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Worst 5 'Batman: The Animated Series' Action Figures

Remember 90s Batman figures? Well here's some stinkers.

Without a doubt, Batman: The Animated Series not only completely changed the game for animated shows based off of comics, but it still holds up as one of the best animated series of all time, at least on my list. Although the landmark series, which began in 1992, is coming up to its 20 year anniversary, it is held in such high regards because its animation style spawned numerous other hit DC comic related television series: Superman, Justice League of America, and most recently, Young Justice. Batman: The Animated Series (BAS) is a classic piece of animation that stands the test of time, even during the 1990s where shows were thrown onto television no matter if they were great or the worst piece of trash ever.

During the 90s, with the successful rise of an animated series came a buttload of action figures, and many of which had nothing to do with the show. While BAS was a great show, it fell victim to this method of toy production. How bad was it? Well, it was pretty darn bad. I'm not talking about any random figures from the set, just different, lame, useless Batman toys. That being said, let's look at the 5 worst Batman figures from the BAS line in no particular order...

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1: Ground Assault Batman

I've always loved the Green Goblin, and finally, the Batman The Animated Series put out a Green Goblin action figure for the... wait... That's not Green Goblin. Fool me once Kenner, shame on you.

So, if you can't tell, we have a Batman figure that is obviously inspired by the Green Goblin. If you think otherwise, I will call you crazy to your face. Aside from the BatGlider, Batman is even painted purple and green. I can hear the Goblin's laugh now as I stare at this figure.

When I first saw this figure, I thought, "well, a Green Goblin Batman figure is kinda cool. Wait... it can't fly? It's just a giant skateboard?" Yes, the BatGlider is not an actual gliding machine. It just rolls across your carpet in a non-threatening way. Seriously, would you be threatened by a purple Batman rolling at you in a skateboard mildly shaped like his logo? I hope not. You can find this toy online or on top of the Brooklyn Bridge dropping Gwen Stacy from the top of it. (Spoiler alert: She dies)

You may be thinking, "Wow. That is pretty awful." Beware, it only gets worse. And by worse, I mean colorful!

2: Land Strike Batman

Dude! I LOVE the Centurions! Seriously though, he totally looks like a turned-away Centurion. "Sorry Bruce, but your outfit doesn't fit our color scheme. We already have a yellow guy. Why don't you try being all angsty and fighting crime on your own." And that's when Land Strike Batman was born... out of the womb of worthlessness and the son of a failed dream.

This is two figures in a row where the point of said figure is Batman striking or assaulting from the ground or land. I thought the whole point of Batman was to attack from the sky and sneak up on you, not come barreling towards you like Sloth from the Goonies. Nothing says "discretely" like a dude in a bright-yellow suit with a green claw above his head.

This giant green crab claw isn't even on the land, if we want to get all "real" about this. It's mounted on Batman's shoulders. A more fitting title would be "Barely Above Your Head Strike Batman." And does he have to wear the magma camouflage to do this? I'm sure the regular Batsuit will do just as well.

So far, we've seen the Green Goblin and the lost member of the Centurions. How could this get any more ridiculous...

3: Piranha Blade Batman

I apologize first for the photo. It's very hard to find a good picture of Piranha Blade Batman, most likely because Piranha Blade Batman is an elusive creature. It hides in the depths of many Amazonian rivers, and when it sees lunch, it jumps out of the water and fires circular saw thingys at it, then eats its prey. Piranha Blade Batman truly is nature's deadliest predator.

So, I truly have no clue how this figure is related to a Piranha in any way. The figure looks like it would be much more adept at fighting lava from a safe distance (2 miles minimum). I have no clue what the deal with the armor is, or why it covers his face, or why he's the red version of Land Strike Batman.

A more suitable name for this Batman would be, "I lost the keys to the Batcave, so I'm stuck with the stuff I found in the garage Batman." This toy hurts my eyes.

4: Tornado Batman

At some point, Kenner was just like, "We've run out of ideas! Let's just put a natural disaster in front of Batman's name!" Don't believe me? In addition to the image on your left, check out Lightning Strike Batman, which ALMOST made the list. So here's another weather-related Batman... Tornado Batman. Mother nature's most chaotic and unpredictable Batman.

What would hurt more: A piranha blade AKA knife or a spinning fan blade that could never actually cut you because it's encased in a circular thingymabob? Point made. You suck Tornado Batman.

And once again, I feel like we've lost what Batman truly is: a sneaky ninja. Reflective silver really won't help you hide in the shadows, and that tornado gun is just as effective as any Nerf toy. Yes, even the ones that need batteries. Take a look at the cover art though. Why is he wearing a gas mask? Is his weapon so powerful it creates a vacuum which all air is sucked into causing his victims to suffocate? If so, this is the best Batman toy ever, not the worst.

5: Radar Scope

Batman Can someone please tell me what "radar scope" is? Because I don't see a radar scope anywhere on here. This isn't Aliens and you aren't Private Hudson, Batman. "Game Over."

If I said to you "there is a Batman called 'Radar Scope' what do you picture first?" You'd probably think he'd have some sort of face attachment that allows him to see radar, or at least a gun with some sort of radar on it. However, we don't get that. What we have here is a Batman with some weird failed para-glider attached to his back, which has a giant grappling gun attached to the top.

I don't know how he has his led that far back in the picture being that, on the toy, there is no room to move your leg at all. You know what a better name for this figure is: "Random junk Batman."

So there they are. Out of all the original Batman the Animated Series figures of Batman, those are my least favorite. What do you guys think of these figures? Are there any in the series you think are worse?

~Mat "inferiorego" Elfring is teacher, comedian, writer, and comic store employee.
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Edited by DH69

hahahahaha i had all of those XD

 

but im pretty sure spider-man had it worse in the toy department.

Posted by Bestostero

i dont think i have any of those listed lol

Posted by King Quisling

Lol I def had Tornado Batman.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

wow..............
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Posted by JonesDeini

LMAO Great, great article. Man oh man did comic action figures suck back then. Toy Biz is equally as guilty of reusing molds and changing a color scheme and adding a new weapons to make "new" toys. 

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

The worst figure I had was Ninja Robin. His nunchaku skills were pretty poor. So poor, in fact, that his arm fell off after about a week.

Posted by EdwardWindsor

This article totally just gave me a flash back i had Land Strike Batman !

Posted by Vance Astro

LMFAO @ Tornado Batman.

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Posted by Joe Venom

Piranha blade Batman was awesome =(

Posted by inferiorego
@Joe Venom said:
" Piranha blade Batman was awesome =( "
It's almost like they just took a scary animal and added a weapon to it:

Bear Gun Batman
Cobra Knife Batman
Wolf Taser Batman
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Posted by TDK_1997

there aren't so bad

Posted by Doctor!!!!!


I don't even remember the toys. I only remember superman animated toys from Jack in the Box.

So long ago!

Posted by MuadDiab

I had a really cool ninja one with an awesome sword


Posted by Kaitlin7x
Piranha Blade Batman :')

I have the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series on DVD but I can't get the rest :(
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Guess who has two thumbs and begged his parents for every crappy Batman repaint figure? This guy.

Posted by Bobcat14


I love this article please make more of these! like TMNT, SPIDER-MAN, AND OTHERS

 

Posted by robokungfu

I remember the parachute batman being particularly bad. That blasted thing wouldn't work!

Posted by zombietag

this is great haha i totally played with this garbage as a kid.


and why the heck was it so freakin' hard to find a NORMAL batman action figure? that used to make me really upset...
Posted by inferiorego
@Bobcat14 said:
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I love this article please make more of these! like TMNT, SPIDER-MAN, AND OTHERS

 

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Funny you should mention that. Spider-Man is on my "hit list."
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Posted by Mbecks14

hahaha ohh man. I do love Batman the Animated Series though. Passionately. It's the greatest Batman of all time. I recomend it to my non comic fan friends

Posted by CaptainUseless

I have the ground assault one and a gold batman from the animated series (I must have had more but I only have those 2 left), loved playing with them as a kid.

Posted by waruikumo

LoL's I was going to make a huge stink if this list wasn't completely populated with the ungodly permutations of batman.  Considering there were about 100.

Posted by jazzblade

this takes me back...i think i had almost all of them

Posted by craigbo180

I totally had radar scope and ground assault Batman when I was a kid! I must have been into purple Batman. 

Posted by GOREX
@sesquipedalophobe said:
" The worst figure I had was Ninja Robin. His nunchaku skills were pretty poor. So poor, in fact, that his arm fell off after about a week. "
OMG I had that toy !!! I think first thing that happened to me was that I lost the rubber head mask. I really liked that toy when I was a kid. Heck even without arms it still looked cool :D
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

I used the material capes from my Batman and Robin figures from the same line on Darth Vader, Luke and my own Sith lords with the Star Wars figures as they were so much better than the bloody plastic ones that they came with.

Posted by The_Warlord

OMG I own 1,2 and 3, I used to playwith them everyday when I was younger. I remember breaking the backpacks or losing them, in the end I only had the figures XD

Posted by MrMazz

Why did they give Batman a Axe though ???

Posted by TheRyanHimself

Please, more top lists. I know they're cliche, but I thrive on them!

Posted by AirDave817

I've seen most nearly every episode, and I've never seen Batman use any of this gear. I saw those figures in the store and just shook my head, rolled my eyes and keep walking...

Posted by GothamBat

I had them all! Well, all of the different Batman's. Only one I could never find is the Man-Bat figure.

Posted by Aeroman

thank god I got none of them

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Posted by ImperiousRix

I was a huge collector of Batman toys when I was a young-un.  Relieved to see I didn't own any of these... though I have to admit some of the ones I got weren't much better.


Case in point, a florescent green Batman who rode on a bat-shaped raft that launched missiles was one of my favorites as a kid.  'Cause, ya know, there are a lot of kayaking villains in Gotham City.
Posted by ArtisticNeedham

That was back when Toys weren't so good, before Spawn Toys changed everything.
Now a days you probably... well, if you look at the JLU toys they aren't much better.

Posted by kennybaese

I remember going absolutely crazy as a kid because there weren't any Batman TAS figures on shelves where Batman looked like he did on the damn show (gray and black). I couldn't care less about the crap that came with the figure. I don't need to shoot disks at my other figures. I remember one time I found a Batcycle thing that had gray and black Batman with it, and I bought it with two weeks worth of my allowance just for the figure. 

Posted by Darkmount1

Out of all five here, I only have Tornado Batman. I got a ton of this stuff as a kid.
Posted by Wattup
@walkingcarpet said:
" I remember going absolutely crazy as a kid because there weren't any Batman TAS figures on shelves where Batman looked like he did on the damn show (gray and black). I couldn't care less about the crap that came with the figure. I don't need to shoot disks at my other figures. I remember one time I found a Batcycle thing that had gray and black Batman with it, and I bought it with two weeks worth of my allowance just for the figure.  "
Yes! There were too many bloody variations of Batman. I just wanted a BASIC-looking action figure!
Posted by Mercy_
@inferiorego said:
" @Joe Venom said:
" Piranha blade Batman was awesome =( "
It's almost like they just took a scary animal and added a weapon to it:Bear Gun BatmanCobra Knife BatmanWolf Taser Batman "
I'd buy Wolf Taser Batman and I'm not even into action figures.
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Posted by Walker2814

I found my Radar Scope Batman a few weeks ago, but I still don't know what "radar scope" actually means.

Posted by DKing_CiCADA

Of course the first toy I scroll and see is one I had when i was a kid xD

Posted by Vincent92

why do are there so many wierd action figures, espeically with batman and spiderman?
Posted by MatPaget

I remember quite clearly that I owned all of these!

I still have a few of them (just the Batman though).
Posted by Joe Venom
@inferiorego said:
" @Joe Venom said:
" Piranha blade Batman was awesome =( "
It's almost like they just took a scary animal and added a weapon to it:Bear Gun BatmanCobra Knife BatmanWolf Taser Batman "
I firmly stand by my post! lol I almost had a Toy Story 3 moment when I was gathering things to give away to Goodwill and there he was right next to my SilverBolt Beast Wars figure lock in an ageless battle in my moms basement...............good times, good times
Posted by Video_Martian

No offense to the Bat-Fans, but these action figures SUCK

Posted by They Killed Cap!

You have the best most random articles Matt.
Posted by SuperXAsh

yeah batman toys always tended to get really stupid at times. Had a hard time imagining Batman actually using ANYTHING remotely similar to ANY of these toys.

Posted by elayem98

this actually brings back good memories thank u

Posted by Sakar255

I remembered these toys but couldn't remember which ones I had until I say Lightning Strike Batman. Him I remember. I also had Knight Star Batman...in his gold colored spinning death blade glory...

Posted by blaakmawf

Metal Gear Batman?

Posted by JonesDeini
@GothamBat: 
I found a one winged one buried behind my friend's shed...strange day, we some old ninja turtle movie figures in there too.
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