Adam West (born William West Anderson; September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film. The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a feature-length film version directed by Leslie H. Martinson was released in 1966.
Ever since I was a kid and even now as an adult, I still enjoy the the classic Batman 1960s television series. It was watching a 2D comic book hero come alive in 3D action on the small and big screen in full color glory. Never mind that it was campy. It was live action BATMAN with a whole array of arch villains. And it is sad news indeed to hear that the actor who played Batman has passed away. As a tribute to the man, I decided to post this Hot Toys 1966 Batman action figure review on my toy blog.
I had gotten this Hot Toys MMS218 1966 Batman 1/6th scale Batman 120-inch Collectible Figure way back in 2014 (check out my June 2014 haul post HERE), having pre-ordered it almost nine months earlier in 2013 when Hot Toys released the preview / prototype pictures (posted HERE). There have never been 12-inch figures made of the 1966 dynamic duo until Hot Toys did it. I'm really glad it's Hot Toys that got the license to produce and release these 1966 Batman figures because coming from Hot Toys, you know that quality is assured and these will look GREAT! But I've never posted pictures of this 1966 Batman figure except in comparison pictures with other Batman figures HERE and in my Toy Haven 3 work-in-progress post HERE.
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I liked the box design because it harks back to the era when the TV series was aired, campy and fun :) The box packaging can even transform into a diorama which you can pose the figure with.
Check out the instruction sheet below which shows you how to turn the box packaging into a climbing diorama for both Batman and Robin.
Hot Toys MMS218 1966 Batman 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure accessories include: 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; three (3) interchangeable lower part of faces capturing Adam West’s classic facial expressions; Batarang, Bat-radio, shark repellent spray, big bomb
In the 1966 Batman film, Batman was handed a canister of Shark Repellant by Robin when a shark loaded with a bomb inside leapt out of the water and latched onto Batman's leg as he hung by the Batcopter's ladder. After being sprayed, the shark released it's jaw's grip on Batman, and fell back to the water. Shortly after hitting the surface, the bomb inside it detonated, and the shark was torn apart. Hot Toys 1/6th scale Shark Repellant spray has a removable cap and includes a hand to hold the canister.
Close-up pic of Bat-radio with the big bomb in the background and the hands that are meant to hold it. There's the hilarious scene where Batman has to dispose of a bomb with innocent people all around and Batman left to mutter about how getting rid of a bomb can't be done on certain days.
Hot Toys MMS218 1966 Batman 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure's costume consists of: Batcowl with Adam West's likeness, Batsuit, dark purple cape, yellow utility belt with metal Batman emblem, dark purple forearm gloves / gauntlets, and dark purple boots
Check out the authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Batman from the 1966 Batman movie, Batman cowl with patented Interchangeable Faces Techniques including three interchangeable lower part of faces capturing Adam West’s classic facial expressions.
The interchangeable lower face plates are easily detached and attached via magnets
Here are some pics of the dynamic duo / caped crusaders standing together: Hot Toys MMS218 1966 Batman 1/6th scale Adam West Batman 30 cm tall Collectible Figure with 30-point TrueType body and Hot Toys MMS219 1966 Batman 1/6th scale Burt Ward Robin 28 cm tall Collectible Figure
Kaaapowie! Holy feature film, Batman... glad it got made
Comparison pictures of Hot Toys 1:6 scale Batman figures from The Dark Knight, Arkham, 1966, 1989 + more posted HERE
Mattel Retro-Action Batman 8" Figure REVIEW II (pictures HERE)
"BATs All, Folks" - Mego style Batman Gallery posted HERE