After nearly losing the BTAS/TNBA line due to numerous "Neon
Camouflage Rubber Duck Armor Batman" figures, Hasbro
has decided to revisit the original Batman: The Animated
Series on the eve of its tenth anniversary with a new page
from its rich history. In a move that is sure to please
kids and collectors alike, Hasbro has announced plans to
continue the classic figure line with a new line devoted
entirely to the villains of Gotham City, a line dubbed simply
"The Rogues." The line will add some long-awaited
characters that were never made in the original line. The
most exciting news, however, is the announcement that the
second and third waves of the line will feature several
new figures that never appeared on the animated show, but
that have a significant place in the history of Batman.
Consulting with producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, Hasbro
has come up with a classic mix of villains from the comics
and has weaved them into the BTAS universe as if they were
there all along. Of course, it wouldn't be a Batman line
without figures of Batman and Robin, and Hasbro has added
a two-pack featuring a variant of each to the first wave.
These variants, however, unlike previous ones, make perfect
sense and are a welcome addition to the line.
with toy designers Fred
Aczon, and Brad McCurry, Hasbro has assembled a formidable
force to oppose the heroes of Gotham.