Tweeterhead Announces New Batman, Egghead Statues
The classic DC Comics hits keep on coming from Tweeterhead. The company just announced the Batman Classics Collection, based on the art of Dick Sprang, will finally get its Batman. To this point the line had consisted solely mostly of villains, but now the statuesque Gotham will finally have its Dark Knight defender. But Tweeterhead isn't just growing its comic book line, and will also add another egg-centric member to those nefarious n'er-do-wells from the 1966 Batman television show to its roster of rogues.
The Sprang-inspired maquettes both look solid, and give us a glimpse at a Batman we don't see a whole lot of today. While DC has typically been fairly good about paying tribute to the classic artists and their interpretations of icons like Batman, there just aren't a lot of Dick Sprang collectibles out there. Tweeterhead's commitment to the style extends far beyond a single limited statue, too, which helps paint a picture of the entire Batman universe as portrayed by Sprang in the 1940s.
In addition to the more traditional blue and gray Batman, Tweeterhead will offer an exclusive version that swaps the blue for black, and that smile for a grimace. The sculpt is otherwise identical, but going with the "noir" palette diminishes the allure of that classic color job. While it's true this variant is a more modern take on the character (right down to the frown), the standard statue just has a little more pop in its look.
Both of these pieces are of course outshined by the upcoming Vincent Price Egghead statue. Based on his brief tenure as the direct-to-TV villain, the Egghead statue features Price in a dapper suit holding one of his egg bombs. The portrait captures his condescending intelligence quite well, and it definitely feels like he's waiting for the audience to get the joke from one of his egg puns.
Like the Sprang statues, these pieces are among the very few that pay tribute to a bygone era of Batman's history. Batman '66 at least had a lengthy licensing battle as the reason why, but since it's been settled, we've been treated to a number of terrific collectibles, with Tweeterhead setting the pace.
All three statues are due to go up for pre-order on Thursday, March 3 for $249.99 each. While the standard Batman and Egghead will be available through Tweeterhead's store and third-party retailers, the noir variant will have a drastically lowered edition size, and will only be sold by Tweeterhead itself.