Nowadays when anew comic book, movie or TV character is a hit, we have come to expect as collectors, that we will get a solid figure from the property with accurate likenesses (if applicable), great articulation, fantastic paint apps & awesome poseability. However, with the 1966 BATMAN TV show, it took a good long while, decades actually, before Junkies could really feel like they had legit figures from the campy classic that has paved the way for a costume-filled 21st century. So I scoured my personal collection and the web, in general, to come up with not only my Top 10 Adam West Bat-figures, but also the little extra non-figure pieces from the iconic show that will be the perfect additions to your '66 themed Batcave to honor the man that mastered the Batusi. (*BTW I had to add an extra one so it is really the TOP 11 plus bonus picks, not just 10.) #AFJ4LIFE
11. FUNKO VINYL IDOLZ BATMAN
While the VINYL IDOLZ line from FUNKO has not vaulted into the stratosphere like their big brother POP! VINYLS, I absolutely love this line. The animation style is very indicative of a hybrid of 60's pop art mixed in with Seth McFarlane's animated universe with whom West was a big part. Again, sold out right now but an awesome get for your office desk.
10. FIGURES TOY CO. BRUCE WAYNE 8-INCH
FIGURES TOY CO. is a small but distinguished outfit out of Florida that produces fantastic figures. These are the high-end MEGO-style figures you had as a kid with added 21st-century technology. The packaging is dynamite and sturdy and if you are going for the retro BATMAN '66 figures, there is no better choice. In fact, I have an entire shelf devoted to their BATMAN '66 figures and they are brilliant. Naturally, this piece is out of stock right now on EE but here is the link just in case. Order HERE.
9. DC COMICS MULTIVERSE BATMAN '66 4" ACTION FIGURE
These 4-inch DC MULTIVERSE figures with 14 points of articulation are some of my favorites. I loved the updated look of the '66 Bat-suit and the mixture of old school and new. I really hope that MATTEL resurrects this line as I would love it if they did the rest of the '66 cast. A steal for just $11.99 on AMAZON.
8. FUNKO '66 POP! VINYLS BATMAN & POP! RIDES BATMOBILE
FUNKO is set on toy world domination led by their flagship POP! VINYLS line. Both the POP RIDES and regular POP have seen a sharp spike since the loss of Adam West last week. I actually think that these retro POP pieces are perfect companions to the 1966 TV series. Order just the Batman HERE.
7. FUNKO BATMOBILE WITH BATMAN & ROBIN
I was so fired up at Toy Fair that FUNKO is determined to bring back 3.75" figures with a solid 9 points of articulation. Also, the only way to get the Robin figure is if you purchase this Batmobile set so the completist in me says I must have this. I am psyched to see what properties get the 3.75" treatment next. Order HERE.
If you are looking to impress your houseguest, then DIAMOND SELECT's Premier Collection Statue is a must-have for the dedicated Gothamite. The 12-inch scale resin statue of Adam West as Batman is brilliantly sculpted by Clayburn Moore. This piece is a LIMITED EDITION of just 1966 pieces (get it?) which means that it is going through the roof in price because of Mr. West's passing. Still, this is really a beautiful high-end piece for '66 Bat-Junkies. I really love the "POW!: base too, very clever. Order HERE.
Batman's legendary surfing reputation culminated in the Caped Crusader wearing his yellow shorts. And don't forget the Bat-Surfboard that comes with the figure. I was bummed that MATTEL did not continue making the rest of the TV characters in 6-inch form but maybe one day. This figure is a steal on eBay for as little as $10.
Any fan of the '66 BATMAN show remembers the running gag of Bats & Robin climbing up the sides of buildings using their Batarang's. Usually, a celebrity of the period would make an appearance in one of the windows as the ascended to the top of the building. So when MATTEL released this awesome two-pack, I was all over it. You can even mount the building pieces and make your own makeshift scene from the TV show. Also, this is the only chance to get Robin in 6-inch form. A fantastic set and a great conversation starter.
3. NECA 1/4 SCALE ADAM WEST BATMAN ACTION FIGURE ($100-$150)
This amazing piece was one of my first 1/4 scale figures and it is still one of my favorites. The figure stands at a towering 18-inches and is fully poseable with the late Adam West's likeness. The piece comes in a beautiful window box case and has a slew of extras including a functional utility belt and interchangeable hands just to name a few. A really amazing figure all the way around.
2. NECA TOYS R US EXCLUSIVE 7-INCH ACTION FIGURE
This TRU Exclusive from 2015 is one of the best and easily beats similar figures in the same size range. It is basically a miniature version of the 1/4 scale figure above but smaller and at a price point that is hard to pass up. Naturally, prices have soared in the last week on the secondary market but I hear that some TRU's still have it on the pegs. A must-have for this awesome figure which at retail is just $19.99 if you get lucky.
1. HOT TOYS BATMAN 1966 1/6 SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE ($199.99)
There is no doubting that HOT TOYS are the Cadillac's of action figures. While the price-point is high, you will definitely know where that extra cash is going. The figure has 30 points of articulation as well as interchangeable faces to match Adam West's campy expressions. An absolutely epic figure that is the best of the best. Below are the full details of what comes in the box.
- Batman Collectible Figure
- Thirteen (13) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
- One (1) pair of fists
- One (1) pair of relaxed palms
- One (1) pair of dancing gesture palms
- One (1) pair of open palms
- One (1) pair of partially-clenched palms
- One (1) right palm for holding Batarang
- One (1) right palm for holding spray can
- One (1) left palm for holding Bat-radio
- One (1) Batsuit
- One (1) dark purple cape
- One (1) yellow utility belt with metal Batman emblem
- One (1) pair of dark purple forearm gloves
- One (1) pair of dark purple boots
- One (1) Batarang
- One (1) shark repellent spray
- One (1) big bomb
- One (1) Bat-radio
- Figure stand with Batman nameplate and Batman movie logo