BATMAN YELLOW (POP!) (2014)
There was a time when I told myself I wasn’t going to collect Funko’s POP! vinyl figures and now I have a small army of them including three variations of Batman.
The floodgates can be traced back to my first POP! figure, a black and grey contemporary Batman that I received as a gift. I liked it so much that I thought I would maybe buy one or two more. I started out by buying a couple oddballs like Rocky Balboa and the the Winged Monkey from Wizard of Oz and the next thing I knew I had a dozen of them.
My second Batman, an Adam West 60s Batman, was gifted to me on my birthday by my brother Doug a couple years ago. That one came with a retro Batmobile which was pretty sweet. After that I was quite certain I had no need for any further Batman POP! figures. Then last weekend I bought this mustardy yellow Batman. You might think it ridiculous but there is precedent for this garish costume.
This figure, along with pink, green, orange, purple, and blue variations were released as a special exclusives to collectibles etailer, Entertainment Earth. They were produced in celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary in 2014. The rainbow Batman outfits are based on Detective Comics issue 241 published in 1957. I’ve never read it but in it Batman apparently dons various coloured costumes as a means to distract some bad guys from noticing that Robin was fighting crime with a wounded arm. Sounds silly I know but it was the Silver Age and s**t like that happened all the time.
My friend Jay runs a comic shop called Cape and Cowl Comics in my hometown of Sackville, Nova Scotia. You may recall me talking about it in my Blowtorch review a while back. It’s a great shop but I’ve only been in there a couple of times. I don’t get out to Sackville very often unless I’m visiting my folks and I do 99% of my comic shopping at Strange Adventures in Halifax. Jay has faced some hurtles in starting up his new business and I guess things have been exceptionally slow in the new year. When tales of his struggles made the rounds on local news outlets and social media I knew I had to get out there and spend some cash. I went out for a browse on Saturday and despite a great selection of goodies there wasn’t much there I “needed”.
Any POP! figure would’ve been a fun purchase, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Deb from Napolean Dynamite, Neo from the Matrix, but I just couldn’t resist the pull of the rainbow Batmen. The shop had a few varieties in stock but the yellow one won out because I oddly find it the ugliest and the most appealing. (I also bought a Scarface ReAction figure).
There isn’t much to say about the figure itself. The sculpt is as cute as it was the first two times I got it. I’m sure it will be a conversation piece on my work desk. 7 out of 10.
If you’re able, go support Cape and Cowl comics.