Saturday, April 27, 2013

League of Extraordinary Bloggers Assignment: Sleepovers

This weeks assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers asks, If you could sleepover at any pop culture location where would it be?

Two words...Wayne Manor!

This assignment is another no brainer for me to stay at none other than the Caped Crusaders Pad.

Thanks to 3B's Toy Hive for the inspiration of the question and the reminder of the the aspirations I once had.

I had two dreams, out of many, as a teenager.

One was basically the Batcave Toy Room. Originally conceived to be a toy museum in a basement or a guest house or casita on the grounds of Sholtz Manor, but as for now it is in a spare room at my house.

The second was to build a re-creation of the Wayne Manor from the Batman TV series. I had an extreme interest in architecture during high school and thinking back I can't believe I didn't pursue that as a career, but I did design blue prints based on the home used in the series at one time.

I had analyzed both the exterior shots of the actual home in Pasadena, California and the interior sets of 60's TV series and meshed them into a seamless design as the actual home used in the series was nothing like the interior sets used. The exteriors were shot at 380 South San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California. The interiors were shot at various soundstages.

Access to the Batcave: the primary passage was located in Bruce Wayne's study behind a bookshelf that retracted into the wall. The bookshelf was activated by a switch hidden in a bust of William Shakespeare. The bookshelf would disappear to reveal two firepoles labeled "Bruce" and "Dick" descending to the Batcave.

For reasons never revealed, the poles allowed for Batman and Robin to inexplicably go from their civilian garb to costume (although the film based on the TV show shows a switch which does that). The interiors and exterior of the Wayne Manor was also used in the original Mission: Impossible TV series episodes "Charity" and "The Visitors". The home can also be seen in countless movies like Private School and Rush Hour.

If I had the money and would still live out that dream with a complete replica Batcave underneath.

That dream may never come to fruition, but maybe one day I can pull something off for the Batcave Toy Room like the guy seen in the video below. If can't stay or build a Wayner Manor of my own, maybe I could stay at this guys house.

Let's put on our Underoos and go knock on this Real Life Batman's door.

Other fun overnighters:

Darla Dimple's Pad

The Burb's

Tracy Island

Chuck's Place

Munster's Mansion


Stratton Mansion

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

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