Thursday, July 27, 2023

Action Figure Review: Egghead from Batman: Classic TV Series by McFarlane Toys


  It's been a long time since I've reviewed anything from the 1966 Batman TV Series but this year McFarlane Toys has been putting out some new characters and they've caught my attention. I'm a huge Vincent Price fan (I consider House on Haunted Hill to be the first true horror film I ever watched), so having an action figure of Egghead, a villain with multiple appearances in the classic Batman television series, is a pretty big deal. McFarlane has been putting out figures from the television show since 2021, so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that these figures are in a 6 inch scale and not a 7 inch scale, like DC Multiverse and the larger DC Page Punchers. They actually fit in quite well with Mattel's 1966 Batman figures, though the sculpts on these are clearly superior. Ready for a look at Batman's greatest egg-themed nemesis? Then join me after the break...

The Positives:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a a balljointed head. 

Accessories: Two "sound" effects.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

The Positives:

* Egghead has a simple but cool style that McFarlane Toys has captured well: A snazzy white suit with yellow trim, a yellow dress shirt, and a neck piece that looks kind of like a cravat that's white. Just like a fried egg. The figure looks really nice with a sharp, crisp sculpt that looks fairly realistic and a paintjob that captures the bright colors of the 1966 TV series. The articulation is fairly minimal, so the focus is definitely on the look of the figure and the accuracy of the costume. 

* The portrait is easily recognizable as Vincent Price, even with his crazy Egghead makeup that made his head look like, well, like an egg. The facial expression is quite nice and captures a great expression for the character, as if he's about to make some sardonic remark or throw out an eggs-cruciating pun. 

* The back of Egghead's suit is nice with some long tails and some sculpted buttons, folds, and wrinkles. 

* Egghead doesn't come with any egg based weaponry, but he does come with some comic styled "sound effect" pieces to mimic the ones that popped up in the television series. They're bright, bold, and pretty darn clever. They're attached to little, flexible plastic cuffs that easily fit over the figures wrists. The first one has a wonderfully retro "SPLATT!" sound effect bubble with some little yellow flecks flying off of the word. 

* The second is "CRRACK!" and it's also nicely done with a lot of attention paid to the size and layout of the letters. I'd kind of love to see something like this with a DC Multiverse Bane figure from Knightfall, wouldn't you? 

* These figures feel very durable and with the head and arms you can get some decent expressive poses. From the waist up, anyways...

The Negatives:

* It's kind of weird that these figures don't have any real hip motion; Just a simple cut joint. They're very static, absolutely meant to just be stood around in the various scenes and playsets made for the line rather than truly put in action poses.

   Egghead isn't the most exciting action figure around, but he is a fairly uncommon Batman villain (Figures Toy Company has made some Egghead figures in their Mego inspired line an Lego did a minifigure) and it's Vincent Price. Those, plus the nifty sound effects, definitely bring some cool. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure, though I really would have appreciated an egg based weapon of some sort, or possibly even a display stand. And perhaps a bit more articulation. I like the look of the figure and how neat and clean it is, but surely some hip and ankle joints could be worked out, right?

This is the first figure of Egghead I've reviewed on the site.

1 comment:

  1. So there are the Figures Toy Company Mego Styled versions of Vincent Price, the old Mezco Mez-it and a standard action figure of the Professor from Edward Scissorhands, and the Super7 ReAction of Vincent Price. That's probably the most classic. Later this year or early next year NECA will be releasing a Toony Terrors version of Vincent Price, too, and I believe they have a version of Price from the Raven.

    There are also some various model kits from films such as the Abominable Dr. Phibes and some random 12 inch figures of Price from movies such as House on Haunted Hill. Lots of options, actually!


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