EXCLUSIVE First Review! BATMAN ’66 Bendables!

NJ Croce‘s terrific Batman ’66 line is almost out — and we have an advance review!

Box o' Batswag!

Box o’ Batswag!

Every fan of retro superhero toys talks about the 8-inch Megos from 1970s kidhood. I’m among them. But there was also the company’s oft-forgotten Bend ‘N Flex line.

These were most of the same characters on the same card styles, but shrunk down and done up in flexible rubber.

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I dug ’em. If memory serves me right, I had Batman, the Riddler, Aquaman and Captain America. Maybe Spidey. I don’t think I had Robin. Perhaps Superman. For reasons I can’t explain, I’m hazy on this, which is weird considering just how sharp my memory is about so many other things. (H/T to the Mego Museum for the pix.)

No matter. This is all a roundabout way of getting to NJ Croce’s Batman ’66 bendable figures, which are going to be in stores within the next few weeks — but which I now have in my hot little hands! (Plus, people coming to the NEW YORK COMIC FEST tomorrow will have a chance to win the boxed sets! DETAILS HERE!)

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Anyway, these are the bendies I would have begged and pleaded for when I was Li’l Dan — and I’m really, really happy that I live in a time where I can get them.

Because it really is extraordinary just how these rubber figures can so accurately depict Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith!

BEHOLD, CITIZENS!

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Check out the wrinkly knees! The body types!

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And they are all in scale with one another!

And take an up-close look at Batman and Catwoman — those likenesses are striking, especially given the restrictions of this type of item.

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It just makes me wanna shout “ZLONK!”

So I will!

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Plus! There are also Batman, Robin and, yes, Batmobile keychains that are even smaller scale.

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I can’t really explain why these give me such a warm feeling. Maybe it’s how basic they are. Maybe it’s that bendable figures are inherently a little goofy, which makes me smile.

Whatever it is, these are a fantastic addition to the ever-growing Batman ’66 line of merch!

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Where and when can I buy some?

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