Awesome Toy Collection – Batman: TAS part 2

“Batman: The Animated Series” first premiered on Fox Network and aired there for two seasons, before it moved over to the WB Network following a hiatus of about three years. The show was renamed “The New Batman Adventures”, and aired for another two seasons. Although both shows take place in the same continuity, the animation style was made more streamlined to match with the other DC Comics cartoons that the animation team were producing. In addition, a new reduced colour scheme was adopted for all characters to make the animation cheaper. As a result, nearly all the characters from Batman: TAS received a redesign, referred to by fans as the “revamp”.
 
The first to be featured here is Batman himself. On the right is Batman in his original appearance, while on the left is the “revamped” Batman. Batman has received a more sleek, buffed appearance. Most notably, the ‘batsignal’ logo on his chest was replaced with the black bat logo. But essentially speaking, they are the same character on the show.
 
The Joker got revamped too! The leftmost figure is the Joker as he originally appeared, while the other remaining three are the revamped version Joker, with the second from left figure produced by Kenner Toys while the right two figures produced by the Mattel Company. Mattel took over the production of Batman toys after the license held by Kenner expired. As you can see, the Joker’s facial appearance got a redesign, and his suit has changed colours too.
 
      
Mr. Freeze (left – original, right – revamped), and Catwoman (right – original, left – revamped)
 
Here’s some more comparison of before and after the revamp. Mr. Freeze’s armour got redesigned. He no longer wears red goggles, in fact his eyes are now red. Catwoman’s catsuit has changed design and is now all black instead of previously grey.
 
    
The Riddler (right – original, left – revamped), and The Scarecrow (right – original, left – revamped)
 
The revamped Riddler now wears an all-green jumpsuit. Although receiving a new redesign, the Riddler was not featured as the main antagonist in an episode of his own during the revamped series. The cartoon producers had admitted that they didn’t use the Riddler very much because his character often made the story too long and too complex. The Scarecrow’s new look resembles a dark, corpse-like figure with a hangman’s noose around his neck.
 
This is Bane (left – original, right – revamped). Bane remains as a large size juggernaut foe of Batman, he has not shrunk in size as this picture might suggest. The revamped Bane figure was produced by Mattel, and the Mattel figures are slightly smaller in size as compared to the Kenner figures.
 
The Penguin also received a redesign for the revamped series. While the original appearance (on the left) possessed the bird-like features of a beak-shaped nose and webbed hands, the revamped look (on the right) returned the Penguin to his traditional comic appearance of being a normal-looking gentleman, who is actually a mob boss under the guise of running a “legitimate” business.
 
    
Poison Ivy (left – original, right – revamped, and Two-Face (left – original, right – revamped)
 
The redesigns to Poison Ivy and Two-Face are actually quite minimal. Poison Ivy got a makeover, and she received an equally revealing dress. Two-Face still wears the same white-and-black suit, only that the suit is now buttoned-up. Two-Face received a slightly different hairstyle, with his snarling sinister side getting a lttle touch-up.
 
The Mad Hatter’s appearance was totally changed for the revamped series (left – original, right – revamped). But the revamped version has not been produced as a figure as yet.
 
Out of Batman’s enemies, perhaps only Harley Quinn did not receive any drastic change in appearance or colour alterations.

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