Monday, 29 September 2014
CHERILEA BATMAN - MINE, MINE, MINE!
You're looking at a CHERILEA BATMAN figure that I recently bought on eBay and which will shortly be winging its way to me. It was originally sold (only?) in WOOLWORTH'S at the time of the Bat-craze that swept the country (and maybe even the world) back in the 1960s, and there was also a ROBIN figure. So powerful is the association of this item with the time and place in which I first purchased my original (one of a few) that I'm overwhelmed with images of the living-room of my old house to such an extent that it seems that I'm still living there.
Remember those little glass-phial HUMBROL paints that Woolworth's also sold? Because of the waxy surface of the figure, the paint used to chip off very easily, and I used to repaint the Caped Crusader and his crime-fighting chum with those little enamels in an attempt to restore them to their pristine beauty. Isn't it strange the things that remain in your head after so many years? Now all I have to do is keep an eye out for a Robin companion figure. In the meantime, here's a photo 'borrowed' from SUPER STUFF In The BRONZE AGE Blog which shows the Dynamic Duo together.
Although I remember these figures from childhood, - the colours, their stance, the bases - I don't seem to recall them being so 'distorted', with short, stumpy legs and football-shaped heads. In my mind, they both seemed to be perfectly proportioned - which just goes to show, I guess, that no one has an infallible memory - not even me. Or perhaps such details are beyond the concern of kids and therefore make little impression on their young minds.
Do you remember these figures? If so, feel free to reminisce to your heart's content in our ever-lovin' Criv-ites comments section. Who's first?
Posted by Kid at Monday, September 29, 2014