The Toy Biz Batman Action Figures backing cards only featured two of the vehicles released, the Bat-mobile and the Bat-wing, but there were another three vehicles released as part of the DC Comic Superheroes line and three remote controlled vehicles. As well as this, there were two variations of the Bat-mobile and the Bat-wing.
The Toy Biz Bat-mobile was one of the best produced and as a result remains popular with fans and collectors to this day. Out of the box it was plain and basic, but it came with a set of Bat insignia decals to be put on the car to add some detail and color. The Bat-mobile is film accurate and well designed. The boot, or trunk, opens and can be used to store Batman’s weapons or equipment.
In fact, it is big enough to fit one of the action figures so The Joker could be tossed into it for transportation to jail. At the front there were two rocket launchers, one on each side of the car, that were operated by a gear shift in the cockpit. The box came with six soft rockets to use in these.
The cocoon version of the car came with a black, soft plastic cover that fitted over the top of the car to simulate the car in “covered” mode as featured in the movie. This shell was flimsy and easily broken but it gave the car a nice added effect of authenticity and was the rarer of the two versions.
The second Toy Biz Batman Action Figures vehicle was the Bat-wing. Like the Bat mobile Toy Biz also did a superb job of recreating the Batwing and was hugely popular, so much so that it was almost impossible to get hold of as they “flew” of toy store shelves almost as quickly as they came in stock.
The canopy and wing section came separate in the box and needed to be assembled, which was a fairly simple process, but they fitted together quite tightly so it took a little effort.
The Bat-wing had a rocket launcher on either side of the canopy, and it came with six sucker pad rockets to fire from them. The canopy could also be opened and closed so Batman could sit inside.
At the front of the Bat-wing was a ‘Villain Catcher’. This was a large pincer like contraption that was operated by a lever under the vehicle that could be used to open and close the pincers to catch a villain and hold them.
Despite its fairly simple design and look this was an awesome vehicle and was great fun to play with and remains extremely popular and difficult to find.
MOC $30-$140 Av $70-$80
Loose $25-$65 Av $30
Lastly, we are going to look at the Toy Biz Batman Action Figures Cat Cave, which was a huge and awesome playset stacked with loads of great features for hours of fun and are extremely hard to find MIB. The artwork on the packaging for this was excellent, as it was with most of this line.
The main module for this playset was made from grey plastic and a cardboard warehouse scene that attached to the front, this was quite a fiddly and difficult task often causing rips and tears in the card.
The cave was split had three main sections or features. The first zone or area was the computer console section. The main feature here was the computer screen which had a large dial which when turned would change the picture from the movie on the screen to a new one. In front of the console was two spinning chairs for Batman and Robin to sit on with a guardrail behind them. Above this was an area for a loose rock to be placed, ready to topple onto any foes head.
On the left-hand side there was a “bottomless” pit with a rope and winch for lower and raising equipment or people into the pit. The playset also came with an exercise bar that could be fixed in place of the winch.
The front section of the playset featured a moving “elevator” that could transport the figures to the first level to a platform that was linked to the computer console area. This platform area also featured a ‘trap door’ mechanism that when activated caused the platform to drop down and trespassers to fall into a secret cell with only one exit which as a large steel door. There was also another more ‘traditional’ style jail.
This playset had loads of very cool features which gave kids hours and hours of fun and enjoyment. The card ‘scenery’ that attached to the front of the playset was quite fiddly and difficult to put in place and as a result was often torn or broken. Another problem with the playset was the stress factor on the winch or exercise bar which often caused them to break or snap, meaning they had to be very carefully fixed in place and were best removed after play.
MOC $85-$400 Av $150
Loose $30-$150 Av $80-$100
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