This Batcave may be small, but it packs as much punch as the Caped Crusader himself. This playset has action features, detailed backgrounds, three vehicles, three figures, and closes up to make stately Wayne Manor. If you're looking for a Bat Cave that isn't four feet tall, this is it.
This comes in a standard window box. But where the box is nothing exciting, the display inside picks up the slack. This thing looks great in there, showing you every single feature in some way or another. But those guys at the factory really want you to work for your Batcave. I have never seen so many twist ties, rubber bands, and taped plastic cases. For example, Robin was in a plastic case, taped shut, wrapped with clear rubber bands, bound to the walkway, and twist tied to the background! It took a good while to free the set, but when I did I was very pleased with the results.
Features, features, features!!
Hotwheels really went all out on this version of Bruce's real home. To give the illusion that the cave is below the manor, there is a working elevator. It slides up and down by pulling up on the satellite on the left corner of the building, and all the included figures fit inside (one at a time). It also spins and has stickers of Batman on the closed side. Next to the elevator are both Robin and Batman's uniform (it's not a costume!) safes. [Ed note: But are they uniforms if they don't match anyone else? I mean, they're not uniform to anything else.] They both latch shut, and even though the interior only holds stickers of the dynamic duo's suits it looks really nice.
Now for the meatier actions. Directly under the safes is a drawbridge type door that opens up to allow the Batmobile to launch out. How does it launch? You just pull the spring loaded "hammer" and release. It blasts the vehicle out the door. Now here's a problem: the door doesn't open far enough to let it reach the surface the cave is setting on, so there's a bit of a jump; it doesn't mean that you'll wreck every time however. But you will sometimes. Next up is the Batcomputer which looks great in the center of the cave. When a lever is pushed under the computer, the "lights" turn from red to green and the T-Rex and penny wiggle. The computer, dino, and coin are all on a spinning floor and can spin around so you can get a better look at Batman's trophies. Sometimes, crimes are committed out in Gotham Harbor, which calls for the Bat Boat. Simply open the secret compartment just to the lower right of the computer and punch the button sending the boat flying. This one doesn't seem to work as well as the Batmobile's launcher, but it's still cool.
In the far right of the cave is where Batman and Robin train. Here is the "flip trainer." This is basically a catapult that launches the crime fighters into the air. This puppy really launches these guys! In fact, it's hard not to launch them into the ceiling, which I don't think they really would train to do. There is a moveable target above the flipper that moves just like the elevator on the opposite side. Above the flip trainer on the roof is the Batwing launcher. This spring loaded gun fires a basic Batwing about two to three feet; enough to give it a nice shot, but not put too many eyes out. To top all this off, everything closes up nice and neat and voila! You have Wayne Manor innocently sitting there.
This Batcave really has style. The action features are nice, but what really rounds it out are the stickers giving it the illusion of depth. There are depictions of a batarang stash, a much larger background in the center, a weight room behind the flipper, computer screens showing the Joker and Robin, and the afore mentioned suit safe. When you look at this set you really get a good feeling of the Batcave depicted in the comics.
Figures and Vehicles
The figures don't really have any action. But the sculpts are nicely executed and the paint apps are first rate for such small, mass produced figures. In the set you get Batman, Robin, and Alfred. The vehicles aren't the same proportion as the figures, but for the most part look nice. The Batmobile is based on the recent Four Horsemen version of the vehicle and rolls smoothly. The Batboat also rolls smoothly and looks nice. The Batwing has the worst sculpt with no cockpit or jet boosters, but it needed to be smooth or it wouldn't shoot out of the launcher. All in all, these are nice additions to the Cave.
This cave may not be the hottest one out right now, but it really is a nice toy. It looks good, is small enough to display, and the details are there. I was impressed that they had the sense to put the T-Rex and Penny in there. You won't find that in many Batcave sets. If you are a Bat collector, or a Hotwheels fanatic, this is a great set to check out. Currently found at Target.