Among the thousands of superheroes, Batman is certainly one of the top fan-favorites. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for DC Comics, The Caped Crusader from Gotham has earned people’s respect and admiration with his sense of justice and maybe, with his cool Bat Mobile. He may be Gotham’s playboy by morning but he’s also the one who protects the city from villains at night. While Bruce Wayne is not the only superhero who leads a double life, he’s definitely someone who got us under his charms. Batman is so popular that he’s appeared in many comic books, TV shows, and movies. In fact, the Batman films have earned more than $4.4 billion in worldwide gross. Aside from the films, Batman also earns $500 million a year in global retail sales. That’s such a huge amount of money over there proving his undying popularity.
Aside from the usual stuff you’d expect from the Batman retail line like comics and shirts, Gotham City's masked vigilante has become one of the famous superhero models for different collectibles which proved to be a bestseller even to adults. Having been around since 1939 in Detective Comics #27, there are a plethora of collectibles dedicated to him. We’ve got toys, action figures, playsets and many more but do you know which one is the rarest Batman toy? In a bit, we'll take a look at the most prized Batman action figures and toys that fans and toy collectors alike might want to add to their carts. How much do you think a 50-year old Batman toy would cost in the market today?
The Batman Utility Belt by Ideal was one of the most sought after Batman collectible and perhaps Ideal's most popular Batman toy. One reason is that it comes with assorted gadgets along with the belt such as the Bat-A-Rang, Bat-Cuffs, Bat-Rope, and more. However, it is now hard to find this toy in pristine condition. The last known price for his was $16,000.
This stretchable Batman Toy from Mego was produced back in 1979 and today, there were only of its kind in existence. This was a special edition toy that Mego intended to release in hopes of rekindling the interest of consumers to its superhero action figures. However, Kenner filed a lawsuit against them for emulating their famous Stretch Armstrong toy. Recently, the Mego Elastic Batman was priced at $15,000.
Ideal's establishment in 1903 was fortified by its handling of production of the Teddy Bear, one of 20th century's first sellout toy. Since then, they are already poised to be one of America's biggest toy manufacturers. And when Batman became a success in 1966, the company released various playsets featuring tiny Batman figurines and the well-known batmobile. Most are minute by size, but this must be the biggest and rarest of its kind, as the Gotham City hero teamed up with the other members of the Justice League.
During the 1960s, tin-plated friction powered toy cars were the trend in Japan. And the lighter the tin car, the faster the speed. Thanks to the natural design of Batmobiles, it has become one of the best models for tin cars. Yanoman Toys made their version with measurements of about four inches long, two inches wide, and one inch high. The last seen price of one in working and in fair condition was around $2550.
Originally, Mego Batman featured a removable cowl before it was completely redesigned into a painted-on cowl. It was also packed in solid boxes but the manufacturers were quick to notice that kids would tear the boxes before they can actually see the toy. Luckily, Kresge Department Store had a rare '72 version of the toy with a removable cowl and on a card back. Its rarity made it more pricey compared to the original boxed Batman figures.
Corgi is a well-known line of die-cast metal toy cars from British toy manufacturer Mettoy. Originally, Corgi toys are based on British automobiles. Then, Metoy took a big leap in 1962 when one of their Corgi Volvo cars turned into a "Saint" edition (based on a famous British TV series back then). They also turned an Aston-Martin car into a "James Bond" car. Then in 1966, the Batmobile which sold millions, then the rare release of this Batmobile and Batboat gift set.
Probably one of the finest Batman action figures in recorded history was a part of the Super Powers toy collection. This Batman action figure was included in Kenner's first batch of release in 1984. Just recently, the toy sold for more than a thousand dollars after being graded as AFA 80 by the Action Figure Authority. Even so, a similar-looking non-graded version of a toy sold for almost half the price of the graded one.
It is a fact that Batman had become very famous in the United States. But, did you know that the caped crusader has also become sensational in Japan? As a matter of fact, most prized Bat-toys today are manufactured in Japan, like this water pistol. The absurd design of this toy, where Batman's crotch is the trigger to pull to make the water squirt out of his mouth, made this one of the top collectible toys from the 60s by fans that loved its uniqueness. It is also a great item for starting collectors due to its affordable market value today.
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|2||Mego Elastic Batman||Toys||13||Paid|
|3||Ideal Batman and Justice League of America playset||Toys||9||Paid|
|4||Yanoman Toys Batmobile||Toys||3||Paid|
|5||Mego Batman Kresge Variant||Toys||3||Paid|
|6||Corgi Batmobile and Batboat||Toys||2||Paid|
|7||Super Powers Batman||Toys||2||Paid|
|8||Batman Water Gun||Toys||1||Paid|
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