Bangkok’s Batcat Museum Is A Garden Of Bizarre Batman Delights
If you happen to be in Bangkok, Thailand and you want to spend a day checking out a truly overwhelming collection of Batman toys and ephemera, I have some very good news for you. The Batcat Museum, founded by collector Somchay Nitimongkolchai after he saw Batman Begins in 2005, is open for business with a massive (and strange) collection of Batman stuff for your perusal.
If you’re not in Bangkok, then don’t worry. CA reader Greg Heath was just there, and sent in a few pictures of his tour through the museum’s considerable Batman collection. Having seen them, I think I can officially say it: I want to go to there.
The museum has collected just about any Batman toy you can imagine, from action figures all the way up to statues, including a slightly miscolored one based on Jim Balent’s classic cover to 1995’s Catwoman #18:
It’s not just new stuff, though. They also have a good amount of vintage toys, including my favorite Batman toy ever: The 1966 official Utility Belt toy, complete with a handgun. You know, like Batman has.
There’s also an Adam West style cape and cowl (though Greg didn’t let us know if it was an original), and a “Some Days You Just Can’t Get Rid Of A Bomb” statue that I need to have in my life:
I have no idea what this is, but I think it might be a board game based on Jiro Kuwata’s Batman manga from the ’60s:
There are also film canisters from all the Batman movies, from Dark Knight to Batman & Robin, which I assume was thrown in for free when he bought the others, just hanging out with a DC Direct Batarang replica and an iPhone case:
And now, my personal favorite item from the entire museum. I have no idea what it actually is, but I love this thing in front of the shampoos that’s posed like it’s asking Leonardo DiCaprio to draw him like one of his French girls:
And then there’s this.
Yeah. I don’t know either.
To learn more, feel free to check out this article on CNN, and if you’re in Thailand, go to this place and send us pictures. Seriously. I will not be satisfied until I have seen it all.