DC Classic TV Series Batman Utility Belt by Mattel
Mattel has released their latest offering from the 1966 Batman series : The Utility Belt with Batarang.
The belt comes in a colorful box and outer white box. The front of the box has the same design to match the Mattel action figures. It folds open to reveal artwork on the left and a photo of Adam West on the right. The belt and Batarang are displayed in a plastic tray inside. The background is dark with fight words like Pow!, Biff!, etc. The Batarang doesn't pop out as much because of the dark background. A bright green would have worked much better. The left flap on the box had a hard time opening and closing.
Sculpt / Construction :
The belt is made of a leather type material with plastic clips for the four pouches and two tubes that open. The snaps for the pouches open easily and are well constructed. Mattel said the Batarang can fit in a pouch, but that is not true. The tubes open and close easily as well. My only concern is that the plastic hinges on the tubes seem frail and will break off if opened and closed too frequently. The buckle, belt clips and rows of eyelets are all made of a gold colored metal. The buckle looks great and the belt adjusting system works well. It is made to fit up to a 43" waist. I think Mattel did a good job of making this belt look very much like the one Adam West wore. (Note -there were a few different versions of the utility belt worn by Adam West and not all look exactly the same).
The Batarang is made of a lightweight metallic blue purple plastic. It is 12" long, folds and has a hole to put a rope in it just like Batman did. When I tried putting it back in the original position after folding it, I felt like it could break easily. The plastic hinge construction felt very fragile. The design is fairly accurate to the one used on the show, except it is too small. There is also a plastic square near the hole on the Batarang for an unknown reason.
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The Verdict :
I feel this belt and Batarang are nice display pieces for any fan of the 1966 TV show. However, I do not feel this set is constructed well enough to wear and use for cosplay. The set seems too fragile in nature for that type of use. This set works best if you plan on taking it out of the box and put it on a shelf or in a cabinet for display. I would have preferred Mattel not waste the time and money in producing a display box for an item people most likely will take out and display or wear. I feel the money should have been put into the set instead to make it even better. A more accurate unlicensed version of the belt and Batarang would cost you four times what Mattel is charging. When you take those factors in account, this product is very reasonably priced for what it is.