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.)
Batman '66

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.

LEGO Batman

Check Out This Stop Motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series Intro!

Things are certainly looking pretty good for LEGO at the moment. With their upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie hitting theaters next week. You could understandably believe that all the bases have been covered in regards to things involving both LEGO and Batman.

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

I must admit that I did a double take after watching that extended trailer. Are they actually showcasing the likes of The Gentleman Ghost?!
LEGO Batman

Moreover they also decided to shine the spotlight on Calendar Man?
LEGO Batman - Calendar Man

In addition to including that villain who is surely the top of your list as well as mine. The one and only Edward Nygma aka The Riddler!

Of course I would be hard pressed to ignore that in the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie we see the Justice League. Or more like the Super Friends with the addition of some of the characters from Challenge of the Super Friends. Check out the image below – you can make out Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, as well as the Wonder Twins and even Gleek!

So with all of that being included in the upcoming LEGO Batman film, you might think there is nothing to add. In this case Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe’s hard work would prove you wrong. As a matter of fact with over 27,000 views already. The duo have proven there is more than enough desire to see some form of a stop motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series. Or at the very least the opening to the vintage show. Albeit a slightly different opening to the now legendary 1992 to 1995 weekday series.

Now if you might be wondering as to why Roberts and Poppe created this. I think that Kyle and Nathan explain it best in that YouTube upload:

“I can safely say my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Batman or LEGO. It only felt natural to see them combined in stop motion heaven,” said Poppe.

“I remember coming home from school almost every day and turning on this show. It’s one of my all time favorites. It was for sure a labor of love recreating this intro,” Roberts says.

“It took more than 1,000 photos, 40 hand drawn backgrounds and more than 300 hours of work to complete this stop motion project. Paired with Belgium composer Joris Hermy’s sweeping soundtrack, this tribute is a work of art and a fun, nostalgic trip for Batman fans of all sizes. Joris scored all of the ‘Bad Days’ animated episodes over at MarvelousTV. Tighten your utility belt and get ready to click “watch again” to catch all the Easter eggs.”

The fan made project is certainly good enough to watch more than once in an attempt to find those Easter Eggs. While you do that…if you will excuse me…I have a flying rat to contend with!

Batman and Robin

“Lost” Episode Of The Adventures Of Batman And Robin?

Calling 1995’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin Sega CD a lost episode isn’t an outright fib. However the full truth is that what fans of the Warner Bros. Batman animated franchise have dubbed as “lost”. Is in fact the 16 minutes of animated footage used as the cutscenes during the gameplay.
Batman and Robin

Granted that does not mean the animation when joined together constructs an actual story. At least not one of the quality we fans became accustom to with the 1992 to 1995 show. Which without a doubt raised the bar for animated television!

[Via] Bugs Bunny

In the case of the Sega CD’s The Adventures of Batman and Robin however there are strong ties to the classic animated series. Not only did Kevin Conroy return to voice Batman for the cutscenes. He was joined by series regulars like Ron Perlman (Clayface), Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), John Glover (The Riddler), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), Mark Hamill (The Joker), and Adrienne Barbeau (Catwoman) to name a few.
Batman and Robin

Furthermore the story for the game was handled by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The screenplay was written by Dini with the animated sequences directed by Timm.

On the negative side the animation isn’t up to the same standards as what was seen in the television series. On the positive side since it was designed for a game it didn’t have to follow the same rules in terms of violence. Which is why you will witness some rather more intense fight sequences.

Case in point when Batman goes after Poison Ivy’s plant creature with an axe!

Now sit back and enjoy the “lost” episode of The Adventures of Batman and Robin!

[Via] Comic Ghost

If you perhaps have a little more time on your hands, you can in fact watch the entire game. Thanks to John Brain’s YouTube channel you can see the game from start to finish. Provided you have about an hour to spend viewing the walkthrough!

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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The Dean Martin Show Featuring Frank Gorshin (1966)

Lou Rawls and Frank Gorshin - 1977

Lou Rawls and Frank Gorshin – 1977

As mentioned in the Retroist’s Batman TV Podcast, Frank Gorshin was known for more than his fantastic performance as the Riddler, he was also a very talented impressionist. In this clip you’ll also get to catch him trading riddles with Dean Martin and performing his “The Riddler” song that just happened to be composed and arranged by none other than Mel Torme!

Thanks to ToonORama’s YouTube Channel we can catch Frank doing impressions of various actors tackling the roles of Batman and Robin from this 1966 episode of the Dean Martin Show.