This is the eighth installment of our Toy Spotlight of the Week series. Within this series we showcase one of our favorite toys we added to our store for that week. If you missed last weeks post you can check it out here.
Almost 2 weeks ago, we posted about the new plane Batman has been flying around Gotham in called “the Bat”. This week we’re bringing it back to the basics. Before we saw the cape crusader soaring the Gotham skies in a upgraded jet/helicopter hybrid, he was terrorizing the streets in his tank-like Batmobile, known as the Tumbler. Originally sporting a military desert camouflage paint, Bruce Wayne requested a black version of the vehicle from Lucius Fox. In the first two movies, we got to see the Tumbler shine. From Batman rescuing a poisoned Rachel Dawes and evading a swarm of Gotham PD, to seeing the Tumbler’s left and right front tires convert into the Batpod before the rest of the vehicle explodes. Until the last movie, the Tumbler was the vehicle to have.
This Tumbler aka the Batmobile, was released for the Batman Begins movie toy line. In the last post, I said I didn’t really like the vehicles chosen in the Nolan-era Batman movies, but this is still a pretty cool toy. The bulky military style vehicles would look cool in the proper setting but not for Batman.
The detailing on the toy is great. It has much more detailing then the Bat Launch & Attack vehicle. The cockpit on the Bat toy is a joke compared to the Tumbler’s. Inside the cockpit, the controlling column moves, there’s paint differentiation between the elements inside, and there is a cockpit seat with enough room to fit a 4 to 5 inch figure. The Bat Launch & Attack contains none of the above.
The defense mechanisms on this toy are missile launchers that pop out on each side of the vehicle. It comes with two red missiles that fire from the launchers(we didn’t have the two red missiles). Located on the top of the Tumbler, there are 3 red triangular-shaped buttons that activate various functions when you press them. The middle of the 3 buttons releases the two launchers. The other two buttons make the Tumbler light up while making firing sounds.
This toy was much heavier then I expected. It’s not as light as the Bat, but now that I think about it, they probably didn’t want the Bat to be to heavy so you can fly it around without breaking a sweat.
One thing I wish this vehicle had was rubbery tires instead of the hard plastic ones it came with. That would of really completed the vehicle for me. It would of gave it a more rugged feel that goes perfectly inline with the bulky military-style look the vehicle already has.
Overall, I really like this vehicle, even with the hard plastic tires. If you don’t need the extra bling from the Hot Toys version, I’d save a couple hundred dollars and get this one.
If you’re interested in the Batman Begins Batmobile/Tumbler, you can purchase it here.
Update: This item has been sold. Sorry folks!