Remember way back when we used to ask “How about vehicles?” for our favorite 6-inch lines? It used to be that vehicles were considered too costly to make, but Mattel finally found a way to do it for the Batman 1966 line, and now DC Collectibles will add an animated Batmobile (including LED lights and a sliding hatch for the 2-figure cockpit!) for its 6-inch scaled line for Batman: The Animated Series this year. The solution, of course, was to set a “collector” price tag. The Mattel Batmobile was $50 as a Toys R Us exclusive. We’ll have to wait and see how much the BTAS Batmobile will crush our wallets.
DCC also announced more waves of the BTAS line, including Bane and Nightwing; more from The Flash and Arrow; and a new line of 6=inch action figures called DC Comics Icons, based on the art of Ivan Reis. Should be a good year for DC collectors, even with the void left by the demise of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics.
I’ve got more DC Collectibles to come, but for my last post tonight I wanted to share DC Collectibles’ figures from Batman: The Animated Series. Series 1 (Batman, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Catwoman) and series 2 (Poison Ivy, Joker, Robin, and Man-Bat) were both present in what looks to still be hand-painted resin casts. There’s still a ways to go, with the first wave due in November and the second in December.
They also showed off four more figures, which I presumed to be series 3 – Harley Quinn in hand-painted resin, and Batgirl, Killer Croc, and Baby Doll in unpainted resin or 3D prints. The latter three don’t have any articulation cut in, while Harley looks to be as far along as her Mr. J.
Now that we’ve got pictures of the latest reveal, Man-Bat, I can see why people have been commenting on the limited articulation of the figure relative to the rest. Seeing as how awkwardly proportioned the character is in the knees, elbows, and ankles, I’m not sure how they could articulate the figure without it collapsing under its own weight all the time. What do you guys think?