Monday, March 14, 2011

1966 Batman Board Game

Before Arkham Asylum video game there was the 1966 Milton Bradley Batman board game.
I didn't have this as a kid. I didn't even know it existed until the day I bought it a few months ago.

My family and I play it every night now.

Not really.
I tried to read the directions and after giving up I decided that this why it is in such good shape after existing for 44 years.

It is cool looking though and that is why I bought it.

I mean Robin finds the Jokers head in a safe!
Why is Robin cracking open a safe? Because it looks cool.

Batman fights a white version of the Hulk because it looks cool.

Sherlock Holmes stealing the Batmobile? Looks cool!

I mean look at this.

If I would have seen this back in the day I would thrown a fit for it and gotten a spanking just because I had seen the box lid.

Lets open it up.

The more you look at it the more it is clear that the artist knew very little about Batman and his world.

To the artist Gotham city must have been described as a cross between The Jetsons and Denver Colorado.

Bubble buildings, heliports and rocket ramps and nestled within a mountain range.
That's Gotham city? Not the one we know.

Maybe they compared Batman to Flash Gordon too. So the artist threw some rockets and planets on the lid too. Maybe the astronauts and the Moon race had something to do with?

Who cares it is cool looking and I love it.

We also find a red Riddler on the game board along with a Penguin without a top hat and cigarette. We also see Batman's nemesis The Blockbuster.

Blockbuster is in the Batman universe so I learned something here. I hadn't heard of him before I saw this.

I wasn't done learning new characters.

The Joker looks true to form.

Mr. Zero.
Here is a glimpse into how the 1960's Adam West series impacted Batman.
Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze after the character became popular on the television series.
The T.V. show wanted to use Two Face but the network thought he would be to scary so the used Mr. Freeze instead.

Good call networks. Ceasar Romero's Joker terrified me as a kid. I can't imagine what Two face would have done.

The Calender Man is another little known Batman villain but he has been seen recently in such things as "Batman The Long Halloween" graphic novel. (Which I am currently reading)
Though he doesn't wear a turban in it.

The box with the game board removed.

Lets look at the game pieces.

I was hoping for some Batman figures but these guys do look Bruce Wayne kinda 60's cool.

You do get a Batmobile.

Let me rephrase that. You get a Batmobile in three different colors!

There are control boards for each player. (Very computer sounding)

These keep track of the criminals you have caught and Batmobiles that are in use.

You place these pieces on the control board as you capture the criminals.

Pretty sweet.

I had to up the age limit a bit.

Wanna play? I call the blue guy.

Brian B

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Corgi 2000 1/18 Scale Batmobile (2004)

One of the great things about collecting Batman toys and collectibles is that the world of Batman is a big one. This provides quite a few characters and items to collect in addition to the main character, himself. He fights alongside many other "Bat characters" like Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl and also employs a plethora of gadgets and vehicles in his crusade against crime. I can't think of another superhero that has so many different characters and vehicles in "their story" that are almost as much a part of the mythos as the main character.

Of course, with all that said, there is one object is "Batman's world" that is most associated with Batman, himself... the Batmobile. There have been so many different Batmobile designs produced since the character's creation that it is almost dizzying to think about. However, this multitude of designs has created a wealth of fodder for toy and collectible makers to delve into when bringing Batman's "rides" to a toy shelf near you. A Batman collector can have a lot of fun collecting different Batmobiles alongside representations of Batman, himself. In fact, I'm sure there are plenty of collectors out there that collect Batmobiles, exclusively.

This is Corgi's 2000 Batmobile in 1/18 scale. The car was produced in 2004 but is a representation of a Batmobile from 2000, I'm guessing ( I believe it's from Jim Lee's Hush storyline). When I reflect back on my favorite Batmobiles, they tend to be ones from non-comic Batman properties (ie. TV, movies, animated). For some reason, I've never had much of an affinity for any of the Batmobile designs exclusively from the comics... at least, none come to mind. So, when this car was released, I picked it up more as an addition to my Batmobile shelf collection rather than out of having any great love for the design of the car. To be honest, I've always thought this design looked a little boxy and disjointed.

With all that being said, after taking photos of the car, I do think that it can be fairly photogenic and sleek looking from certain angles.

One cool aspect of this diecast model is all the smoked plastic panels on the top that lift off to reveal the interior and rear engine turbine (that actually spins when the car is rolling).

I do have to say that despite my slight misgivings with the design of the car, this is an extremely well-built and painted model... as we've come to expect from pretty much all Batmobile diecast cars from Corgi. All in all, this car would make a great addition to any Batmobile collection.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Batman: Gotham Adventures


From Batman Gotham Adventures, August, 1998.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Batman 3D

Get your red and blue anaglyph 3D glasses out because I got a 3D app for my ITouch.

With this app on hand and my love for 3D this means random 3D pictures will show up here from time to time now.

Brian B