The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod Review (Thinkway Toys)

What It Is

The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod lets kids control where Batman goes on his Bat-Pod. The remote-controlled bike with non-removable Batman action figure comes with a wireless remote control with two joysticks and 12 buttons that make the Bat-Pod perform different actions and play sound effects and Batman phrases. Kids can also program the Bat-Pod to do more than 1,000 action sequence combinations. The front wheel pivots right and left for easy turning and drifting action. Both the front and back wheels light up.

Is It Fun?

Given its versatility, ease of use and variety of play options, this is one of the best R/C vehicles we've seen—and it's an excellent value for the money, delivering a lot of play value. The pivoting front wheel is a really cool feature that makes it easy to turn the Bat-Pod and the effect is really dramatic. Kids will like creating different action sequences and programming them into the remote so the Batman and the Bat-Pod can do them over and over again.

Who It’s For

The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod is for Batman fans ages 4 and up. But because of the programmable option, we think this is more for older children ages 6 and up.

The Dark Knight Rises is going to be rated PG-13. That may mean that many kids who will love playing with this toy may not see the movie for awhile. But they'll certainly be part of all the cultural excitement it will create, and this and other Batman toys let them be part of it.

What To Be Aware Of

The remote control requires three AA batteries, which are not included. The Bat-Pod requires four AA batteries, which are included. However, those batteries power the in-store try-me function, and Thinkway recommends replacing them before you play for best results.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AA & 4 AA batteries required