Review: The Attack of the Talons
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of DC Comics, and Batman in particular. One of my favorite stories was the Court of Owls. This offering from the LEGO® Group took the Talons from that arc, and brought them to life in Minifigure form. Like with many other of the Super Heroes sets, in order to get your hands on awesome characters, you end up getting another vehicle. But, as far as vehicles go, this one is actually kind of interesting. Without further ado, let’s delve more deeply into this set.
NAME: Batman – The Attack of the Talons
SET #: 76110
THEME: DC Comics Super Heroes
COST: $24.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 155
OF INTEREST: Ace, the Bat-hound
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2018
SUMMARY REVIEW: 77%
VALUE: 68% (Okay cost-per-brick, barely passing build-time value.)
BUILD: 80% (Overall nice build, but I am tired of Bat-vehicles.)
MINIFIGURES: 100% (Well designed, loads of accessories, great brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 60% (I’m bored of Bat-vehicles, but kids might have fun)
With 155 pieces and a price tag of $24.99 in Canada, Attack of the Talons comes in at $0.16/brick. Given that my current average is $0.14/brick, this set is a little on the pricey side. It’s still not a terrible value, but it does borderline on not being worth buying at full price. I rate it at 76%.
Attack of the Talons took me 28 minutes to build. At $24.99, that means that each minute of building cost me $0.89. Again, that is above my current average of $0.84, and earns this set a fairly low, just passing grade of 60%. Averaging this with the cost-per-brick score brings Attack of the Talons in at an overall value score of 68%.
Batman gets yet another vehicle in Attack of the Talons. I always kind of roll my eyes when a new wave of DC Comics Super Heroes sets are released, because they invariably contain a whole slew of vehicles that I don’t really want. I always end up getting one or two of them because the Minifigures are awesome. In this case, I wanted Talons. I got a motor-tricycle with them. On an unrelated note, I actually looked up if there was a technical term for this vehicle. I was shocked to learn that people actually call it a motor-tricycle. I don’t know about you, but that designation doesn’t add much cool-factor in my books, but I digress…
Despite being a little fed-up with always getting vehicles and never any buildings or iconic comic book scenes, I do often end up liking the designs of the vehicles. The motor-tricycle was no exception. It is a well designed build that looks really nice in the end. It is a bit of a monster in terms of Minifigure scale, but that is not the end of the world. I like the shocks that were designed onto the front, and the exhaust pipes on the back (though I wish said pipes were not so free to move around). The bat-symbols on the wheels were also a nice touch.
If I ignore the fact that I am kind of tired of getting super hero vehicles, I would rate this set at 8/10 (80%). For the five marks this set can gain, I like:
- The overall look (+1)
- The bat-symbols on the wheels (+1)
- The front suspension (+1)
- The rear exhaust/wheel set-up (+1)
There is not much that I don’t like about this set’s design, but there are a couple of small details I would change. For the five marks this set can lose, I don’t like:
- The fact that the rear exhaust pipes are not fixed in place (-0.5)
- The tricycle being a bit too big for a Minifigure (-0.5)
As with most Super Heroes sets, Attack of the Talons is all about the Minifigures. You get two Talons, as well as an armored Batman. The Talons are identical to each other, differing only in accessories. Batman is reminiscent of the Batman V Superman Minifigure that we saw in Clash of the Heroes (click here to read about it). The body armor piece is the same, but the printing on the actual character, though similar, is new. You don’t get a cape with this one though. All of the characters have front and back printed torsos, but only Batman has a double-side face and leg printing. Based only on design, I would give these Minifigures 32/45 (71%). However, you get loads of accessories including Ace the Bat-hound, Batman’s armor, an assortment of Bat-shields and batarangs, katanas, and claws. Those easily bring the design score up to 100%. In all honesty though, I don’t get half of the new Bat-weapons that came in this kit, and could have done without most of them.
Attack of the Talons contains three Minifigures and 155 bricks. That means a brick-to-Minifigure ratio of 52:1, which is actually amazing and earns 100%. This taken into consideration with the deign score means that I rate these Minifigures at 100%.
From an adult’s perspective, I guess I am overall not too crazy about Attack of the Talons. I love the Minifigures, but as I mentioned before, I am kind of over the plethora of Bat-vehicles we see in this theme. This motor-tricycle is a nice design, but I will be re-purposing the pieces into my custom projects. Kids might have fun playing with it though, but there are so many vehicles to choose from in any given year that I wouldn’t give it top points there either. As an adult, I give it 2/5, as a kid, maybe 4/5. So, overall, Attack of the Talons comes in at 3/5 (60%).
In the end, Attack of the Talons is an okay set. I really wish the LEGO® Group would stop pumping out vehicles, and start giving us a little more variety. I love the Super Heroes Minifigures, and the only way to get them is through the transport-centered builds. Kids might like playing with this, and the motor-tricycle is nicely designed. At full price, Attack of the Talons is also not a very good value. If, like me, you want the characters, I suggest waiting for a sale (and as I write this, it is on sale, see below). As always, feel free to leave your comments in the appropriate space below.
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