Today, Gizmodo reported what is quite possibly the most awesome news I have ever heard: DC has officially licensed a company to produce replicas of the 1966 Batmobile. And when I say "replica," I don't mean a toy, I mean a full-sized funcitoning car:


Custom-built by Fiberglass Freaks, a company that specializes in nothing but Batmobiles, this thing'll set you back a cool $150,000, and while that's a pretty hefty price tag for those of us who weren't born into the Wayne family millions, it's pretty tempting. Not only does it look the part (and boast a brand new engine underneath the Bat-hood), but it's loaded with features, including a "Bat-Ray Projector" that raises up with the push of a button, a DVD player with a screen mounted in the dashboard, a glowing green "radar-scope" and a working red beacon light between the seats.

Also, and this is the most beautiful phrase I have ever seen in an piece of ad copy, "the rocket exhaust flamethrower works."

The interiors are also faithfully reproduced from the show, right down to a fire extinguisher mounted between the seats that's emblazoned with a Batman logo and the show's signature labels on all the buttons:


Unfortunately, I don't think the Emergency Bat-Turn lever actually works, but paying off a company to remove your parachutes from the highway would be a pretty huge hassle, so it's probably for the best. Either way, it's a pretty nifty piece of work, and needless to say, I want one. Especially since I've got a high school reunion coming up this year.

"Oh, you're a doctor? That's great. I drive the Batmobile."


So... anybody want to buy a kidney?