Husky : Batboat
The junior range i still saw in some old warehouses all the way up to 1986, a few years after Corgi had gone. They aren't my personal favourites either, although i do own them. The early juniors set were made by Husky (a division of Corgi) and the Batmobile and Batboat both had a painted Batman and Robin in them. They were available separately and together. The later Batmobile with whizzwheels contained only an unpainted Batman, whilst the Batboat had none. The Batboat now though was only available in the gift set, whilst the Batcopter and the Batbike (released in 76) were available separately. The junior Batmobile with whizzwheels was made with 2 types of glass, blue and white. The white glass is very very rare.
- HUSKY 1003 1968-1969
"HUSKY" name and "BAT BOAT" molded into bottom,
"MADE IN" and "GT.BRITAIN" on rear of boat around larger exhaust tube,
red fin with Bat labels,
trailer with grey plastic wheels, hitch with pin.
But you can find first issue Husky boat without sticker markers. Stands to reason a number of these boat fins were made before they had the idea ?
And second issue Husky boat with no sticker marker. I believe, that the situation was thus. As more parts are brought to the assembly line they are dumped into the workers parts bins. I believe these were at the bottom of those bins for a while, until for whatever reason they got low enough on parts, that these early fins were again used. Again, I have checked with my magnifier and both boats have the retention tabs at the edges of the dash boards. As well both have intact steering wheels.