BATMAN ’66 (FUNKO)
There was a time when any Batman ’66 product at all was something fans dreamed about. Who’d have ever guessed we might have too much of it? Well, I guess that’s a highly subjective take on things, isn’t it? Perhaps I’m a little jaded about the whole thing. See, when Mattel launched their Batman ’66 line, I was thrilled beyond belief, and preorder everything in the initial assortments. And then I actually got the figures and…well, they were kind of garbage. The line failed, what with the figures being kind of garbage and all. In its stead we’ve gotten all sorts of stuff. Pops, Hot Toys figures, Quarter Scale figures, Megos, etc. All possessing their own strengths and weaknesses. Towards the tail end of it all, Funko came in with a 3 3/4 inch line, which showed a lot of promise. Sadly, its weakness was one of timing; it hit shelves a few years after collectors had been burned out by everything else. As such, it too is another failed line, with an incomplete assortment of characters, focusing more on the obscure than the major. Hence why we have no Joker, Penguin, or Catwoman, but we managed to get today’s offering, Bookworm.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bookwork is part of the first, and only, series of Funko’s Batman ’66 line, one of the line’s many more obscure rogues. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. The improved articulation on these figures is still very much appreciated, and Bookworm himself is far less affected by the lack of hip hinges than Batgirl was. Like Batgirl, Bookworm takes the retro feel of the ReAction line and dials it back just a bit, resulting in a better overall figure that still pays homage to a more vintage style. Apart from some slight weirdness where the hips and the bottom of the jacket intersect, his sculpt is really quite good. In particular, I really love the head, especially his glasses. Glasses are hard to do at all on toys, even more so at a small scale like this. They could have just sculpted the rims right onto his face and done it all with paint, but they didn’t and the figure is all the better for it. His head doesn’t have too much of actor Roddy McDowall’s likeness, but given how little of his face is actually visible here, it’s not like he looks unlike McDowall, so I’d say it’s close enough not to hold the figure back. The figure’s paint is a little on the drab side, being mostly variations of brown. This is true to the show, though, and at least the application is clean. The glasses again are the best part for me, with clear lenses *and* cleanly painted rims. Bookworm is, appropriately, packed with a book, which his right hand has been sculpted to properly hold. That was a nice change, since Batgirl was unable to hold her accessory.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I have to admit: I was part of the problem. When they were new, I bought exactly one of Funko’s Batman ’66 figures. I really liked Batgirl a lot, and was interested in getting more, but after the whole debacle with Mattel, I wanted to see more of what the line had to offer before really jumping on board. During the TRU liquidation process, I found poor Bookworm, all by himself, package smashed to hell. I felt sorry for him, so home with me he came. And then there was the months of waiting to open him, because boy did I pick up a backlog of figures over the summer. Now that I’ve finally opened him, I’m really happy I got one, but also very sad I didn’t support this line earlier, because Bookworm is a very good figure.