first TV Feline Fatale, Julie Newmar.
The above figures are from the second wave of "Batman" 1966 figures, and are due to be released in the fourth quarter of 2013, but we want them NOW! They're $17.99 each on Big Bat Toy Store..umm, Big Bad Toy Store. The first wave is due out in July, which is STILL TOO FAR AWAY.
We can't wait to see what characters from the show might come up in future waves -- False Face? King Tut? Marsha, Queen of Diamonds? Good lord, might Aunt Harriet finally get some Bat-Merchandise of her own?
And let us not forget the digital-first "Batman '66" comic by Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case also coming out this summer. THIS IS HAPPENING.
It is a strange and miraculous world in which we live, Robin.
Are you as excited about these as we are, if such a thing is possible? Let us know!