With the Oscar success of "The Dark Knight,” the Christopher Nolan-directed film again is in the public eye. Mattel, the toy licensor for "Dark Knight,” has launched new toys in its "Dark Knight” line of toys. The line includes playsets and role-playing items. Rob Novickas, a Mattel spokesman, talked about the success of "The Dark Knight” line and the method of translating a somewhat dark film to a successful line of toys suitable for all ages. Q: Just how successful has "The Dark Knight” line of toys been? A: Batman is considered an evergreen property. While "The Dark Knight” was not a movie seen by most kids, the fact that the character is so popular, and has been with many generations, made the toy line very popular with kids and especially adult collectors. Q: Was it difficult creating a line of toys that was true to the dark themes of the movie and yet still play-friendly? A: For years, Mattel has created a variety of Batman toys that bring this perennial super hero favorite to life for fans of all ages — from action figures and role-play toys to playsets and games. Our close working relationship with the filmmakers and Warner Bros. on this film allowed us to be an active participant throughout the entire process. This presented a unique opportunity for Mattel to demonstrate its distinct ability to translate what viewers see on screen into a child-appropriate, fun toy line that captures the spirit of the Batman characters. Q: Tell me about some of the special features of "The Dark Knight” toys. A: Mattel has developed an exciting collection of products that are innovative and fun, including role-play toys that allow kids to transform into the Dark Knight and fight crime just like Batman. There are cool vehicles straight out of the streets of Gotham City, realistic action figures and interactive playsets that capture the action, drama and thrill of the movie. Q: What does Batman have that makes the character and accessories so popular over so many years? A: It’s all about the gadgets and the ultimate cool car; what’s cooler than the Batmobile? The cape and cowl is also extremely popular with boys. Batman has entertained and inspired generations of people and is truly considered an evergreen property between its multiple films, comic books, television series, and consumer products. He embodies the "good triumphing over evil” that makes super hero play so appealing to children of all ages. Q: How much of an effect does the success of a film, in dollars or awards consideration, have on the success of a toy product line? A: At Mattel, the success of a toy line comes from creating innovative and fun toys first, and then overlaying of a license. In the case of Batman, we make the ultimate in action figures and vehicles, and the role-play items allow a kid to really feel like he’s the best of the super heroes: Batman. For more about action figures, comic books and more, read Price’s blog at blog.newsok.com/nerdage.