For the few people who don't know what this set is about, it is The Tumbler from the Batman Dark Knight Trilogy. Originally a military prototype vehicle, Bruce Wayne repurposed it for Batman's use. But does it come in LEGO?
The box is quite large, measuring 12 x 47 x 58cm.
- 18 x Numbered bags of parts (#1 to #11 with some having multiple bags).
- 4 x Tyre 94.3 x 38mm
- 2 x Tyre 81.6 x 44mm
- 1 x 8x16 Tile
- Cardboard-backed instructions (5 books) + 2 sticker sheets.
I have not added its full inventory yet but counted 1867 parts (1204 of which are black!).
There are two minifigs in this set - Batman and The Joker. The Tumbler itself is way bigger than minifig scale, so they look pretty silly inside the car. In fact, you're likely to lose them and have a very hard time fishing them out without breaking something. The Joker is new to this set, and has an appropriately scary Heath Ledger look. Both minifigs have two faces, with Batman's being very similar - just a slight smirk differentiating them.
Other than the minifigs, there is only one new part in this set that I can make out - the tyres for the front wheels. Unfortunately, I don't have the 4x4 Crawler wheel to compare against for the photos which is the largest ever made.
Some other parts which are new this year have also been used. The 3x11 panel (15458) is new in black. The pin with pinhole connector (15100) makes an appearance, and the Steering Portal (11950) is new in pearl gold.
The build starts with a very solid base structure, needed to support the weight of this model (2kg).
The interior is built up with two large seats, and lots of gizmos - screens of data that swivel, keyboards, and of course a big red "go fast" button. There is so much going on inside and such a little window to look out of, I don't know how Batman actually drives this thing :) Most of the stickers are used in the interior on the 2x2 tiles.
Next, the sides and back end are built up. This is basically just a bunch of thin bricks and slopes with scattered mounting brackets for the side panels to be added later.
The wheels go on next. Unfortunately there is no real suspension on the car, just fake springs used on the back. The car bounces a little just due to the fact that it is huge and the axles have some flexibility. Probably not a good idea to push them too far though. Also, there is no steering :(
By this stage, the car is quite large and still pretty solid. The only parts left are the fins/panels that give it its distinctive look. Unfortunately, these are very fiddly and are not really held on strongly. To handle the car requires two hands as it is so big and heavy, but nearly every time I picked it up for a photo or to add another panel something would break off.
The number of photos I took during this part of the build was pretty minimal due to the difficulty in handling it.
Last comes Batman and the usual UCS plaque.
The two triangular roof plates are just sitting in place and can be lifted off easily. However, access to the interior is pretty tight and playing with the controls is impossible. If you lose a minifigure in there, you won't get it out again :)
There is no doubt that this model looks amazing. It is a huge car and any Batman fan must have it. However, I feel it is more of a collector/display set as it simply cannot be handled without breaking.
It would have been nice to see a little bit of functionality, considering it is Batman after all. I understand that adding steering or suspension would be quite difficult given the strange and impractical design of the car, but perhaps making the interior more accessible or rockets that popup from hidden compartments. This would be a good challenge for anyone who wants to mod their set :)
Check out the rest of the photos taken during this review at my Bricksafe page. There were a lot I didn't include on this page.
So is this a must have for you?