Saturday, April 20, 2013
Mego Batman Returns
2013 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for fans of classic Batman media and merchandise. First, Mattel and NECA announced that they are producing action figures based on the live-action Batman TV series from the 60s; then, DC announced that it will publish Batman '66, an online comic based on the same TV series, starting this summer. Now, Figures Toy Company has announced that it will release a series of Batman figures based on Mego's 8-inch World's Greatest Super Heroes line from the 70s, starting this July.
I'm not sure what has prompted this renewed interest in older Batman stuff, but it looks like we're going to see plenty of it in the months to come. Not only will Figures Toy Company release replicas of Mego's Batman figures (which include Robin, Batgirl, Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman) but it also intends to make a wave of figures based on the 60s Batman TV show, complete with head sculpts based on the actors who played the characters (see the picture below for two examples).
Personally, I'm hoping that these toys will sell well enough to encourage Figures Toy Company to release replicas of Mego's entire World's Greatest Super Heroes line. Then again, anything that keeps Mego alive among the horror, sci-fi and comic book communities is good idea in my book.