Saturday, 12 September 2015
CORGI TOYS 1966 BATMOBILE...
This is my very own CORGI TOYS BATMOBILE, which I acquired from a shop in Edinburgh back in 1991. Someone I knew had told me about it, so I duly hopped onto a coach with an old school pal, ROSS, one morning and shot through to purchase it. The one I had bought originally in 1970 or '71 only had ordinary hubcaps, the gold and red Bat-symbol ones having been replaced in what was undoubtedly a cost-cutting exercise, but I'd always regretted not having the first version and was glad to be able to finally rectify that - even if it was 20 years later.
The first person I ever knew to acquire this 'must have' toy in 1966/'67 was a friend who lived two doors away from me, a lad by the name of JOHN FIDLER. I like to think his choice of Christmas present (for such it was) had been influenced by the fact that we both liked to run around our neighbourhood playing BATMAN & ROBIN. (Though that's probably only because I like to take credit for everything - unless it's bad, of course.)
Corgi wanted to re-release this toy a number of years ago, but try as they might, they just couldn't obtain permission from the relevant copyright holders. That's why they eventually went with the idea of doing the 1966 comicbook Batmobile (as well as others), which had the same image of Batman on the underside as their original 1960s TV toy. The comicbook version was nice, but nothing could ever replace the original Corgi model.
Now that the copyright issues over this car have finally been resolved, I wonder if Corgi will ever follow through with their original plans, and re-issue this iconic TV vehicle for a new generation of children (and an older generation of collectors)? Wouldn't that be nice, Bat-fans? Why not get in touch with them and suggest it? You just never know!
Anyway, enjoy the pictures in this post. More classic toy cars from yesteryear soon. Incidentally, the second set of missiles in the bottom photo are actually bright red - they came out a funny colour because I scanned them instead of photographing them. I trust you won't hold it against me.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, September 12, 2015