Targets have just started putting these out this week, and as it's
their exclusive, you should see it turn up in numbers at just about
every store. Finding it now shouldn't be a problem, but I'm
betting it sells fairly well at the relatively cheap price of $20.
NOTE - the vehicle does NOT come with the figure, but I included the Batman in the photos for obvious reasons.
Packaging - ***
Have you seen the other Dark Knight/Movie Masters packaging?
Then you know what this box is going to look like, at least
graphically. The box is just big enough for the vehicle, so
there's little waste, and yet it shows off the 'pod quite nicely.
There's a header card section with a J hook above the box though,
and I could really do without it. I understand the need, but most
Targets will probably have these on the shelf rather than on a peg.
package also uses some new twisty ties. These are flat pieces of
clear plastic that slip through white plastic 'clasps'. They are very
easy to remove, and work far better than the traditional twisties as
far as I'm concerned.
I really like the Movie Masters line so far, but I have to say that this Batpod is the nicest thing they've produced so far.
that this is a mass market item, not some specialty store exclusive. We
rarely get this level of detail in a vehicle sculpt in this market.
the small details you'd expect are here, plus a few you wouldn't.
The tires are made from a soft rubber that feels very much like
the real thing, with sculpted treads. The various pieces of the vehicle
have textured details, like ribbing or grooves, giving the 'pod a very
The Batpod is scaled for the 6" Movie Masters
figures, more specifically the Dark Knight Batman in the line.
That's the figure you see posed here on the bike, and as you can
see, it is possible to get him in a fairly decent riding position.
The bike is almost exactly 12" long from the tip of the guns to
the back of the rear tire.
Although you can get Bats on in a
pretty good pose, it was a bit more difficult than it really should be.
But that's more of a problem with the figure (having a neck joint that
doesn't have quite the range of movement it really needs) rather than a
problem with the 'pod. In fact, the Batpod is pretty well
engineered to handle the knees, feet and hands of the figure in just
the right position. It's still not a glove perfect fit, but it's damn
Paint - ****Here,
we see the kind of paint work normally reserved for much more expensive
specialty market toys. There's a nice metallic wash over most of
the bike, giving it a grimy, gritty appearance. For some it might be
even too much (Alfred would never let the Batpod get that dirty!), but
I thought it was just about right. My only complaint is that the silver 'wear' on the tires looks a bit out of place.
Let me reiterate that this is a mass market toy, where 'paint' is often
whatever color the plastic is cast in, with a few dashes of poorly
The combination of black and silver
parts with the gun metal wash makes the bike look almost as good as the
SIC version which sells for 5 times as much. I said "almost".
Any good vehicle should have some articulation - it is supposed to move
after all! The only moving parts we get here are the tires,
EDIT - the fine readers over at Fwoosh
were kind enough to point out to me that yes, there is another moving
part - the engine cover opens up! I pulled and tugged at
everything on this bike, but didn't get it to open originally, but I've
had enough bad experiences breaking things I *thought* should open up
that I'm very careful these days. I'll try opening it tonight and
maybe add a photo, but that adds to the overall cool of this vehicle.
do roll cleanly though, and you can shoot this guy across the floor
quite easily. I wish there was some additional movement - maybe the
guns, or perhaps the handlebars - but it's a fairly minor nit
considering the price, and considering it does the one thing it really
needs to do, and does it well.
It's a vehicle, so it's not too surprising there are no accessories.
Then again, most of the time you get something to put on or with
a truck or jeep, so it's not unreasonable to expect something here. I'm
not going to hold this against the vehicle in my final score, because I
can't think of what you'd include, but it's worth noting in case you
were expecting something.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Kids may get a little frustrated at first trying to get the Batman on
the bike just right, but with a little practice they'll get the hang of
suggestion is to place the handle bars in his hands first. Then
stretch out his arms fully, so the rest of his body is as far back as
possible. Now place his feet and knees in the proper position,
and then arch his back with the ab-crunch joint to bring his head and
chest as far up as possible. In my photos, I've almost popped the head
off completely trying to get it to sit as far forward on the ball joint
as it can, and I suspect that if you carved out the neck inside a bit,
you'd have less trouble. I haven't tried it yet though, so be warned.
Value - ***
You can't get much for twenty bucks these days, particularly when it
comes to vehicles. The trucks and vehicles for the 3 3/4" Indy line
cost twenty as well, and this vehicle is much more complex in terms of
sculpting and paint, as well as being for a larger 6" scale line.
Things To Watch Out For
Not a thing. The vehicle looks good, but isn't as delicate as
I originally assumed. Kids can certainly play with it, and it won't be
prone to damage any more than the usual mass market vehicle.
Overall - ***1/2
This is now my favorite vehicle of the year, even if it didn't quite
get the full score overall. My only nits are around getting the
figure in the perfect pose on the 'pod, and for some the simple fact
that he can take even a relatively realistic pose will be plenty good
enough. Mattel has done a nice job with the individual items in the
Movie Masters line, even if they've had a few issues with the series
overall. They should be commended for trying to produced higher quality
superhero figures for the mass market, and I'm betting the line will
end up on a few Best Of lists come January.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - ***
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
This one is a Target exclusive, so that's where you should start.
You can also search ebay using
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I've looked at quite a few Dark Knight items so far:
- in the Movie Masters line, I reviewed the Movie Masters versions of BB Batman and
Scarecrow, and had a guest review of the DK Batman and Joker.