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Following Funko’s Pop! vinyl two-pack, we now have a look at the second toy tied to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the LEGO DC Super Heroes New Batmobile.
Based on the vehicle from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, the playset will be displayed next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but The Wall Street Journal reports it won’t be available for purchase until Jan. 1.
Everyone undoubtedly has a favorite Batmobile, whether it’s the one from the 1966 television series, the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan movies or any of the numerous comic book incarnations (I’m fond of the one created by Frank Quitely for Batman and Robin #1). However, there’s something undeniably special about the Batmobile designed by Anton Furst for Tim Burton’s Batman. It’s probably those glorious wings.
Whatever the case, it continues to inspire more than 25 years later, as we can see with this incredible custom motorcycle trike created by Game Over Cycles in Lubaczów, Poland. It even has a seat for Robin.
If that $1 million replica of the Dark Knight’s Tumbler is a little outside of your price range, we’ve found a Batmobile that may work within your budget. It just requires a bit of imagination and a lot of bravado.
Jalopnik spotlights a Craigslist entry for a 1991 Geo Tracker convertible that, for reasons not entirely clear, was transformed into a Batmobile perfect for a crime-fighter not overly concerned with striking fear in the hearts of evil-doers.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come to us from author David Peck in the UK, who shares his collection of Batmobiles, figurines and more.
If you’d like to see your collection right here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions at the end of this post.
And now here’s David …
Libraries | Michael Cavna talks to Drama creator Raina Telgemeier and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about graphic novel challenges in libraries and why Drama made the American Library Association’s 2014 list of 10 most challenged books. [The Washington Post]
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A replica of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series could bring as much as $175,000 this weekend at a car auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Purported to be only the sixth Batmobile replica produced, by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, it was used in a U.S. tour warning children of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
A Batcycle replica is expected to sell for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.
That state-of-the-art iPhone 6 you stood in line for is practically the size of a small car, so it might as well be a stylish car. Say, the Tim Burton-era Batmobile?
For $50, you can by a case that not only protects your smartphone but also transforms it into a detailed replica of Michael Keaton’s sweet, sweet ride, complete with LED lighting … and a projector that actually casts the Bat-Signal! As Gizmodo points out, a little utility belt covers the phone’s home button, while pop-out front wheels give access to its camera lens.
Don’t think of it as something that makes your bulky iPhone 6 even bulkier; think of it as a conversation starter! “Excuse me, I think that Bat-Signal is for me …”
The earliest known licensed Batmobile — a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a New Hampshire barn — sold at auction over the weekend for a whopping $137,000.
As we noted last month, the vehicle has more humble origins than the iconic Lincoln Futura concept car created by George Barris for the 1966 Batman television series: Completed in 1963, it was built from the ground up by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend Len Perham simply to drive around.
Although George Barris’ Lincoln Futura concept car achieved iconic status on the 1966 Batman television series, it wasn’t the first Batmobile. That honor apparently goes to a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a barn in New Hampshire and later sanctioned by DC Comics. And now it’s up for sale.
According to Heritage Auctions, 23-year-old Forrest Robinson began conceiving the car in 1960 — simply to drive around himself – and then enlisted his friend Len Perham to help build it. Their Batmobile, originally painted “space-age silver,” was completed in 1963, two years before Barris began work on the car for the TV show.
We’ve seen Shelf Porn collections that focused on creators like Moebius and characters like Thor recently, but this one may be a first. “My collection might be a bit different than everyone else’s as the main focus is not a character or book, but a vehicle!” said Todd, who runs the Batmobile Collector website and shares his collection of Batman’s famous vehicle with us today.
If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find submission details at the end of this post.
And now here’s Todd …
For Batman Day, and the start of Comic-Con International, LEGO has unleashed a one-two punch on fans of the Dark Knight: the LEGO Super Heroes: DC Comics San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile and the giveaway Batman of Zur-En-Arrh minifig.
Priced at $39.99, the Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile comes with the 1960s-style Caped Crusader minifigs. While that set will be readily available this week at the LEGO booth (#2829), convention attendees will have to rely on some luck to get their hands on Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.
If everything had gone as planned, sometime Wednesday a street-legal replica of Batman’s Tumblr from Christopher Nolan’s movie trilogy would be crossing the finish line in Ibiza in a triumphant conclusion to the Gumball 3000.
Unfortunately, those plans went awry before the annual 3,000-mile motor rally even got under way last week in Miami Beach, Florida.
Legal | Eriq Gardner delves into the issues underlying the continuing legal battle over unauthorized replicas of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series and the 1989 film: This summer the Ninth Circuit will consider the appeal of Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle, whose Batmobile replicas were found in February 2013 to violate DC Comics’ copyrights and trademarks. While Towle argues that Batman’s ride is a “useful article,” meaning a utilitarian object not protected by U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled the Batmobile is “a copyrightable character.” Gardner notes that if the appeals court sides with DC/Warner Bros., “Hollywood studios would win a powerful weapon to stop products that are similar to props like light sabers and ruby slippers.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
If Hammacher Schlemmer‘s $200,000 licensed, street-legal 1966 Batmobile is a little too cheap, or a little too dated, for your tastes, allow us to this roadworthy replica on the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Listed on the James Edition luxury goods website, the vehicle will only set you back … $1 million.
But, hey, it’s worth it: This concept car — it’s “inspired by the movie Batman Begins” — comes equipped with an eight-cylinder LS1 engine, four 44-inch super swamper tires with custom rims, five driver-assist cameras and a stereo with blue tooth, CD/DVD and iPod integration. Plus, it’s a limited edition; there are just five of these in the world.
OK, so that $200,000 street-legal Batmobile replica is a little bit out of your price range. It’s understandable: After all, the economy is soft and crime-fighting doesn’t pay as much as it used to. Then maybe you’d have been better suited for a “one-of-a-kind” Batman Tumbler Golf Cart.
Alas, someone just snapped it up for a Buy It Now price of $17,500, ending the eBay auction a few days early. Sure, it isn’t Warner Bros.-approved, and it doesn’t have a blinking Batphone, it does look like an adorably squat version of the vehicle from the Christopher Nolan movies. Plus, hey, four cupholders!
The other former superheroes at Gotham Acres Retirement Community will definitely be jealous when they see the Can’t-Drive-After-Dark Knight cruising around in this baby.