Let’s hop in a Brainiac-5 certified Time Sphere and go back to the Long, Long Ago (or not so long)!
My first DC toy was the Toy Biz Batman action figure from their Batman movie based toyline. Clear as day, I still remember seeing him at Target and pulling him off the peg. I didn’t know who Batman was, what DC Comics was, or know of the Batman movie. I just saw the figure and thought he looked cool. I bought him along with an Egon Spengler figure from Kenner’s The Real Ghostbusters line. They were nice Friday afterschool treats =)
In 1990, I was really into the Adam West Batman show when it aired on the Family Channel, so I repainted the figure blue and gray to match West’s look (I made a custom cape too). Months later my interest in that look on the figure waned. Through judicious use of paint thinner, I had Batman back to his movie accurate black suit.
I still have this figure. His cape took a hike many moons ago, but the figure is still in decent shape and he still has his Batarang and grapple gun accessories. The retractable utility belt feature still works too.
Later this year, Mattel will be producing a Batman figure in their DC Multiverse line that is in tribute to the Toy Biz version (along with tributes to the TB Joker and Riddler figures). It looks good so far.
So, that’s my first DC toy. What was your first toy/collectible from the wonderful world of DC?