I should have guessed the moment I saw the Hot Toys Batmobile in person last month that I would soon be hitting the ‘pay now’ button.
A few months ago I picked up a postcard advertising JerseyFest, a fair dedicated to the art of creative model kits and statues like Predators, vampires and robots. I thought “Great, a weekend event in the area geared towards me besides New York Comic Con.” But then an unexpected change in my work schedule moved my days off to Monday and Tuesday. So I considered that plan scrapped as well as the rest of the foreseeable future. Then just a few weeks later, circumstances changed again and I was back to a Saturday-Sunday weekend again.
My weekends can be fun again!
Sometimes internet shopping doesn’t showcase the details of an item. When a desirable item is marketed at a respectably high cost, you have to see for yourself the actual finished product compared to touched-up publicity materials and stated specs on a webpage.
Last week that perspective hit me like a ton of bricks when I stopped by Forbidden Planet in NYC and saw the Hot Toys ’89 Batmobile in the store’s front window. I’ve known for some time the vehicle was over a yard long (39” L x 16” W x 9” H according to HT’s specs). But those numbers just don’t communicate the volume this beast takes up.
When powered gimmicks like lights or sound are part of a toy, designers must solve how to make the batteries accessible without compromising the external aesthetics of the product, or the internal structure requirements. Commonly a hatch is placed underneath, or at least on the rear face that wouldn’t be seen as often. Some solutions are more successful than others.