Holy Perfection, Batman!
In a series of slightly murky, almost mysterious images, details of the highly anticipated, 1:6 scale 1966 Batman and Robin action figures from Hot Toys (HT) are finally beginning to trickle out. According to the company’s official website (found HERE), prototypes of its first new Bat-products will be revealed to an anxious public sometime in 2013.
While no official company announcement of a specific introduction time, date or place has been made, many believe attendees of the upcoming San Diego Comic Con (July 18-21) are in for some exciting news. Indeed, the chances that Hot Toys will reveal these new Batman figures at SDCC are very high. It’s hard to imagine a better place for a new product “reveal” than at a convention hall full of costumed comic book and superhero fans!
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words.
If that old adage is correct, then just a quick look at these new “teaser” pics from Hot Toys tells us a lot. For example, the materials used in the costumes? Perfect. The dull gray of Bat’s tights are a perfect contrast to the shinier blue of his trunks. Different fabrics, obviously carefully selected, and then painstakingly dyed to the correct hues. And dig that crazy Bat Utility Belt (see photo at top). It would’ve been so easy for HT to simply paint a logo there or slap a little sticker on that buckle, but they took the effort to properly “blind emboss” the uniquely shaped bat-belt logo as it originally appeared in the show. Yes, the logo on the belt is different from the logo on his chest, which is also different from the logo in the opening of the show. A VERY minor detail to some, yes, but its one that a majority of fans will notice and appreciate immediately.
Gadget-wise, we can only get a glimpse of our hero’s fabled, “batarang,” but we assume that it too, is going to be perfectly sculpted, and maybe even fold-up as it was shown to do in one episode of the show. For that, we’ll have to wait and see.
Bottom Line: Fan expectations are high for these new figures and the pressure is really building for Hot Toys to deliver. Collectors of 1:6 scale (and Batman) are all about the details. When a toy company gets it right, we reward them with heavy sales and high profits. Get it wrong, and…
Finally, while these new HT Batman figures may not be available for a year or more (quality takes time), eager fans are already queuing up (and saving up) for them; perhaps hoping to build a 1:6 scale Batcave in their basements. After all, what better place is there to park a new 1:6 scale HT Batmobile? And don’t worry. Food, rent, and electricity are all overrated.