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July 17, 2010

Gotta Have It! Figure Edition: Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Batmobile

Since 1941, the Batmobile has gone through many incarnations of different shapes, colors, and sizes.  This time for Gotta Have It! Figure Edition, we’re going to be taking a look at one of the latest versions, the one used for the hit cartoon on Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave and The Bold!

Product Line: Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Company: Mattel
Release Date: November 2009
Packaging: Window Box
Where to Buy: Pretty much any retail store with a toy department.
Price: US $19.99 (This one was found on Clearance at Target for $13.98)
Points of Articulation: Umm…
Height: Scaled to the 6 inch action figures.  About 12 inches in length.

Paint Job: This Batmobile is a giant hunk of black plastic.  The bat mask-like front has yellow eyes as headlights and features dark red trim.  The black tires have red Batman emblems on them in the center.  The cockpit canopy is a clear blue plastic and covers a red plastic interior with a black steering wheel.  The rear of the car has dark gray plastic afterburners.  There is really no paint to speak of other than the trim, headlights, and wheels.  No problems really with what is painted, except for a glob of red paint on the front left trim.

Car & Driver names it the "Best Vigilante Car in its Class."

Studies show this car to be the safest on the road.

J.D. Power and Associates says it's the "Best in Initial Quality."

Afterburners give it more escapability than a Ford Bronco.

Durability & Construction: The Batmobile is pretty lightweight and hollow.  It is definitely lighter than it looks.  The top half is screwed down to the bottom half with nine metal screws.  Each of the hard plastic wheels are on either end of a metal axle.  They spin fast and freely and travel on hard surfaces pretty well.  The cockpit canopy lifts by a big, flexible plastic fin.  The canopy itself opens and closes on a plastic tabbed hinge.  It can pop off, but goes right back on.  Most Batmobiles I’ve come in contact with have the same type of hinge that pops on and off easily.  Nothing to complain about.  It probably saves it from getting broken all the time with rough little boys playing with it.  There isn’t room for Robin in this ride.  The cockpit houses a single seat with a flexible rubber steering wheel.  The steering wheel doesn’t turn though.

Listed as "Way too damn much" by 2010 Kelley Blue Book.

It's the cockpit, right? Chicks dig the cockpit.

@Damian_Wayne and @Tim_Wayne can sit in this chair…together….

Poseablilty: Yeah, right.

Accessories: Nothing.  Lame.  No Batman with Night Armor, Day-Glo Armor, Swimming Armor, Camo Armor, Jungle Armor, Ice Armor, Recon Armor, Pizza Roll Grubbing Armor, or Toilet Flushing Armor.  No Batman action figure included.  Figures sold separately.  That phrase annoys me still today, just as much as it did when I was a kid.

What’s Awesome: It’s a pretty spiffy looking Batmobile.  The thing I’m most impressed with is the packaging.  It didn’t have the nearly impossible twist ties.  It used three locking tabs.  SO much easier to get it out and rolling into action!  Even the five-year-old commented that he liked that better than those stinkin’ twist ties.

Twist Ties are for bread bags!

What Sucks: The “double bubble” canopy is pretty misleading.  There’s no room for a buddy or a rescued so-and-so.  The fact that it doesn’t come with a Batman action figure is pretty super lame.  At 20 bucks, I think it is a little overpriced for not including a figure.  I think 15 bucks at full price would be a little bit more reasonable.

Overall: 3 out of 5.  This version of the Batmobile gets three thumbs up.  The fun factor is there, but that’s about it.  As a toy, it’s pretty cool.  As a collectible, it’s probably too big to display unless you’ve got quite the area set aside.  Mattel’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Batmobile…gotta have it?  Nah.  Pass.  BUT….

Batman Approves!

Aron White
aron@comicattack.net

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  2. billy

    It does look neat but $15 is a little steep.



  3. Hilarious!


  4. Aron White

    Yes, neat-o indeed! I still wish I would have got the Super Friends Batmobile, back in the day, but they were always sold out. I bet Speech had one and I’m going to be jealous.



  5. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again, and again.


  6. Aron

    Thanks, man! Why’d you cry? You didn’t have the Super Friends Batmobile, either?



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  8. wiszboyz

    Cant it change to robot mode?



  9. Haha, enjoyed your humourous post. We just got this for the museum’s Batmobile collection.



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