Batman (Screen Test Pilot) CHASE
3.75 Inch Scale
By: Funko

For the next couple of weeks you’re going to see a lot of coverage of Funko’s new Batman Classic TV Series 3 3/4 actin figures. These toys, based on the 1966 Batman show are just starting to hit stores, with many online retailers shipping them out already. I’ve got the whole first wave and will be taking a detailed look at each figure. So if you like Batman and Infinite Hollywood, you’re in luck!

I thought it made sense to start with the single carded Batman as he appeared in the TV series “screen test pilot”. A lot of people don’t know this costume even existed, but back before the show hit the air, they did a few screen tests and this alternate costume was used. Believe it or not, Lyle Waggoner was almost cast in Adam West’s iconic role and this costume, which is similar to the Batman costume from the old serials, was used.

Funko chose to pay homage to this little piece of history with a chase variant of Batman in this outfit. This variant wasn’t announced as being packed in these cases and there’s a rumor going around that this guy may be even more shortpacked than the Eli Wallach version of Mr. Freeze. Only time will tell if that’s true or not.

I like the packaging on these figures. It’s very colorful and reminiscent of the old TV show. Funko has pretty basic card art, but the stock itself is quite nice (certainly better than those flimsy ReAction cards) and it fits well with what they’re going for.

Some people have complained that the artwork used on the cards is similar to all the other Classic TV Series Batman merchandise out there and that is definitely true. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is in the eye of the beholder.

The chase figures have a special sticker indicating that they’re rare, which is nice if you didn’t know this figure was out there. Of course, it also makes them prime scalper bait.

Funko isn’t new to making action figures, but their past efforts have been mixed at best. I was tepid about their potential with this line, but thankfully any worries I may have had based on poor past experiences is no longer the case. These figures are well made and are easily the best product I own from Funko.

This Batman is very similar to the basic Batman release, but he actually has several differences beyond just the bat logo on his chest. Before I get to that, I want to point out that unlike ReAction figures which were often cast in a clear or white plastic and then completely covered in paint, the majority of this figure is cast in the appropriate color plastic and then additional details are painted on. All I can say is THANK GOD!

The basic Batman figure is actually different colored than the “pilot” Batman figure. He’s cast in a slightly different grey plastic and the blue of his cape, cowl, boots, gloves and trunks is actually a different shade of blue than the regular figure. That’s great that Funko went the extra mile here.

While the body is identical to the regular release, the head is actually a new piece. He has longer sculpted ears. Funko probably could have gotten away with nothing more than a new bat symbol and passed this off as a variant, but they did it right and I applaud them for it.

The entire sculpt, whether for this chase Batman or the regular version is quite detailed. There are little folds, wrinkles and extra touches throughout that make this figure feel very realistic, particularly for the scale. The paint work for the most part is quite sharp, but there are little issues here or there with some slop and the eyebrows aren’t quite the way they should be. You might notice in some of the closeups that the white line around the nose of my Batman is a bit off center. It shows up more in macro photos than the naked eye, however.

The cape is made of a soft, pliable rubber and has the appropriate detailing. It hangs well and fits on him quite nicely.

Scale is pretty good, with these guys matching up nicely with previous released 3.75 inch figures.

The articulation is fairly basic, but works well enough. It’s actually very reminiscent of the old Mattel DC Infinite Heroes line.

Batman has swivel hinges at the shoulders, hinges at the knees and elbows and cuts at the hips giving him a T-crotch style articulation at the legs. Most impressive is the ball jointed neck, which works on a separate joint to give you an incredible range of motion in the head. Far more than almost any other figure on the market at this scale.

What would Batman be without some gadgets? And what would a 3 3/4 line be without some accessories?!

While it’s not a lot, both the regular and chase versions of Batman come with a Bat Communicator. This is a perfect sculpt and features 3 different paint applications. Impressive! It’s a bit tough to get into his hands, but once you do he has a firm grip on it.

These guys run around the $10 mark, which in this day and age is a great value. Especially because they’re well made and quite detailed. These 9 POA figures are vastly superior to the old Funko ReAction figures, which retailed for around the same price. This chase variant will likely cost you more on the secondary market, but I think he’s worth it.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Bat Communicator
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

Either version of Batman is a winner in my book as the overall Batman 66 line is a huge success for Funko. Still, if you’re on the fence about tracking down this variant, I think a lot of it will depend on if you can find him at a decent price. Since I’m a huge fan of the old Batman serials, I just had to have this figure. He finishes with a highly recommended 8 out of 10! Be sure to keep checking in for more reviews of these figures!

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