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Monday, 16 October 2017
THE SIGN OF THE BAT (UPDATED)...
I've shown this MARX TOYS TWISTABLE BATMAN before on the blog, but I thought I'd let you see him with his new Bat-emblem. See, in the early or mid-'90s when I first acquired this replacement for the original ones I'd had as a kid (that's right, I had more than one), he came without his utility belt, Bat-a-rang, and Bat-sign. He still had his original cape with copyright label attached, but it was a little the worse-for-wear. So I promptly made him a new cape (using the original as a template), new utility belt, and new Bat-a-rang.
His original cape was a darker blue than his mask, boots, and gloves, so I used a darker blue for the replacement. Eventually, I made another one that was closer to his blue plastic parts, but still just slightly darker. I created the Bat-a-rang from a piece of perspex, the belt out of felt (hey, a poem), and I photocopied the Bat-emblem from the official one at the time used on merchandise. Later on, I replaced it with one copied from the '60s AURORA Batman model kit, and last night I made one copied from ADAM WEST's Batman costume. Sure, I could've copied the original Marx one (got a photo of it in a book), but West is best (hey, another poem), so that's what I've gone with.
These figures are quite hard to come by in any condition and command a pretty penny when they occasionally turn up, so I'm extremely glad to have one. He's been a work in progress over the years, but at last I'm satisfied with his overall appearance. (However, if there's anyone out there with a spare original emblem, belt and Bat-a-rang, get in touch.) Below is a photo of someone else's toy with the original emblem and belt, followed by an earlier photo of the above figure with the first emblem I made. And, following my response to TC in the comments section, I dug out my BATMAN COLLECTED book by CHIP KIDD, and the final pic below comes from his esteemed and fairly comprehensive publication.
Posted by Kid at Monday, October 16, 2017