from the upcoming show The Batman
By Lando Da Pimp
I think the Batcave is the coolest Superhero hide
away. Screw you Fortress of Solitude! Here Batman can monitor
Gotham City, research villains, and gas up the Batmobile.
Mattel now has a new Batcave play-set based on the new Batman
animated series. At Toy Fair the short video of the cartoon
was very promising. The look and feel is very dark and I
can't wait to see the first episode. In the meantime you
can get a look at the toys based on the show.
have never owned any of the previous Batcave play-sets (check
out the Hot Wheels Batcave)so
I have no real comparison as to how this one fares. Let
me tell you from the outset it looks really sweet. The first
thing is that it's 42 inches high! That is one of
the tallest sets I have ever seen. The Batcave has multiple
levels throughout. The top of the set is inside of Wayne
Manor. The entrance to the cave is behind Bruce Wayne's
bright orange entertainment center. If you have the Bruce
Wayne figure you can place him in the elevator
behind the center. When you close the door another door
below in the cave opens. Here you can have a Batman figure
ready to battle crime. Nice addition but I miss the pole!
The elevator opens up into Batman's computer center the
heart of the cave.
are a lot of cool play-set features. The most prominent
is the zip line that Batman can slide on to different
areas of the cave. The areas on the side have four different
areas where they can attach giving you the opportunity to
design the cave the way you want. One of the side areas
is a place where you can make Batman fight the Joker
with a push of a button moving the figures on moveable areas.
The coolest feature though is the entrapment level where
the Joker can fall through the trap floor into a net below.
Well those are all good points to the cave set but here
is the downfall. The set doesn't stand up by itself very
well. It is extremely top heavy and only supported by hollow
plastic legs. You are supposed to attach it to a door using
a plastic clamp, but that doesn't hold it to well. The cardboard
drop-back is a disappointment. It is a great drawing of
the cave's inner dwellings but, the piece was folded to
fit in the packaging and does not stay attached very well.
I was really aggravated because of the zip line. I love
the zip line and it does work however the tension on the
line makes the set fall apart after a while.
I would have liked to seen an area for the Batmobile.
It seems to me that this is never added in to the other
sets but I may be wrong. And as I said before the pole was
always my favorite way to enter the cave.
purchased two of the Batman figures to use for the review.
The first is the Zip line Batman. This of course
is the only normal looking Batman available. As always there
are no "regular Batman" figures. They all have some kind
of gimmick. All I ever ask is to have a Batman that doesn't
have outlandish accessories or colorful costumes. This zip
line Batman is great except for one thing. You can't remove
the zip line accessory from his right hand. It's stuck there.
The look and feel resembles the Batman from the early years
and is a nice sculpt.
The Joker figure is not the figure most people would
remember. He has been outlandishly sculpted to look insane.
I like it. It's a different take on the character that is
at time not the sinister crazy guy that he is supposed to
be. Joker comes with the huge joke hammer that fires a missile
when struck. The hammer is a bit large but does go along
with the crazy look and feel.
Don't let the bad points deter you away from buying the
set entirely. The set is still very cool. Nothing a little
extra super glue and re-enforcement can't help. I am very
eager to check out the cartoon from which this set is based.
It definitely has a different feel from The Animated
Series (TAS). It is an impressive undertaking to make
it such a huge memorable set. It looks great but just like
an action figure, if it can't stand on it's own how good
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