Batman is hot stuff, but this Batcopter may well be the least popular of them all. It's easy to find at most stores, particularly when compared to the several very popular Batmobiles in circulation right now. This is the third release of the vehicle, and it stands out from the previous two with its blue canopy and wings, rather than a yellow canopy with either silver or yellow wings. It's much more bright and cheery.
The mold debuted in 2007, but also returned to circulation in a 5-pack in 2011. Those two versions look pretty similar at first glance.
The yellow interior really looks great against the glossy plastic body. It's really shiny, but the quantity of unsold units seems to turn off both kids and adult fans while the car counterparts blow off the shelves. Functionally it's not exactly fantastic, as the rolling wheels generate too much friction to really roll around and the spinning blades are, well, spinning blades.
There's a lot of metal on this one, with plastic pieces for the interior and guns, plus the silver blade. Since transparent metal hasn't been invented yet, the clear window is also plastic. Everything else is metal, so the black and blue pieces are nice and die-cast.
While some vehicles seem under-represented in this line, the Batcopter seems to be nicely covered. Hopefully we'll see the Batwing or other Batmobiles soon, as the cars seem to be doing great business. It's not much of a toy as far as tracks go, but this Batcopter looks charming and the colors really do make the mold look best. This isn't a vehicle that's going to surprise or delight you, but it's fun enough to toss on your desk. Mine has stayed on my desk for months and to be honest, I'm not even sure why. It's such an adequate little toy, I guess it just wants to hang out there.
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