Batmobile Conceptual Design Rendering





The expertly rendered Batmobile concept artwork discussed in this entry features exquisite detail. The rendering was initially used to garner approval for the Batmobile project and later served as a visual reference for the construction of an early three-dimensional prototype model of the toy. Amazingly the model itself still exists having surfaced through a completely different source. A seperate entry for the concept model may be viewed here.

  

The rendering itself is attached to an illustration board. Two individual clear overlays containing extra details fold down overtop the artwork itself. The first overlay covers the left half of the art and contains a rendering of the capture claw mechanism as shown in the photo on the left. The photo on the right shows the overlay pulled up, which produces a view of the capture claw tucked back inside the Batmobile.

  

The next overlay covers the right half of the art and contains details relating to the pop-out bumper and pop-up headlight features. With the overlay in place (left photo) a view of the vehicle with the bumper extended and headlights raised is created. The artwork itself with the overlay pulled up (right photo) shows the Batmobile front with the bumper and headlights retracted. Notice that the smaller black and white Batmobile image also draws attention the pop-up headlights.

The final image shows a series of notes affixed to the back of the illustration board. These are the "key presentation points" used during the approval presentation. It mentions each of the three action features demonstrated on the artwork itself. Of particular interest is a 4th proposed feature dealing with the Batmobile's cockpit roof. Although this potential feature did not carry over to the final version of the toy, the concept model features a transparent cockpit cover bearing a striking resemblance to that shown on the conceptual artwork.

I purchased the artwork for my collection in July, 2007 from an ex-Kenner designer, who thankfully saved some of his work from his 13-year career with the company. This designer was highly involved in the initial development of the Super Powers line.

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