NECA Classic
TV Series 7″ Adam West Batman Review

Articulation was the one area where I was little disappointed. It’s a really healthy amount, but I was spoiled by the Keaton Batman – his quarter scale articulation was shrunk down along with the figure. Not so, for Adam West Batman. He lost bicep swivels, double-hinge elbows, and an ab crunch (which I’m fine with, he looks better for losing that last one). Unfortunately, the reused, shrunk down quarter-scale box showcases the extra articulation that is not on the actual figure inside. Doh! There’s plenty good artic here thoguh: ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees, and inverted ankles. He’s easy and fun to pose even with the missing bits.

Okay, so I love the sculpt, I’m impressed by the paint, and the articulation is fun & useful if not as advertised. Is there anything I don’t like? Funny I should ask because I bet long-time readers already know. I can’t stand the cape. I know I have soft good loving readers, but I think even they might not love this cape. It’s very rigid and the packaging had it billowing up for the shoulders with some prominent creases throughout. I’m hope that will all clear up over time as gravity does its thing, but I know this figure would like extra slick with a soft plastic cape. It would be sculpted to fall perfectly, it wouldn’t look odd at the neck, and still be pliable enough to get out of the way. Well, I can dream.

Batman included some great accessories. He’s packaged with two fists, but includes two extra hands to help him hold his other gear: a batarang and a bat-radio. I love both pieces – I want more, but the batarang wins because it fits great in his hand and the articulation aids in some great batarang poses. The removed artic does keep the bat-radio from getting anywhere near his face though, so that piece has a little bit of a bummer attached.

Overall, I’m kinda enamored with this thing, even with the suspect cape. The sculpt is amazing at this scale with great paint and fun articulation. That’s NECA covering their bases. The 7” size does mean that he won’t be hanging out with too many of my other DC figures, but he’s got great company thanks to NECA’s massive library of figures. He’s just well done and add to that the sudden realization that he can exist combined with finding it the next day, that’s a toy whirlwind that doesn’t come around often enough.

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15 thoughts on “NECA Classic
TV Series 7″ Adam West Batman Review

  1. Quick turnaround. He looks and sounds good. I keep going back and forth on whether to get him.

    Shame about the missing articulation, but doesn’t he have everything Keaton has except the torso joint? Still, now I wish he had double-jointed elbows. Him and everyone else who doesn’t. Can his shoulders still spread out to the sides?

  2. LMAO @ “vacuum tubes”! So great.

    I preordered Reeves on the Ebay store, but I will be hunting down West & Ledger as soon as I get home from my trip. What a wonderful time to be a collector!

  3. Cool review! Quick turnaround indeed! I was just reading about these being up for preorder the other day. Crazy! Even with the missing articulation points he still looks like an awesome figure. I haven’t picked up any of the recent quarter scale NECA figs so this might be my way to jump back in so I can have both versions! Lol

  4. It won’t be too much of a hunt, our TrU put them right up front with the videos in front of the customer service counter.

    They had a Superman and the Heath Joker, but that Superman sure didn’t look like Christopher Reeve. Also, there didn’t seem to be much if any actual promotion of whatever video was supposed to be inside. I actually thought the Batman was the Mattel Batman when I glanced at it!

    Maaaaybe there’s competing product out there! I must investigate!

  5. I was never able to find the Keaton Batman in stores and missed out on the eBay sales. That’s a burning hole in my collection that drives me nuts. I could still probably get that crappy video game Keaton Bats at my local TRU, but I never saw the normal color version there.

    One thing that does bug me with these new releases is the included DVD. First off… DVD? Last year, Keaton Bats came with a Blu-Ray. This year we’re getting an older media type? Did someone somewhere find that step logical? I have almost all of these movies on DVD, but none of them on Blu-Ray yet, so at least if they’d come with the most recent media type that could somewhat justify the cost, to me at least.

    Second, Keaton Batman came with the Batman movie that the figure was based on. These new figures seem to be available with Man of Steel, the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney/Bale Batman movies, or the Lego Batman movie. So you could maybe get the Ledger Joker with the movie he was in, but he’d be the only one, and even then, not every Ledger Joker comes with the Dark Knight.

    How much are these things in stores, by the way? On eBay, they’re $30 with $8 shipping. As nice as they look, they’re not worth almost $40 a figure to me.

    1. OK! Retail dude to the rescue! 🙂

      Adam West NECA Batman is $19.99 USD plus local taxes at Toys R Us.

      There is currently a sale, poorly promoted, if you buy one of the selected DC superhero movies (mostly all the Batman but a few others) you get 50% off the new figures. All they had at my TrU was Batman and Heath Joker. I like you don’t HAVE to buy a movie, I didn’t need any of them.

      The UPC for Adam West is 634482614662. Maybe try plugging that into TrU’s website and see if it’s in stock?

      Hope that helps!

  6. I found the Adam West Batman figure, today, at my local Toys R Us. I didn’t have it opened 5 minutes and his left arm broke at the elbow. I will be calling NECA tomorrow and/or returning the Batman figure to Toys R Us. Such a disappointment!!

  7. My Batman broke at the leg right out of the package. Also, another thing advertised in the back of the package that he doesn’t come with are the ‘Batusi’ hands you see he has holding the cape. That was the set of hands I was most excited about and let down to see they didn’t make the cut.

  8. The back of the package shows the 1/4 scale figure. The same thing goes for the others, and the Keaton Batman from last year, as well. It looks like they essentially shrunk down the packages for the 1/4 scale figures.

    Also, for those interested, the WB Store listed three new bundles with the Christopher Reeve Superman figure. I grabbed one since I missed out the first time. Get ’em while you can!

  9. I returned the first figure, with the broken left arm, and exchanged it for another one. When I got home, I opened the replacement one. The replacement one had a cape that was almost torn off of him, at the neck, and tear at the shoulder of the cape. Plus, when I tried to change out the right fist for the batarang holding hand, it broke where the wrist articulation is. BUMMER!! He will be going back for a THIRD one. Not having luck with these Batman figures. Hopefully, I’ll get a good one on the 3rd try!

  10. Priced him up today, fist broke trying to get it out the the batarang holding hand broke while I was posing it. Going to toys r us tomorrow to try an exchange, but it looks like the old NECA QC strikes again!

  11. After jumping through several hoops, I think I have a Chris Reeve Superman pre-ordered. I got 2 and will hook up another Aussie with one.

    Looks like it could cost about $70-$90 for each figure all up (Aussie dollars). $40ish for the figure/DVD, $10ish for the shipping to a US address and then another $15-20 per fig to ship to Australia.

    Massive pain in the butt, and Supes is the only one I’m making this effort for. Bucket list figure for me (I have the Hot Toys version, but I need me a 7inch Reeve).

    Sucks that NECA and WB can’t make these available internationally (or back when our dollar was at parity).

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