Thursday, September 13, 2018

ThrowBat Thursday: The 1989 Toy Biz Batman Toys!

Throwback Thursday Batman ThrowBat Thursday

Welcome to the Legions of Gotham ThrowBat Thursday spotlight on the 1989 Toy Biz Batman toyline. It feels like yesterday for some of us old-timers, but 1989 was nearly 30 years ago now. When the Tim Burton helmed Batman film hit theaters, it helped to change the look, feel and reception of Batman in the public eye forever.

Toy Biz Batman Figures Ad

The initial toy offerings came from Toy Biz. I can remember seeing the initial images for the toyline, which were basically re-painted Kenner Super Powers figures! The promotional images needed to be solicited for Toy Fair before the tooling was ready, so they made do.

Toy Biz Batman Figures Prototypes Super Powers Repaints


The toyline would be short lived, as the license passed back to Kenner by 1991, but the original Toy Biz line was an absolute blast. There were many variants and nuances to the figures released, which we've detailed below. Here is a fun walk down memory lane and a checklist for the 1989 Toy Biz Batman line.


BATMAN
There were FOUR face variants to the Batman action figure. They are each seen here. 

Toy Biz Batman Figure Head Face Variants




THE JOKER
There were two versions of the Joker released, one with a hair curl and one without.

Toy Biz Joker Figure Head Face Variants Curl



 BOB THE GOON
This is the one and only figure ever made of the Joker's henchman from the 1989 film.

Toy Biz Batman Bob the Goon Figure


THE BATMOBILE
 There were three versions of the Batmobile released. There was the Turbine Sound Batmobile and the Rocket Launcher Batmobile. There was one Rocket Launcher with and one without the plastic cocoon cover.

Toy Biz Turbine Sound Batmobile

Toy Biz Rocket Launcher Batmobile Vehicle w/ Cocoon
Toy Biz Rocket Launcher Batmobile Vehicle

THE BATWING

Toy Biz Batwing Vehicle

 THE BATCYCLE

Toy Biz  BatCycle Vehicle

THE JOKER VAN



THE JOKER CYCLE


Toy Biz Joker Cycle Vehicle


THE BATCAVE
Here you can see the Batcave playset. There is also a catalog ad that shows the prototype version of the toy.

Toy Biz Batcave Playset Toy Batman
Toy Biz Prototype Batcave

ROLEPLAY ACCESSORY PLAYSET


Toy Biz Batman Roleplay Accessory Playset

PROJECTOR GUN


Toy Biz Batman Projector Gun


REMOTE CONTROL BATMOBILE


Toy Biz Remote Control Batmobile RC

ELECTRONIC BATMOBILE


Toy Biz Electronic Batmobile