Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

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Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by John Mack » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:51 am

Also comes with an incorrect Batarang and a mini comic of Detective #27.
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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by THE BATPHONE! » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:39 pm

Cool, although it is obviously skewed toward a younger audience, but I’m glad that kids can be introduced to the original Batman. The mini comic was a nice touch.
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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by gothosmansion » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:09 am

I picked up one of these at Wal-Mart yesterday.

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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by SteveA » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:51 pm

Looks more like they re-tooled a 2004 The Batman animated Figure. :o
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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by AndyFish » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:03 am

They certainly may have-- and this is a cheap kids toy-- but there was some legit care done to match the costume Batman wore only once-- in Detective #27-
1- Purple gloves
2- Long Black Boots
3- Tall cheek cuts of the cowl
4- Ears extend more from the side
5- Bat emblem has no bat head.
6- Round Belt Buckle

The only glaring thing they missed is the bright blue interior cape. The purple gloves and the round belt buckle only appear that one time before they switch to a square buckle and first no gloves, then blue gloves. I think THE BATMAN animated show took a lot of cues from the 1939 outfit.

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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by SprangFan » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:02 pm

The old "First Appearance" figure from DC Direct is still the gold standard, IMHO.

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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by AndyFish » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:11 pm

SprangFan wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:02 pm
The old "First Appearance" figure from DC Direct is still the gold standard, IMHO.

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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by Keith Mayo » Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:24 am

AndyFish wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:03 am
They certainly may have-- and this is a cheap kids toy-- but there was some legit care done to match the costume Batman wore only once-- in Detective #27-
1- Purple gloves
2- Long Black Boots
3- Tall cheek cuts of the cowl
4- Ears extend more from the side
5- Bat emblem has no bat head.
6- Round Belt Buckle

The only glaring thing they missed is the bright blue interior cape. The purple gloves and the round belt buckle only appear that one time before they switch to a square buckle and first no gloves, then blue gloves. I think THE BATMAN animated show took a lot of cues from the 1939 outfit.
Changes In Batman’s Appearance In His 1st 9 Issues

1. First appearnce – Detective #27 – Round buckle, short purple gloves.
2. Detective #28 – Square buckle, no gloves. Later in the story the gloves return as blue gauntlets. One page later, gloves are gone.
3. Detective #29 – Gloves are back as short blue.
4. Detective #31 – Gloves change to blue gauntlets.
5. Detective #35 – Cape and cowl turn blue setting the standard through the Golden and Sliver Ages.
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Re: Mattel's 1939 Batman 12" figure

Post by SprangFan » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:46 am

2. Detective #28 – Square buckle, no gloves. Later in the story the gloves return as blue gauntlets. One page later, gloves are gone.
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