First: this is not 'Batman Beyond.' There is no individual named 'Batman Beyond'.
This is Batman.
Or 'future Batman' if you must.
But never 'Batman Beyond.' 'Batman Beyond' is the name of the show he appeared on. And maybe the top secret Cadmus project that created him - but more about that later.
That is only four years from now! It stands to reason that if Batman retired in 2019 he was probably already in his red-on -black get-up by 2015.
2015. Aka 'now.'
Which means this version of Bruce Wayne/Batman...
literally ONE figure that represented Batman from the cartoon. It was a good one for sure, but the rest of the line was total crap.
Seriously, after that one good Batman figure, you had a better chance of getting cool Batman Beyond toys from Burger King than from Kenner.
After that, DC Direct released a Batman Beyond Batman (actually, Tim Drake as Batman if you read the comic it was based on) which was pretty cool but was in the style of Ed McGuinness. A cool figure, but too buff to be the Batman we knew and loved from Batman Beyond.
Then Mattel released a Batman Beyond Batman as part of their DC Universe Classic line. There was a maskless (Terry McGuinness) version as well as a masked version. Thanks to Mattel's brilliant distribution strategies, I never found either at retail. And I really wanted the masked version. I'm pretty sure both will run you more than they are worth on the secondary market today.
Jump to today: finally we have this figure you see here. Arguably the best Batman Beyond Batman ever made. And again Mattel tried their damndest to keep him out of the hands of the general public - releasing him as part of their Total Heroes Ultra online only MattyCollector shipping-is-gonna-costya-plenty line. I intentionally do not follow Mattel's online store shenanigans, therefore I didn't even know this guy had been released until he was sold out. FOILED AGAIN! Or was I?
Hey, it's Mattel! Suddenly and without fanfare he was back in stock! Just in time for me to put him on my Christmas list and send it over to my big sister, who is a sucker for buying me toys. Seriously, when we were younger she would take me along to go shopping, and I would sit around in the 'boyfriend seat' outside the fitting rooms so she wouldn't be forced to shop alone. In return she'd buy me something - almost always a toy. Later in life when I worked at Target and would find a cool toy that I could not buy on company time I'd just hide it and call her to tell her where it was hidden, so she could buy it for me.
Anyways, thanks to my big sister who came through again I now own this wonderful Batman Beyond Batman!
One of the best bits here is that Batman comes with a small figurine of Micron, one of his future Justice League compadres. A real cool add-in - I really have to give Mattel credit here. He's tiny, sure, but you are getting two figures in one set. That's cool!
Batman also comes with multiple interchangeable hands, multiple batarangs, and a removeable set of extended wings. Finally, to go along with the removed mask accessory, he has three interchangeable heads: Bruce Wayne, Terry McGuinness and the Batman masked head.
This was really the selling point for me: A young-old Bruce Wayne head pushed this figure from cool looking to MUST HAVE and will be how I keep mine displayed. Because we've seen Batmans and Bruce Waynes and even old old Bruce Wayne action figures. But never has there been a 'mere moments before retirement' Bruce Wayne action figure.
MattyCollector.com. I highly recommend this figure if you have been waiting for a good Batman Beyond themed Batman; if you have a big sister who will buy it for you, all the better.