The American toy company, Toy Biz which later became a subsidiary of the Marvel Enterprise subsidiary failed to meet the demand for action figures from the 1989 Batman movie. After this, the rights reverted to Kenner Products.
It took a few years, but they brought out The Dark Knight Collection, the very first Batman figures with authentic Michael Keaton likeness. The National Entertainment Collectibles Association(NECA) technically doesn’t have the license to mass-produce small scale Batman movie figures for retail.
But NECA has found some loopholes over the years. First, they released a Keaton figure based on the Batman Nintendo game. Next thing, they paid a tribute to the Toy Biz figure as a premium to be sold as a Blu-ray bonus.
Now, they’ve recreated Kenner’s gold Batman, also known as Tec Shield Batman, as a Loot Crate exclusive.
This came about because NECA’s owner, Joel Weinshanker, recently purchased Loot Crate from bankruptcy through one of his other companies. Since NECA makes numerous other tie-in products besides figures, they won’t need to outsource much to other companies while filling the subscription boxes.
And it looks like we can expect more exclusive figures through this venue. Especially the kind that legally can’t be sold anywhere else.
To buy Tec Shield Batman, you have to be a Loot Crate subscriber. Then sign in to get a special deal on the action figure, which expires 7th October. For extra incentive, check out the beautiful Kenner reproduction packaging.
Collectors may not he doesn’t have the flight backpack of the old one. Because massive new pieces of tooling don’t make sense for super-limited runs. NECA would undoubtedly love to recreate all the old Kenner Batmen.
However, they’re limited by the fact that DC Collectibles will never lose the 7-inch figure license for DC characters. For what remains contractually possible, the company works miracles.
Will you buy this exclusive Tec Shield Batman figure?