Mattel STILL Not Done With The 1966 Batman Line- But that DOESN’T Mean They Announced a Batgirl Figure
October 11, 2013

A few weeks back I wrote a story here about running into some of the Mattel staff and them telling me to pass on that their Classic TV 1966 Batman line was not ending after the Catwoman figure, but would still live on (you can read that original story here).   The main thrust of that article was about people misinterpreting what they were saying about the line.

I know how they felt now, because apparently a lot of you misinterpreted what I said in that story.   I got word from my Mattel pals at NYCC today that fans and other press kept coming into the booth asking to see a new 1966 Batgirl figure because they read about it on AFi.   That’s NOT what I said.   They did not and I did not announce a 66 Batgirl figure.

Mattel DID debut a new 66 Classic TV figure for 2014 at NYCC today – Surfs Up Joker. 

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Here is the statement that Mattel made on their MattyCollector Facebook page:

This just in from the DC team at #NYCC: Hi Classic TV Series Batman fans! BIF! BAM! KAPOW! Did you have a chance to check out the photos of the reveal of Surfs Up Joker from NYCC? This figure comes complete with board shorts and of course his bright green surf board, surfing his way into retail in Summer 2014! He is the perfect complement to Surfs Up Batman which is available in 2013, and an awesome addition to your Classic TV Series Batman collection. And for everyone who is asking about an Yvonne Craig figure, there are no plans at this time for a Batgirl figure. However we hope that you are surfingly-excited about the NYCC reveal: Surfs Up Joker.

I hope that clears up some of the confusion.  The line just gained another figure for 2014- Surfs Up Joker and I hope we hear more announcements at Toy Fair 2014.

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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4 Comments »

  • Telcontar says:

    Misinterpretation? As Batwasp pointed out in the comments from the linked article above, the following is copied and pasted from an Ask Matty right here on AFI from August 15, 2013:

    “Q2. Are there future waves of 1966 Batman figures planned beyond what has already been announced?

    A2. No, at this point you have seen all the 1966 figs including the awesome Batmobile.”

    How can anyone have “misinterpreted” that clear statement?

    http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/ask-matty-answers-for-august-15th-2013/

    • John Michals says:

      That sounds about right. They’re flopping on what they said and don’t want to lose potential $$$ if fans lose interest. It’s more profitable to have people buy the existing figures if they give them (false) hope that their favorite characters get produced. Mattel isn’t known for being too smart tho. They ruined the Retro-Action Figure line a few years back only to have Figures Toy Company come in and snatch the concept from them. FTC may have more money to pay for the rights but with their terrible track record they could kill interest in all `66 Batman style toys if their figures fall apart in the packaging.

  • Mike Bolotin says:

    Ok – we are now into the first week of May. And all we have heard from Mattel is a Surf’s Up Joker – for later in the year. How about a Robin in his own package?? And they still need to do a Batgirl, a Mr. Freeze, a King Tut and an Egghead. How difficult is this?? They have had the rights for some time now – they can’t at least let us know one way or the other??? F–king creeps!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Bolotin says:

    Ok – now into the middle of June – and still nothing!!!!! Figures Toy Company already came out with their first wave – and they are a lot better quality than the Mattel versions!!!! And they are going to do most of the popular villains – Egghead, King Tut, Mad Hatter and Mr. Freeze were all confirmed. Mattel can’t even create a Robin in his own package – but they can do two versions of Batman and Joker – what a f_cking joke!!!!!!!! Classless company!!!!!!!! People should avoid all Mattel products – the retards that work for their company can’t even answer a simple question – like what figures would be made next?? Their answer is Surfing Joker and nothing more after that – leaving these figures as an incomplete collection!!!!! As_holes!!!!!!!!

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