Model: 1989 Batmobile
Line: 100% Hot Wheels/Oil Can line, s03 on chassis, 2003 release
ebay link: Hot Wheels 100% Batmobile
Why it’s in my collection: The 1989 Batmobile is one of the most iconic Batmobiles out there, and this casting is by far the best 1/64th scale version of it. This particular car was released in both the 100% line and the limited Oil Can series. Both series produced some truly great castings and this stunner is one of them.
The mainline and current premium 1989 Batmobile are both good, but the 100%/Oil Can line Batmobile is on another planet. The car is scaled perfectly and wears a smooth satin black paint job, perfect for lurking around Gotham City.
The car is low and wide, but not outrageously so. The body is detailed with various nooks and crannies mirroring the car’s features from the movie, and the sides and rear have gold accent detailing. The rear turbine housing even has some details inside the opening, but unfortunately it was too difficult to photograph. The car does have simple taillight and headlight detailing as well.
This particular car is from the Oil Can line and has gold detailing and chrome wheels. There are a few versions of this car, including one that comes with a bullet-proof cocoon seen in Batman, and versions with sliver detailing rather than gold. The silver is probably the most screen accurate, but they are all excellent. I mean look at those fins!
Holy moving parts, Batman! Now feast your eyes on what is possibly the greatest feature on the car: the canopy. The canopy is removable and reveals a single color yet fairly screen-accurate interior. Bat-tastic!
While the roof lifts-off rather than sliding forward like the movie version, I “slid” it forward to see what it would look like for a proper Bat exit.
As you can see this is an excellent execution of a casting many have attempted. Check out the video review I did on the car as I take a closer look at some of the details, and compare it against the mainline version and vintage Ertl versions 🏁