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 Post subject: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Lines!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:23 am 
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Hey all!

Dug through this section of the forum and didn't see any posts on 2 of my all-time favorite vintage lines: Kenner's Batman The Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns lines! These were truly the beginning of Batman-centric figure lines, and were the first to introduce the concept of "variant" Batmen (for better or worse). I absolutely love the line, and it is one of the few I collect in both packaged and loose condition (as well as prototypes).

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My sons (well, mostly just my older son Blaze... my younger son Keaton just does cameos when he feels like it) and I have a youtube channel where we review all the stuff we collect. A few months back, we started on a quest to review everything released in both lines. The video portion of the review is supplemented with pictures of the item at my 1989 Batman fansite, http://www.1989batman.com/.

Here are links and a sample pic to everything we have covered so far... As long as this post isn't stepping on anyone's toes and is cool with the mods, I'll keep it updated whenever we post a new review (for anybody that is a fan of these lines like us!)

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Kenner Iron Winch/ Sky Winch Batman Review- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/03/merchandise-spotlight-iron-winch-batman.html

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Kenner Batman Returns Robin Review- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-spotlight-robin-kenner.html

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Kenner Crime Attack Batman Review- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-spotlight-crime-attack.html

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Kenner Dark Knight Collection/ Batman Returns Batmobile Review- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/06/merchandise-spotlight-batmobile-kenner.html

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Kenner Batman Returns Catwoman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/06/merchandise-spotlight-catwoman-kenner.html

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Kenner Polar Blast Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/06/merchandise-spotlight-polar-blast.html

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Kenner Wall-Scaler Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/06/merchandise-spotlight-wall-scaler.html

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Kenner Tec-Shield Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-tec-shield-batman.html

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Kenner Dark Knight Collection Bola Bullet Vehicle Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-bola-bullet.html

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Kenner Laser Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-laser-batman.html

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Kenner Shadow Wing Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-shadow-wing.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:32 am 
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...and:

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Kenner Batman Returns Robin Jet Foil Cycle Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-robin-jet-foil.html

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Kenner Bruce Wayne Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-bruce-wayne.html

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Kenner Blast Shield / Bola Strike Batman Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-blast-shield-bola.html

That is what we have covered so far on the figure front. We have also been adding scans of the pages related to these lines from the "Action Toy Guide" pack-in catalogs:

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Kenner 1990 Action Toy Guide- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/06/merchandise-1990-kenner-action-toy-guide.html

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Kenner 1991 Action Toy Guide- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-1991-kenner-action-toy-guide.html

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Kenner 1992 Action Toy Guide- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-1992-kenner-action-toy-guide.html

...as well as scans of the related pages in the Kenner Toy Fair Company Catalogs-

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Kenner 1990 Catalog- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-1990-kenner-catalog-dark.html

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Kenner 1991 Catalog- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-1991-kenner-catalog-dark.html

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Kenner 1992 Catalog- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/05/merchandise-1992-kenner-catalog-batman.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:40 am 
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Lastly, here's a couple of "special feature" related posts on the lines:

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Kenner Batman Returns Limited Edition Art Print Set: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/07/merchandise-spotlight-kenner-batman.html

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The Original Kenner Keaton Batman Wax Head Sculpt- http://www.1989batman.com/2013/04/merchandise-original-wax-sculpture.html

The Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection Commercials: http://www.1989batman.com/search/label/Commercials%20%28Dark%20Knight%20Collection%29

The Kenner Batman Returns Commercials: http://www.1989batman.com/search/label/Commercials%20%28Batman%20Returns%29

...Hope it was okay to post all that! Again, as long as it is cool, I'll keep this thread updated whenever we do a new one. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Li
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:58 am 
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WOW!!!

That collection looks amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Li
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:10 am 
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scar1321 wrote:
WOW!!!

That collection looks amazing!



Thanks man! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Li
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:42 am 
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Awesome collection James! I want to live in that room. I'll definitely check out some of the video and features. Now you should shoot a video of you opening and eating a box of Batman cereal from 1990 :)


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 Post subject: Re: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Li
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:53 pm 
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JuliusMarx wrote:
Awesome collection James! I want to live in that room. I'll definitely check out some of the video and features. Now you should shoot a video of you opening and eating a box of Batman cereal from 1990 :)


Thanks Daniel! :lol:

I actually busted open a box and tried some about 5 years or so ago... I have always claimed it as my favorite cereal, and I am still angry at myself for not savoring that last bowl as an 11-year-old. I figured it might still have a hint of that magic stored away in the box...

It was a mistake. Definitely a mistake.

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 Post subject: Re: Kenner Batman Dark Knight Collection & Batman Returns Li
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You named one of your kids "Keaton"? Hehe... now that's obsession. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:00 pm 
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shabbyblue wrote:
You named one of your kids "Keaton"? Hehe... now that's obsession. :)


Ha! Yeah, I won a bet with the wife on that one. 8) She was sure it was a girl, I was sure it was a boy... Whoever was right got to pick the name. Thus was he named Keaton Christopher... Keaton for Michael Keaton, Christopher for Christopher Reeve. :)

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New one up today...

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Kenner Knock-Out Joker Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-knock-out-joker.html


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I know it isn't Kenner, but I figured I'd throw our Toy Biz Batman reviews in here too so everything stays together. :)

... and what better way to do our number one Toy Biz Batman review than with Jack's number one guy? That's right.... Bob the Goon!

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Toy Biz Batman Bob The Goon Review: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-bob-jokers-goon.html


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Batman takes to the skies in today's retro Kenner review as we take a look at the Batman Dark Knight Collection Batcopter!

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Around 25 pics and a video review here: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-batcopter-kenner.html

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Today over at 1989Batman.com, we take a look at the "Ultimate" Batman 14" figure from Kenner's Batman Returns line... including prototypes of this piece!

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Around 30 pics and a video review await here: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-ultimate-batman.html

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....Up today- Air Attack Batman from Kenner's Batman Returns line!

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Over 30 pics and our video review here: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-air-attack-batman.html

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Today's update... The Batcycle from the Toy Biz Batman line!

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Over 25 pics and our video review here: http://www.1989batman.com/2013/08/merchandise-spotlight-batcycle-toy-biz.html

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