View Full Version : ULTRA RARE 1960s BATMAN KO EXPERTS NEEDED
Feb 23, '09, 12:50 PM
Need help identifying this ultra rare Batman KO from the 1960s made by Redbox that I found. Can't remeber it's original name, BAT? I am told this is listed in a Batman collectors book? Can anybody tell me more? Any help would be much apprecaited. I think this cameout during Batman craze in 60s
Redbox was one of the best KO 1/6 scale figure makers in the 1960s making awesome Deep Sea Diver and a 1/6 Matt Mason/Gijoe KO figures
Feb 23, '09, 1:21 PM
wow that is cool! I have nothing to add information wise sadly but that is really really cool
Feb 23, '09, 1:35 PM
That is just about the coolest thing I've ever seen.
Feb 23, '09, 6:37 PM
That is soooooo cool!!!
Feb 23, '09, 6:48 PM
That's freakin awesome!!! :grin:
Feb 23, '09, 6:59 PM
not batman, but from the TOY FANATIC website here's a boxed diver.
If the batman box looks 1/2 this cool..... WOW!
Earth 2 Chris
Feb 23, '09, 7:19 PM
Wow, that is very interesting! I've never seen it before, and I have tons of references to 60s Batman stuff.
His suit looks to be made similarly to Ideal's Captain Action suits. And of course his face looks like GI Joe with a new swept-back hair line. His hands seem to be lifted from Joe, too.
Feb 23, '09, 7:39 PM
Well, we have to get to the bottom of this (and I'm sure it will happen)! Very interesting and plain terrific!
Feb 23, '09, 8:23 PM
Interesting. Looks like a cross between the 40's movie serial Batman and one of the Rocketmen from the same era. Kind of foreshadows the Kingdom Come Batman as well.
What really hit me is I had a figure on a knockoff Joe body with that same head. He was wearing a blue coverall suit similar to Hasbros flight coveralls of the era. The toy was a hand me down from my older cousins. I always hated the thing because the body was so loose and floppy it couldnt stand...or do much of anything else. He became the local drunk/crazyman that Johnny West or Gi Joe would kick the crap out of for kicks (hey, I was 3, maybe 4....beating up wierdos was funny then).
Feb 23, '09, 8:24 PM
I have never seen anything like that...ever ! very neat !
Feb 23, '09, 11:00 PM
One of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Nice find!!
Feb 24, '09, 12:55 AM
Wow, what a cool figure. I just double checked my copy of Chip Kidd's "Batman Collected". That book is packed full of 1960's Batman merchandise (along with other eras) and this figure is not pictured or mentioned, so I'd say it's pretty rare. :)
Feb 24, '09, 3:57 AM
Never seen this before, but now I want it
Feb 24, '09, 6:29 AM
Haha that helmet is something else.
Feb 24, '09, 10:09 AM
Glad you all liked the pics:
The helmet is very fragile and made of very thin plastic. This helmet/mask has a crack. Not sure how many of these figures have survived or will survive due to how fragile they are. The figure is made of even thinner plastic than the other Redbox figures I have. The uniform is made very well and the fabric reminds me of Captain Action's but with a tighter weave.
Redbox made some very interesting 11"+ figures in 1960s The Deep Sea Diver
is the easiest to find. While the Redbox Astronaut with Matt Mason type Space Sled and accessories is very scarce. This is the only Redbox Batman I have ever found. I did find a broken face mask 20+ years back that shattered in my hand so I know it's not a protoype or anything like that.
I would love to see this figure MIP! I'm sure not many of these figures were ever made, it has to be very small number. Could this be an early salesman promo/sample? If this came out during Hasbro/Mego Fighting Yank litigation it's possible only a small amount went into production. I think that many small toy companies became fearful and cautious after the Hasbro/Mego lawsuit. It just may not have been worth it for Redbox to contiue production.
very cool find. Awesome condition as well.
Knock offs are a very curious realm. One can never even guess how many are/were around as most folks don't know what Redbox was.
Thanks for the pictures. Send this one to Castaway for a Captain Action outfit.:wink:
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