Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Adventures of Batman and Robin (Kenner)



The Adventures of Batman and Robin is technically a continuation of the Batman the Animated Series line, both in cartoons and action figures. Due to Robin being more prominent in the series, the series title was changed from Batman the Animated Series to The Adventures of Batman and Robin. The series, which encompassed the second season, ran for twenty episodes. In total, the series saw eighty-five episodes which ran from 1992 to 1995.

When the show switched names, so did the action figure line. While Kenner had found a strong foothold in the toy isle with Batman figures, fan praise of the series was dropping rapidly by this point. The major flaw of the series was that too much focus of it was on repainted Batman figures with new accessories. In fact, finding a traditionally dressed Batman figure in these days was next to impossible.

Only eight basic figures were produced. Three of which were Batman variations.


Hover Jet Batman, Paraglide Batman, Rocketpak Batman, Pogostick Joker
The Joker, Ra's' Al Ghul, Harley Quinn, Bane


The most highly sought after item in the series is the impressive Rogues Gallery Box Settings. This set included eight different villains, all boxed in a jail sell type box.

The set included Catwoman, Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, The Joker, Clayface, and The Phantasm.


Rogues Gallery


A Target exclusive vehicle was released for the series, and was the only one to accompany the basic figure assortment. It included an exclusive Batman figure inside.


Nightsphere


The Crime Squad subseries was also incorporated into The Adventures of Batman and Robin line. It contained five basic figures that were all Batman variations.


Bomb Control Batman, Disaster Control Batman, Fast Pursuit Batman
Super Sonic Batman, Ski Blast Batman


Two deluxe figures were also produced, and again were nothing beyond Batman variations.


Skycopter Batman, Tri Wing Batman


Duo Force was the second sub series for the line, and unlike the prior mentioned Crime Squad line included other figures than just Batman. Though there were still three different variations of him, including two variations of Robin. Batgirl was a nice addition to this line, as are the two villains, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler.

Some collectors consider the Vector Wing Batman to be a deluxe figure, though there are no markings on the package that would lead one to this conclusion.


Cycle Thruster Batman, Turbo Surge Batman, Air Strike Robin, Hydro Storm Robin
Wind Blitz Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, Vector Wing Batman


Batman figures have come and gone since the dawn of time, and will probably continue to do so long after the majority of us are gone. Though each line starts out strong, they seem to all suffer the same fate - too many repainted Batman figures.

While we're not going to, and would never say that this makes for a bad series, because we do believe there are some out there who do enjoy it, we personally find it hard to have any interest in a toy line that we feel milks its fans for every penny they're worth. We also feel that Batman series are notorious for doing this.

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