11:29am PT by Graeme McMillan
For the Fan Who Has Everything: Give Him a Batmobile
With the holiday season around the corner, you might already be wondering how to answer well-meaning relatives and friends who just want to know if there's anything on your wish list this year. The answer, of course, is yes: You want a working replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s Adam West TV series Batman.
Available from Hammacher Schlemmer, the "Authentic 1966 Batmobile" is described as being an "officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile featured in the iconic 1960s TV show," with "a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna, and empty rear parachute packs." Holy Fidelity to the Source Material, as Burt Ward's Robin character might put it.
It's not an exact replica of the 1966 original, however. Not only does it lack the much-discussed atomic batteries or turbines for speed -- although there is, astonishingly, a propane tank at the back to create the familiar flame effect -- it also has something the original Batmobile lacked: clip-on side mirrors to make the car street-legal. (There's also a rear-view camera to help you park when the car isn't hidden away in your own personal Batcave.)
At $200,000, this isn't something that most people can afford -- but if you're looking for something a little cheaper, there's always the life-size replica Iron Man armor. At $8999.99, it's less than one-twentieth the price of the Batmobile! Sadly, repulsor rays aren't included.