When it comes to superheroes who don’t have the power of flight, they need to travel around like the rest of us muggles. Fortunately, if they have some cash in their bank accounts, they’re able to kit out vehicles that look nicer than the Citi Golf in most of our garages. In some cases, their cars become weapons in their own right.
Holding the DC license for toys and vehicles, toymaker Spin Master has put its own unique—ahem—spin on the fabled Batmobile. We were lucky enough to receive two units to inspect and provide our thoughts.
Batmobile – The Caped Crusader
With the pronounced wings and armoured appearance, this vehicle looks like a modernised version of the classic Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman. The canopy design instantly draws your eyes to it, especially with its clear yellow plastic windows. In fact, it makes you wish that the toy designers had used the same clear yellow for the car’s headlights, which are merely just painted yellow.
Built out of a tough plastic, the Batmobile is relatively sturdy and strong. However, the joint holding the canopy together is delicate. Through wear and tear, there’s the possibility that this piece could easily fall off and make the Batmobile a permanent convertible, à la the Batmobile from Batman ’66.
By popping open the canopy, you can easily slot a 12-inch action figure inside the car. While a small dashboard or seat would’ve been a nice touch for realism, the figurine still fits inside the space comfortably without too much wrangling. The wheels of the vehicle are operative as well; however, the movement is limited due to the lack of a steering mechanism.
Even though it would’ve been nice to have a bit more detail on the actual car and perhaps a weapon or two to play with, this version of the Batmobile is still good value for money. If anything, it serves its purpose of getting the Caped Crusader from point A to B.
2 in 1 Batmobile and Batboat
When it comes to Batmobiles, every Batman fan knows there has been a long list of different versions of the years. The vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. More recently, however, the Batmobile has looked more like a heavily armoured tactical assault vehicle with James Bond gadgets than an actual car.
That’s the case with the 2 in 1 Batmobile and Batboat, which is exactly what it sounds like: the smaller Batboat neatly fits, ejects from and slides into the back of the bigger Batmobile.
As a Batman fan, you’ll have to admit that this is a pretty neat idea for a toy.
While this vehicle can only fit the 4″ Batman figures into the Batboat slot, it is the more detailed toy of the ones we received. The plastic outer shell has a lot more exhausts and the Batmobile has a more aggressive face.
In fact, it’s easy to see that the 2 in 1 Batmobile and Batboat are probably inspired by the Armoured Batsuit the Dark Knight used to defeat Superman in Batman v Superman – which is pretty cool.
If you’re looking for a fun way to display your Dark Knight collection, this Batmobile complements the Affleck Batman perfectly.