2013 is going to be an exciting year for Batman 1966 fans. Last year, Warner Brothers and Fox finally ironed out their licensing issues, so that this year we are going to start seeing toys and other merchandise based on the classic TV series! Or maybe I should capitalize that: "The Classic TV Series." It is, after all, the greatest show in the history of television. Up to now, we've mostly only seen merchandise based on the Batmobile, as that was a separate license with George Barris. But now for the first time, we are going to get toys and other merchandise based on the characters from the show, as portrayed by Adam West, Burt Ward, and the rest.
They've already announced a line of 6 inch "Movie Masters" figures from Mattel, which I am SUPER excited about. I've been dreaming about Batman 1966 action figures since I was four years old! I fully expect to buy every figure from this line, even though I haven't seen any of them yet (please don't dissapoint me, Mattel!)
Hot Toys has also announced they have a license to produce Batman 1966 merchandise. So far they've shown a giant size Batmobile. I assume they will be making a hyper-realistic Adam West figure, and possibly other characters from the series as well, but they haven't officially announces that yet, as far as I know. I would love to have a Hot Toys Adam West, although Hot Toys figures are really pricey, and I don't know that I will be able to afford the 200+ dollars for one.
Today I learned of some other Batman 1966 toys coming this year. Funko have announced on their forum that they will be producing "Wacky Wobblers" and "Funko Pop" toys based on the series. The characters will be:
- Adam West as Batman
- Yvonne Craig as Batgirl
- Caesar Romero as The Joker
- Burt Ward as Robin
- Julie Newmar as Catwoman
The Wacky Wobbler List of 2013!
2013 Pop! Wanna Know? 12 Days of Christmas
I'm going to be keeping my eyes peeled for more info about these, and other Batman 1966 toys, and if I find any, I'll be posting about that as well.
UPDATE, Tuesday, February 12: I've got some preview illustrations of these toys in a new post, click on the link to check them out!