Crank and Launch Bat-Pod ($19.99, for ages 5 and older) - As suggested, Batman’s high-speed cycle (as seen in the movie) is attached to a wedge-shaped unit. Owners then rev this babe’s flywheel motor, hit a release pad and watch the cycle sputter off a ramp. The 9-inch Bat-Pod comes with a detachable Batman figure and both look great - the cycle even can be set to pop a wheelie. Unfortunately no high-speed thrills here folks, and it will not be confused with Ideal’s Evel Knieval Stunt Cycle.
Bat Bunker’s X-Pandables Playset ($19.99) - Mattel supports its lineup of dreadfully articulated 4-inch Batman action figures with a portable, compact selection of dioramas.
Owners of the Bat Bunker get a conveniently collapsible suitcase to open, and within seconds can have a functioning portion of the Batcave. The set includes a missile launcher with two projectiles, a zip line, multiple doors, a research station and quick-change room. A Dark Knight figure is included, but no Joker.
Fans also will want the 14-inch-long Shift Attack Sports Coupe ($29.99) that with the yank of a rear spoiler pops open into one mean machine. In its extended form, it features a missile launcher, wings, battering ram and turbo engines. The car comes with 4-inch versions of Batman and Mr. Wayne, both of which can sit in the driver’s seat. (They swap places when the car is transformed.)
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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