|Bam! Mattel's first wave of Classic Batman TV series action figures|
Finally, after 47 since its first episode aired on January 1, 1966 there or toys based on a TV series that is as popular as it was when it began airing all those years ago.
The licensing that has been long been awaited has at last been brought to light and with it this fantastic line of 6 inch figures from Mattel. This first wave includes villains from the first two episodes of the series, which of course includes Batman (Adam West), but also puts in three dimensional form The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin).
|Mattel Classic TV Series Batman action figure|
|Rear view of packaging for Classic Batman TV series figure|
The likeness of Adam West is a plus and adds to the appearance of this figure. Batman also comes with a pegged display base with "Pow" molded into it. The figure also includes a 5 inch by 3.25 inch wide collectors card.
We've had five actors as of this date to portray the Dark Knight, excluding the movie serials, but only one to play him on TV. It's interesting to watch the screen test with future Wonder Woman star, Lyle Waggoner, and how the show may have turned out had Lyle been cast over Adam. For me, after I watched those screen tests, Adam was the clear choice.
The Riddler Figure:
|Mattel Classic Batman TV series Riddler action figure|
THE RIDDLER - You fiend! The confounding, clever criminal known as THE RIDDLER is BATMAN and ROBIN's trickiest villain. Sending Enigmatic Clues to the DYNAMIC DUO, THE RIDDLER subsequently leads them into an inevitable trap, but never fear - The BATMAN always outwits the mysterious madman!
|Rear view packaging for THE Riddler from Mattel|
Like Batman, The Riddler also comes with a pegged display base with "Ka-Pow" molded into it. The figure also includes a 5 inch by 3.25 inch wide collectors card.
The Penguin Figure:
|Mattel Classic Batman TV series The Penguin action figure|
That feathered fiend THE PENGUIN is at it again! But never trust a red herring, if something seems fishy, the monocle-wearing mayhem-maker will have something to do with it, with tricky umbrella weapons, this greedy, cold blooded villain gives THE BATMAN a run for his money!
|Rear view of packaging for Mattel's The Penguin figure|
Like the other figures, The Penguin also comes with a pegged display base with "Awk" molded into it. The figure also includes a 5 inch by 3.25 inch wide collectors card.
Price: Retails for $15.99 each.
These figures may not be for everyone, but for the little boy who sat daily in front of the TV waiting for the next Bat-Adventure, I am all about these figure. I had my doubts of what Mattel would come up with, but I can't be any happier on how these figures turned out.
Next up: The Joker, Surf's Up! Batman, and eventually Catwoman.
About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.