NIGHT HUNTER BATMAN
BATMAN FOREVER (KENNER)
The first post in my humble little blog is a review of the very first (well, technically second, but I’ll get to that in a minute) action figure in my not-so-small collection. Yep, this is the one that started it all, and 2400 figures later, he does seem to be a bit of an odd choice.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Night Hunter Batman is a Batman variant from the tie-in line to 1995’s Batman Forever. He’s black with some bright yellow accents, the obvious choice for creatures of the night. He once had a cape with a pretty nifty windswept look to it, but I’ve long since lost it. He also used to have an actual bat symbol on his chest, but if I recall correctly, he lost that fairly shortly after I acquired him. I feel the true highlight (aside from the actual yellow HIGHLIGHTS) of the figure is the pop-up goggle feature. There’s a button on his back that, when pushed, extends and rotates the goggles in front of old Bruce’s eyes. You know, for detective-stuff. Or going by the name of the figure, hunting stuff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Why, of all the action figures out there, was this my very first action figure? I honestly can’t say. I know I liked Batman, though I watched the TV series and in fact didn’t see Batman Forever until I was almost 20. Maybe I liked the colors. Most likely, it was the goggles. I like goggles, and the whole focus of this little guy was those really neat goggles he had.
Remember when I pointed out above that this was technically my second action figure? Yeah, funny story: this particular Night Hunter Batman is a replacement for the first Night Hunter Batman, that by all accounts I gave to a girl at a restaurant. Yes, even at 3, I was quite the charmer. So, my parents drove me over to Toys R Us (Side-Note: Remember when Toys R Us didn’t suck? I miss those days…) and purchased me this lovely replacement (EDIT: I stand corrected. It wasn’t Toys R Us, it was Service Merchandise. Man, there’s a blast from the past!) . While there, my dad happened to wander down the aisle and find the Iron Man animated series toys, leading him to a) start his own collection up again b)introduce me to the wonders of Marvel Comics and c) even more directly lead me to my current state of being. And it’s all because I was trying to impress a girl! Silly girls!
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