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We have a sizable fleet of radio-controlled vehicles here at Rock Father HQ, and over the past few weeks it's become quite apparent that I just might have a new favorite. My love of Batman (yes, I do have a full bat-suit in my closet) and the Batmobile in general (I have many Hot Wheels versions) is fairly well-known, but having not seen BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE upon the arrival of our new Air Hogs Official Movie Replica from the folks at Spin Master (sent for review), there was no built-in affection for the ride driven by Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's superhero showdown. That changed as soon as The Rock Daughters and I took to the streets (sidewalk, mostly) with this new ride, strapping a GoPro to the top for a full in-action video!

Straight away, the detailing is impressive for a $50 RC vehicle, a "brushed-metal" appearance giving a vibe of a battle-worn ride that's seen its fair share of action. Compared to other toys out there, the accuracy is also impressive in that it just feels like the real deal. Following in-line with the USB-charging method of recent years, I appreciate being able to plug the car into the USB port on the computer for charging instead of blowing through batteries. 2 AA's are required for the controller, but that's a non-issue.

Air Hogs Batmobile Review

Handling is tight and aggressive, with the speed also ranking among the top rides in this realm. It also takes a licking, too - and we did some things that I'm sure Spin Master wouldn't recommend (nor do I), but our Batmobile has survived an end-over-end airborne flip (with the camera on the top of it - look closely in the video) and a collision with our Mattel 6" action figure scale Batmobile (also, watch closely). In fact, the only damage that our Batmobile has received was a broken hood gun, and that's just because our youngest daughter accidentally stepped on it, but the break was clean and a little dab of super glue repaired it flawlessly!

Air Hogs Batmobile Review

As part of #BatmanvSupermanWeek here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I can't recommend this one enough for fans of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, or just radio-controlled vehicles in general. 

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Air Hogs Batmobile Review

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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