Though the Retro-Batmobile appeared in only one episode of Batman: The Animated Series, it is such a classic design I knew I wanted a version for myself.

I used the Shadow Thundercab as the basis for this project. It is fairly close in shape to the original animated design. The bat shield was sculpted from balsa wood and attached with hot glue. The roof fin was cut from styrene and applied to a styrene patch that fits perfectly in the roof opening. It took awhile to get the proper shape, so try cutting the shape first out of poster board and then trace this onto the styrene. I finished the project by masking the windows and applying first a coat of primer and then finished by spray the car with several coats of Krylon Spray Flat Black.

I recently discovered that Hasbro was planning an almost identical version of the Retro-Batmobile. ToyOtter has an excellent article on this new discovery, so click HERE to see what almost appeared on the shelves.

Created Spring 1999

Featured in Lee’s Action Figure and Toy Review, Issue #89


Stay up-to-date with the latest news, paintings, customs, and more! Rest assured, all three are spam-free and pure fun.

  Subscription Service         Instructions
email Iron CowE-Mail Newsletter
This e-mail digest is the primary form of updates on IRON-COW PRODUCTIONS and the online portfolio of MATT CAULEY. You will receive at most one email a day, whenever the site is updated.


  1. Simply enter your email address in the box above
    and click on the "subscribe" button.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email.
  3. Click on the confirmation link in the email and you're all set!
Iron Cow Productions FacebookFacebook
The IRON-COW PROD. Facebook Fan page is a bit more informal than the e-mail newsletter. In addition to the latest site news and updates, enjoy sneak-peeks at upcoming projects, announcements about Iron-Cow's art exhibitions, and more.
  1. Visit the Iron-Cow Prod. Fan Page on Facebook.
  2. Click the "Become a Fan" button.
Follow Iron Cow on TwitterTwitter
Admittedly, this is the least-used form of ICP updates, though since everyone else has a Twitter page, I may as well too, right? Become one of the herd!
  1. Visit the @mattcauley page on Twitter.
  2. Click the "Follow" button.