Batman ’66 3¾” Figures Revealed: Finally, The Heroes We Both Deserve AND Need

Retroist readers, it took me a minute or two to literally stop dancing in my office (believe me, I’m getting some looks), stop singing the Nelson Riddle Batman theme, and write this up for you. If the news from the real world is getting you down, this news is guaranteed to pick you up. Friends, bear with me and forgive my journalistic trespasses, for this brief article is bereft of any objectivity whatsoever.

Funko’s ReAction line is bringing characters and vehicles from the 1966 Batman TV series to the 3¾” scale (known almost by default as “Kenner Star Wars scale”.

Take a moment to let that sink in. Like the recently announced Twin Peaks figures also expected this year from Funko, the Batman figures will have more than 5 points of articulation.




(I wonder if they will release a variant edition of Mister Freeze – who was also portrayed by George Saunders and Eli Wallach. This toy design certainly appears to be based off the time that Otto Preminger played the character in the Batman ’66 series. – Vic)

And get a load of this glorious, glorious Batmobile.

The show’s villains are well-represented, and not even the most obvious ones: Mr. Freeze, King Tut and Catwoman are just the tip of the iceberg of memorable baddies that could be commemorated in plastic.
Conspicuous by their absence: the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin. (I have no insider info, but just between you and me and the Batcave, I smell a box set waiting to happen there. There’s clearly no issue with likeness rights, as both the Riddler and the Penguin will be appearing in the second wave of Funko’s Batman ’66 Vinyl Pops.)
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And while she may have been a late addition to the show, Batgirl will be one of the first arrivals in figure form.

If you, like me, have been waiting for this moment since you were six years old, well, I’m gonna start up the Batman soundtrack in my office and start dancing again until these are in the stores.

When he’s not keeping score at the Retroist, Earl Green is the founder, head writer and podcaster-in-chief at theLogBook.om, a site devoted in roughly equal parts to classic sci-fi, classic video games, classic soundtracks, and space history. He can be heard on theLogBook.com’s Escape Pod daily mini-podcast of geek history, and monthly on the Select Game, Don’t Give This Tape To Earl, and In The Grand Theme Of Things podcasts.

Watch The Original 1966 Batmobile Sell For 4.2 Million Dollars!

The Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series was certainly the perfect iconic vehicle for the Dynamic Duo to cruise in while protecting the good citizens of Gotham City. The Batmobile vehicle was designed and built by George Barris, in fact due to time constraints put upon him by the showrunners he used the Lincoln Futura – a concept car – that he picked up in the mid-1950s. After hiring Gene Cushenberry to modify the original vehicle – after three weeks time it was ready to go in front of the cameras for the soon to be a megahit for the ABC network.

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The Batmobile - Auction
It wasn’t just the Batman TV series that garnered fame but George Barris as well. Soon he was asked to provide another memorable car for television, this time with The Munsters Drag-U-La and their touring vehicle with the Munster Coach among many others for various series and even celebrities like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Elton John to name just a very few.
The Batmobile - George Barris
George Barris owned the Batmobile for fourty-seven years when in January of 2013 he was present to oversee the auctioning of the Caped Crusaders trusty vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson car show in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the final hammer came down it had sold for a staggering 4.2 Million Dollars and thanks to The BatFan you can watch the entire event – I’m not sure what the vehicle is that we first see in the video…it almost looks like a Bond car but I can’t place it.

George Barris passed away in November of 2015 but he most certainly left behind a lasting legacy of entertaining and memorable vehicles throughout numerous television and films. If you would like to know a bit more about Barris and the company he created to manufacture custom cars and replicas, hop on over to Barris Kustom Industries.

New Trailer For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders Is Simply Fantastic!

Starting digitally on October 11, there will be many Bat-fans like myself shouting at their television sets “To the Batmobile!” as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders – a return to the rather brighter and fun Batman 1966 universe.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


Of course as I mentioned when Warner Bros. released the teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film a couple of weeks back, the real treat is getting to hear Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to those characters they made so famous on TV.

From the Press Release:
“Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil…and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans).. Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.”

There is no word yet however if the animated version of Cesar Romero’s Joker will have his “hidden” mustache…

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Are You Well Prepared For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders?!

Holy Cow! Talk about some news that will get most retro fans snapping their fingers in anticipation – DC Comics and Warner Bros. are releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader later this year! It is an animated feature that is set in the groovy Batman ’66 universe and most importantly of all it features the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar lending their vocal talents to the characters of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman – roles they helped make a household name back in the day.

Batman - Return of the Caped Crusaders

While there isn’t an awful lot of information right now – thanks to this teaser trailer released yesterday we do know that the Dynamic Duo will not just be protecting the citizens of Gotham City in this feature film but also venturing into outer space. It will be available digitally starting on October 11…and I will definitely be picking it up and giving you a review…and on DVD and Blu-ray starting on November 1st.

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Riddle Me This! How Awesome Is Tweeterhead’s Batman 1966 Riddler Maquette?

The answer is of course to fans of Batman ’66…quite awesome! First of all a big thanks to Chris Sims over at Comics Alliance for the heads up on this awesome pre-order from Tweeterhead.

Frank Gorshin’s portrayal of the Prince of Puzzlers from the 1966 television series is hands down one of my favorite things to watch. He is equally funny and considering how humorous Gorshin was in real life it’s easy to see why, but he was also able to turn on a dime and be very menacing. Watching the 1966 series in syndication after school in my youth was one of the reasons that the Riddler is one of my absolute favorite comic characters.

Images courtesy of Tweeterhead.

Images courtesy of Tweeterhead.


Batman 1966 - The Riddler 1 - Frank Gorshin - TweeterHead

Jump on over to Tweeterhead to take part in the pre-order of the Riddler Maquette and while you are there you might be interested in the other Batman 1966 wares they have to add to your own home…or Batcave. You can even secure a second version that includes a signed Riddler photo from the Frank Gorshin estate!

Batman 1966 - Tweeterhead
The Riddler - Batman 1966 - Frank Gorshin - Tweeterhead

While you are perusing their Batman selection perhaps this would be the perfect time to share Frank Gorshin’s little ditty once again. This song from Frank Gorshin was released on a 45rpm record and was arranged by none other than the legendary crooner Mel Torme!

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