We’re a few months out from the theatrical debut of The Flash, but the merchandise stream keeps flowing! Today, McFarlane Toys officially unveiled their line of 7-inch figures, but it was a couple of vehicles that stole the show. For the first time ever, Michael Keaton’s Batmobile and Batwing will be available for 1:12 collectors!
McFarlane Toys’ DC Multiverse line has been the central resource for 7-inch scale figures from various live action DC properties. On the heels of their offerings for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Todd is going all out on The Flash! But, like most people anticipating the movie, we’re going to focus on the Batman of it all.
First off, we’re getting our first Multiverse Keaton Batman — to go along with Todd’s takes on Bale, Pattinson, Affleck, and an out of scale Adam West. While this Keaton Bats is rocking a suit from The Flash, it’s unmistakably the Burton-verse version, until you get to that headsculpt, unfortunately.
I’ve asked some people, and they kind of see Keaton in there, but I don’t see it. Still, you know I preordered this right away, regardless. Target has an exclusive Gold Label version with an unmasked head, that still isn’t great, though I recognize Keaton a little more in its portrait.
Meanwhile, the movie’s other Batman is being offered as well. Todd’s second crack at Batfleck is not as impressive as the one from Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Clearly, a different sculptor was assigned for the Flash version because, like the Keaton head, Affleck’s jaw area is… not great.
Another quibble I have is that Batfleck’s suit is clearly blue and grey — in the trailer, at least — but McFarlane opted to go the all-black route.
Even with a less than accurate figure, with the in-scale Batcycle at least we’re at least getting a cool Batfleck vehicle to go along with it. Luckily, I have an old Mattel Bat-Pod to pose my Bale-Bats next to, and with Battinson’s Bat-bike, Batfleck and his cycle will make an awesome addition to the display!
Speaking of vehicles, the pièce de résistance is the Batmobile. After it was teased on social media and McFarlane Toys Winter showcase a few weeks ago, collectors have been salivating at the prospect of a 7-inch scale 1989 Batmobile.
My initial concern would be that the Batmobile would be undersized, especially considering McFarlane’s attempt at the classic George Barris Batmobile for their 6-inch 1966 Batman line. And while there is some wonky stuff going on — especially that oversized canopy — a 7-inch scale vehicle for $60 is too tough to pass up!
According to specs from McFarlane, the Burton Batmobile measures 22 inches long, making it much larger than the Barris-mobile, but I’m still worried about scaling it to the corresponding Batman figure. That said, Mezco’s One:12 Collective Keaton Bats is about to ship…
If you’re into 4-inch scale, Spin Master’s take on the Batmobile is another worthy addition. The limited edition is a high-performance fully functional RC car with incredibly authentic movie details like light-up headlights and water-activated smoke effects. Also included is a one-of-a-kind 360 rotating Batcave display base and an exclusive articulated 4-inch Batman figure that can fit into the Batmobile and sit in the Batcave. And it can all be yours for $199!
But that’s not all in the world of oversize vehicles! McFarlane also announced an online exclusive Batwing that is massive on both size and price. For $250 — yes, you read that right — you can bring home a 35” x 27” behemoth that is not only scaled for 7-inch figures but is also wall mountable.
While it isn’t the Batwing from 1989, the 2023 version has elements reminiscent of the original with what look like pincers to capture Joker’s balloons.
Of course being a Flash movie, there are also multiple Flash figures as well as one of Supergirl — who also suffers from some likeness problems. But to be honest, the Batman items are the ones that are gonna get your friends asking “Where did you get those wonderful toys?”