Chess is not for idiots, but who cares if you can’t play chess as well as Kasparov when you can have the Batman chess set? Christmas is only a few days away, but it is probably not too late to ask Santa to get you one. You have better chances with that than asking to have Kasparov’s ultra-logical brain.
Whether or not you originally had a chess set included in your Christmas wish list – if you have one in the first place – one look at the Batman chess set is more than enough to change your mind, I think. Unless you have an inexplicable hatred for Batman.
Looks notwithstanding – I can’t emphasize enough how the aesthetics impress me – the Batman chess set does have a few tricks up its sleeve. It has 50 LED lights embedded on the playing board, which light up when you press the Batman symbol. Not only do these LED lights add glitter to your playing surface, it also projects the Bat-signal up into the dark sky. Or your room’s ceiling, for that matter.
More than the setting and bright lights, the Batman chess set also offers you the chance to play God and use your favourite – or most-hated – characters as pawns. From the Joker to Catwoman to the Riddler and Penguin to Robin to Batgirl to Commissioner Gordon – they can all be under your mercy as you play chess.
If you’re pressed for space, you might want to get rid of some stuff as the Batman chess set measures in a 20 inches on each side. If all else fails, it can serve as a centrepiece as well. Each character measures somewhere in between 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches tall, and they are made of fine pewter and diecast metal.
So what’s the damage?
A whopping $795. At that price, Santa might have second thoughts about giving you the Batman chess set, but if you received a fat check as a Christmas bonus, get yourself one instead.