Michael Keaton‘s Dark Knight gets to ride in style thanks to his superb Batmobile. But Can the Jada Toys diecast model truly do it justice?
The Batmobile is one of the most instrumental tools in Batman‘s arsenal. Every Dark Knight has had a custom ride, from the classic DC Comics version to Adam West‘s colorful incarnation. And in 1989, when Tim Burton set his sights on Gotham’s Dark Knight, the Batmobile got a serious upgrade. And recently, Jada Toys released this iconic ride into its Die-Cast Hollywood Rides line. But can a toy replica really capture the essence of Michael Keaton’s Batmobile and deliver the definitive collector’s item?
Hell yeah, they can! This Batmobile is one to cherish. It is a truly exquisite, and noteworthy addition to the Jada Toys lineup. There are a few detractions along the way, but believe me when I say they are infinitesimal compared to the overall splendor of a true collector’s item.
Like many of the new vehicle releases of the past few years, the Batmobile comes in eye-catching gunmetal and sun-kissed orange packaging. The orange is a bold choice, but it highlights the vehicle contained within to perfection. And the gunmetal gray keeps it retro and gritty. Simple but effective. Turning the box to reveal the reverse artwork, we are greeted by the rest of the Jada Toys Batman lineup. Every Batmobile imaginable is here for all to see. From Kevin Conroy’s ride from the definitive Batman: The Animated Series to Ben Affleck’s Justice League version; every incarnation of the vehicle is presented gloriously. And if they are half as good as this replica, I will be adding a few more by the time I’m done!
Once removed from its packaging, the pure awesomeness of this vehicle is revealed. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking the finished article was made from plastic. But you’d be dead wrong. The bulk of the chassis is die-cast metal, a fact that is hammered home when you liberate the vehicle from its plastic prison. It’s pretty weighty, and a far cry from the plastic yellow missile firing version we had in 1989.
Offsetting this mass of metal are a few well-sculpted plastic components. The nose cone, turbine, sliding cockpit compartment, and rotating machine gun turrets are all molded from plastic. But thankfully, the highest compliment I can pay is that they don’t look like plastic. The silver-metallic paint gives them the appearance of die-cast and does not tarnish the finish at all. Moving onto the wheels, and like all good replicas, the Batmobile features rubberized tires. And the detailing is impeccable, right down to the bat-logo embossed rims.
The same can be said for the chassis. The detailing is immaculate and every nook and cranny of the vehicle has been captured in intricate detail. From the air vents on the rear wheel housing, right down to the controls on the driver’s seat – everything is where it should be. And it truly feels like you are holding a miniature version of the genuine article in your hands. It’s impressive stuff!
THE DARK KNIGHT
Moving onto the Dark Knight himself, and it is here we bump into those pesky detractions I was talking about. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that Jada included a figure of Michael Keaton’s Batman. But if you’re releasing a figure along with the vehicle he should be able to sit at the controls. And sadly, Batman’s body has no articulation whatsoever. So, sadly, Batman can do little else but stand alongside his ride and look at it longingly, yearning to get behind the wheel.
What’s more, the facial features are a little generic for my taste and only offer a passing resemblance to the actor. Which is a missed opportunity. But in the plus column, the batsuit is recreated to perfection. Even down to the chiseled physique. The cape and cowl are perfectly molded, but that pesky white trademark logo ruins the overall finish of the figure. On a figure like this, the trademark should be printed on the underside of the base, but here, it’s stuck on the inside of the cape in plain sight. And annoyingly, once set up in your glass cabinet or collection shelf, the white logo is inescapable!
Aside from a few obvious detractions, namely the Batman figure and the horrendous trademark logo, the Jada Toys Batmobile is an absolute triumph. The team has done an incredible job of recreating this iconic vehicle and capturing its brilliance for this scale. Every detail has been intricately recreated, every compartment has been treated to the care and attention it deserves. And in all honesty, it feels like your holding the genuine article in the palm of your hand.
Overall, this vehicle is a solid home run for the fans. And with the vehicle set to make a sensational return to the DC Universe in The Flash; this Batmobile will soon be in very high demand. Yes, the lack of articulation on Batman does hold the set back from being INCREDIBLE. Yes, the trademark logo is an irritant. But when the vehicle is displayed in all its glory, those detractions are negligible when compared to the splendor of the set. And let’s face it, the Batmobile wouldn’t be the same without the Dark Knight!
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Phil Roberts is the Owner, Daily Content Manager, and Editor-In-Chief of The Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Batman, DC, Marvel, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, King Kong, and the Ray Harryhausen movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force and babbles frequently!