Batmobile : Corgi Boxes



The Box

1973 window box. The rear of this box showed a couple of pictures of a James Bond Moon Buggy and Aston Martin DB5. This box contained an instruction envelope, "Batman" owner's badge, and sprue of 12 yellow missiles. Curiously, the instruction sheet was a cheap black and white photocopy of the original 1966 (purple and black) instruction sheet which showed a pulsating exhaust. If Corgi wanted to be cheap, it would have made more sense to have included a black and white photocopy of the instructions for the red tyre Batmobile since it did not show a pulsating exhaust.


Box type 3 - 73-76 Window box, dark blue and yellow with a pic of james bonds buggy on the back. This Batmobile contained the deep dish 8 spoke Batmobiles. There is some debate as to whether this contained the red tyred car. I personally never saw it contain the red tyred car, or later 12 spoke whizzwheels. I suspect due to the scarcity of the previous box, that the red tyred crossover has been manufactured by sellers.


This box contained 12 spoke whizzwheels Batmobile (clear or purple canopy), with or without national periodical on the bottom.

It definitely didn't contain the 12 spoke wheels light blue canopy with national periodical on the bottom.


It seems to me though, apart from the very first box change (which was done so you could see the car instead of mr shopkeeper having to keep taking the car out of the box to show you) that all the box changes occurred when the car itself had changed in some major way, so as to get more people buying the car again. Most of the wheel changes coincide with a box change, so it wouldn't surprise me if this was the case. (unfortunately, i didn't ask about the box changes apart from the first). The car was intended as a collectors piece, not a toy, which is what the first box designers had in mind when they designed it. They changed the box to allow you to display your car in the box without gathering dust, as there was no protection with just the inner plinth display, and also it helped sell the product as you could now see it instead of asking mr shopkeeper (who was very busy) to open it.


Type A box was inclued interior high reinforcement, Type B & C boxes not.


We will show you that Original Intact
Condition of the Box (Plat Form Design) Instruction Sheet (B & W print) - Case & Owner's Badge & Missile.


Left's box was inclued interior high reinforcement, right box not.