PIX! PIX! PIX! It’s hard to imagine Figures Toy Company topping this …
It’s a weird thing reviewing a new item that’s been a part of you for most of your life. I mean, what is there to say about Figures Toy Company’s replica of the Mego Batcave?
Simple: Getting this is like reaching back to 1974 and pulling out some of your favorite memories from decades ago.
The amazing thing is just how accurate FTC’s version of the Batcave is. The faux Batboat is in its mooring, the yellow Batpole (plastic this time) is located to the side of the Batcopter’s helipad, the front secret-entrance is the same Batman ’66-influenced sawhorse. The cardboard Batcomputer’s there. The floor is blue (though it’s light poster stock — demerits there). Even the box, while not an exact replica, recalls the original packaging — and is resealable for display purposes. (For a surprise on the side of the box, click here.)
The price is about $80, especially reasonable when you consider just how much an old used one costs on eBay. (For more info, click here).
Best of all? The Batsignal works beautifully.
In fact, unlike the one I had as a kid, when you press it, it stays on. (Though, like the one I had as a kid, this is a fragile item. Be careful.)
Every day after school, I’d break out the Batcave. I was fortunate enough to have all the Mego Bat-essentials: The seven main characters, the three prime vehicles and the Batcave. (I didn’t even know about the Wayne Foundation until I’d “outgrown” Megos and I never wanted the Batlab. The Jokermobile is the only thing I feel I kind of missed out on.)
This playset was a haven in 8-inch scale. I would immerse myself in the world of Gotham City, creating my own adventures, whether they were influenced by the TV show or the comics.
I remember one particular summer when it was HOT. We didn’t have central air. So I would set up the Batcave where we had window AC units and bask in the comforting cool, the TV playing syndicated sitcoms and cartoons until Batman aired late in the afternoon on Channel 11.
Sometimes I would leave the Batcave out overnight, a cliffhanger set up, frozen until the next morning, when the action would resume. Batman and Robin would return to their hideout time and again, whether it be in the Batmobile, Batcopter or on the Batcycle.
Sometimes Batgirl was around, sometimes not. I’d rotate through the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman, occasionally pairing them up for dramatic, dangerous effect.
My Batsignal broke fairly early on and I never quite got over it. I held onto it for years after it stopped working, occasionally putting the batteries in and pressing the “on” button in some lamely futile hope that it would start working again.
But that’s the beauty of what Figures Toy Company has done here. They’ve re-lit the Batsignal, casting a warm glow on our memories, made fresh.