In the wake of Adam West's sad passing I have been reminiscing with Andy B a little.
We thought it might be the right time to talk about the importance of Batman and bat toys for our generation and probably every generation since - and maybe the one before us Baby Boomers.
Like Superman Batman has been around as long as sliced bread.
Adam West's Batman, the definative caped crusader, spawned hundreds of toys, games, puzzles, books, comics and records to name but a few parts of the bats merchandise machine in the Sixties.
There are also thousands of devoted Batman fans and collectors today and the scores of blogs and websites on the net reflect this. With each new film and comic new fans join the bat-talion every year.
After the excitement of watching Batman on TV first time round in the Sixties and enjoying the dark knight's superb die-cast Batmobiles I once again returned to the warmth of the bat-cave as an adult along with several million others who gawped at Michael Keaton's new Batman in 1989.
Keaton was so significant for me.
His turn as Bats in Tim Burton's gothic homage re-ignited the Gotham mythos and without doubt sparked my own interest in vintage toys. The slew of action figures and vehicles filling the shops in 89/90 was the first time I had noticed the awesome pulling-power of film-related merchandising since I was a kid.
I wuz hooked.
I filled the Nineties with anything batty I could get in the UK.
The first thing I ever bought on Ebay was bat related. It was the year 2000, Ebay had just landed in the UK and I was as excited as hell to see so many amazing vintage toys allover the world like candy in an international sweet shop!
Being fascinated by early action figues back then and having read about one particular Bat toy called the JLA set of figures by Ideal I sought it out, found a set and made a bid.
I won and eh voila!
Pictured is what I got in the post from America, which was a revelation in itself. Ebay worked and worked across the world!
I got everything above except the bat-plane and I adored my first ever Ebay purchase more than anything else I owned.
I went on to add the bat-plane later and had plans to locate everything else in the set but realised that only Bruce Wayne himself could afford it all so I hung up my bat-gloves and enjoyed what I had.
I went on over the next decade to find Mego batmobiles, Remco Energised Batmans, the battery-operated Bat Console, the Animated Series Batmobile and countless more collectables from Gotham City.
So, thanks Adam West for all the bat memories, Thanks so much.
Rest in peace Dark Dark Knight.
Do you have any Batman related toys and collectables?
Did you watch the TV series?