May 22, 2013
I know this site is all about the BATMAN Character and other fun stuff like Toy Collecting, but I would appreciate it if everyone would please let me make this short statement.
Now, I would say that most people who enjoy this site have no idea who I am or where I am from, ha! But I live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and if you have been watching any of the national (and world) TV news then you know about the major tornado event that happened recently in Oklahoma.
Most of the devastation happened in a city called Moore and, the scary thing for me personally, is that I live about a 5 or 10 minute car ride from there. This event happened really close to me, it's was scary to say the least! The good news is that my family and I are completely OK and the storm only got THAT close, whew! It was pretty stressful.
Anyway, yesterday I got the chance to see first hand, in real-life, what had happened. I saw trucks and cars completely upside down. I saw houses ( homes ) and buildings just completely destroyed. We're talking about entire neighborhoods just completely wiped off the earth! I know a few people who, not only lost their place to live, but also lost all of their life-long possessions. It's a very sad deal. Then the most important loss of all were lives that were taken. It's been a very tragic event but the people of Oklahoma have proved to be caring and are working together to rebuild.
So, I'm asking ALL Bat-Blog Readers to please donate whatever you can to the American Red Cross. This charitable organization is amazing and they are ALWAYS the very first to arrive and the very last ones to leave. They do great work. Even if all you can afford is "one dollar" then please send it. I mean, every little bit adds up and makes a difference.
Also, if you can't donate any money - Then please spread the word about their site on your social media like Twitter or Facebook. Gettig the news out there helps a bunch too. Thank you. It's REDCROSS.ORG
AMERICAN RED CROSS Click Here to Donate!
You can also text "REDCROSS" to 90999 & automatically give 10 dollars!
Also, I saw this post by Adam West yesterday on facebook and, as an Oklahoman it made me pretty proud. Thank you Mr. West. Well said Sir.
For everybody lucky enough to get to go to this year's 2013 San Diego Comicon please be sure to keep an eye out for these SDCC EXCLUSIVES. First we have a nice set, actually a "Three-Pack", of "Super Best Friends Forever" action figures. Here are Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl and they're all just a little bit taller than 6 inches. The complete set will be retail-priced at around $49.95 ( OUCH! ).
Next up, we're just sharing this photo real quick of the Batman: Arkham City HUGO STRANGE Action Figure based on the character as he appears in the bestselling video game. We don't have an exact price right now but you can expect it to be in the $25 to $30 range. Yes, "OUCH" again, ha!
This is just a quick post to share a new photo just released by the UK Eaglemoss Toy Company that shows what their next DC BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA "Batmobile Vehicle" Diecast Toy will look like.
Yes, it's THE BAT From The Dark Knight Rises Movie. It actually looks pretty cool! I like this toy line, even though I can afford to buy them right now. Oh, they're reasonably priced & affordable, I'm just so totally broke right now, ha! So far I only have the very 1st one, the 1989 Movie version, but I do have plans to get them all later. They're really great. I also think that eventually there will be a TON of them.
Here's a LINK for a very good place to buy them, just CLICK HERE!
I've been collecting Batman stuff for about 25 years and have experienced times when there is hardly anything new to buy, not right now! Today there is almost MORE stuff out there than any regular human can afford to buy, ha! So, what I do is only pick out what I think is the most interesting. I should add that none of the items I am reporting here are on that list!
Well, OK, this first item is actually kind of fun and I will probably get one of these. This is a Batman Can-Hugger that they sell at Wal-Mart for about $2.00, not a bad price. Yes, this is IN stores right now. Our friend Paul found this on a recent trip and sent us this cool pic (Thanks Paul).
Next up is a small example of a few UGLYDOLLS Plush Toys that will be coming out later. Two of them are variations on Batman and then they're making one of Superman. They're kinda cute. I like the UGLYDOLLS Toy Line and this concept could maybe take off, we'll see.
Lat, but not least, is a photo showing the second wave of brand-new series of BATMAN RETRO 8" Figures of The Penguin, Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne, and Catwoman. Some Vintage Toy Collectors might recognize these as exact reproductions of the classic 1970's Mego Dolls. Yes, I said, "Dolls", because that's what they called them back then, ha!
These are made by the Figure Toy Company and are a part of their “World’s Greatest Heroes” toy line & you can find them around August, 2013.
Here are 2 photos I was going to post individually until I noticed that they're both very similar. Yes, it's pretty obvious that they're both kinda funny and also based on the design of the bat-symbol logo. I guess you could also say that they're both "Fashion-related" too, ha!
The 1st photo is of a brand-new, extremely limited, T-Shirt that sort of makes fun of THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy movie logo. It's a picture of that BAT sleeping upside-down in a cage. Now if you want this shirt you better hurry-up and get it because this T-Shirt company's gimmick is that they only offer a design for one week. Their URL is on the photo.
Next, is a picture submitted by a Bat-Blog Fan. I don't think it is of him but a pic he found online. Yes, it's another beard trimmed in the Batman style, a "Bat-Stache", ha! Hey, he did a pretty good job on it, it's sharp!
May 21, 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.
Taking place before the rise of Gotham City's most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged. Blah, blah, blah... just check out the amazing official trailer already, ha!
OK, Wait! before you start programming your TIVO to record this please keep in mind this is only a repost of a Vintage STAR Newspaper Article from 1976, ha ha! A friend of the BAT-BLOG sent this to us last week and I knew I had to post it because it's so fun to read. Speaking of, hey to read it just click on it for a much larger version. Plus, check out that super-groovy pic of Adam West! Oh man, he is totally out-of-sight, baby!
( Thanks Paul )
Right now, in New York, there is a Theater Company trying to raise fund to start a new play based on the true story of Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson's creation of the iconic and enduring BATMAN comic book legend! The title of the play is "FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT". It will be a non-profit full-length stage play featuring an all-Drama Student cast. The play is targeted to premiere in the early fall (October) of 2013, on the campus of a Bronx, NY university. A short run of five (5) performances of this theatrical event.
OK, right now, as we speak, they have started a fund-raiser to get enough money to start production. As you can see from these photos, the costumes so far are totally amazing. Plus, this seems like a fun event. So if you would like to make a donation (ANY amount helps) then please do so by clicking the link right here, DONATE! Remember, if they do not meet their goal your donation will not go through. So it's a win/win situation for everybody!
Also, for more information about the play, check out their official blog, just CLICK HERE!
May 16, 2013
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City (Thanks for the heads-up, Alex).
Taking place before the rise of Gotham City's most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.
The full trailer is set to appear on May 20th, 2013. So, Please stay tuned to BAT-BLOG.COM
OK, This photo makes me feel kind of jealous, ha ha! We have a good friend named Paul who lives in Montreal ( Canada ) and he went to the 2013 Ottawa Comic-Con last weekend and got to meet Julie Newmar!! Yes, he said, "She was really great and a very classy lady". Awesome!
Paul also chatted with the famous BATMAN Comic Book Artist Neal Adams, but he is now kicking himself for not getting a photo. Hey Paul, you still got to meet a true living Legend! Thanks for sharing your fun photo.