Packaging - **
It's a box. The window gives good visibility, and the graphics are decent if uninspired. Unlike all other modern box packaging,
this is glued on the end, not taped. I remember this from the good old days, but unlike my childhood years, this glue doesn't turn
the box into Fort Knox. As a matter of fact, the end flap practically fell open, so you should make sure your's hasn't opened and
had anything removed.
Sculpting - **1/2
The Batman sculpt isn't bad, with just the right amount of intensity. Any
more and it would have looked like a bug just flew up his nose. The sculpt on the bike itself is actually very good, with great style and flair. It reminds me of an early 90's comic book style perhaps, with
some grittiness but also great looks. The big detraction here is that the figure is actually sculpted to the bike, rather than
being a separate piece.
Now I know this is intended as a toy, but as a kid I always preferred my figures and vehicles
separate. What if someone else wants to ride the Batcycle? Not possible here. This ends up hurting the overall appeal of the toy quite a bit for me. By the way -
don't the helmet laws apply to Bats? I suppose he has a special cowl.
One of the big problems with having the two fused together is not making it LOOK like they are fused together. Unfortunately, they
don't pull it off with the sculpt. The edge where parts of Batman and the bike meet are clearly obvious, with no attempt to make
him appear separate.
Paint - **1/2
There's a little slop, but nothing like the worst days of the Hasbro reign. For the most part the colors are clean and consistent,
and again the bike itself is the standout. With decent detail, and some good use of color, it comes off as mean yet stylin'.
The Siamese twin aspect of the figure and bike rears it's ugly head once again in this category. Because the two are one, the paint
application around the boots, legs and seat shows a fair amount of over spray. This
over spray makes the fact that the figure is not independent painfully obvious, and really hurts the appearance.
Articulation - Bupkis
Although the shoulders look like they might be joints, they aren't. The Batman has no
articulation. I won't be hitting this toy up in the overall score much for it since I didn't expect it, but it's still worth noting.
Accessories - **1/2
There is one accessory - the firing rocket. The spring isn't particularly strong, but it will fire the projectile pas the front of
the bike. It works alright, but won't be knocking down any other figures. And Batman better keep his head down - straighten up
the slightest on his crotch rocket and even a helmet wouldn't do him any good.
Action Feature - ***1/2
The rear wheel is geared so that pushing it forward winds it up and carries it across the floor. This works pretty well, and is
the high point of the whole toy. That's good, considering that's the key feature. He won't break any land speed records, but
you can get him to cover a twenty feet or so without much effort.
Value - **1/2
At $14, I was feeling a bit stiffed. With a one piece toy, this should really be closer to ten bucks. I'm betting the geared
rear wheel is what's driving up the price, but it's also pretty standard these days that Mattel charges too much.
Overall - **1/2
Thank God I found my Zipline Batman later in the same day. If this was all I had to judge the new Mattel line, I'd be far more
disappointed. Still, it's a decent toy, and will give kids some basic fun. Had the Batman been removable so that kids had more
options with riders and play, it would have scored much, much better.
Where to Buy -
I snagged mine at Meijers, and they were also opening a case of the Batcopters. They come in very similar boxes, so if you see
one the other is likely to be there as well.