Mattel's Batmobile and assorted figures
from the upcoming show The Batman
By Mr. Stinkhead
Coolest car ever? The Batmobile of course. Batman's famous ride is fast, bullet proof, armed to the teeth, and guaranteed to get attention, from crooks and the ladies. Is this the coolest Batmobile ever? Well, almost. Its certainly in my top 5.
My favorite Batmobile of all time is the George Barris designed Futura custom from the 1966 television show. (The show with Adam West and the light up batphone) Next on that list, the original Tim Burton Batman Batmobile. I'm more partial to the simple and sleek versions. The Kilmer and Clooney-era Batmobiles are too extravagant and abandon the scope of good design. Don't even get me started on the new Batmobile from the 2005 film.
Anyway, this Batmobile, from the upcoming WB Kids' show The Batman has a great, cool design. It's classic in appearance, it has a hint of modern detailing, yet is clearly Batman's car. There is a finger hole in the box for you to try out the action lights and sound. The placement of lights really ties into the overall design, and I'm really impressed with the seamless integration. It doesn't feel like the lights were added arbitrarily at the end, nor was the basic design dependant on the electronics. The sounds are sweet too.
I love the Four Horsemen sculptors, but the last Mattel Batmobile (the recalled one) was a bit too close to Joel Schumacher's vision. Which must surely be a vision of turmoil, death, and pain (and not in that order). [Ed note: don't forget petulance]
From our info from Toy Fair, this Batmobile is supposed to interact with the TV show coming out this fall. Simply place the Batmobile in the vicinity of the television, and using new VEIL technology, the Batmobile will respond with actions and sounds appropriate to the action going on, on the screen. I couldn't find anywhere on the box or directions about using this play feature. Perhaps there is another Batmobile coming out around the time of the show?
The cockpit fits one Batman (or Bruce Wayne as Batman), and a seat belt to secure him in place. On the rear, press one button to make the side mounted machine guns pop out and get some zooming lights and sound. Press the other button for more lights and screeching tires. You also get a cool humming noise by holding both at the same time. Allowing the potential customer check out these features before purchasing should help with a few of the unsure.
To go with my Batmobile, I needed some Batmen. Mattel was gracious enough to send along some of the Deluxe figures (more about them in a minute), but I'm digging the Bruce Wayne and standard Batman figures.
The Bruce Wayne figure looks strong and dedicated. It's a simple and clean sculpt, and the paint job is minimal, but complete. The cowl and cape, bat utility belt, boots and gloves slip on and off easily. He also comes with a Batarang he can hold, and he fits nicely in the Batmobile. Out of all of the offered figures, I enjoyed the versatility of play (kind of like two figures for the price of one), and it is our favorite Millionaire Playboy.
The standard Batman figure has a good, clean look, however the main complaint we're hearing from people is that his grappling mechanism is permanently attached to his arm. I would rather that he could be completely *plain* but otherwise is a decent Batman. I like how his cape is longer than usual, so it can drape on the floor a bit.
Here we have the three stooges, Batbot, Battle Punch and Inline Attack Batman. Of all of these deluxe figures. I like the blue Battle Punch the most. Without his arm additions, he's still looking a good bit like Batman. Looking at the Batbot and Inline Attacker, they're not bad action figures. I like the use of soft rubber for specific pieces, and they do look dynamic. However,they do not look like Batman. If you're buying figures for yourself, and not the targeted 7 year olds, stick to the Bruce Wayne or traditional Bats.
Every one of these toys (except Wayne) had a projectile. Between the Snakemen and these guys, I'm really liking the shooting missiles and other projectiles that are coming standard. These little puppies get some distance, so don't shoot them close to your couch. I've already lost a few missiles that I won't see again until I move.
Overall I'm really looking forward to the series coming out this fall on Kids WB. I'm in love with this new Batmobile. And it will be mentioned fondly when discussing other Batmobiles. Though I'm not completely infatuated with the animated style of figures of late, I am impressed in general with these figures. I don't think my Batman would ever, ever wear safety orange (or the color of puke after eating too many Reeses Pieces), or roller skates for that matter, but I'm also not in the third grade.
Check out all of our Batman Coverage going on now, and for more info about this line of toys, check out Kids WB's official web site for The Batman.
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