Stuff from my Studio #4

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Stuff from my Studio

Fans of the 1960’s Batman show will recognize this beauty- a functioning prop replica of the Shakespeare bust that contained the hidden button to access the Batcave from Wayne Manor:

When I say “functioning” I sadly do not mean when I open it and flip the switch my bookcase does not roll open to reveal “Access to Batcave via Batpoles”. The plaster cast bust does open and contains a switch and light:

But its activation turns on my lightable:

The bust is cast plaster with a bronze paint and antiquing effects, with a separate hinged head. It has a plug and extension cord coming out of the back of the base that allows you to plug in any electronic device and use the switch to control when power goes to the device. These prop replicas were available on eBay about 15 years ago, made (I think) by some guy in Brazil. I have not seen one of this particular kind on eBay in a long time.

Today Diamond Select makes a replica of this bust as a bank, but with no electronics.


  1. Doug Toney says:

    That is so cool.

  2. Jason Chamberlain says:

    Wow. You have the coolest stuff!

  3. Jason Chamberlain says:


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