Welcome to the first in a series of in-depth looks at the figures of the Toy Biz DC Superheroes action figure line. In this installment we’ll be looking at what is arguably the flagship figure of the line, Batman.
Without the 1989 Batman film, it’s hard to imagine the Toy Biz DC Superheroes line existing at all. Batman was definitely the star of the show here – six of the seven villains in the line were Bat-villains, and he and his rogues gallery got all the vehicles and playsets. What better place to start on the Toy Biz line, then, than with the Dark Knight himself.
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The front of the card is very similar to the Super Powers card in terms of content, though the layout is reversed, with the art on the left and the figure on the right. Batman’s card features a character-specific logo, whereas a majority of the figures simply had the DC Superheroes logo across the top.
Rather than a speech bubble indicating the figure’s action feature, this series used a sort of sound-effect burst to highlight the playable aspect of the figure. Dig those Ben-Day dots!
As far as the art itself goes, the proportions on Batman are spectacular. His right shoulder is bigger than his head!
There were three different variations of the Toy Biz Batman figure, and they were all head/face variants. Some Batmen had square jaws; others had rounded jaws; and still others bore more of a resemblance to actor Michael Keaton. Pictured here is the Keaton head version of Bats.
Here’s a shot comparing the Toy Biz Batman to his Kenner predecessor. The Toy Biz card is a bit taller than the Super Powers card, and the figure itself stands a bit taller as well. Plus he comes with those wonderful toys.
The back of the package shows the rest of the figures, plus the first wave vehicles and playsets, in the line that bore the Batman-specific logo. You also get a look at how the figure’s action feature works, as well as a newspaper article to cut out and collect.
The figure shown on the cardback is pretty clearly a repainted Super Powers Batman. It’s hard to tell if they actually cut a hole in the belt area to accommodate the string of the zip line, or if it’s just taped on there with electrical tape.
One thing I do find interesting about the action feature, though, is that it’s pretty similar to that of the unproduced Super Powers Capture Winch Batman that was unearthed by The Earth a few years back.
Based on the article found on the back of Batman’s package, it looks like there’s some hard-hitting journalism to be found in the Gotham Globe, along with some cross-promotion for the other toys in the line. Photographs by Vicki Vale.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the Toy Biz Batman! I’ll be back soon with another figure spotlight.