BatCon 2001

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Getting your picture made with it was a lot like negotiating with the dancers at Cabaret Royale. It’s free just to stare or have a friend snap your giddy mug along side, $10 to get behind the wheel, and if you behave yourself, they’ll flash the headlights. Now, if you didn’t bring a camera, owner Dennis Stines provided prints for $10 (a little more for 4×6 glossies and dupes.)

 

OK, so it isn’t REALLY the Batmobile. For legal reasons, this spectacular reproduction is known as the BatCAR. It was built on a 1966 Pontiac Catalina frame, stretched to nearly 11-feet long and lavished with 20 coats of black velvet paint.

 

Fans wander through the convention hall filled with more than 100 dealer tables.

 

Yours truly snags a photo with fellow Batgirl fan Tonya. The fella behind her made the crowd-pleasing costume, and burned a hole in the back of my head with his laser specs.

 

Running the celebrity gauntlet for Bat-autographs easily topped $100, but cheapskates like myself just gawked at Adam West while pretending to be interested in purchasing a Pepe LePew figurine. (Mr. West is somewhere behind his, ahem, biggest fan).

 

Sneakered fan hangs with his homey Robocop.

 

Vendor peddles models from classic films including Ishiro Honda’s immortal War of the Gargantuas (1966).

 

Costumed attendees gather for a photo op. Among them is an ever-popular Storm Trooper and The World’s Largest Jawa.

 

This fan earns CineSchlock-O-Rama’s top prize for Best Costume Based on a Drug-Induced Hallucination. His walking tribute to Gotham City turned LOTS of heads.

 

Yours truly with the da-da da-da da-da da-da BATCAR!

 

Another view of the Batmobile, er, Batcar.

 

Superman fans could purchase this at-home version of the Man of Steel.

 

This giant toy Batmobile holds classic G.I. Joe-sized figures.

 

A frenzy of flash bulbs went off when a pair of costumed gals slinked into the Bat Boat. Curiously, my appearance went completely unnoticed.

 

Another view of the Bat Boat.

 

The Crowleys of Tyler, Texas are the proud owners of "The Original Bat Boat." And this would be the Bat Trailer they haul it around in.

 

Darth Vader and Batgirl say farewell from the BatCon Comic & Toy Expo. Send your comments to: noel@cineschlocker.net

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