Product Type: Fisher Price Action Figure
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Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Batman Batcave
Member Name: jillycat
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Batman Batcave
Advantages: Good for imaginative play
Disadvantages: Poorly made bits fall off no baddy in the set over priced no instructions
This Batman cave from Fisher Price is a toy that my son and I are a bit divided on he thinks it's fun to play with and I think it's over priced and not really worth its money. Also the other thing to mention is the current model is different to the picture that Dooyoo are displaying. The model above is the old M5652 which I think is no longer available. The one in the current Argos catalogue and the one we bought before Christmas is the V8945 which is taller across several floors has a lift and perhaps more importantly for those of us with small houses is not foldable.
What it is
The bat cave is basically a huge moulded bit of grey plastic with lots of yellow purple and red bits on it. In the centre is the bat signal that can flash for Batman and Robin to get their messages. There is a mechanical claw to work on the bat motorbike, a secret entrance, a turnstile, a telescope that fits on the top of the cave, a lift for them to go up and down and the bit that really appeals to my son a jail section. Also included is one Batman and Robin figure the Bat motorbike a rocket launcher and a few weapons.
The cave comes ready assembled bar a few bits and come Christmas day this was my first gripe there were no instructions to let you know where to put these few bits so you have to guess from the box. The section that is the control desk doesn't fit where it is supposed to from the picture so this was gripe number two. The weapons are fiddly to get the figures to hold and often my 4 year old finds this too tricky to do given this toy is from 3 years old I think it would be harder for younger children to coordinate this aspect.
This was one of the toys my son had wanted for Christmas curtsey of a lot of adverts about it on Channel 5 so was delighted to open the wrapping paper to find this. As it was soon good to go out of the box he was able to play with it straight away which was a huge bonus for him. However he was disappointed that there were no "baddies" included in the set and improvised with some knights form his castle set. During the first day of play it became apparent that the secret entrance wall bit at the top was not always going to stay on and despite him trying to be careful it often falls off during playtime. This however doesn't put him off and he merely puts it to one side. Once he had figured out how the telescope worked he was initially enthralled by it and was taking it off the cave and looking at other things with it, but this has soon proved a short lived novelty and it is hardly every used now. This is probably just as well as the section where you can elevated it to the top of the cave is terribly designed and it can only go out of the trap door in one position otherwise either the trap door falls off or it gets jams in the entrance.
The lift section is also a bit temperamental and sometimes works without a hitch as you turn the button on the top of it sticks and jams on the way up and down.
The jail is one of my son's favourite sections and he loves putting figures in here. The only issue is the door can come off the hinges very easily which is great for the baddies escaping but poor for the frustration factor of a 4 year old boy.
The secret entrance at the bottom is equally as frustration and often has need myself or my husband to give it a firm shove to get it opening and closing properly. The entrance however is great for the imaginative play and often my son has the baddies trying to knock on the rock to find the way into Batman's lair.
The figures that come with the set of Batman and Robin are limited in their movements and have their leg and feet splayed which can make it a bit fiddly to get them to sit in the motorbike but equally makes it they look a bit odd and hard to do some super hero fighting my son would like. The figures are robust but I personally would of loved the set to come with at least one baddy as you need to either buy another set at around £10-20 to get one or use some other figures from other games such as Playmobil like my son who uses his knights or pirates to aid in the playing.
The motorbike is perhaps the most sturdy bit of the set and so far there has been no problems with the design or it working correctly it is just hard for the figures to sit on it.
These are all my negatives about it and I do think it is very over priced for what you get and I think unlike a lot of the Fisher Price toys we have it is poorly made. I equally think he plays just as much with his wooden castle and knights which is better made and just as great for imaginative play and was cheaper so the imaginative play aspects can be got from other toys
The positive aspect of this toy is how much my son likes it despite the problems he loves playing superheroes and Batman with it stretches his imagination as he plays with it. It is also a magnet for some of his friends when they come to play at our house and they love playing superheroes with it. My son would give it around 4 stars for the lack of baddies and lack of noises and bits that fall of it.
It is designed for children 3-8 years old and I think it definitely fits this age group from the children that have played with it in our house.
Educational wise this isn't really an educational toy with no benefits other than imaginative play and I think you can get these befits from cheaper and better designed toys than this.
This is an expensive toy for what you get and is to my mind poorly designed and built with multiple bits that fall off or don't work the way they should. There is a lack of "baddies" in the set meaning you either have to buy more or improvise. At around £50 full price I am glad we got it in the sale though I think the £35 we paid for it was still too much and I would only give it 1-2 stars for the imaginative play aspects. My son however loves Batman and the cave and playing with it in imaginative ways as superheroes and baddies and would give it 4 stars. As a compromise I would love to give it 2 and half stars but will settle for 2 stars.
Summary: Overpriced has bits that fall of easily with few figures but my son still enjoys playing with it
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