Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cool Stuff!

Yes, friends, this is one of those days when you not only get a "Best of Cool Stuff" post, you also get a post of all-new, never-seen-before-on-RAOG "Cool Stuff" post!
batman_costume
This Batman costume comes so close to being the perfect Batman costume we all wanted as a kid... just missing a pair of gloves, plus real boots and a proper utility belt!

batman_crimefighterbutton
It's amazing how many different Batman buttons were made at the height of the TV series' popularity!

batman_crimefighterkit
Not sure why a Crimefighter Kit needs a watch...

batman_cup
batman_cup2
Rule #1 when it comes to licensed product... make sure if you hire someone to trace or otherwise copy an existing piece of art, that they are capable of not making it look like crap!

batman_figure
This Batman figure looks like he's imitating C-3PO on the deserts of Tatooine trying to get the Jawas' attention!

batman_figures
I believe these were intended as cake decorations!

batman_flashlight
Batman flashlight... I don't think I've ever seen any Batman flashlight that looked like something Batman might've actually used!

batman_flyingbatplane1
batman_flyingbatplane2
This flying Batplane toy could be epically cool if one did a major repaint on it so it would look like the actual Batplane... but said paint would probably weigh it down too much, wouldn't it?

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batman_foreigncoloring7
batman_foreigncoloring8
I don't know where this foreign Batman coloring book originates from... but man, those figures of Robin and Batgirl are bulked up bigtime! I have a feeling very little research was done when preparing this.

batman_foreignfigs1
batman_foreignfigs2
batman_foreignfigs3
I likewise don't know where these foreign Batman figures came from, but aren't they great?

batman_foreignstickes
These foreign Batman stickers really used art from a lot of different artists, didn't they? I recognize at least a few different artists there.

batman_frametray1
Doesn't it almost look like Robin's about ready to just let the Joker fall to his doom on this frame-tray puzzle?

batman_frictionbatmobile
Friction-powered Batmobile toy!

batman_game1
batman_game2
batman_game3
batman_game4
There are at least two releases of this Batman game, with the only change being to the box art and the logo used for the instructions!

batman_giantcomics
I have fond memories of when these Giant Comics to Color came out, and wish the line had lasted longer!

batman_glass
This Batman glass is another example of the "artist hired to reproduce the licensed artwork didn't quite do it right" school of manufacturing!

batman_glassesmask
I never understood the intended appeal of these Batman "glasses".

batman_glowgame1
batman_glowgame2
I don't see how you could possibly play this game in the dark, no matter how much of it glowed. "Hey, Billy! Want to play my Batman glow-in-the-dark game? First, let's set it under a bright light for a few hours, then we can play!"

batman_grapejelly
I'm not sure which is more ridiculous, this Batman grape jelly, or the later Superman peanut butter. If only they'd been made at the same time as the Batman bread, then you could make the World's Finest PB & J!

batman_greenbatmobile
Another of those things I've never understood is the variety of colors that the 1966 Batmobile has been manufactured in...

batman_gun
At least this Batman saucer gun had the manufacturer making the gun somewhat bat-like, instead of just slapping a Batman sticker on an existing saucer gun...

batman_handpuppet
As goofy-looking as this Batman hand puppet is, for some reason I want one.

batman_hangers
Just because you buy a kid hangers with Batman on them doesn't mean they are going to hang up their clothes... just sayin'.

batman_hangglider_batman
batman_hangglider_robin
These Batman and Robin hang gliders come so close to being cool...

batman_hotline
The Batman hotline phone is one of those things I must've seen and wanted as a kid, but I have no memory of!

batman_idealfigs
You know, considering that every single time I do a "Batman" search on eBay I find at least a few people selling the 1966 Ideal figures, it doesn't seem that they are really all that rare...

batman_inflatable
This is supposedly a Batman inflatable ball, but it looks to me like it's supposed to be a bean bag chair cover.

batman_inflatable1
batman_inflatable2
batman_inflatable3
These Batman inflatables would be perfect for the pool!

batman_ironon
I don't know if this Batman logo iron-on was part of a "color and iron on" set or not.

batman_japanesebatboat
Japanese Batboat toy!

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batman_japcards2
Japanese Batman trading cards!

batman_jigsaw
That's a pretty cool Batman jigsaw puzzle!

batman_jointaction
These joint-action things always struck me as odd when I see them in the package... perhaps they shouldn't have been sold in cellophane bags like this, because they just look strange!

batman_jokerfig
And we'll wrap up this installment with this vintage-style Joker figure!

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