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Hot Toys Bat Pod Review

by vader

One of my most anticipated purchases for this year is the TDK Bat Pod by Hot Toys. When Hot Toys announced last year that they were making one, I figured that it’s something I could skip buying since I am desperately running out of storage space for my toys. But after watching the movie and seeing the prototypes, I was convinced I had to take on whatever extra jobs I could just to raise funds so I can get myself one.

After a long and arduous process of importing this myself (so I could keep my cost down), my initial reaction upon receiving the box was “this seems a little light”. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since Hot Toys made it very clear that this was going to be made of plastic. I suppose the miser in me wants the weight to be directly proportional to the price. This is not a complaint, by the way, more of wishful thinking. I do think that this baby is worth every penny I paid for it. And I certainly have no regrets nor any intentions of parting with it.

Hot Toys did a magnificent job replicating the Bat Pod down to 1/6 scale. The craftsmanship on every nook and cranny of the Pod is simply amazing.

Out of the box, there are some minor assembly work required. The handlebars need to be attached to the main body. At first, this was a little challenging for me because I no longer have 20/20 vision. But with the aid of my magnifying visor, it was quite easy. I was able to lock the handlebars in place and even managed to remove them for storage.

The Bat Pod also requires 2 triple-A batteries in order for the LED lights to work. Battery installation is easily done by carefully removing the seat/engine cover to reveal the battery compartment.

With help of a small Philips screwdriver, carefully remove the screw that holds the cover in place.

Pop in 2 triple-A batteries, place back the cover and seat, and flip the switch (which is found on the underside of the Bat Pod).

The tires on the Bat Pod are made of real rubber and sport the weathered look.

One of the cool add-ons that came with the toy is actually an accessory not for Bat Pod but for the TDK costume Batman. It’s a detachable frame that allows you to pose Batman with a “wind blown” cape as he rides the Bat Pod.

The frame has clamps that attaches to the back portion of the TDK armor. There are 4 bendable metals to the frame that have small plastic grooves at the end. These are supposed to hold the cape in place but I admittedly found it rather difficult to insert the fabric into place.

In addition to the frame, there is also an extra cape with inline wires. These allow you to “pose” the cape to make it look like it’s flowing.

Even for something that is constructed predominantly in plastic, this piece is so close to perfection that it’s almost insane not to want one. For the truly Bat fanatic, and if budget permits, I’d highly recommend getting the Hot Toys Bat Pod. I do caution you that throwing all semblance of logic out the window to justify such an acquisition can be habit forming.

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