BatMonday – Air Hogs Batmobile Toy Review (something completely different)

Air Hogs Batmobile Review 
VasTheStampede

Thanks to Spin Master for the sample of this product, as always my opinions remain my own.

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice opened this weekend! And with that, comes the merchandise. This review isn’t of a blaster, but another type of action toy, the R/C car. Air Hogs, a brand under Spin Master toys, did the honors for this version of the Batmobile.

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First, let’s talk stats:
– MSRP: $59.99
– Includes:
  Batmobile x 1
  USB Charging cable x 1
– Range: 2.4 GHz signal = 200′ of control radius
– Features: Front LED lights, rear thruster lights
– Needs 2 x AA batteries
– The Batmobile itself has an integrated battery (the Batmobile uses the USB charge cord), and the drive time may vary, it depends on the batteries used and the driving style implemented (going full blast with the car the whole time driving vs. a few times at full speed or using the lower speeds).

The Batmobile itself drives way better than I thought it would. The handling is tight, making pretty decent tight turns than I thought to expect. The LED lights on the front and the rear thruster are nice accents in low light, and add to the feel of the Batmobile. The car is super light too though, and I notice after some collisions with the curb there the bumpers are a bit scratched and some scrapes, so just be ready to know your Batmobile will show battle damage early. It’s super light and compact though, very easy to transport so taking this indoors or outdoors is a simple matter, unlike larger RC cars.

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(driving video from my instagram feed)

Now, I am not by any stretch an RC car hobbyist, and I do acknowledge that this is a basic, low remote range vehicle. BUT, it’s a sweet looking replica-level Batmobile in its latest incarnation. It also drives well I think, some nice additional touches to add to the Batman feel, and is a nice diversion indoors or out. $60 might be a little much, but when you account that this car can offer a lot in the way of playability (the size allows it to be driven indoors with little issue, and less material would be necessary to build an obstacle course, for instance) it might balance out the expense. I do have some questions about durability, but I think marks like those add character to my own Batmobile.

One oddity I encountered was if I left the batteries in the controller after turning off the Batmobile, they would keep going once I turned the car and remote back on again. This was remedied by removing the batteries from the remote as well between driving sessions. Not a terribly big deal and easily remedied, but still a weird thing to encounter. Now this didn’t change the fact that I had a good time driving the Batmobile at all, and that zipping it under cars and inches from the curb was a lot of fun all the same. All in all, a pretty fun purchase if you can get past the price. If you’re a little late on a present for Easter, or you know a Batman fan who really likes tearing up the streets of Gotham in their mind, you wouldn’t be wrong going with this Air Hogs R/C Batmobile.


Don’t miss out, Air Hogs has a pretty awesome contest (Grand Prize is a trip to L.A.!) going on right now. Ends April 30, don’t miss your chance to enter!

New York Toy Fair 2012 Home stretch – Toki Doki, DC-Direct, NECA, Kotobukiya, and Vtech

From the folks who brought you “Tattoo Artist Barbie”, Toki Doki!

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DC – (Yes, including some things to expect from the “Before Watchmen” prequel series)

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 NECA – Always fun to see them!  Rocky, Gremlins, Gears of War, so much good stuff.  Watch for the Portal Gun!

Kotobukiya!  Just gorgeous work.


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And to mix it up, “Switch N Go” Dinos from Vtech!  Really interesting toys, love what they did to engage the kids playing with them (talk to the big guy Brok on twitter – @broksays)

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THE BIG SHOW – Welcome to Toy Fair 2011

Wow. So, I went to Toy Fair. My story is a blog entry in and of itself, but you’re probably not here for pages of witty observation. The saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words… so let me tell by show.

Some initial pictures!

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Now for the bread and butter of this site: Foam shooters and other fun projectile toys!

The Hasbro/Nerf Showroom: New NERF DART TAG, a teaser for the NERF VORTEX line, and Nerf apparel were in the Nerf portion, while I saw everything from RC to BEYBLADES, GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, STAR WARS and more!)

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Prime Time Toys: (POWERSTRIKE 48, QUICKFIRE 12)

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Marshmallow Fun Company (MAZOOKA EXECUTIVE MARSHMALLOW SHOOTER)

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and an honorable mention to TOOBERS AND ZOTS, while not a foam dart shooter/projectile brand, definitely have a product worth looking into if you have a lot of roleplaying/cosplay elements in your games. They’re a construction set of foam pieces that interlock and wrap around together to make fun shapes like hats and swords and in one case, even wings 🙂

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Also, some interesting roleplay/game type stuff at BACKYARD SAFARI/ZILLIONS I took a look there and have some ideas 🙂

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RAZOR SCOOTERS (@RAZORUSA) – c’mon, they’re action sport toys. I had a lot of fun with their stuff!

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Someone new to me, MOBO CRUISERS. Basically I saw this and went, “OMG OMG A BIG WHEEL FOR ADULTS”

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MOAR TOYS/ACTION FIGURES AND ASSORTED GEEKERY! MOAR MOAR MOAR!

LEGO (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN HARRY POTTER PHARAOH’S QUEST HERO FACTORY NINJAGO):

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BANDAI (OMG BEN 10 POWER RANGERS AND THUNDERCATS)

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DC COMICS (Figures! BATMAN SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN GREEN LANTERN OMGOMGOMG)
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SHOCKER TOYS (TICK ANIME ONE PIECE AWESOMESAUCE)

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I have a soft spot in my heart for seeing “The Maxx”

NECA TOYS (GREMLINS FRIDAY THE 13TH NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FREDDY IGGY POP PREDATOR)

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GAMEHEADS (LEFT 4 DEAD PORTAL HALFLIFE(?) TEAM FORTRESS)

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PANACHE PLACE (CRYSIS 2)

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TECHNO SOURCE (TETRIS LINK, 20 Q)

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GUND (soft plushie toys, awesome watch for their GRIDIRON FANATIC)

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OHIO ART (AIR PICKS – seriously these things are pretty cool)

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