If the deluge of amazing DC Collectibles Animated figures these last few weeks wasn’t enough for you, DC Collectibles upped their game with… a friggin’ Batmobile.
If you’ll permit me to reflect a moment. I distinctly recall how difficult it was to collect DC figures back when I was in high school. This was before DC Classics. Before JLU. A DC Collection was clinging to Super Powers decade and a half glory and a handful of Animated figures. Then DC Direct came to “save” us.
I gobbled up those figures for years. Some great, some not so, but it was awesome. Swamp Thing. Hard Traveling Heroes. Silver Age 2pks. The Endless. The Crime Syndicate. Kingdom Come. I was so happy to get so many of those figures. To get something different than Animated figures that, while cool, dominated the pegs. My attention turned towards DC Classics during recent years, but, ironically, DC Collectibles has gotten real friendly with my wallet again by going Animated.
I bring all this up because DC Direct was revelatory in the 90s. And I really feel like they’re being that again. They’ve always made larger, high end stuff; some great props, tons of statues, etc. But this is something different.
They’ve made a Batmobile. In 6” Scale.
First of all, we’ve been told umpteen times how “impossible” Batmobiles are to do in that scale in this day & age. Mattel made a funky one years ago, but for the most part Batmobiles are relegated to small scale toy lines. It’s just the way it is and so here comes DC Collectibles again to turn that on its ear. They may never make a vehicle again, but they’ve shown it can be done – and in the direct market, no less – so I don’t ever want to hear it’s impossible again. At least with Batmobiles, I get that Supermobiles & Invisible Jets might not have the necessary interest, but Batmobiles do. Even with various iterations, they’re collectively one of the most iconic vehicles of all-time.
And, of those iterations, the Animated one tends to find its way into many folks Top Fives, so it’s no surprise that DC Collectibles set up shop with this one. If I had to rank them personally… its Super Powers, Keaton, and then this one. The Animated Batmobile, thanks to Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, is one of the most timeless. It’s both retro & futuristic (like most of the show). It’s ridiculously long and sleek as hell. It’s kinda one of those designs where you might say it wouldn’t work well in three dimensions, but thanks to Kenner & now DC Collectibles, you’d be wrong. It looks great in person (even if it might be hard to drive).
The sculpt on the car is amazing. It was done digitally through cooperation with Kushwara studios. They’ve done a ton of fantastic work on Star Wars & Marvel figures and that same attention to detail transfers over to this car. I’m not going to get out the spec sheets and make sure it’s 1:12 to the letter, but its 24” long and it looks spot on, so I’m a happy buyer. No matter the angle, the car looks great. Where detail is needed on the exterior: the grill, the exhausts, the hubcaps, and the various lights are all sharp and look great. The tires are real rubber and I just point that out because it’s pretty awesome. They’re also huge.
The interior is similarly well done. The various panels sees simple, but that’s consistent with how the car appeared in the majority of episodes. Little details like the headrests are present and it makes it tough to display the car with the canopy closed.
There is a little paint work here and there, but it’s thankfully well done at the $85-100 price point. It kind of harkens back to Mattel’s MOTU line where all the details are sculpted and painted, no matter how small, and gives an overall consistent and finished look to all the good bits. The car has an appropriate matte finish, but I’ve noticed that I’ve managed to scratch here and there just form taking pictures. I don’t think there’s much you can do about it with these large swathes of black plastic, but that might be the one thing that worries me long-term. More importantly, though, the car is black! It’s not a really dark grey, blue, blue with bat-camouflage, etc. I loved the old Kenner toy, but we never did get this car in the right colors and it’s awesome to finally have it in black and without the Bat-logo plastered on the hood. Continue to Page 2…