I recently had the pleasure of reviewing some amazing products from Diamond Select Toys. The ones that I were ecstatic for was the Batman ’66 Bust and Robin ’66 Bust along with a Captain America (Bucky) Special Collector Edition Action Figure. The Batman ’66 busts were everything I expected and more. Meanwhile, the Captain America figure is well done, but is a little bit ostentatious for my personal taste in figures.
First, let me go into detail on the Batman ’66 Bust and Robin ’66 Bust. Diamond Select Toys kicked off their line of resin busts based on the Batman Classic TV Show with none other than Batman and Robin themselves, as portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward! This busts measure 6” tall. They are designed by Barry Bradfield and sculpted by Jean St. Jean.
Next year there will be more additions to the collection with Riddler and Joker, and from the images that I have seen of the upcoming figures, they look absolutely stellar! But it is very difficult to really get a good idea of how a bust or figure will really look until you get to investigate them very closely.
The bases of the Batman ’66 Bust and Robin ’66 Bust are the same, with black buildings and a dark blue sky illuminated by the beaming Bat-Signal. On the bottom of each bust, it is written that these figures are 1 of 3,000 created in total. And in the boxes that contains these busts, you also get certificates of authenticity, verifying the collectable nature of these beautifully sculpted products.
The Robin ’66 Bust is better than the Batman ’66 Bust, only because he is in one of his classic poses and Batman is not. Robin is shown, fist in glove, energetically agreeing with his revered teacher, Batman. I wish Batman was in one of his more iconic poses from the show (such as his arms crossed across his chest ominously or even in a “Batusi” dance move), but regardless both busts are cut and painted to perfection of how Adam West and Burt Ward originally looked on the TV show. I can’t possibly imagine a better line of busts being created for the Batman ’66 line while the show is currently in the midst of such a resurgence in popularity.
The other Diamond Select Toy product that I got to review is Captain America (Bucky) Special Collector Edition Action Figure. It is a very well done toy; however, it just doesn’t jive with a lot of more personal bias. First, a description of the figure. Featuring the birth of a new legend the next piece in the illustrious Marvel Select line is none other than the all-new Captain America! Showcased in Captain America #34, join James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes as he picks up where Steve Rogers left off and proves that no matter what Captain America can never die. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the figure features 14 points of articulation, stands 7 Inches high and includes a wall-mountable cityscape display base.
This Captain America from Marvel Select sports an excellent sculpt and paint application. Sadly, though, the articulation is not on par with the recently released Hulk or Thor figures. This figure has no balljoints except in the shoulder. This makes it very difficult to find natural standing positions or action poses. What makes it worse is there is not cut in the thigh or swivels at the boot. So, this figure remains a slightly poseable statue. I really prefer my superhero toys to be slightly shorter, 6” to be precise, and to be a little more basic in detail. Still, whatever your preference, this is a well-made figure if you are a fan of “Bucky Cap”!