Toy Fair 2015: Diamond Select Busts Out the Batman
If there was one takeaway from Toy Fair 2015, it's that you can never have too many Batman collectibles. So it's a good thing that Diamond Select is breaking out the big guns, and bringing out a variety of Batman busts and collectibles based on the 1966 television series and the beloved animated series.
It's not a secret that Batman: The Animated Series is still wildly popular, as evidenced by the incredible number of busts and statues Diamond Select will be bringing out over the course of the next year. Most of the creations on display focused on a few different variations of Batman himself, but there are also collectibles based on Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn on the docket. Some will even have black and white variants available, which look sharp, and should do well to complement any collection that features some of DC's Batman: Black and White figures.
Diamond's also got some new Batman '66 merch on the way, including a Julie Newmar Catwoman bust, and one spotlighting the ever popular Batusi captured forever in resin. However, it was the Yvonne Craig Batgirl figure that was the easiest on the eyes. There's been little in the way of Batgirl merchandise from Batman '66, but this piece is a very nicely sculpted statue that captures Craig's on-screen persona perfectly.
Marvel wasn't left out of the spotlight at Diamond's booth though, and there were plenty of Minimates and Marvel Select figures on display. The Avengers: Age of Ultron Minimates collection has all the characters in the costumes you're expecting, but the Axis figures bring a few cool surprises to the fold. The Sam Wilson Captain America is nice, and will probably be the only way to get a figure of the character in the short term.
The new Marvel Zombies Sabretooth and Black Widow Marvel Select figures had some impressive detail, as did the upcoming Ant-Man figure. With the lack of Black Widow figures at retail for the Age of Ultron, this piece will fit in nicely to most collections, though it's slightly bigger than the Hasbro line of figures. A classic Dr. Strange Marvel Select figure was announced, but it wasn't on hand while we were at Diamond's booth.
There was a nice variety of collectibles at Diamond Select's booth, and we could see the entire wall of Batman: TAS busts making up a portion of our own fan caves. Minimates fans will surely enjoy the new additions to those lines, including the Mirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as will the Marvel Select collectors. Now it's just a matter of waiting for all these figures to arrive at retail.