A Bounty Of Cool Action Figures Coming Your Way
Big news from Figures Toy Company last week as they announced a huge slate of big time licenses, including Batman, Conan The Barbarian, Evel Knievel and more. FTC started out more than twenty years ago as a mail-order retailer, and eventually began manufacturing wrestling items, like licensed WWE replica belts, and action figures that recalled the heyday of the classic MEGO line.
After having a lot of success last year with 8″ and 12″ figures based on KISS, Figures Toy Company has decided to go all-in with an impressive list of new licenses for 2013.
Figures Toy Company will release Retro 8 and 12 inch Action Figures based on the 1966 Batman TV Series, reproductions of the original MEGO Batman figures, The Dukes of Hazzard, Evel Knievel, Conan The Barbarian, Tarzan, Dallas TV Series, Gilligan’s Island, all of them featuring cloth clothing, 16 points of articulation and accessories. Also announced was a 7″ tall Talking Barack Obama figure. Unless FTC has another surprise of their sleeves, these figures will be sold through their website and possibly a few other specialty retailers. We’ll keep you posted when they become available. Here’s the full story, taken largely from their press release:
The big news are the new figures, in 8 and 12 inch sizes, based on the 1966 Batman TV show. CFO Anthony Balasco states, “It has been my understanding that the collectors community would enjoy collecting retro 8 inch and 12 inch action figures based on the “Batman 1966 Classic TV Series”. When we saw that the rights were settled between the involved party’s we immediately became interested in acquiring the license.”
“We are proud to say that the collectors will be able to enjoy a vast selection of characters that have never been available before. Our head sculpts will look life-like and the cloth costumes will be highly detailed. Series 1 will include Batman, Robin, The Riddler & The Joker. Future series will include 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. All Batman 1966 Classic TV Series figures will be available in both 8 inch & 12 inch starting early Fall 2013. All of our Batman 1966 Classic TV Series are exclusively sculpted by “The Farrow” Danny Anniello.”
FTC has been releasing preview images on their Facebook page, and the sculpts look pretty impressive. With so much 1966 Batman product being slated for release this year from so many different companies, it’s almost a given that the long-awaited DVD release of the show is imminent.
Batman Retro Action Figures
FTC will also release a line of 8 inch action figures that are exact reproductions of the original Batman figures that were produced by MEGO Corp back in the 1970’s. Series one will include Batman, Robin, The Riddler & The Joker. Future series will include Penguin, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Batgirl and even more characters that MEGO never released. all done up in classic MEGO style.
Dukes of Hazzard
These action figures are based upon the Classic TV Series. Series 1 will include Bo & Luke Duke, Rosco & Boss Hogg. Future series will include Daisy Duke, Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Cletus Hogg, Enos & more. Them Duke Boys will be available in both 8 inch & 12 inch.
This line stars two action figures are based on two different time periods in Evel Knievel’s career. The first is from his Snake River Canyon River jump in 1974, and the second is from his Wembley Stadium Jump in 1975, available in both 8 inch & 12 inch sizes.
Conan The Barbarian, Solomon Kane & Kull The Conqueror
These action figures are based on the comic book series inspired by the writings of Robert E. Howard. Conan The Barbarian is an exact replica of the original, ultra-rare action figure that was released by MEGO. Both Solomon Kane & Kull The Conqueror are Figures Toy Company originals. All three will be available as 8 inch figures only.
Retro Tarzan & Jane
Tarzan is an exact reproduction of the one that MEGO released, while Jane is a Figures Toy Company original. As with the other MEGO reproduction lines, Tarzan and Jane will be available in 8 inch only.
Dallas TV Series
The Dallas 12-inch action figures are based upon the Classic TV Series. The series will include JR Ewing action figures in two different styles: “Oil Tycoon” and “Who Shot JR”.
These 12-inch action figures are based upon the Classic TV Series. This series will include Gilligan & Skipper.
All images courtesy of Figures Toy Company.