REVIEW: Funko’s New 1966 BATMOBILE Goes For Gold

Holy Auric Goldfinger!

Check out the complete FUNKO BATMAN ’66 INDEX of stories and features. Click here!

I like imagining a world where Batman would take out a different colored Batmobile based on his mood.

Y’know, blue for a pleasant spring afternoon chasing down the Penguin. Or red on a hot summer day zipping down the highway, with Gotham a mere 14 miles away.

Or a gold one to impress the ladies, y’know what I’m saying?

I kid, of course. Batman’s Batmobile is best in iconic black but Funko’s been having a Bat-field day over the last six months or so with its assortment of multi-colored variants.

These 3.75-scale rides are homages to the Japanese tin toys of the ’60s and ’70s so they have a very specific appeal: You pretty much dig ’em or you don’t.

I do. Very much, as it happens.

The newly released gold Batmobile — which comes with a requisitely silly colored Batman in Supermannish blue and red — is the latest in the series, available only from Funko’s online store. (Click here.)

It’ll run you $50 and follows the original black (which included classic Batman and Robin figures), blue, red and silver models (which included Batmen of many colors.)

Like the other Batmobiles, the gold version is solidly constructed, with wheels that turn smoothly.

This may, however, be the last Batmobile variant we’re going to see. Funko has only used these five colors in its Pop! and Dorbz lines, for example, and this may be the limit in the 3.75-inch line. Then again, what’s to stop them from going purple or orange or green — even if those weren’t colors you’d see on the Japanese tin toys.

Me? I’m still rooting for white, like the Auto World slot car. Perhaps with the guy in yellow as the driver:

Window display at Funko’s brick-and-mortar store in Everett, Wash.

And of course, we should be getting news about a second wave of figures before too long.

In the meantime, let’s imagine Batman in this slick ride cruising down the strip, ready to pick up that little kitty cat he knows…

Check out the complete FUNKO BATMAN ’66 INDEX of stories and features. Click here!

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I love them! Too bad there’s no green Batmobile that the green/blue Batman could sit in. That would be reminiscent of the green-suited Anti-Batman from World’s Finest Comics in the 1960s.

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  2. Still think Funko caused severe damage to this line with the Batmobile advertised as “chrome” (complete with deceptive photos of a shiny chrome car) that is in fact dull/flat silver.

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  3. Rumors on Batman boards the line is dead. If true damn Funko for all the Batmobile reissues and lack of completing this line with Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Egghead. Letting an unmasked Catwoman be the only major villain in wave 1 and no single carded Robin, early mistakes that hurt the line.IMO It’s alarming no details of a wave 2 almost a year later. I thought Funko was gonna be better than Mattel. At least Mattel made all the major characters. Sadly disappointed with the way this line has been handled.

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    • Funko better not have bailed. They said they were in it for the long-haul. Wave 2 has been too quiet. Sadly nobody is out there asking them what is going on. Hope this site can get some answers soon.

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        • I guess we just have to wait and see next month. Funko’s silence doesn’t seem like a positive outlook for the line.

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