are brochures of the Batmobile that almost was. A
friend of mine had called to me to let me know that Danbury
Mint was going to make a 1/24 scale 1966 Batmobile,
and that I could preorder it. He gave me a phone number
which I had called, and they promptly sent me a preorder
form, which I filled out and sent off. Along with the form
was a brochure.
Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get it. But months had
passed and I hadn't heard anymore about it. Till I recieved
a letter from Danbury
Mint saying that they were unable to produce the 1966
version. They also sent a new form to preorder a different
comic book version. (which now, to me, looks like the Johnny
Lighting version which came out a few years later).
heard that while George
Barris gave the go ahead to produce the car, Warner
Bros. said no. I believe Polar Lights / Jonny Lightning
had a similiar problem, but eventually got it all sorted out. Round2 was the first (excluding the 1960s 1/32 Aurora car) to produce a mass produced model kit of the 1966 Batmobile in 1/25.
The Danbury Mint brochure below is so well done, it's really hard to tell if
it's pictures of the real car, or a pre-production one-off
build diecast, except for the interior, which does appear
to be the real car. The diecast replica would have been
$ 149.00 (and well worth the price) if it had been made.
am sure many people, just like me, were disappointed that Danbury
Mint was not allowed to make the replica. But I give
them two well deserved thumbs up for making a serious attempt
to bring this car to all of us.
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