Tuesday, April 24, 2007
It's the Batmobile!
To me this was always the coolest looking Batmobile. Now don't get me wrong I love the look of the 60's T.V. Batmobile, but when this monster came across the screen for the first time, I remember thinking that finally someone gets it. This is not the reason for this post though. I grabbed this Batmobile off the shelf to snap a picture and thought I would write about the first thing I thought about when I picked it up.
Well here goes... This little 1989 Die-cast and plastic car reminds me of one of my good friends, Rey. Matter of a fact when ever I see any of the Ertl Batman toys from that year I wonder what Rey is up to. Rey is a buddy of mine from art school and we would make regular trips to the comic shops and toy stores. I think we both thought that the 1989 Batman Movie was the greatest. To this day I have never met anyone that was just as fanatical about Batman toys and comics. Rey would swing by the house (then apartment) on a Saturday and pick up my son and I for some Batman toy shopping, it was on one of these runs that I picked this Batmobile up, this might actually be the first Batmobile I bought as an "adult" collector. Little did I know at the time that I would continue to collect Batmobiles as time went on. Rey moved away not to long after that, which was a good thing and a bad thing. Bad because Photography class just wasn't as much fun, Good because Rey met a nice young lady and ended up marrying her and starting a little family up north. Hopefully he's still going on the hunt for the latest Batman toys and comics for his children.
It's funny how something as goofy as a toy can make you think of old friends and fun times.