Great coverage of TV's Batmobile and the Munter's cars. Authors also remind you about cars you didn't know Barris did: The Beverly Hillbillies truck, the Flintstones (film of course) cars, updates of the Knight Rider Firebird, the Jurassic Park Explorers, and the infamous sitcom "My Mother the Car" (the butt of many Johnny Carson jokes). But also taking up space are forgotten cars from forgotton projects...the Bugaloos dune buggy and a TV special "Romp". Cars I would have liked to have seen but didn't make the cut include the Monkee Mobile, the Green Hornet's "Black Beauty" and the Stutz replicas made for the TV adventure series "Bearcats!". Overall a good book, but I have a hunch that only the surface of Barris' career has been scratched. How about a large format book with lots of color and details on the surviving movie cars and "Kustoms" that made Barris the legend he is? Buy it now
Monday, July 26, 2010
From Steve McQueen's Mustang to 007's killer Aston Martins, cars are the stars in a number of films, every bit as much as their human occupants. This book reviews the good, the bad and the ugly in car movies from both sides of the Atlantic. Packed with obscure facts, stills and arty posters, this book adds up to a visual feast of nostalgia for film buffs and motoring enthusiasts alike. Buy it now
This fun-filled history looks back at some of the most memorable and remarkable cars and motorcycles ever committed to celluloid. Colour photography, nostalgic movie stills, and an equally entertaining text examine the Tinseltown careers of photogenic vehicles. Buy it now
Monday, July 12, 2010
Celebrate a remarkable British innovation in the form of 'supermarionation', a revolutionary technique for achieving perfect lip sync between pre-recorded dialogue and sensors in the pupets' heads. Lady Penelope and Parker, complete with FAB1 - take a bow on behalf of the whole International Rescue organisation. Buy it now
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This is the long awaited 1:50 scale version of the 1966 TV series BATMOBILE. It comes off the back of a 100% accurate laser scan of the actual car and looks lovely. I think it must just be the inspired combination of red/orange on black that gives it that gripping power to enthral people for over 40 years.
There are some annoying elements though, this would not be a fair review if I did not point them out. Like the rocket tubes at the back, these have been reduced to silly little stubs - I would bet to limit any pesky health-and-safety issues - and the beacon antler on top of the roll bar. These are splayed out at 45 degree angles in a most bizarre way. There was just no need for it.
Other than that, and the other faults Incorporated by Mattel to keep the perfectionist modellers happy (or should that be unhappy?), this is a half decent model.
Be aware though, that there are two version of this car available to by, the original series one BATs, and the new series two BATs that have the modified rear which incorporates a boat-hitch for those who wish to buy the accompanying BAT BOAT in the same scale. Nice car, nice model. (Daron G. Woodward "DGT1") --See more
This is one of Mattel's 1:50 scale 1966 BATMAN vehicle line and as such has caused a bit of a stir among the fans. The last time a Batboat had been available had been the 60/70s with CORGI and their strangely coloured boats.
This attempt to recreate it is much better. It is still not quite correct but on the whole it is very nice indeed, with its own trailer included.
Very smart addition to the range and a favourite with the fans. Now all we need is a 1:18 version to fit with the car! See more