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Batman returned to the big screen in 1989 for the first time since 1966. The Batmobile that brought him there is a challenging Metal Earth model with about 58 pieces on two sheets of metal. Assembled, it measures 3.5"(L) x 1.5"(W) x 1.0"(H).
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14. Our Transformers models don't actually transform.
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By 1989, comics from artists like Frank Miller had primed the public for a darker, more mature Batman than the campy Adam West character who had last been on screen more than 20 years earlier. Michael Keaton's caped crusader needed an appropriately updated, more forceful Batmobile. A team led by production designer Anton Furst spliced together two Impala chassis, sheathed it in a custom-fabricated body inspired by cars from the 1930s, and powered it with a Chevy V8 atop Mickey Thompson racing tires. The goofy bat-mask grill made way for a jet turbine intake and mandible-like front fenders, and an enclosed cockpit imparted a fighter-jet look.
By the time the car was retired after Batman Returns, it had become as iconic as the original 1966 Batmobile, and lived on as the inspiration for comic book and animated versions, finally ending its career as the spokesmodel for OnStar in 1999.