If you’re a fan of the Bat AND fancy crystal, then you will definitely LOVE Swarovski’s Batman collection! That’s right, Swarovski made exquisite crystal pieces of the Caped Crusader and his trusty Batmobile!
The Swarovski Business
Swarovski is an Austrian glass and crystal manufacturer hailing from Wattens, a market town of the Innsbruck-Land District in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It’s a family-owned business dating back to 1895. From the name of the business itself, you can say that Daniel Swarovski founded the business.
Swarovski is divided into three divisions; the Swarovski Crystal Business, that produces crystal jewelry and accessories; Swarovski Optic, which manufactures optical instruments like binoculars, telescopes, and telescopic sights for rifles (pretty neat, right?); and Tyrolit, which manufactures of grinding, sawing, drilling, and dressing tools.
Fun fact, Swarovski is now run by the fifth generation of family members!
With the exposition out of the way, let’s go to the meat of the matter: the nerdgasm-inducing figurines of Batman and the Batmobile. Swarovski made three crystal figurines: one Batman and two Batmobiles. For those curious, the other Batmobile is made fancier but we’ll get to that later.
Ironically, these three figurines are NOT toys. They’re decorations. So they’re not for children either(specifically ages under 15).
Also here’s an interesting tidbit. Swarovski based the Batman and Batmobile figurines after Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. I’d assume Swarovsky would have made it from the contemporary versions of Batman like Christian Bale’s Batman or even Ben Affleck’s version. Anyway, it’s still pretty neat, right?
Swarovski Batman Figurine
So, the Batman figurine is meticulously crafted from jet black and gray patented Swarovski crystal. The Caped Crusader in crystal form has 578 facets(a fanciful term for flat surfaces). To contrast the black physique of Batman, there are the yellow utility belt and the logo of the Bat.
According to the Swarovski website, this piece costs about $249.00 or about ₱12,519.24. Now, that’s a lot but if you’re a diehard Batman and Swarovski fan then, I bet you can burn a few pockets.
Swarovski Batmobile Figurine
The next figurine is the sleek and beautiful 1989 Batmobile. The Batmobile is beautifully crafted from jet black Swarovsky crystals. The car model boasts 473 facets. To me, it definitely looks like a toy. BUT according to the website, it’s not a toy. It would have been nice if the wheels could move. It would have definitely been a must-have for Batman and gear-head fans alike!
Much like the earlier piece, the Swarovski Batmobile costs $249.00 or about ₱12,519.24. I know it’s a hefty price but if you’re a dedicated fan then the sky’s already the limit!
Limited Edition Swarovski Batmobile Figurine
Last but certainly not the least (especially for its price), we have the limited edition Swarovski Batmobile. Much like the regular version, the limited edition is made from the patented jet black Swarovski crystals. What’s special with this piece is that it’s been inlaid with 16,000 handset crystals using Swarovski’s Pointiage® technique.
To complete the exquisite figurine, black rubber tires and polished metal details were added.
This piece costs a whopping $465.00 or ₱23379.31 in our currency! If you got the money, you should definitely try and get one for yourself. This crystal-studded Batmobile is limited to only 200 pieces. So, there’s limited supply for this thing!
Now, these three Batman collectibles ARE certainly pretty. Nevertheless, only people that have disposable income can buy what is essentially an overpriced paperweight. I’m a Batman fan myself but I can’t buy this for these prices.
So for those who’ll be able to buy them, I urge you to do so. It’s a nifty piece and something really worthy for a DC collection.