November 30, 2008
A really old TV commercial for the Batman and Robin Movie Handheld Electronic Game by Tiger. The quality isn't really the best but it does give us a good idea what the commercial was like. The design of the toy was pretty cool the way it was bat-logo shaped & one of the control sticks was a Batman figure.
Here's a bat-treasure from Italy that shows both the Batman toy car & the original box. It's the "Italian-Version BATMOBILE" by the REEL Toy Company ©1980. It had lights that actually work & while it's not completely remote control, it does have a steering wheel knob on a handle with a cord that goes to the car. Both the box & toy have really great graphics all over them. I'm sure the following photos will totally torture all the Vintage Batman Toy collectors, enjoy!
November 29, 2008
This video was done by an art student who was totally inspired by Batman. It's based on the Frank Miller Batman from "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel. If you have read that classic book then you will recognize this moment. Overall the animation is pretty good & I like the minimal-style artwork too...a great piece!
OK, I'm a huge fan of the paintings & artwork of an artist named Ron English. So, the other day when I received an e-mail from a Bat-Blog Reader who told me he saw a "Batman and Robin Kids" Tattoo I was pretty excited. The tattoo artist did such a great job that I added the image of the original painting for comparison, check it out! Oh yeah, if you would like to see more work by Ron English then be sure to scan his POPAGANDA website. Here's a link:
Early next year be sure to keep an eye out for this very cool Batman-related DC UNIVERSE Action Figure 2-Pack Set. It includes Batgirl & Azrael. But, remember, this is a TOYS-R-US Exclusive so you can only find it there. I think the Batgirl figure looks pretty cool!
November 28, 2008
"WHY SO SERIOUS?!" The other day I received an e-mail from a Bat-Blog Reader named Joey. He wrote, "My daughter Robin recently went to a party and there was a face painter. She had her share of girly face painting and she proved to be a FREAK! LIKE ME!". Ha Ha! Thanks Joey. Your daughter looks great with this very cool Joker make-up. I almost thought it was actually Heath Ledger for a second...ha ha, just kidding. But seriously, it's wonderful that such a great kid can be a HUGE Batman Fan like her father...that's awesome! Thank you for sharing this story & photo with my readers. I know they will get a really big kick out of it, it's very cool.
Over at the TOY-A-DAY website they have 2 totally awesome "Vintage-Style" BATMAN & ROBIN Paper Craft Toys you can download & make. Basically they are some free PDF files you can send to your PC's printer ( or e-mail to Kinko's Copies ) & then cut-out to assemble. I think the artist did an amazing job capturing all the small details. The toys look pretty cool & while you're there be sure to check out the many different designs they have. But I gotta warn ya, these Paper Craft Projects are totally addictive!
Over at the Bat-Blog's MySpace page we received a message from a friend named "Billyman" who likes to draw Batman. His artwork was pretty amazing so I knew I had to post it here to share with my readers. Please leave a comment & let us know what you think about it or which one is your favorite. As always, I wanna invite all creative Bat-Blog Readers to send us your Batman-related artwork. Our e-mail button is always on the top right-hand side of this page, thanks. Oh yeah, thank you Billyman for sending this great art, you ROCK!
November 27, 2008
I wanna wish everybody ( in the USA anyway, ha ha ) a very Safe & HAPPY THANKSGIVING! To mark the occasion I "borrowed" a wonderful parody photoshop photo made by a friend nick-named "A. Pennyworth". He used a classic painting by Norman Rockwell. But his version features the cast from the 1966 Batman TV Show & is also an incredible piece of ART!
November 26, 2008
Every Bat-Blog Reader knows that every single Wednesday is "Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday", ha ha! So, this week I thought I would post 2 Batman Desktop Backgrounds that have a "1989 Batman Movie" theme. Basically, it's the same exact photo of Michael Keaton as Batman in the Batcave ( I always thought his Bat-Computer was groovy ) but one is a full-shot & the other is a close-up...sort of 2 variations. I kinda picked this photo for a few reasons: One, This is the movie that totally hooked me into becoming extremely serious about being a Batman Toy Collector. Two, visually it looks pretty cool and Three, some friends & I were talking the other night about how amazing it is that next year ( 2009 ) will be the 20th Anniversary of that now-classic movie. Wow! Twenty years ago! ( That makes me feel kinda old now, ha ha! ).
Shown here is an amazing Vintage Batman Toy called BAT-MACHINE! It was a special vehicle made by the MEGO Toy Company in 1980 for their line of 3 1/4" Mego Pocket Superhero Action Figures. It was a fully computer-programmable vehicle a lot like the BIG TRAX toy made by Milton Bradley Electronics. OK, I can not even start to explain how extremely SUPER-RARE this baby is but in 20+ years of super-collecting I have never seen one in the box & the loose one I seen at a toy show many years ago was totally wasted, ha ha! This one is beautiful, with the original box, & is a total museum piece!
Here's some really great photos that a Bat-Blog Reader named Blake wanted to share & I am glad he did! Last summer Blake & his friends decided to become their favorite superheroes ( and villain ). They dressed up like Batman, Robin, & the Penguin. Blake, thanks for sending us these wonderful pics. The costumes are great & the POW you added to a few of the photos really cracked me up...good job! I also like how they have a sequential order to them like reading a graphic novel, pretty funny! I wanna invite all other readers to send us your wacky Batman-related pics. There is always an e-mail button on the top right-hand side of this page.
Meeeeooowww! Here's something I came across on eBay & thought was pretty cool. It's a custom-made "Maquette" Art Sculpture of Catwoman in a sexy pose. It's modeled after the artwork of Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series ( shown below ). The artist's name is Beverly Gilroy & she works for Hourglass studios. Purrrrfect!
November 24, 2008
The Third Winner of a Signed-Copy of Chip Kidd's New Book BAT-MANGA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF BATMAN IN JAPAN!
We announced awhile back about our latest contest where we are giving away a FREE Autographed Signed-Copy of Chip Kidd's brand-new book titled BAT-MANGA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF BATMAN IN JAPAN. The responses have been pretty amazing & since we have more than one copy we are still accepting entries as we speak ( For information on how to enter just click on the BAT-MANGA CONTEST GRAPHIC at the top of this blog, just under the header ). Well, this morning I picked another name out of the hat so here we go! The WINNER of the THIRD Signed copy of the Bat-Manga Book is... Adam G of Dallas, TX.! Thanks Adam, please be sure to send us an e-mail to confirm your complete mailing address & then soon after we will be mailing you this book. Now, for everybody else who entered there are still a few to give away so stay tuned to the Bat-Blog because you just might be our next lucky winner!
Here's a nice variety of JLU figures by Mattel that will all be packaged together in a special set called "Gotham Criminals - 4 Pack" & has a release date of February 15th, 2009. The set includes: Harley Quinn, Bane, Scarecrow, & the Clock-King! WOW, We have not seen "The Clock-King" in a long time! I really love these & can't wait until they arrive!
The Bat-Blog has a friend named Iris who lives in Germany & sometimes shares photos with us from her personal collection. This time she e-mailed us some really neat photos of some of the Batman Art she has on display at her house. The photo with the "Multiple Batman Figures" was colored by her daughter & some of her daughter's friends. She took them & framed them all together. I really love children's art so this picture is very cool & I gotta say that it's my favorite! The way Batman is in different colors & in multiples sort of reminds me of Andy Warhol's Pop Art, ha ha. Another photo shows some standees that she has in a hallway ( the one of Batgirl is my favorite! ). She explained that the artwork of The Riddler ( Jim Carrey ) is an actual piece of airbrushed art. Overall there's some really neat stuff here. Thank you Iris for sharing these personal photos, I appreciate that. If any other Bat-Blog Readers have photos like this to share then please do. Our e-mail button is always on the top right-hand side of this page.
November 23, 2008
Awhile back, here at the Bat-Blog, we reported about the now-famous ADAM WEST Statue Bust made by the Masked Avenger Studios. Well, now we are proud to announce the 2nd statue in the "Really Retro" series, BURT WARD! Of course we all know him as the actor who played Robin, The Boy Wonder in the classic 1966 Batman TV Show! It will be approx. 9" tall & will be limited to 250 pieces. 100 of the busts will be a special version with "red & yellow" clothing. Shown here is the prototype drawing & if we know this company then the finished piece will be totally amazing...they make great ART!
Gotham City’s female foes do battle in a CLASSIC CONFRONTATIONS statue! The latest addition to this line of statues sculpted by some of DC Direct’s premier talent features Batgirl confronting Catwoman as the feline fatale attempts to pull a bank heist. In a unique twist, not only does each figure’s cape suspend her in mid-air, but the capes act as bases on which the figures stand. Packaged as three separate pieces (Batgirl, Catwoman and the bank vault over which they are fighting), the statue can be set up in a variety of configurations. The Catwoman Vs. Batgirl Statue is limited-edition, hand-painted and cold-cast in porcelain. It measures approximately 8” high x 11” wide x 5” deep, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. DESIGNED BY MATT HALEY & SCULPTED BY ANDY BERGHOLTZ. Release Date : July 29th, 2009 ( Approx. Retail price $225.00 ).
The BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE line continues to expand as THE PENGUIN becomes the second villain to join the series! ( The Joker was the 1st one ). Designed by famed artist Brian Bolland, this pose is taken directly from a panel in BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE VOL. 1. DESIGNED BY BRIAN BOLLAND & SCULPTED BY RAY VILLAFANE. The statue measures approximately 6” high x 4.5” wide x 4.5” deep, is painted in monochromatic tones, features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black-and-white box. Release Date: July 8th, 2009 ( approx. $75.00 ).
November 22, 2008
Here's a really great Batman & Joker "Motivational Poster" sent in to us from a reader named Timmy. It shows the famous adversaries wayyyy in the future. Sometime around retirement I think, ha ha! Thanks Tim, this picture is totally hilarious! If any other Bat-Blog readers have some funny Batman-related graphics or photos to share than please send them to us today. We always have an e-mail button on the top right-hand side of this page.
A friend at MySpace, named Chuck, sent us this really awesome photo of his recent Halloween costume. This year he was "All-Star Batman"! I think it looks great Chuck, thanks for letting us know about it, I appreciate that. If any other readers of the Bat-Blog have any photos they would like to share then please send them today. Our e-mail button is ALWAYS on the top right-hand side of this page, thanks.
The Official Hot Wheels Collectors website has just released information about their line of Batman 1:50 Scale Vehicles for 2009. It looks like they are gonna have a really great variety again this time too. The list includes:
- 1966 BATBOAT™ ( with trailer ) (SKU# N8016)
- 1966 BATMOBILE™ ( with trailer hitch ) (SKU# N8017)
- 1989 BATMAN BATMOBILE™ (SKU# N8014)
- 1989 BATMAN™ BATWING™ (SKU# P4407)
- Animated Series BATMOBILE™ ( with battle damage ) (SKU# P4408)
- BATMAN BEGINS™ BATMOBILE™ (SKU# N9235)
- BATMAN™ Bat-Pod™ (SKU# P3636)
- Super Friends BATMOBILE™ (SKU# N8015)
November 21, 2008
OK, Hmmmm, this is kinda weird but here are 2 very strange Batman items from Russia. The 1st one is a famous "Bootleg Action Figure" of Batman, shown with original box! I have always thought the bootleg stuff was pretty funny but I don't really go out of my way to buy it. I've always thought every collector needs at least 1 item like this in their collection. Ya know, just for fun. There's some really great stuff made in Mexico that's very wacky! The 2nd photo is an original advertisement for the Canon IXUS 75 Digital Camera. It features a model who has more than one set of hands & he's making a Batman mask out of his fingers, yeah weird but it looks kinda cool. I can't read Russian but I think there's a silly caption up above his head, ha ha! Anyway, I thought some readers would enjoy this stuff because it's so obscure. For some reason you never see much Batman Memorabilia from the USSR...very cool!