Monday, January 4, 2010
Batman is the best as far as the Strongin/Goldbergs are concerned.
As you probably know by now, Henry was fascinated, even obsessed, with Batman. He wore Batman costumes in sizes that grew with him, from infant to medium. He owned – and played with – hundreds of Batman action figures. He wore capes, utility belts, sneakers, watches. He watched movies, cartoons, and read comic books. Among the best days of Henry’s life was the day he met the real Batman.
Recognizing my dual love for Henry and all things Batman, Allen is ever on the lookout for new collectibles. This holiday season, he hit the jackpot. Entertainment Earth, which is a purveyor of amazing Batman goodies, advertised its Batman Cosbaby Mini-Figure Set, seven three-inch high, posable action figures including Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Two-Face, and the Joker.
The whole gang quickly moved from package to dresser display. Last night Joe asked me if he could sleep with the Batman and Robin figurines. He held them as we lay in his bed and explained, “Batman is the best. He is stronger and he has better protection on his chest, his head, and his wrists. He is my favorite.” Then he paused and added, “But Robin has cooler eyes because he wears eye black.” For those of you who are not baseball enthusiasts, eye black is grease worn below the eyes of baseball players to help reduce glare from sunlight or stadium lights. For Joe, an aspiring baseball player, this was clearly a plus.