A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 47 - 12 inch scale Batman '66 Yvonne Craig As Batgirl
This weekend, February 14-15, 2015 was International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. This is the exhibit where all of the major toy companies present their new items for sale for retailer orders for the first half of the year.
Mattel has the action figure license for the Batman 1966 series. They have produced a dismal and basic assortment of the Dynamic Duo and their four main villians. Yvonne Craig, the actress who portrayed Batgirl in the third and final season of the series signed over her likeness for merchandising several months after the rest of the cast did, delaying Batgirl from being included in the first (and seemingly only) round of merchandise created for the show.
She found her way in to the comic book but nearly a year and a half after the Batman 66 merchandise was released to retail and no merchandise using Yvonne's likeness has been released, well unless you count a 14 inch plush doll. Mattel showed a sample of a three pack of the Bat trio at San Diego Comic Con in the summer of 2014 that has yet to see a release. The same three pack was shown by Mattel at Toy Fair again this past weekend. I'm concerned that Mattel has yet to find a home for these since they did not have packaging developed for the three pack. The prototypes shown this weekend are slightly different from the figures shown at San Diego in that they look more like production versions. The costumes and details were darker.
Boxed action figure items such as vehicles, playsets and multi-figure packs have a harder time finding homes at retail because they tend to take up a lot of room. If Mattel had a home for these I believe we would have seen the packaging at the show, I'm sure if and when they do sell them to a retailer that the packaging will be customized to maximize shelf space because boxed items swallow shelf space on retailer planograms since the majority of action figures hang on peg hooks. I fear that my nearly 40 year desire to own an Yvonne Craig Batgirl may have to rest in the two custom pieces that I own of her.
Today is the first of two custom Yvonne Batgirl figures in my collection. She was purchased on eBay several years ago before 20th CenturyFox & Warner Brothers agreed on how to divy up the orofits from the show. I do not remember that name of the artist that did her. She is a 12 inch figure that unfortunately stands as tall as the Hot Toys Adam West Batman 66 figure where to truly be in scale she should be shorter than Robin, around 9 inches. With the sluggish sales of the Hot Toys Batman & Robin I'm doubting we'll see Yvonne released in the Hot Toys line. This one will have to do. I'm still hopeful that FigureToyCompany will find a way to release Batgirl in their 8 inch Mego style line.
A Custom A Day....
I began toy collecting as a hobby back in 1990 I have always had a
need for custom figures. Toy companies begin action figure lines, begin
to release individual characters to create teams and, more often than
not leave them incomplete. Many collectors find that custom figures
pollute their collection's authenticity by not being mass produced
creations from the toy companies that created the preexisting toy lines.
I disagree. I feel a quality custom action figure enhances a
collection and help create a complete picture.