Awesome Toy Picks: Toyman, Azrael & KnightsEnd Batman

Posted by G-Man (39235 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#1 Posted by TheBane2890 (1972 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#2 Posted by Sawcesome (147 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#3 Posted by AlKusanagi (699 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#4 Posted by Sekele (297 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice Azrael figures

#5 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1761 posts) - - Show Bio

My, your pictures are quite sick.

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

#6 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (4697 posts) - - Show Bio

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

Behold, Azrael as cowboy Batman!

#7 Posted by Mahzian (119 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#8 Posted by The Poet (8646 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#9 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8195 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#10 Posted by stormtrance1618 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (40358 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there a Lane version of Azrael kicking about?

#12 Posted by nonfiction91 (1753 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#13 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

The Az and Az-Bat figures are smokin!

#14 Posted by BatClaw89 (143 posts) - - Show Bio

Not my cup of tea but I love anything Batman.

#15 Posted by Darkmount1 (1410 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#16 Posted by bane122 (30 posts) - - Show Bio

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).

#17 Posted by The Impersonator (6696 posts) - - Show Bio

Toyman sure likes to play with toys. =P

#18 Posted by Bestostero (5782 posts) - - Show Bio

lol the pictures in these are always hilarious

#19 Posted by Grim (2185 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#20 Posted by JonesDeini (3857 posts) - - Show Bio


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

#21 Posted by BizzyBComics1127 (21 posts) - - Show Bio

i lost that same fucking batman. ='{[

#22 Posted by Eyz (3184 posts) - - Show Bio

The AzBats looks fantastic!

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

#23 Posted by vidmouse (12 posts) - - Show Bio

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

I thought it worked out surprisingly well.

#24 Posted by Video_Martian (5650 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#25 Posted by bane122 (30 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#26 Posted by Casshern (147 posts) - - Show Bio


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

#27 Posted by Eyz (3184 posts) - - Show Bio

@bane122: Awesome!

#28 Posted by Assassin_Elektra (41 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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

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