Since he swung into the scene in 1939, Batman has become one of the most beloved superheroes in history and a true pop culture phenomenon. Over the decades, the Dark Knight has transcended the pages of comic books and carved out a formidable presence in cinema. The caped crusader’s legacy was ignited with Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” movie starring Michael Keaton. This set the stage for an array of unique filmmaker interpretations, climaxing with Christian Bale’s portrayal in the “Dark Knight” trilogy, and continuing with the more recent embodiments by Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson.
But let’s turn the clock back to a time before these brooding depictions became the norm. Cast your mind back to the bright and quirky Batman of the 1960s, played by none other than Adam West. This version of the caped crusader captured the hearts of fans through a TV series and a movie that, while parodic, made a significant cultural splash during its broadcast run on the ABC network.
The “Batman” series, aired from 1966 to 1969, brought us Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as his sidekick, Robin. Together they fought Gotham City’s fearsome criminals. The show quickly became a fan favorite, proving to be a unique and colorful spectacle.
Between the show’s first and second seasons, the magic of this campy Batman world was even brought to the silver screen. Each episode featured our heroes confronting a new villain, like the Joker, Riddler, Penguin, or Catwoman. The series was known for its playful tone, dynamic camera angles, and zany fight scenes complete with comic book-style onomatopoeias popping onto the screen.
Now, for those who hold a fond nostalgia for this classic era, McFarlane Toys offers a spectacular assortment of articulated action figures commemorating the “Batman ’66” series. These collectibles are available for fans to cherish on the official Bandai Collector website. Each figure brings back memories, particularly the sublime Batmobile replica, a must-have for any curator of memorabilia.
The action figures measure approximately 15 centimeters tall, meticulously capturing the likeness of the characters. Adam West’s Batman, with his iconic gray lycra suit, blue accessories, and prominent yellow belt, stands out in the collection. Several of the figures come with playful accessories, like the comic book onomatopoeia, which can be attached to the figures’ hands to recreate those action-packed series moments.
In addition to the attention to detail, the figures also feature fabric capes that add a premium feel, lifting them above the standard action figures and delighting both kids and collectors with their impressive finishes and paintwork. The collection doesn’t shy away from the whimsical side of the Batman universe either, including figures like Superman, Lord Death Man, and Robot Batman, among others, offering a delightful range of heroes and villains.
For those eager to complete their collection, the ’66 Batmobile is a showstopper. An intricately detailed replica of the original ride, it’s perfectly scaled to house both Batman and Robin action figures. Crafted with high-quality PVC and ABS plastics, this piece boasts all the iconic logos and accessories of its time, including a tribute to the Ford Lincoln Futura—the first-ever live-action Batmobile. The wheels spin (although steering is fixed), and the tires even have a tactile, sponge-like feel.
This “Batman ’66” collection by McFarlane Toys is a treasure trove for fans, capturing the essence of an era when the Batmobile roared through Gotham and Adam West graced the screen, leaving us with a legacy that even snagged a cameo in the 2023 film “The Flash”. It’s a trip down memory lane to a time when Batman was less about the darkness and more about the adventure – a symbol of an era that blended heroism with an undeniable sense of fun.