I’ve pretty much stopped buying action figures, but this Dark Knight Returns figure that is part of Mattel’s Batman Unlimited line is tempting. Of course the $21.99 price tag for figures like this is why I’ve largely given up collecting action figures.
Mattel is really going all out for this wave of 1966 Batman TV show action figures.
This Batman Batusi figure is one of Mattel’s SDCC 2013 exclusives.
The diorama package features vintage-look art from Shag, and a sound feature plays music with a ‘60s vibe to perfectly capture the scene where Batman™ shows off his unique Batusi moves. The package is designed so the Batusi dance moves can be activated without removing the figure.
Beginning in June 2013, Mattel will be releasing a series of 6-inch action figures based on the 1966 live-action Batman television show. Part of the reason this is being released now is that all of the legal issues between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox surrounding the 1966 series have been resolved. That means we may finally see that series on DVD and/or streaming media.
In the late 1970s, Mattel licensed toys from various giant robot anime series popular in Japan and released the toys here as Shogun Warriors. The best of the series were a line of 24″ tall plastic that were straight-up awesome, like this classic Dragun:
These toys were released before the U.S. crack down on spring-loaded weapons in toys, so that huge contraption on Dragun’s right hand is a shuriken disc shooter.
The toy line inspired a Shogun Warriors comic book from Marvel that ended once declining sales led to the cancellation of the toys.