Kapow!! Batman wasn’t always dark and moody. There was a time when he was kitsch, flamboyant, and – let’s face it – more than a little bit camp, and this was certainly reflected in his choice of wheels.
Built by hot rodding legend George Barris the outlandish 1966 Batmobile was based on the 1955 Ford Futura concept car that Barris bought from the Ford Motor Company for the nominal sum of $1. In just three weeks he turned the old concept into what would become one of the most famous TV vehicles of all time, complete with turbo-electric drive (whatever that is), a Bat-scope (ditto), a mobile phone, reverse rocket thrusters, and a remote tracking system.
Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg hasn’t managed to built that lot, but his Lego recreation of Barris’ masterpiece pays tribute to the Dark Knight’s gaudier days in superb style. You can see more of Ralph’s brilliant replica of the 1966 Batmobile, complete with Batman and Robin figures, over at his photostream – click the link above to light the Bat Signal.
It’s the end of SHIPtember in the online Lego Community and Flickr is awash with giant spaceships that we – being a car blog – don’t really understand. So whilst the proper blogs get busy with the sci-fi, here’s a 1966 Batmobile!
Before Batman got the Tumbler, he and Robin had to ride around in this. Rumour has it that the constant derision from Gotham’s general public permanently unhinged then-Batman Adam West, and he’s now seeing out his time as a Mayor of a fictional New England town. Still, better than being Robin.
Flickr’s Orion Pax is the builder of this mini-figure version of Batman’s 1966 wheels, and it’s available for your viewing pleasure at the link.
A while ago we received a request from a little girl and her father, one that we’re only too happy to fulfil this Father’s Day! Over to them to explain their ambition…
In honour of Father’s Day, we would like to introduce you to the Dynanic Duo, Sam & his daughter Tziona. A lifelong Batman fan, Sam has made sure that Tziona’s education includes plenty of time for superheros, especially her favourite, Robin. Tziona can name all the different characters that have held the Robin mantle and the characters they become, and the pair went to New York Comic-Con 2012 dressed as Batman and Robin in custom costumes. Superdad Sam went above and beyond to fulfil his daughter’s latest request when he constructed a Batmobile that allows Batman and Robin to ride together, something LEGO has yet to produce. The build was modelled after the iconic 1966 Batmobile designed by George Barris, which featured in the television program starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin.
The entire project took about a month to complete. Tracking down the right pieces was the hardest part; digging through hundreds of pounds LEGO and waiting for parts to arrive in the mail took up most of the time. After completion Sam submitted the build to LEGO Ideas (formally Lego Cuusoo.) The 50th Anniversary Batmobile has been consistently in the Ideas Top Ten and has over 3,000 supporters to date; once it reaches 10K LEGO will consider producing the model as an official set!
We hand over TLCB keyboard to a Guest Blogger today; Chris Elliott has appeared here with a few of his own excellent Lego vehicles. Today he sits on the other side of the desk to do some blogging of his own…
Today we have two small European gems – one which is a gem for its beautiful styling and grace, the other which is a gem for its lack thereof.
Starting in England first, we have this lovely three-wheeled classic: the Reliant Robin. Perhaps one of the most unfortunate cars ever made, this charming little dud has garnered a great following among cultists for its unusual construction, specifically its singular front wheel, made most infamous by a particularly hilarious episode of the UK show ‘Top Gear.’
Moving south to Italy, we have this beautiful Fiat 500, remarkable not only for its level of detail, but for the small size at which those details are achieved. The 500 is a reincarnation of what is perhaps Italy’s most prolific car, the vintage Fiat 500. Today, its revival has a worldwide following for its stylish looks and fun performance.
Both of these wonderful vehicles were created by 1saac W. on Flickr, and you can show your love for them there via the links.
Many thanks to Chris for joining us today. If you think you might like to get involved in writing for TLCB then you can get in touch with us in usual ways.
Over to Flickr now, where master car builder Lino M has designed Batman’s ride for 2025. It looks like we’re heading for a bit of a time-loop as it’s seriously retro in appearance, but that’s definitely a good thing. What’s not so good is it seems as though Robin, the Scrappy-Doo of the franchise, is making a comeback.