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    Building a 1966 BATMOBILE for 8 inch MEGO Batman

    Alright, I canít keep it under wraps anymore. And frankly, I donít believe I even really want to try. Itís just not my style.

    Iíve played coy about it anytime itís even mentioned on these boards. But Iíve now decided that I might as well just start a thread that chronicles its full progress right up until the last detail.

    If nothing else, the constant demand for updates from all of you guys will inspire me to keep working on it until itís finally DONE!

    I will make weekly updates (complete with progress photos) starting today and every Friday right here in this thread.

    So without further ado, I introduce you ALLÖ my MEGO customizing friendsÖ to the creation of my custom MEGO-scaled 1966 BATMOBILE toy.
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    This customizing story actually begins way back on Christmas morning of 1975. There I was, 7 years old, opening up the MEGO Batman toys that my parents gave me as gifts. I was already less than thrilled with the lack of detail and the silly giant oven mitts worn by the Batman and Robin figures. But as a little boy obssessed with The Batmobile, my biggest disappointment was actually yet to come.





    I remember that I took the MEGO Batmobile out of its package and I actually frowned. Yup… even as a 7 year old. An obsessive little voice in my head screamed, “Where are the bubble windows? Why are the wheels all wrong? Why is there no red pinstriping on the car? Why is the emblem on the doors all wrong? Why is the interior entirely in red? Why is there no jet afterburner tube in the back? Where are the parachute packs?”, and probably most nagging of all “Why is it so darn SMALL???” At a mere 13 inches in length, this Batmobile looked more like a Bat-Go Kart with MEGO figures sitting in it!!


    In short, I was NOT happy. But I was going to have to wait 26 years before I could do anything about it…
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    Fast forward to spring of 2001. I was putting the final touches on the initial series of 8 inch scale customized MEGO Bat-Characters that I had created. It occurred to me that the time was right to begin preliminary work on a customized ride for my custom Dynamic Duo.

    I purchased a MEGO Batmobile from E-bay in pretty good condition (to replace my long-lost specimen from ’75), and I began my plans to customize it with all the details I wanted to see.

    Unfortunately, NONE of my plans could ever correct the biggest issue I had with the toy… its lack of correct size. And I just couldn’t bear to STUFF my new custom MEGO Batman and Robin action figures into this tiny under-scaled Go-Kart.





    NO, it became pretty clear to me that building an entire car from scratch was going to be the order of businesss.
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    I began doing extensive research, and read everything I could find about George Barris’ creation of the famous crime-fighting car.

    The wealth of information I found was fascinating:

    The Batmobile was based off of a 1955 experimental concept car that Barris owned called the Lincoln “Futura”. The car had been featured in the film "It Started With A Kiss", starring Glen Ford and Debbie Reynolds.






    When production was over, the studio sold the car to Barris for $1 (rather than pay exhorbitant storage fees).


    By the time the Producers of "BATMAN" approached Barris about designing and building a slick, modern Batmobile for their upcoming show, the old car had been sitting rusting in the back lot of Barris' Hollywood custom "chop shop" shop for years.









    But the Futura already featured many of the details that the Batmobile would later become famous for. This was a good thing too since the studio only gave Barris 3 weeks to deliver a finished Batmobile in time to shoot the first film tests.

    Barris and his team made several major design changes to the car that brought it squarely into the "muscle car" era of the 1960’s. Being the shrewd businessman that he was, George wasted no time in securing a patent for his creation.





    True to his word, Barris delivered the finished Batmobile on time, and the studio was thrilled with the result. When the Batman TV show premiered in 1966, the Batmobile became just as much of an overnight star as Adam West and Burt Ward. Children around the WORLD thrilled to the Dynamic Duo racing into action in their awesome black hot rod!!


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    Oooooh boy , I can't wait to see this!!!!!!!

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    We're all behind you ~ Being as big a batfan as I am, I've toyed with customizing the mego release, but what I've seen thus far from others hasn't impressed me at all. The skills I've seen are extraordinary, don't get me wrong, it's just that when you're dealing with an undersized vehicle as a base, it's a bit 'all for naught' to me. As we can all agree, it needs to be 'flatter' and sleeker to me.

    And YES, it's undersized for the 8". That's why I'm opting to save my $$ on a Batcycle and just leave the vintage Batmobile alone, instead go for the Big Jim Corvette for the '70s look.

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    Oh Man. . .I love those Pics. . .great history lesson there and nicely researched.

    All the best. . .I for one will tune in for a weekly update. . .same Bat time. . .Same bat. . . .ok. . . I'll just click in to visit.

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    awesome,Great info
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    very cool info cant wait to see it

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    I got a bunch of mego stuff for christmas in 1971 and 1972> One Christmas, the batmobile was sold out. My dad improvised and got the big Jim Dune Buggy and fishing boat. I think I was better off. It didn't fit through the door of the batcave, but there was room in it. LOL

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