Sunday, April 27, 2014

Batman 75th Anniversary Part1: Tim Burton Batman's Batmobile 1989.

Must be one of the most iconic coolest machines out there

Name: Batmobile (Tim Burton 1989)
Debut series: 2004 First Editions
Produced year: 2004
Designed: Terry Ackland-Snow
                   John Evans
                   Keith Short





The "Keaton" Mobile
The story behind:  Designed specifically for the 1989 Batman movie, during production, Anton Furst looked at jet aircraft components, war machines, and other such vehicles in their search to produce a car for an edgier, darker Batman than what has previously been seen. In the end opting for pure expressionism, the production crew took design ques from the Salt Flat Racers of the 1930s and the Sting Ray macho machines of the 1950s to produce a variable tank of a car.

Affectionately dubbed the "Keaton-mobile" after Michael Keaton; the actor playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the films at the time, the car's popularity with fans has established a strong following. It has been used as a basis for several comic book cars (as well as itself making various cameos in the comics), as inspiration for the Batman: The Animated Series car, served as a spokesmodel for OnStar in 1999, and easily ranks with the 1966 Batmobile as one of the most popular Batmobiles of all time.

Batimobile 89
The looks: What can be said about Batman Batmobile, it must be one of the most iconic coolest machines out there. Just the idea of it roaming around your streets gives me the chills. Hot wheels wise on of the hardest to find as well, I was able to find this model after 3 years of searching through different auction places and thank God I was in southeast Asia at the time I had the chance to lay my hands on a model. 

The paint job is very sleek, black colored, it differs from the 2004 version which had some chrome accents especially in the air intakes and the turbine in the front, this time they are colored black. Its a give and take considering that the chrome made the car more detailed but the black gives it a cool dark vibe. The body is completely plastic considering the high detail very faithful to the original with only the chassis being metal. Windshield is blue while in previous iterations it used to be black. 

It is a very solid design that evokes everything that was cool about Burton's 89 movie, I still see the model and I hum the Batman theme created by Danny Elfman back then, it is so iconic that this model is a definitive have for any Hot wheels collectors out there! My rating is 5 out of 5 for this one.

Rating: *****
Gorgeous black