The Batman Barbie collection new for 2013 features dolls from the 1960's television series and movie. These dolls are based on the original batman characters. 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros negotiated a deal with Mattel regarding licensing of the 1960's "Batman" television show characters. Mattel will also continue the "DC Super Friends" line, introducing a new line for 2014 based on the upcoming Beware the Batman.
In the 1960's the television series entitled simply "Batman" began with a villain committing a crime in Gotham City. This was followed by a scene inside Commissioner Gordon's office, where he and Chief O'Hara would deduce which villain was responsible. Commissioner Gordon would press a button on the Batphone, a bright red telephone located on a pedestal in his office. The scene would then cut to Wayne Manor where the butler would answer the Batphone. Upon learning which criminal he would face, Bruce Wayne would turn a switch concealed within a bust of Shakespear that stood on his desk. This would cause a bookcase to slide back and reveal "The Batpoles" and Batman and Robin would slide down to the Batcave activating an unseen mechanism on the way that dressed them as their alter egos.
The original series features reacurring villans such as The Riddler, The Joker, Mr Freeze and The Penguin. It would be fantastic to see some of these made as Barbie dolls! Robin and Alfred the butler are another few dolls that Mattel could make.
The current dolls in Mattels collection are:
More dolls will be added to this page as they are released.
The television show was called "the biggest TV phenomenon of the mid-1960s".At the height of its popularity, it was the only prime-time television show to be broadcast twice in one week as part of its regular schedule, airing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Episodes of the show were filmed as two-part cliffhangers with each storyline beginning on Wednesday and ending on the Thursday night episode. At the very end of the Thursday night segment, a brief tag featuring the next week's villain would be shown, such as, "Next week: Batman jousts with The Joker again!"