1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

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1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Frenchy1939 » Sun May 12, 2019 8:17 pm

Back around 1977, I recall an ad for a Batman toy I’ve never seen or heard mentioned since. I think it was advertised in this issue: https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Batman_Vol_1_290. If it wasn’t that issue, it was the one before or after.

The ad art looked amazing! Batman had this blue device on his wrist with a bat symbol button that shot out a grappling hook. I ordered the toy from the comic book.

Before it arrived, I saw it on the racks at Kmart and bought it. Talk about deceptive advertising! I was expecting this big plastic thing, and it was only a wristwatch sized cheap spring shooter that shot a little plastic fishhook sized claw with some yellow nylon line tied to it.

It was as lame as could be, ha ha! When the one I’d ordered from the comic book came, I think I just put it in a drawer and forgot about it.


Fast forward to today...I can’t find a picture of this stupid thing nor any evidence it ever existed! Oh no! The Mandela Effect!!! I guess I could buy those issues and look thru them. Nah, one of you guys has got to have a picture of it.

Post it! Please! 🤔

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Frenchy1939 » Sun May 12, 2019 8:28 pm

Ok, I found some adverts but no photo of the actual piece of junk toy. At least I found proof of its existence!

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Frenchy1939 » Sun May 12, 2019 8:38 pm

This is funny...stand down, guys. I finally found it on my own! Thanks for nothing!! 😉

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It is hilarious what a P.O.S. the thing was...now I need to find one, for no explicable reason!

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Blue Meanie » Sun May 12, 2019 9:13 pm

Interesting. Never saw one back in the day. Just checked eBay and nothing listed right now. Keep looking.

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by TBolt » Mon May 13, 2019 2:04 am

Spider-Man is contacting his lawyers as we post.
To the Bat-Elephant!!

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Blue Meanie » Mon May 13, 2019 4:43 am

Heh, I had the Spider-Man version.

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by AndyFish » Mon May 13, 2019 6:40 am

The ad art is by the Joe Kubert school-- might be Kubert himself-- that's great stuff.
The card art is by Ernie Chan one of the Batman artists of the day-- which is pretty cool in itself, they don't often use the current artists for marketing it's usually a house style.

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by svl » Mon May 13, 2019 11:01 am

I had the Spidey as well. Wish I still had it...

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by BatmiteReturns » Mon May 13, 2019 11:08 am

I had everything on that page except for the Batman wrist shooter. I never saw an actual photograph of it until now. Thanks

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Scott Sebring » Mon May 13, 2019 11:14 am

I had the Spider-man one back around 1975. Never saw the Batman one before. The Spidey one even had a TV commercial for it.
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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by John Mack » Mon May 13, 2019 3:32 pm

It's obvious that EON's James Bond Moonraker "borrowed" this concept with James Bond's wrist dart launcer...The toys were from 1977, Moonraker wouldn't appear until 1979 lol.
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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Scott Sebring » Mon May 13, 2019 5:07 pm

Found the Spidey commercial
http://youtu.be/DQN134L_fzc
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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Frenchy1939 » Mon May 13, 2019 5:46 pm

Scott Sebring wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 5:07 pm
Found the Spidey commercial
http://youtu.be/DQN134L_fzc
Whoah! Cool find!

Maybe I was a little harsh. When I was 12, I was a little disappointed. However, I noted it was made by AHI I think that’s Azrak Hamway International, which is related to Mego. I am a huge Mego fan, Action Jackson fan, and Worlds Greatest Superheroes fan! For me, Mego Batman and Robin go with the Adam West TV show and the Filmation show.

The toy...ha ha. It’s something that would be affixed to a 12” action figure nowadays. I saw that little string...ha ha! I thought I could climb buildings with it, but hey...I was what...12? I find it funny.

BTW, the Batman comics from 1977 were awesome! I recall there was a mini Batman revival around that time and the TV show was on after school. I had a stack of Batman comics. IMO, the artwork from the ‘70s was far superior to Frank Miller’s famous Dark Knight Returns series, but I’ve come to love Miller’s take on Batman. FWIW...

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Frenchy1939 » Mon May 13, 2019 5:53 pm

Scott Sebring wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 11:14 am
I had the Spider-man one back around 1975. Never saw the Batman one before. The Spidey one even had a TV commercial for it.
Oh...you reminded me of something else. Around ‘77, the Sears catalog had an RC Batmobile and RC Spider-Man car. I got the Batmobile, my brother got the Spider-car. Mine worked, his didn’t ...sorry, Johnny! The spider car just sat there with the motor running inside. I think Dad found a screw came loose inside and fixed it. ...good stuff. I think I wore the Batmobile out. I don’t know what appened to all the stuff I had, but I digress....

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Re: 1977 Batman Wrist Shooting Grappling Hook Toy

Post by Jim Akin » Mon May 13, 2019 7:15 pm

AndyFish wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:40 am
The ad art is by the Joe Kubert school-- might be Kubert himself-- that's great stuff.
I think the literal Joe Kubert School (the art-instruction institution, which probably had/has a different name than that) may have contracted to do commercial work as a way of giving students practical experience. The Heroes World catalogs of the mid-to-late 70s, which featured superhero-related toys, T-shirts and the like and often had greater page counts than standard comics, were all illustrated like these ads, in a clearly Kubert-esque style. Maybe Joe did all the work himself (I don't think he was doing a ton for DC in those years), but I have a lingering impression there was student artwork in it too. (Maybe I read it in the catalogs back in the day; I no longer have any to check.)

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