Anybody who's followed the last decade's worth of blockbuster movies knows that superheroes are one of the hottest tickets in the current entertainment market, but Batman has been around a lot longer than that, since 1939 in comic books, and the Super Friends animated TV shows, which team Batman up with pals like Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and, of course, Robin has been airing on and off since 1973. Fisher-Price's Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme is a spin-off from the TV shows and it doesn't represent Batman himself so much as a mobile vehicle that the caped crusader uses as a battle-ready headquarters. It looks like Batman, though, if Batman had massive "power pads" on his shoulders and a chest that pops open to reveal a gaping hole inside.
The Batbot Xtreme comes with a tiny toy Batman figure, who can use that gaping hole as an elevator shaft that lifts him up to a cockpit inside the bot's head. There's a Batcycle hidden inside one of the Batbot's feet and, with a touch of the power pad on the bot's right shoulder, the massive figure sprouts giant bat wings, which should strike fear in the hearts of criminal bots everywhere. There are triggers on the rear of the wings to make the Batbot punch its fists and a microphone hidden in the back of its head that can alter your voice into an ominous battle cry. And did we mention that Batbot also fires disc-shaped projectiles from its fists (much like the discs that the less-impressive-looking ThinkGizmos TG545 battlebot shoots from its chest)?
The Batbot Xtreme is strictly for superhero-loving kids. It's not programmable, it isn't educational, but what 8-year-old wouldn't want to impress his or her friends with its awesome, mecha-style fighting capabilities? Granted, once the initial excitement wears off, this is the kind of mechanical toy that's likely to start gathering dust a few weeks after Christmas, but think of the screams of excitement when this bad batboy first gets unwrapped. For something that can be programmed to do more than just fight, look at the Makeblock Codeybot or the Sphero Sprk+.
This is a really cool toy for super hero fans ages 3 - 8 who want to pretend to defend Gotham city in their very own homes.