Bootleg Batman Toy Beats Off Opponents With Strong Muscles
If there are two things in this world that I love looking at pictures of, it's Batman and bootleg toys, and today, my two greatest loves have come together in a truly beautiful way: Over at WeirdoToys.com, they are shining the spotlight on two amazing vintage Batman figures that are unlicensed as all hell, and they are amazing.
The figures were recently unearthed from a storage bin, and from the bright red costume (with a handy label across the chest letting you know who it is) to a description of "Space Flyman" that is simply magical, these are some of the most hilariously delightful knockoffs I've ever seen. Check 'em out below!
First up, we have "Batman," complete with a label where someone re-colored a classic Neal Adams panel from "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" to match the colors:
Weirdo Toys makes a connection between this truly ridiculous design and the Batman of Zurr-En-Arrh, but personally, cowl aside, I think he bears a striking resemblance to the "original" Bob Kane design for Batman. The next time someone asks you why Bill Finger is so important, show them this.
The second figure, though, is the best thing I've seen all week. His name is "Space Flyman," a weird combination of Batman and Robin:
The best part of this one, though -- and maybe the single best part of any toy ever that did not have a beryllium steel helmet and hail from Castle Destro -- is the description on the back of the label, where we are informed that Space Flyman "beats off any opponents with his strong muscles."
Here is a powerful and wonderful man indeed.
For more, check out WeirdoToys.com, and if anyone has any extras of these, well, my birthday's in August.