Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid Of A Bomb: 46 Years Later, "Batman" '66 Merchandise Will Finally Be For Sale
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Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid Of A Bomb: 46 Years Later, "Batman" '66 Merchandise Will Finally Be For Sale

By Rob Payne | Trade News | June 8, 2012 | Comments ()


Some of you may be thinking, "Hey, wait a tick -- I totally had a Batman, Robin, and Batmobile toys from the 1960s Batman TV show and movie when I was growing up!" Well, yeah, you sort of did. Because those designs, and quite a few of the Rogues Gallery, were based directly on the comics, which means the licensing rights for those characters and vehicle were still held by DC to sell to the highest bidder. For whatever reason (I honestly don't know why, though I would imagine it might have to do with the likenesses of certain actors), the company held onto those rights for over 40 years. Holy bad business decision, Batman! But now, as Deadline reports, the designs from "Batman" and Batman '66 have finally been opened up for licensing, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products is gearing up sell as many Bat-wares as they can.

So sayeth the very excited president of WBCP, Brad Globe:

"The Batman Classic TV Series celebrates an incarnation of Batman that for many fans was their first introduction to 'The Caped Crusader' and his many friends and foes. This new licensing program captures the playful and stylish spirit of the iconic Batman while bringing a fresh look that will appeal to the Batman enthusiasts and nostalgic fan base, as well as to a new generation of fans...This is an incredible moment in the history of Batman, as the incredible roster of talent and famous characters, including the Rogues Gallery of infamous villains, and the unforgettable creative elements from the series, have never before been brought to life through such a licensing program."

Indeed, older nerds are salivating like Burt Ward sharing a scene with Lee Merriwether, Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, or Yvonne Craig. Fans who grew up watching re-runs on Nick at Night are lighting up at the potential irony they can add to their home or cubicle decor. And kids will buy anything, because kids are stupid. Don't get me wrong, I love 1960s Batman wholly for its intentional camp, but only when news hits that the actual television series is finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray will I turn down my sarcasm. That said, if the price is right, I could definitely see myself gleefully purchasing any of the following Bat-gadgets...

...the Batzooka:


...the Bat-phone (faux Shakespeare bust that opens secret passageway to Batcave not icluded):


...the collapseable Bat-shield:


...the every-way Bat-radio:


...and the classic Bat Shark Repellent Spray:


So what piece of officially licensed Bat-merch are you most looking forward to getting your Bat-paws on?

Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his wares can be purchased here and here (if you're into that sort of thing). He thinks you should be proud of him for not simply adding "Bat-" to the front of every other word in this post.

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  • Chrispeare

    Is this is a real question? I want the motherfucking Batmobile.
    What? That's not an option?
    I don't care. I want the motherfucking Batmobile.

  • Bert

    The day the entire series is released on some kind of disk will be a very happy day indeed!

  • Edith

    "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!" is one of the greatest lines ever uttered. My siblings and I still use that to express frustration. 

  • Ian Fay

    Julie Newmar as Catwoman Real Doll?

    Srsly, I'd kill for a nice, metal (like the old Transformers) Batmobile in the same scale as my old GI Joes.

  • I wonder if they're going to sell a decent version of Batman's utility belt? Not the cheesy plastic one from when I was a kid, but a nice one - like he's wearing in that pic.

  • special snowflake

    Back in the early 80's at a car show in TN, my 20-something self was in line waiting to get Adam West's (as Batman) autograph, & the little punk ahead of me actually has the nerve to say he wants to hold his utility belt. THEN dumbass West actually takes it off & lets the kid put his grubby mitts all over it & everyone can see all the empty utility 'holders' (that's where the term 'awkward' was born). I managed to blurt out, "He wouldn't bring his REAL belt inside here, too dangerous for kids!" Thinking I had saved the day, 'Batman' is hastily signing my autograph book & before I can say a word he mutters, "Already enough kids in line, you stand out like a sore thumb," as he hands it back. I might as well have been that 7-year-old kid who watched the show the very first night it aired in '66 for as much as that moment crushed me. However, I'm still a big fan of all things Batman, even the tv show, despite the camp and the sh*tty actor whose real persona is more like an alcoholic Bruce Wayne, snotty and full of himself. Plus the bastard had the gall to sign it 'Batman' rather than Adam West! Screw him and his cheesy , chunky-ass (metal) belt - it was designed that way to detract from his perpetually fat gut.

  • BWeaves

    UM, that Batzooka looks EXACTLY like the old Tampax tampon applicators I used to use when I was 16.  And by exactly, I mean the ones my brother dug out of the bathroom dustbin to use as his GI Joe bazookas, (that I mentioned in the previous Pajiba Love).

    (This stuff comes in 3's right?  I can't wait for the last item that looks exactly like an exploding tampon.)

  • Corvus

    Robin on the BatCycle.

  • dizzylucy

    I'm hoping Aunt Harriet's wardrobe will be available.  I could use some more old lady hats.

    My choice list would of course be the "batrope, batarang, explosives..."  I can still hear Mr. Freeze (I think) listing all the cool stuff Batman had, in his awesome accent.
    How about the memory erasing gas that was so often used?  I could use a canister or two of that.

  • SugarSmak

    I would love a replica of the Kitt Catwoman costume, if, for nothing else, to make a Jim Gaffigan joke come true... 

    (Go to the 30 second mark if you're an impatient type)

  • TheAggroCraig

    I believe I would pay for a landline if I could get the Batphone. And I could really use a Batarang with a bat-rope on it if I lock myself out of my apartment again. I can just climb up to my balcony! ...batcony? I'm working on it, shut up.

  • $27019454

    I want that giant clam...remember the one that was going to eat Batman and Robin as they were ties to a post at low tide? 

    I went to school with Adam West's stepdaughters. I had sleepovers at their house, the back hall of which was festooned with really killer black and white stills from the TV show. There were some choice pieces of framed and displayed set pieces all around as well. His daughters were envied by all at the Father Daughter picnic...I mean my dad was great and all, but he wasn't BATMAN. Imagine what Batman could do with the egg toss event. And the three-legged race? Killed it.

  • Anna von Beav

    I TOTALLY need the Oceanic Repellent  Bat Spray collection. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. Ad I agree with the Batarang as well. My office is on the top floor of the building; I might need to rappel out of here one day. And also, I always hear people walking around on the roof. Sure, they *say* they're fixing the air conditioning, but how do I know?

    Also, Barbara Gordon's Batgirl outfit. Awww, yeah. They knew how to make faux-leather catsuits in the 60s, man.

  • Anna von Beav

     Oh! OH! And a Batpole to the basement. That would make it SO MUCH EASIER to get the laundry downstairs.

  • Aaron Anthony

    I definitely want the ridiculous bomb with the slowest burning fuse in history so I can run around town with it over my head and get into all sorts of antics (like comically reversing course because I see some nuns or a baby).

  • mswas

    Ripoff! I wouldn't buy the batphone unless the faux Shakespeare bust is included.

  • Turd Ferguson

    A Batarang would be cool.

  • Groundloop

    A wall chart detailing how to dance the Bat-Tusi.

  • Judge_Snyder


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