Comics, Toys

Batman Toy Trifecta: Mezco Mego-Style Dark Knight, NECA Nintendo Keaton Bats, Lego ’66 Batmobile



Okay, Mego-style may not be quite the right word for these – in fact, we may have to think up a new term. The idea is similar, with a cloth costume over a poseable body, and yet this is clearly both a lot more articulated and, at 6″, a tad smaller. And it’s the first figure in this style that I’ve been interested in since the days of that Charlee Flatt guy’s toys, which at the time cost an outrageous $60.

Dark Knight Batman is the first in a new line called One:12 Collective that will also include Judge Dredd and Universal Monsters:

Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a “real world” look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.

My only concern, as always with Mezco, is that the sculpting will tend towards the stylized a little more than I’d like. But that aside, this really is the goddamn (awesome) Batman.

I thought Mattel had a stranglehold on any 6″ scale version of Batman, sharing that license only with DC Collectibles. But NECA has also found a loophole…


Say hello to Nintendo-style Michael Keaton Batman, in the purple coloring of the movie’s tie-in video game! Their 18″ version of this sculpt is one of my very favorite toys, and while they’ve always said they couldn’t do it in their normal scale due to licensing issues, there must be a gaming loophole. Avid customizers can always repaint it, while kids trained by years of inane repaints from Hasbro and Mattel won’t notice the difference.


And then there’s this reveal from Lego, which is pretty cool, but…what’s up with the minifigs? Those are definitely not the Adam West and Burt Ward outfits, despite the fact that this will be sold in a box with the TV series logo. Frankly, I think this set just became a whole lot easier to get at Comic-Con.

h/t Justo Fajardo

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