Thursday, January 22, 2015

Terrific TV Toys: Batgirl plush doll from the 1960s "Batman" series

It was nearly a couple years ago when the big announcement came that the "Batman" live-action TV series of the 1960s would at last be officially licensed for merchandise, after all these years. Stars Adam West and Burt Ward signed licensing agreements, but their partner in crimefighting, Yvonne Craig, was a little slower in that process. Thus, of the myriad pieces that have already been released since then, you'll see wonderful likenesses of West, Ward, and others from the show such as the actors who played the various villains, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar and others, but you won't see Yvonne Craig's lovely likeness ... just yet. At least not on the action figures. Yvonne's first piece of merchandise to use her "likeness" (and we're not counting the amazing adult Halloween costume by Rubie's or the purple and yellow Batcycle miniature, both of which we own, but both of which do not feature her actual likeness -- understand?) is the Batgirl plush doll, 10 inches tall and released just a few months ago by Bleacher Creatures. The company even makes a point to note on its website that Yvonne's likeness is official and legal and all that, for this plush toy. We know how significant that is.

Which brings us to the next installment in BRBTV's Terrific TV Toys web series! Courtesy of her buddy Mike, Billie Rae Bates of BRBTV owns this first official piece of Yvonne Craig Batgirl merchandise and is happy to show it to you in the 25th episode of the series ...

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