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).