Batman fans have been enjoying a nostalgic renaissance over the past year or two, since Warner Bros. finally decided to make a deal and not only finally release the classic 1966 Adam West Batman television show on DVD and Blu-ray, but they have also mass-licensed out the '66 Batman theme for a variety of merchandise. Collectors have been treated to action figures from Mattel, busts and banks from Diamond Select Toys and a variety of other items from plush to bottle openers.
The latest reveal of '66-themed merchandise comes from one of the most powerful brands in the world and most certainly one of the most popular toy manufacturers in the marketplace today, Lego. The company has revealed their upcoming 1966 Batman television series-themed set, which appears to be a giant one-off with enough inclusions to satisfy the nostalgia of even the most rabid of fans.
Following their recent release of the massive Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters playset, Lego has continued on the theme of giant-sized sets that include a plethora of characters and could serve as an almost all-inclusive representation of the brand. The new Classic TV Series Batcave, sports a massive 2,526 pieces in all. The set will include the classic Batcave, complete with Batcomputer and other various Bat-inventions, the legendary George Barris designed Batmobile, the Batcopter, Batcycle with sidecar, the Battles, and even a small portion of Stately Wayne Manor above the set for posterity. The other side of the set serves as a building for Batman and Robin to perform their classic wall-scaling bit.
The Classic TV Batcave set will also include a number of characters from the classic series immortalized as minifigures for the first time, including Batman/Bruce Wayne (Adam West), Robin/Dick Grayson (Burt Ward), Alfred (Alan Napier), The Joker (Cesar Romero), Catwoman (Julie Newmar), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)and the Riddler (Frank Gorshin). Notably missing are a few key characters, like Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake), and any offerings from the Gotham City Police Department, like Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) or Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp). All this glorious fan fun will cost you, the set carries a hefty retail tag of $269.99.
This set may be the first time the 1966 television Batman characters have seen a Lego release, but its far from the first time we've seen Bat-themed Lego. The first Batman Lego sets were released many years ago, in a time when the Batman franchise wasn't quite yet enjoying the resurgence its gotten over the past eight years or so, since the release of the sophomore offering from director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight in 2008. The first sets were released back in 2006, a time when Lego was still experimenting with licensed properties. It was also a time before the hilarious variety of Lego movies and video games that have since helped to elevate the brand to the level of absolute powerhouse that it currently enjoys. The first sets released were in the general style of comic book Batman, and featured prominent villains like Joker, Two-Face, and Catwoman.
Lego Batman currently enjoys four dedicated Lego animated features, a high-profile placement in The Lego Movie and three Lego-themed video games. The future partnership between Batman and Lego appears to be bright and rather set in stone, at least for the time being. Hopefully Lego will eventually develop sets based on the past cartoons, like Batman: The Animated Series. Time will tell.
Lego will begin offering this set for sale in March 2016.
Source: Comics Alliance