Toy Review: Batman the Brave and the Bold Action League – Batmobile with Batman vs Clock King

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While I’ve said there are universal truths when it comes to toys, there is one I haven’t touched upon yet: the sheer awesomeness of the Batmobile. It’s one of those toys every boy should have while growing up, and thankfully this toy mostly lives up to the legacy that I remember going back to the Batmobile that was released with the Tim Burton film. But while this one is in the style of the Brave and the Bold, it is an excellent representation of what the Batmobile should be.

Time is running out and Batman must use every device in the arsenal of the Batmobile to stop the insane machinations of the Clock King!

This set feels like Pepsi throwback, it brings me back to my youth. Batman is a unique repaint that is based off his look in the 1989 movie – all black with the exception of the yellow belt and the yellow emblem on his chest. It’s a great way to extend the life of this sculpt, but that isn’t a problem for Mattel since they keep reusing the one-foot-forward pose. While I don’t care for the pose, the paint makes up for it and most of all makes sense as a variant. Batman moves at the standard four points – neck, arms and waist. Thankfully, none of them are stuck.

Batman and the Batmobile would have been a good set, but Mattel went a step further and included a villain: the Clock King! This is the original Clock King, not the modern one who wears glasses. Thankfully, he was given a redesign, so instead of being decked out in clock themed pajamas, he’s dressed like decorated general decked out with shoulder pads, a pale lime cape, ruby sash and a delightful mushroom cap on top of his head. Yes, he looks absurd but it works so well. After all, a guy who wears a mask with a giant clock on it isn’t the most rational guy.

The paint work is well done and the colors don’t make much sense but it works. To add to his regal appearance, the Clock King is sporting a tri-tipped scepter. Clock King’s face and badge are both set to three o’clock. I would have preferred his face to be ten of two, since it tends to look like evil eyes. Clock King is sporting the same four points of articulation as Batman.

The big draw of this set though is the Batmobile itself. It’s a big vehicle, over 10 inches long, which is impressive since the figures are only 2.5 inches tall. Thankfully, there are no action features in this version of the Batmobile – its four wheels spin and that’s it. The design is a mix of the 1989 Batmobile with a dash of the Adam West version. The open cockpit has two seats, but it’s tight. Since many of the figures in this line have dynamic poses, they don’t exactly fit in the seat. Aquaman fits in it though (but it looks like he and Batman are holding hands).

The detailing is minimal, mostly red details with bright yellow eyes. The eyes look really good, like a knight’s helmet. But when all of the Batvehicles are compared something becomes very noticeable: all the eyes are different shapes and sizes. By themselves, they look fine but when all of them are together, it’s really noticeable. Another thing is that is weird is that all three vehicles use different colors for windshields. The bike is almost clear, while the sub is dark blue and the Batmobile has just a painted windshield.

As a set, it’s great. Both figures are currently exclusive to this set only so if you’re a big fan of the Clock King, now is your chance! For those who like the Batmobile, this is a really well done but simple vehicle. The biggest issue for me is the price point. Retailing for over $20, it’s the priciest Action League set released and almost twice as much as the other vehicle sets. But at the end of the day, it’s probably the cheapest Batmobile you can get and it’s a fine Batmobile at that.

Written by jestergoblin

March 5th, 2010 at 12:11 am

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