The Batmobile Detective: Elite Variations Exposed

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For those of you who are into variations in toy releases, or who have wondered what I’ve been going on about recently – here is finally a closer look at the difference between the Dealer Sample Elites that came out weeks ago (the one that I featured in our first video look at the Elite) and the regular production Elite. Originally I thought these were just random advanced details from the Super Elite sneaking onto a few production Elites but it looks as though the few dealer sample versions actually are lacking some of the production details. 

Here is the original dealer sample Elite that I received from Replicarz.com. Note the mostly barren driver’s side dash. And the smaller detectoscope.

 

Now here (below)  is the current, regular production Elite. Note the new additions: Above compass lights array, Bat-Ram lever, 2 pushbuttons, the larger button. And the detectoscope has had a scalloped base added below it and the inset panel is up closer to the outer ring. Also note that the rollbar antlers are no longer made from the soft flexible rubbery material of the standard version but are a rigid plastic now.

I like the bat-ram lever, the 2 pushbuttons and the compass array lights but the detectoscope is still too small and the configuration with the buttons is all wrong. And we can only assume that maybe they’ll all be painted in the Super E. version? To date, for me, the single best upgrade that Hot Wheels has achieved is the smaller batphone.

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So what’s remarkable or at least interesting is that – like with the older Corgi variations – there are some Elites out there that are slightly, but signifigantly different than the others. These aren’t just stuck on pieces, some of them are molded into the dash now. So the dealer sampler being a hybrid of sorts has to be Preeeeety rare. There were only rumored to be a handful when they came out (I only knew of 3) So do I have a unique one? I don’t think so. I think there were probably a few more that might have shared this lack of details, but we never heard much about it.

So anyone else out there got one missing these new Elite dash details? Let us know.

  1. Perry

    August 1, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hi guys – just checked that on mine and I too have no detail on dash.Wow What is your embossed numbers on the box underneath guys?

  2. Dale Finch

    August 6, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I just checked mine,I appear to have the dealer samlpe version of the elite batmobile,guess I will have to buy the regular elite now.

  3. Ad

    September 5, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Hi, checked mine here in the netherlands and I also have no details on the dashboard.Maybe this is not so unique after all?

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