Friday, September 22 2017 10:07

Toy Review: Funko DC Heroes Batman 1966 Action Figures

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When I first heard that Funko would be tackling the 1966 Batman license with a new set of 3.75" action figures, I'd imagined an approach on-par with the Reaction line that they'd worked on with Super7 for awhile. Having only glanced at the pictures in passing, the packaging artwork registered, and again I was thinking that these were going to be in the vintage Kenner style - "5POA" as some call it, with toys designed as they would've been in decades past. I would've dug that on its own, but shame on me for not noticing how detailed the line really is, with super-articulated figures that you have to see for yourself (like me) to truly appreciate. We have a few of these, and I can tell you that this is one cool line.

Funko DC Heroes Action Figures Review

The first wave of figures includes Batman (Adam West), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger), King Tut (Victor Buono) and Bookworm (Roddy McDowell). The Funko take on the George Barris Batmobile is also available, and thus far that's the only way to get Robin (Burt Ward), who's included alongside Batman. The character selection is interesting as they've gone for some fan-favorite, yet b-list villains that hadn't been approached in other '66 Batman lines (such as Mattel'sfrom a few years back). They also mixed things up with two "Chase" variants, including a version of Eli Wallach's Mr. Freeze (which we have) and a pilot episode costume version of Batman (very akin to the 1940s Serials look).

Funko DC Heroes Action Figures Review

While the packaging says "Ages 3+" there's no doubt that collectors are going to be a primary audience here. After all, the series is 50+ years old, but new generations are discovering it on Blu-ray, in addition to some really cool animated features, the last of which comes out this fall.

Funko DC Heroes Action Figures Review

Overall, the detailing on these is fantastic, and in addition to the fact that I love them - my girls love them, too! One of The Rock Daughters did manage to "misplace" Catwoman's blaster, so I figure that will either pop-up when we least expect it, or fall victim to the vacuum (it happens). We did find one quality control issue with Batgirl's legs, which were a bit bowed at the hip joints straight from the package. Fortunately, I was able to pop them off and put them back on properly.

Funko DC Heroes Action Figures Review

While I don't know what the future of this line holds, NYCC is set to bring a variant of the Batmobile, so fingers-crossed that we'll see some icons like The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (variants with both Frank Gorshin and John Astin?), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and others pop up in the next wave and beyond.

Funko DC Heroes Action Figures Review

Being that these are done in what I consider the best scale for action figures at 3.75", they play well with Star Wars, GI Joe, and even (gasp!) Marvel heroes as well!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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