Metal Earth model of the Batwing from the 1989 movie

Metal Earth: Batwing, 1989

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The Bat-plane

Although writers had been giving Batman an aircraft since 1939, the 1989 movie was the Batwing's first appearance on screen. This moderately challenging Metal Earth model has about 29 pieces on two sheets of metal. Assembled, it measures 2.7"(L) x 3.25"(W) x 1.6"(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.

 Are you curious...?

The 1989 Batman film not only brought Batman's aircraft to the big screen for the first time, it also changed the name from the prosaic "Batplane" to "Batwing" and modeled its shape after the bat emblem. Designer Anton Furst (the same guy who created the 1989 Batmobile) made five models at scales ranging from 1" to full-sized.

We first see the Batwing during the Joker's takeover of Gotham's 200th anniversary parade. Batman opened fire on some of the Joker's goons and gas balloons, then used a grappling arm to lift some of the balloons above the clouds, where their gas could dissipate harmlessly. With that threat eliminated, Batman turned the Batwing's miniguns against the Joker's minions again. The Joker himself stood in the middle of the street, taunting Batman to kill him. Batman locked weapons and fired everything the Batwing had, yet somehow managed to miss his target completely. The Joker pulled out a long-bareled gun and dropped the Batwing onto the steps of the Gotham Cathedral with a single shot...and that was the last we saw of the Batwing until a successor was created years later to take on the Riddler and Two-Face.  

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