I was more than happy to get the opportunity to review “Batman Automobilia” Issue 1, which launches 3rd January. With fortnightly issues to follow, each issue ships with a free die-cast model – in the case of #1, it’s the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton re-boot.
The models are 1:43 scale, very detailed, and set on a labelled plinth. I can tell you that issues 2 and 3 will feature the 60’s TV Batmobile and The Tumbler from the Dark Knight reboot. If you opt for the subscription (which I am doing), there’s a bunch of freebies thrown in, including an extra scale model of the ’89 Batmobile in armour-clad mode.
The actual magazine is a brief, but very detailed & concise dossier on each vehicle, including cut-away drawings & schematics, specifications, history and context. There is also a separate guide which pretty much covers most of the vehicles that you can expect to see in future issues – my guesses include: Batmobiles from ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin’, the Bat-Pod, the Bat-Ski (from ‘Batman Returns’) and various other vehicles from the comics or animated TV shows.
The bottom line is that you are paying for vehicles so if you haven’t got a collection already, then this is the fastest way to get one!