If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it!
An Inflatable Batman Split Ring!
This gem was produced in 1974 by the IDEAL toy company.
This is the kind of thing they sell at the beach in souvenir shops. This came out a few years before I came to the planet.
Had these still been on the shelves when I was little, you better believe I would have begged for one at Souvenir City in Gulf Shores, where my family vacationed each summer. Instead, I used to pretend I was Aquaman while wearing my Water Muscles in the pool.
Here’s the un-inflated view. You can tell the influence of the 1966 series was still very strong.
I love that Batman’s name is on his chest emblem, just in case you don’t know who he is. It reminds me of the wonderful Ben Cooper Halloween costumes.
(there’s MUCH more to this story…click below for the rest of the entry)
Fully inflated! This lets all evil doers know you are not to be messed with in this floaty ring!
Anyone wearing this ring must SURELY be on the side of right! There will be no injustice at the pool while you’re around in your Batman floaty ring!
I always love when the top of pool floats are transparent. Don’t know why, but I do. The lines of Batman’s cape are painted on the top half,
giving the illusion of motion at all times. You may be floating leisurely in that pool, but you’ll surely look as if you could outrun Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps AND Aqualad while you’re wearing this floaty!
Holy Vintage Detail! In the ’70′s, products still bore the name National Periodical Publications, rather than DC Comics.
Caution, Good Citizen! This is NOT a Life Saving Device!
Made in a far off land called Taiwan.
Plastic bags can be dangerous. They can also be lots of fun. ONLY KIDDING!!!
The photos on this post came from a couple of different auctions that have since ended. This item doesn’t reside in my personal Batcave.