As a huge fan of the Batmobile in all it's representations I am always pleased as punch to discover a new Batmobile toy.
I tend to find out about these things early (thanks Internet!) and am able to haunt the toy stores (impatiently) for the toy's arrival, but I have to admit that this one caught me completely unawares:
This vehicle is approximately 1:48 scale. It wasn't until I got this car and did some research that I discovered the company that makes these - Ridemakerz - have been making 1:18 scale vehicles for a while now. You may have seen their 1:18 Pixar Cars toys and accessories in stores, which gets me to one of this Batmobile's finest features...
Xtreme Customz's schtick is that you can customize your ride in dozens of ways. To that end, you can raise and lower each axle as well as remove the chassis and add any number of custom parts:
I must also add here that the piece of hood that covers the add-on hole (sorry, can't think of a more scientific term for that place at the moment) is a great design solution - you can have a nice smooth unaltered hood or pop a custom piece in there - either way you don't end up with one way or the other looking 'wrong.' Or, in Transformer terms: 'kibble.'
But I do recommend you be careful when attaching the side-pieces.
I have to admit I am more impressed with this "Xtreme Customz Batman Special Edition" (aka Batmobile) than I thought I would be. I knew the toy looked neat in package, but upon opening and playing with for a bit I am impressed also by the car's fun and functionality. The whole vehicle is well built, the parts go on and stay on strong, the wheels and tires roll smooth, the axles stay in position and pops up/down quite well. And when pieces are added on or removed they don't look like they are added on or removed. They all flow well with the vehicles design. Well, except for the spoilers, but I'm not going to remove the batfins for a spoiler anyways. The 'Bat-ears' are also removable but again, I want my car to look like a living Batmobile, so they stay.
But back to Spider-Man!
That's okay, I'm well above the recommended age. Between the two of us we average out.