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UPDATED: 5/18/2010

Exclusive information & photos about the Hot Wheels TV Batmobile & other die-casts

George Barris with the 1:18th scale Elite model

Visit the Batmobile Message Board to learn the latest! 

UPDATE

May 18, 2010: 1:50th '66 Batmobile "Penguin Mobile"--Available now!

Penguin Mobile

April 9, 2010: Series 3 is now available for the 1:50th '66 Batmobile, Batboat and Batcycle.  Series 3 = Slightly new packaging!

Series 3 & 2 Batboats

January 30, 2010: 1:43rd Elite '66 Batmobile--Available now!

January 15, 2010: The 1:12th Batcycle (Elite version) is now available online.

January 3, 2010: 1:43rd Elite '66 Batmobile--Available soon!

1:43 Elite Batmobile

December 31, 2009: 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile in matte/flat finish available now. Ltd to 5000 pieces.

Flat/Matte 1:18th

November 12, 2009: Chrome plated 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile now  available.  Ltd to 3000 pieces.

Chrome   Chrome 1:18th

October 31, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  Black chrome 1:18th scale Super Elite Batmobile possible for SDCC 2010.

September 10, 2009: 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile in matte finish available soon.

August 20, 2009: The 1:12th Batcycle (Standard/Mass version) is now available online and at ToysRUs.

MASS    Mass version Batcycle & Batmobile

July 17, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  Some updates from Mattel:

*1:50th '66 Batmobile "Penguin Mobile"--Available around March 2010
*1:12th Batcycle (Standard/"Mass" and Elite versions)- Shipping around Thanksgiving/early December 2009. MSRP for the "Mass" version is $34.99
*Chrome plated 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile--coming in summerish of 2010
*Satin Black Chrome plated 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile--coming in summerish of 2010

*1:43rd Elite '66 Batmobile--Available around October 2009. "Highly detailed Photo Etched parts. Detailed interior and wheels."

1:43rd scale

May 30, 2009: 1:87th '66 Batmobile now available.  

1:87 scale   1:87 scale

May 9, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  First look at the 1:50th '66 Batmobile "Penguin Mobile"  

2010

April 30, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  Some updates from Mattel:

*1:50th '66 Batmobile "Penguin Mobile" in 2010 
*1:43rd '66 Batmobile--Details still forthcoming
*1:87th '66 Batmobile coming around June 2009  

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*1:12th Batcycle (Standard/"Mass" and Elite versions)- Shipping around Thanksgiving/early December 2009 

MASS  ELITE

*Chrome 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile--coming in the summer of 2010
*1:18th scale '66 Batmobile possible re-tooling to make more accurate--Not in 2010
*Batman and Robin figures for the 1:18th scale--concept still up in the air

March 5, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  Got some insight from Mattel into their 2009 & 2010 product lines.  It includes:

*1:43rd Batmobile. Early Fall 2009
*1:18th scale Batcycle & 1:18th scale Batcycle Elite (more 1:12th size). Possibility of later this year & early next year for the Elite
*Chrome 1:18th scale Elite Batmobile. A possibility...
*1:50th scale Penguin mobile Batmobile. Possible 2010
*Batman and Robin figures for the vehicles. A possibility...
*No Red Line Club (RLC) Batmobile planned for '09
*No San Diego Comic Con '66 Bats planned

February 3, 2009: The 1:50th scale Batmobile (with trailer hitch) and Batboat are now hitting the stores.

Series 2

January 12, 2009: EXCLUSIVE  First look at the Batboat.  Hitting stores late January/early February 2009.

Batboat   eSheet

December 26, 2008: The 2009 "Faster Than Ever" 1:64th scale Batmobile.  Regular card and snowflake version shown.  Now available at stores

2009

October 25, 2008:  The Ltd Edition 1:64th scale RLC (Red Line Club) Batmobile is now shipping from Hot Wheels.  Limited to 13,428 pieces.

September 15, 2008: EXCLUSIVE  In early 2009, Hot Wheels will be coming out with the two new items in 1:50th line:

*TV Series Batmobile with Trailer Hitch
*TV Series Batboat with Trailer

Batboat

September 9, 2008: The 1:18 Super Elite is now available at various online retailers.

Hot Wheels Super Elite

August 30, 2008: The 1:18 Super Elite should be available in the next two weeks or so.  For more pics and scoop go here

July 22, 2008: The 1:18 Elite Batmobile is now available!  Ltd to 16,966 pieces

Elite

July 16, 2008:  Below are pics of the SDCC 3 pack.

3 Pack

June 18, 2008: EXCLUSIVE UPDATE

The SDCC Batgirl cycle 3 pack will be $30.00 and will be limited to 7,000 units.

June 13, 2008: From Hot Wheels regarding the Batgirl cycle:

You've heard all the batty rumors…now here's the CON-firmation. San Diego Comic-Con, that is! Yvonne Craig fans will be happy to hear that the Batgirl™ Cycle will be the highlight of the 1966 Batman™ TV Series 1:50 3-pack that will be offered in the Hot Wheels® booth this year. Tooled up specifically for this set, the Batgirl™ Cycle is extremely detailed, as you can see in this e-sheet -- right down to the lace and fringe! The 3-pack is rounded out with the Batmobile™ and Batcycle™, and comes in a Batcave™-themed diorama package.

Courtesy Mattel

June 10, 2008: EXCLUSIVE
For SD Comic-Con 2008, Hot Wheels will offer a limited edition---Batgirl cycle (no Batgirl figure though). It will be part of a 1:50th scale 3pack that will also include the '66 Batmobile and TV Batcycle.

On Friday, June 13th Hot Wheels will post a sneak peek of the e-sheet (various views) of the Batgirl cycle.

June 5, 2008: The 1:18 Elite will start shipping around mid-June 2008

Also, on Tuesday, June 10th I will give you the exclusive info for SDCC 2008.

May 8, 2008: More information has been released regarding the RLC Batmobile.  Go here for more information.

Also, check Wal-Mart for the 1:50th Batmobile & Batcycle.

April 28, 2008: On May 13th, Hot Wheels will release a 1:64th scale RLC (Red Line Club only) Batmobile.

April 17, 2008: The 1:50th Batmobile & Batcycle are now available at limited stores.

1:50th   1:50th scale

April 4, 2008: Some updated release dates from Mattel.

*1:18 Elite - Summer 2008
*1:18 Super Elite - Late Summer/Fall 2008(not limited to 1966 units, but closer to 3000)
*1:50 Line - April 2008 (Shipping soon). Should be available at some "Big box" stores too.

For Comic-Con 2008, Hot Wheels will have an exclusive Bat-vehicle like they did last year. I'm sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you it is a '66 Batman related item and it does have wheels!!

March 8, 2008: Some updated release dates.

*1:18 Standard - In stores & online now
*1:18 Elite - May/June 2008
*1:18 Super Elite - TBD (not limited to 1966 unit)
*1:50 Line - End of March 2008

February 16, 2008: The 1:18th (standard Batmobile version) is now available in stores & online. 

1:18th scale standard model

February 5, 2008: Exclusive photos of the 1:50th scale 5 pack & the 1:18th scale Elite prototype Batmobile.

1:50th scale 5 pack 1:18th scale Super Elite Elite prototype George Barris George Barris and Larry Wood  

January 28, 2008: Heard from Mattel regarding release dates:

* 1:18th (standard Batmobile version) and the 1:50th (Batmobile & Batcycle) - look for them in mid-March 2008.
* 1:18th Elite Batmobile - End of April 2008
* 1:18th Super Elite Batmobile - End of May 2008

January 5, 2008: Here is the first look from Hot Wheels of their 1:50th Batmobile:

1:50th

December 17, 2007: An exclusive first peek from Mattel.  The 1:50th Batcycle:

Hot Wheels

December 6, 2007: Heard from Mattel:

* The 1:50th is expected to ship in March and is essentially a visual history of the Bat vehicles. There are four different Batmobiles (1966 TV series, comic book, animated series and current movie series) + the Batcycle from the '66 TV show (with removable go-cart).

November 27, 2007: Heard from Mattel:

* 1:18th (standard version) and the 1:50th - Look for them in March 2008.

* 1:18th Super Elite and Elite - Still up in the air as far as release dates, but the latest dates are more like March/April than February/March '08.  Mattel did delay these items because the original detail wasn't up to the standards they set for their Elite line.

October 2, 2007: Heard from Mattel:

* 1:18 Batmobile will be launched Jan. 2008 to hobby shops (Elite and Super Elite version) and March 2008 for all major retailers (regular/mass version).

* 1:50 Batmobile will be launched March 2008 to everyone

September 2007: Heard from Mattel that the 1:43rd scale die-cast will not be produced.

August 26, 2007: Below are the six different packages that are available for the 1:64th scale cars.

1. Japanese market short card

2. First Edition short card

3. 2007 New Models with "high-beams" on in the background pic

4. 2007 New Models with "high-beams" off in the background pic

5. 2007 First Editions

6. 2 Pack--a Target stores exclusive

6 cards

July 29, 2007: At the San Diego Comic-Con two limited edition die-casts were sold and now they're only available at a premium (like eBay).

1. 1:18 1966 Flocked Batmobile
-The first 1966 Batmobile ever in the 1:18 scale
-Total made 525 units (only 450 will be at Comic-Con)
-Individually numbered – 1 of 525, 2 of 525, etc.
-Originally $300 each

1:18    1:18

2. 1:64 1966 Batmobile
-8000 only – hard plastic case
-3,500 were sold on Hotwheelscollectors.com the week after Comic-Con 
-4,500 at Comic-Con
-Originally $20 each

Top  Side  Front

Comic-Con exclusive    Comic-Con exclusive

June 22, 2007: In late July at the Comic-Con in San Diego, Hot Wheels is offering a Ltd Edition 1:64th scale in an acrylic case--$20.00

May 26, 2007: New photo of the Hot Wheels 10 Pack and the 2 different versions.  I have now seen 19 versions (Update: 7/28/07)

May 12, 2007: New photo from Hot Wheels of the 1:18 scale die-cast.  Also, a new pic of the "2 Pack."--$2.00

April 29, 2007: 4 new photos of the 1:18 scale prototype

February 7, 2007: 5 Exclusive photos of George Barris with the 1:18 scale mock-up from Hot Wheels.  This mock-up was created from the digitally scanned images of the #1 Batmobile (see below)

Also, the official 1:64 scale package now reads "2007 First Editions" the ones seen earlier on this site read, "2007 New Models."

January 31, 2007: Rumor has it that the 1:18 scale Batmobile will hit stores in 2008

January 12, 2007: Below are 3 Sneak Peek photos from Hot Wheels.  "POW! This is the one we’ve all been waiting for! Look for this classic TV vehicle to hit shelves only weeks from now! BAM!"

January 11, 2007: Below are 13 exclusive detailed photos of the upcoming Hot Wheels Batmobile that have not been seen before.  Overall it looks nice, but disappointing that the red painted pinstripe does not continue around the front or rear of the car.  

November 2006: Below are 12 exclusive photos of the #1 Batmobile being measured and prepped by the Hot Wheels crew for digital scanning.  They placed white powder on the Batmobile and digitally scanned the images into the computer.  They then made a 3-D image, so they could make an accurate tooling of the die-cast.  Batmobile designer George Barris can be seen in the yellow jacket.

Looks like Hot Wheels has produced many different versions of the 1:64th.  So far we have seen 7 different packages/cards and two different cars.  They include:

1. 2007 NEW MODELS 1966 TV Series Batmobile card with printed specifications on the back.

2. 2007 FIRST EDITIONS TV Batmobile with no printed specifications on the back

3. 2007 FIRST EDITIONS TV Batmobile with printed specifications on the back

4. 2007 FIRST EDITIONS shorter card

5. HOT WHEELS TWO PACK Red Ferrari with the Batmobile 

6. HOT WHEELS 10 PACK with one of the cars being the Batmobile (14+ different versions)

7. 1966 Batmobile Japanese version shorter card

* Batmobile with textured front and rear grill

* Batmobile with no front and rear grill (texture or grids)

See photos below

Comic-Con exclusive Comic-Con exclusive Japanese package
1:18 3 different cards 2qty-10 Packs
1:18 1:18 1:18
1:18 scale mock-up 1:18 scale mock-up 1:18 scale mock-up
1:18 scale mock-up 1:18 scale mock-up HW
Grill variation 2 Packages HW
New Packaging

Package 1

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Package 2

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The lead Hot Wheels designer measuring the car 2006 2006
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2006 2006 The #1 being scanned into the computer by Mattel
12/06 12/06 Hot Wheels Prototype
December 2006: Above is a comparison of the pre-production die-cast (photo from eBay) and the Hot Wheels news photos.
Click Here to watch a video of George Barris talking to one of the Marketing Directors at Hot Wheels regarding the upcoming die-cast. 

Stay tuned for the big reveal: the classic TV BATMOBILE™!
Exclusively from Mattel in 2007!
by HWC Staff
12-04-06

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC Comics, and Mattel, Inc. recently announced the production of a line of Hot Wheels® die-cast cars inspired by the original Batmobile featured in the 1966 “Batman” television series. The original design by custom automotive legend, George Barris, was based on a futuristic 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that was never put into production. George Barris’ iconic crime-fighting vehicle has since become an enduring symbol of the beloved Batman franchise. The launch of the Hot Wheels® Batmobile models commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first “Batman” television series.

"While the vehicle has been reinvented numerous times over the years in comic books, animated series and feature films, the TV Batmobile is still held in the highest regard with countless fans who will truly appreciate this exciting endeavor,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. There is no denying that Barris’ classic version of the Batmobile is world-renowned and the Hot Wheels® reproductions will be the first of their kind bringing one of television’s most recognized vehicles to a new generation of Batman fans and collectors alike.

Mattel will produce multiple scales of the Hot Wheels® Batmobile, including a 1:64th scale model that will appear on store shelves in spring 2007 as part of the Hot Wheels® basic car line. In fall 2007, there will be an additional 1:64th scale model introduced as well as a 1:43rd scale replica model and a 1:18th scale, which will have three tiers of detail and finish. The ultimate version, the Hot Wheels Elite™ special edition Batmobile, will have enough detail to delight even the most discriminating of Batmobile aficionados and die-cast collectors alike.

In order to re-create the stunning original the Hot Wheels® team headed up by Chief Designer Larry Wood, took precise measurements and also placed white powder all over the TV Batmobile to scan it for working on the design digitally. Then they made a 3-D image and cut the tooling from those images to insure an accurate reproduction.

“This is the car that every collector has been asking for,” said Geoff Walker, Vice President of Wheels Marketing, Mattel Brands. “This Batmobile is the version of the Caped Crusader’s car that everyone will instantly recognize. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to create the Hot Wheels® version of this iconic vehicle.”

George Barris himself had this to say, “We received thousands of letters asking when the TV Batmobile will be available, and are pleased that Hot Wheels® is bringing the original to life through different scales and detail. I take great pride in the vehicle’s design and know that the Hot Wheels® team will do it justice in capturing the details of the original. It is my honor to be a part of the 40-year history of the Batmobile and to have this most famous car released by Mattel for consumers.”

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Comics
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comic’s Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of an © DC Comics. (s06)

WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS, DC COMICS AND MATTEL PARTNER TO REINTRODUCE FOR THE FIRST TIME 
THE CLASSIC TV BATMOBILE


--Mattel to Produce Hot Wheels® Die-Cast Batmobiles Inspired by the Classic Television Series--

Burbank, Calif., November 27, 2006
-- Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Comics, and Mattel, Inc. (NYSE:MAT) announced today the production of a line of Hot Wheels® die-cast cars inspired by the Batmobile featured in the 1966 “Batman” television series. The legendary crime-fighting vehicle was designed by custom automotive icon, George Barris, and has since become a lasting symbol of the Batman franchise. Under the partnership, Mattel will produce Hot Wheels® Batmobiles, which will begin arriving at retail locations in 2007.
This launch of the Batmobile commemorates the 40th anniversary of the “Batman” television series, which initially aired in 1966, and reintroduces one of television’s most recognized vehicles to an entirely new generation of Batman fans and collectors alike. Barris’ classic version of the Batmobile is world-renowned and the Hot Wheels® reproductions will be the first of their kind.
“We’re bringing one of the most iconic entertainment-based Batmobiles to consumers in honor of the television show’s 40th anniversary,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “While the vehicle has been reinvented numerous times over the years in comic books, animated series and feature films, the TV Batmobile is still held in the highest regard with countless fans who will truly appreciate this exciting endeavor.” 
In recognition of the occasion, Mattel will produce multiple scales of the Hot Wheels® Batmobile, including a 1:64th scale model that will appear on store shelves in Spring 2007 in the Hot Wheels® basic car line. In Fall 2007, there will be an additional 1:64th scale model introduced as well as a 1:43rd scale replica model and a 1:18th scale, which will have three levels of detail and finish. The ultimate version, the Hot Wheels Elite™ special edition Batmobile, will have enough detail to delight even the most discriminating of Batmobile collectors. 

“This is the car that every collector has been asking for,” said Geoff Walker, Vice President of Wheels Marketing, Mattel Brands. “This Batmobile designed by George Barris is the version of the Caped Crusader’s car that everyone instantly recognizes. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to create the Hot Wheels version of this iconic vehicle to be available early next year.”

“It is wonderful to see that collectors and fans of the TV Batmobile will finally be able to enjoy an excellent toy reproduction,” said George Barris. “We received thousands of letters asking when the TV Batmobile will be available, and are pleased that Hot Wheels is bringing the original to life through different scales and detail. I take great pride in the vehicle’s design and know that the Hot Wheels team will do it justice in capturing the details of the original. It is my honor to be a part of the 40-year history of the Batmobile and to have this most famous car be released by Mattel for the consumers.” 

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Comics
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

About Mattel
Mattel, Inc., (NYSE: MAT, www.mattel.com) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products, including Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands (www.fisher-price.com), including Little People®, Rescue Heroes®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than the 30,000 people in 42 countries and sells products in more than 150 nations throughout the world. Mattel’s vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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