Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Slammers Batmobile with Batman Set Fisher-Price, 2020
Day #2,249: November 19, 2020
Batman It's probably all about the unboxing
Imaginext DC Super GNN46 Slammers! Blind-Bagged Collectible Figures with Vehicles
Item No.: Asst. CDX99 No. GNN49 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:Vehicle, nose piece, figure Action Feature:n/a Retail:$7.99 Availability: April 2020 Other: Look for "F" stamped on the back
Apparently I've been into toys so long "Slammers" came around twice - first as POGs and now as the Batman Batmobile Imaginext Slammers vehicle. It's $8 for a $3-$4 Batman and a Batmobile that's an above average Happy Meal toy. It's good but not great. It's durable, but not nearly as exciting as the $10-$20 vehicles they put out in non-blind-boxed packaging. Those are amazingly good for the money. This is OK for the price.
If all you want is a Batman and a vehicle, I'd nudge you to the other many excellent Imaginext products, but as a stocking stuffer, or a "you had a bad day" gift, or something like that? This is pretty nifty, but odd given we've had years of these with so many bells and whistles - this is the lowest-end Batmobile in this line so far.
The reason I picked up this one is that I never got a plain Batman - I had a jungle one, but not something that looked like the comics, movies, or TV shows in a normal month. This figure seems to be an armored Batman body with 1966 Adam West (or Dick Sprang comics) coloring. The bright blue and yellow chest symbol also look like the old Kenner Super Power figures a bit - so it's a great fit for a toy. As with other Imaginext figures he has a unileg that swings forward, bend-and-swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a neck which is stuck in place. Thank the cowl. There's also a cloth cape hanging off the back of the figure, and out a weird open back area of the Batmobile.
The unboxing process requires you to remove some cello wrap and a cardboard rip strip, and then slam it down on a table. The figure pops out, and then you can put the vehicle together - it's three pieces. The main body, the hang tab, and a "spoiler" that becomes the nose of the Batmobile. I think I would like it more if it had more going for it - like a race track, or a parking spot in a playset. As it is, it's this little car that doesn't do much other than roll around and look half-finished. The engine has a couple of hoels in it, there's a flip-up black element to keep Bats in place, and ol' pointy ears fits more snuggly in this vehicle than Mr. Freeze did in his. I'd say it's a better overall toy, but if your Batman budget is tight you might be best served getting one of the more expensive toys. All this does is zip around and look like Super Batman Kart, which would actually be a game I would love to play.
For five or six bucks, I would suggest getting it because it's fun enough. I've heard reports of prices as high as $10, which is a lot less compelling considering what bigger sets you can buy - but it's a clever idea, particularly for figures that don't normally get their own vehicles. If Imaginext applied this to new figures, like Adventure People nods or license-free toys, I'd be pretty excited. It's a nice little desk toy, and it's constructed well, and it seems like it could stand up to years of abuse. That's praiseworthy.
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