|Mattel's Classic Batman TV series toy line wave I|
I was skeptical about Mattel pulling the plug on their Classic Batman toy line since I was never able to find any official announcement from Mattel. I had either read it on other toy or Batman forums or people were commenting or emailing the Batcave Toy Room with the news, but a new bat signal is shining bright over all the Desmond Doomsday voiceovers.
Action Figure Insider has reported that Mattel is NOT done with the 1966 Batman Line! AFIs Daniel Pickett had a chance meeting with members of Mattel's boys retail team and while discussing Yvonne Craig finally signing a deal with Warner Brothers to use her likeness the topic of the Batman toy line came up.
According to the retail team the Classic TV 66 Batman stuff has been selling very well and they were confused as to why collectors thought the line was cancelled.
I think it's because there hasn't been any talk about what was next. Toy Figures Inc has already started previewing all the Batman TV series action figures they have coming. While Mattel's last entry was Catwoman (due for release on October 20th). However, the boys retail team stated, "That's all we have to announce at this time for 2013."
Will Mattel's Batman action figure line continue?
Will there be figures made in the likeness of Batgirl, Egghead, Bookworm, King Tut, and others?
Is this the ghastly end of the toy line we've waited so long to come to fruition?
One hint: The worst may be yet to come!
Are you happy the line may continue or were you hoping it would die a quick death?
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.