Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Merchandise:
Spring 1992 Kenner Catalog
The Dark Knight Collection
(Batman Returns Pre-Production)

This is one I have been hunting down for quite awhile! Nestled right between the end of Kenner's Dark Knight Collection and the beginning of the Batman Returns line sits this internal Kenner Spring 1992 catalog. Much smaller than their full-blown Toy Fair catalogs, these catalogs served as intermittent updates to Kenner's lines with only a few pages dedicated to new products for each property. In the case of Batman, we get a 4-page peak into what would have been the final line of Dark Knight Collection items that were then transformed into the opening waves of the Batman Returns line. Robin's planned inclusion as part of the Dark Knight Collection adds even more weight to my longstanding assertion that the Kenner Robin figure was in no way initially based on Marlon Wayans. The repainted Super Powers Penguin being planned at this point also helps explain more why his figure ended up looking nothing like DeVito when released in the Batman Returns line. Oh... and it is super cool to see that unused Dark Knight Collection. Batman Returns hybrid style cardback! Enjoy!

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