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Awesome Toy Picks: Toyman, Azrael & KnightsEnd Batman

A collection of new and old toys you should add to your collection.

Each week we search the toy aisles and our dusty collections to present some of the coolest action figures based on comic book characters.

The first is from the DC Universe Classics collection, Wave 18. These figures had a Superfriends theme and we decided to take a closer look at Toyman.

There have been some different versions of Toyman and you can see he comes with a couple accessories. What else would you expect but a yo yo with spikes and a top that...doesn't really do much?

The other figures in this wave include Black Vulcan, Samurai, El Dorado, Modern Captain Boomerang and Bronze Tiger. The each come with a piece to build a big Apache Chief.

I do have to issue a warning, the following pictures might be a little upsetting. At least, my daughter thought so when she saw them. Toyman is evil.

Luckily my daughter had a Justice League Unlimited Wonder Woman lying around to restore order.

The 'retro' figure comes from Kenner's 1998 "Batman: Knight Force Ninjas" line. It sounds horrible and I honestly can't even recall any of the other figures in the line but it did include a pretty cool Jean-Paul Valley Azrael figure.

He's not as highly articulated as today's figure but he's a pretty solid figure and the detail was pretty good. He came with a flaming sword and a snap on flaming-flame thingy. They don't look that impressive but still, it's a pretty cool Azrael figure. He does come with the "squeeze legs together for arm to move" action that makes his right arm move up.

If only we could see his return in the comics.

There's a bonus selection this week that goes along with Azrael. I found a "Legends of Batman: KnightsEnd Batman" figure. This was another from Kenner and was released in 1996. I think this actually belonged to some poor kid that left it behind in a restaurant I was working in. No one ever came back looking for it so it was up to me to give it a good home. He's a little smaller at 5" and stands in a slightly awkward pose but it's still pretty cool it was made back then.

That's it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the selections and be sure to check out the next installment.

Posted by TheBane2890

From those images it looks like Toyman really wants little kids to play with him. Strong Jerry Sandusky feel to those pics!

Posted by Sawcesome

I actually still have that Azrael figure and the Killer Croc (I think you push a button to make his upper-body twist) from the same line. Awesome figures. Got a lot of playtime when I was a kid.

Posted by AlKusanagi

Toyman's all "Come at me, bro!" in that last picture.

I'm pretty sure they did a Legends of the Dark Knight Azrael too, because I've got a different figure of him from around some time in the mid-90s.

Posted by Sekele

Nice Azrael figures

Posted by Miss_Garrick

My, your pictures are quite sick.

Toyman better hope my sister doesn't see those pics. She loves Calico Critters.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I like the superfriends-style of Toyman the best, actually.

Behold, Azrael as cowboy Batman!

Posted by Mahzian

I really hope they release that version of Batman in DC Universe Classics at some point, the one we got was awesome but it was a version or two after this one

Posted by The Poet

cool...g-man stole a toy from a kid :P

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

I love Azrael I need to get these toys O.O I just picked up a bunch of old issues of Azrael Agnt of the Bat ;3

Posted by stormtrance1618

oh man, I'm pretty sure I used to have that last figure when I was a kid... the ears kept bothering me though so I cut them off, lol

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Is there a Lane version of Azrael kicking about?

Posted by nonfiction91

well, I'm not much of a toyman,or an azrael *da-da-tssshhh, tomato to the face* but these are cool and I can respect the attention to detail for such old characters

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The Az and Az-Bat figures are smokin!

Posted by BatClaw89

Not my cup of tea but I love anything Batman.

Posted by Darkmount1

HA! I still have that Azrael figure, with the flaming sword! Still need to find his arm flame, but at least I have one other accessory you failed to mention: he came with a 'falls-apart' training robot with a claw arm and a chainsaw arm.

Posted by bane122

I always found it funny that the Knightsend figure is of JPV in the costume he wore during the beginning of Knightquest and the Knightquest figure is JPV in an off-colored version of his Knightsend costume (and later re-released in correct colors as Ultra Armor Batman).

Posted by The Impersonator

Toyman sure likes to play with toys. =P

Posted by Bestostero

lol the pictures in these are always hilarious

Posted by Grim

Idk what was going on with those Legend of Batman series figures. I had a really cool looking Nightwing who had one of those weird poses.

Posted by JonesDeini


I loved the hell out of this toy when I was kid.

Posted by BizzyBComics1127

i lost that same fucking batman. ='{[

Posted by Eyz

The AzBats looks fantastic!

Question for the toy-fans/figurine experts: Is there a Michael Lane/Azrael figurine as well out there?

Posted by vidmouse

I ended up using that Azbats to custom my own, 6" scale version awhile back:

I thought it worked out surprisingly well.

Posted by Video_Martian

If only Toyman looked like this in the comics...

Posted by bane122

@Eyz: Sure is, from DC Direct's Batman Reborn series:

Posted by Casshern


Yeah this is the version I have too...but his blade cape is RED. I also have that cool Azrael toy.

Posted by Eyz

@bane122: Awesome!

Posted by Assassin_Elektra

Hmm, not bad at all. They all look pretty cool.

Was it necessary for the pony to get kicked in the butt? Haha.