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Is The Bat Really Super? Well? Is It?

January 10th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Batman, Superheroes

Here’s a blast from the past! One of the first toys I ever posted on this site way back in the mid 1990s. I actually didn’t ‘review’ the thing. I just slapped a pic of it with a couple of comments. You can find the original pic HERE.
I actually figured this thing was lost to the mists of time as I hadn’t seen it in a long while. But today, while rooting through some of the bootleg toys stashed in my garage, I came across not one, but two of these things.
Heck! I thought I only had one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Super Bat!

Bat ears? Who needs bat ears when we can have some cool antennas sticking out of our mask. Lookie, lookie! We can smash through walls and leave them shattered into little pieces. Of course, is that a look of shock or pain on Super Bats face? We will never know.
Heh, Super Bat sure does know how to strike a pose on his skateboard, doesn’t he?

Now, a view of the side of the box…

The bottom drawing in the pic above shows how the toy is supposed to work.  While up top, there’s Super Bat swinging from, well, he’s swinging from his name. Yes, this bat truly is Super.

Now what kind of toy would a bootleg toy be if it didn’t have any bad engrish splashed somewhere on the package. Behold….!

I got news for you folks. This thing does exactly what is described above. Super Bat goes straight, straight, straight until he hits something or comes to the edge of say, a table. Then he spins away and goes straight, straight, straight until he hits another obstacle. Then, you guessed it, he spins away and goes straight, straight, straight…. Well, you get the idea.
Hey! Doesn’t that bat logo on the box belong on a certain brand of booze? Not that I’m a drinker or anything. It’s just that, well, the bat looks awful familiar. I’m just saying, y’know.

Here’s Super Bat and believe it or not, he’s true to the artwork on the box.

Well, let me rephrase that, Super Bat is sorta true to the artwork on the box. The figure doesn’t have those cool antenna on his head. I think the bootleg toy makers really missed out on an opportunity to make something truly unique. Instead, we get a Batman figure (an unhappy Batman figure by the look of it) with bat ears.
Super Bat is about five inches tall. The guy’s got some articulation on the arms, neck and waist. I’m actually afraid to have Super Bat strike any poses because his limbs are ‘sticky’ and I think he might break if I move him around too much.

Now how accurate was the box? Well, even the sticker on the board matches the box art work.

Heck! Super Bat’s board doesn’t come with just one sticker. We even get a SUPER BAT sticker to boot.

Friends, Super Bat is at least 17 years old. Maybe a couple of years older than that. I honestly don’t remember when or where I got him. I don’t even know much I shelled out for him. But this was back in the day when bootleg and knock off toys were built with some kind of quality. I mean, the bootleg toy makers provided a Super Bat toy to the artist (if you can call him or her that) who put together the box artwork.

Heh, I was so stoked to rediscover Super Bat again. I just couldn’t wait to share him with you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play with Super Bat (provided I have a couple of AA batteries laying around somewhere).


9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 krakit // Jan 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Great package artwork for a bootleg!

  • 2 John Prime // Jan 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    The thing I find hilarious is that the SuperBat figure looks eerily similar to that DC heroes kids line of toys from about a year ago. They were the same style as the RESCUE HEROES toys. The only major difference is the head which smacks of movie batman. I think the bootleggers stole the design from the future and slapped a Keaton Batman head on it to sell it in the past.

  • 3 Jon // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Batman skating… the world has gone mad 😛

  • 4 Batman // Mar 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Batman skating is nothing new…

  • 5 Dragonrider1227 // Apr 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    LOL Batman on a skateboard is epic!

  • 6 Pepper // Nov 11, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Batman on “skateboard” turns “edges” like a pro.

    Yay for random quotes.

  • 7 salukikev // Mar 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Love this bootleg! Any interest in giving your extra one a good home? email me!

  • 8 Lai-Lai // Aug 18, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Sticky? It must be made of rubber.

    That thing looks hilariously malformed.

  • 9 Johnny // Aug 25, 2011 at 6:02 am

    omg i have the exact same toy except its a “super ninja” variant. it has a cute little anime ninja with a little sword. the toy is made by the feng dyi company from 1986. the same company also made cool lookin “thunder cars” that work the same. my packaging has a sho kosugi esque ninja on a red smiley face skate board with a katana in his hand.

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