Ever miss the days when your Batman figure was held together with rubber bands and had oven mitts for gloves? The kind of action dolls popularized by Mego in the 1970s are back with a crazy new line from Figures Toy Company that features everyone from the Dark Knight to J.R. Ewing!
The fully-licensed line not only recreates many of the classic dolls from the Mego line -- many of which fetch high prices from collectors -- but expand the collection considerably with all-new 8-and-12-inch figures from all manner of properties.
For example, you'll see a recreation of the Mego Conan figure, but also all-new 8-inch figures of other fantasy characters created by Robert E. Howard, including Kull the Conquerer and Solomon Kane. The Tarzan line will feature the weird combination loincloth/body stocking of the Mego figure, but also include an all-new Jane figure for some jungle adventure/romance.
And because this is the Best Year Ever for fans of the 1966 Batman TV series, with new licensed toys from Mattel and elsewhere (and one can only hope a complete DVD set someday), there's a HUGE line planned for the 1966 characters that includes (deep breath): The Penguin, Catwoman, Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne, Egghead, King Tut, Mr. Freeze, Shame, Bookworm, Mad Hatter, Batman (with removable cowl), Robin (with removable mask), The Joker in prison baseball outfit, The Joker in opera outfit, & The Joker in grey suit.
The only thing to say here is this: BEYOND AWESOME.
Here's a look at the initial figures!
Other plans include figures of Evel Knieval, the Dukes of Hazzard, the "Gilligan's Island" castaways, a talking President Barack Obama, and even an all-new "Dallas" line with two versions of JR. Ewing -- regular, and "Who Shot?"
You can already pre-order the first wave of Batman figures, which are tentatively due in August. We're chomping at the bit for the other lines, though, because the crossover possibilities are endless. Who shot J.R.? That's right -- THE JOKER!
(due respect to the late, great Larry Hagman)
You can also purchase Figures' highly successful KISS line, though we're holding out for an actual Phantom of the Park figure. Dude was harsh.
Excited about these figures -- and are there any characters you'd like to see in this format? Let us know!