By Antonio Malara
The TV series "Batman" was a television transposition of the famous comic character produced in the United States from 1966 to 1968. The series saw three seasons and saw the Batman character played by actor Adam West while in the role of his supporting actor Robin there was Burt Ward. I discovered the character of Batman thanks to that series and I remember with a lot of nostalgia when I watched it as a child in the eighties, it was a carefree period and I was always eagerly waiting for the show to air. The series had a different style than the TV series of the time and was in a sense a mix between cartoon and comic. The sets were very colorful, there was the use of diagonal shots and the sound effects were emphasized thanks to writings that appeared full screen with captivating graphics and colors. The soundtrack was also a distinctive element with a strong rhythm that restarted in a loop but without getting boring. Even if I was very young, I was able to recognize these different elements and unconsciously I have kept in my mind those bright colors that today lead me to emphasize them in my photos. That series was probably one of the sources of inspiration that gave me the love for bright colors. The TV series also had a vast panorama of antagonists such as Pinguin or friends of Batman such as Catwoman. Another fundamental element of the show was the famous Batmobile that the protagonists used in each episode. I remember that at the time the design of the car didn't particularly fascinate me, however I liked those round windshields which represented the only means of protection from the wind as the car didn't have a roof. The car had a long and boxy design and the other striking element were the wings which were fixed on the rear fenders. Today I appreciate that car and that design in a particular way because in fact it had personal characteristics that today's cars do not have. Also I saw that the Batmobile was based on the Lincoln Futura a Ford prototype which was basically the Batmobile without the livery with the red lines and the Batman logo.
When I saw the Lego version of the Batmobile, I put it in my wishlist, however I didn't buy it right away and the model went out of stock. I didn't think about it for a long time but then I don't remember why, I looked for the car on Amazon and managed to find it. The bad thing was the price, I paid more than double the official lego price. This model is the size of the "Speed Champions" models, so it should be around 250 pieces. I have owned the lego for several months but I have only now decided to assemble it because as always I like to write a little story about it before having fun assembling a lego. Moreover, this Batmobile made me curious about the TV series and always on Amazon I managed to find the Blu Ray box set complete with all the seasons that I put in my wishlist. The only negative note of this lego set is that there are only the characters of Batman and Penguin, in my opinion we also needed the character of Robin so that the tribute for this TV series was complete and best reflected the soul of the show.
Opening the box, I noticed that the instructions provided for the assembly in three different steps, an unusual thing for a lego of this size. Normally these consist of only two steps, however I took the opportunity and decided to take advantage of this option by assembling the lego calmly in the three suggested steps. Because of this, there were three large envelopes numbered from 1 to 3, I decided to assemble each envelope on a different day by taking everything slowly.
As usual for a lego, inside the large envelope number 1, there was another smaller one and this assembly phase included steps from 1 to 11 to assemble the stand of the car and from 1 to 24 for the assembly of the car itself. It only took me three minutes to position the bricks and after assembling the circular stand, I assembled the body of the car where I noticed a predominance of red and black colors. It took me about 20 minutes to assemble the pieces of the first envelope and there were no complex phases as is normal for a lego like this.
Also for the passages of envelopes 2 and 3 mounted in two separate days, the processes were identical, in envelope 2 the assembly was from passage 25 to 72 and in envelope 3 from 73 to 101. The times were also similar: 3 minutes to place the bricks and 20 minutes to finish the assembly. However, the car could be assembled in two versions: with two small missiles on the bonnet or without, leaving the design smooth. The mechanism for launching the missiles worked very well and the "range" reaches about two meters away, the missiles being small, there is a risk of losing them. For this reason there were several sets inside. In general, assembling this lego Batmobile was a very relaxing process, perhaps even too much because I have never reached such technical levels as to have the impression of assembling a lego.
The final design of the car is very nice and with a personal touch. The TV series car was original in itself and this lego version could not be outdone. Longer than the normal “Speed Champions” series cars, this car still maintains nice proportions, doesn’t look off-balance, definitely long but not awkward. I really like the reproductions of the windshield and the rear wings, the car also has no stickers except for the Batman logo on the sides and then on the mufflers. What I have noticed is that the combination of red and black in a lego is very beautiful to the eye and in the case of the Batmobile, the red also reproduces the colors of the interior. This Batmobile is another lego with its own personality, perhaps not worth the price I paid for it, but I'm still happy to have bought it and add it to my collection.
Pictures: Antonio Malara