THE BATMAN SETS REVEALED

The LEGO® Group has revealed 4 new sets based on the upcoming DC film The Batman. The Batman will be the latest installment in the epic saga of Caped Crusader films, set to release in March 2022. The film was delayed because of the pandemic (as were the LEGO® sets) but will finally hit theatres next year. Robert Pattinson wears the pointy cowl for this iteration and will square off against quite a few of his rogues. The revealed sets showcase The Riddler (Paul Dano), Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz) and The Penguin (Colin Farrell). Also along, of course, are Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis).

This initial wave will consist of 3 system sets and 1 technic set. All 4 sets are up for pre-order now on the LEGO® website with a release date of November 1st.

Batman & Selina Kyle Motorcycle Pursuit

  • SET #: 76179
  • THEME: Batman (DC Comics)
  • COST: $19.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 149
  • MINIFIGURES: 2
  • RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2021
  • COST/BRICK: $0.13 (average value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 74 bricks/fig (excellent value)
  • DIMENSIONS: 4cm high x 9cm wide x 3cm deep

This is the smallest of The Batman sets revealed. It consists of 2 simple motorcycle builds and a brick-built bat signal. The light is a glow-in-the-dark round tile with the bat logo printed on. It’s a nice touch and makes for a fun addition to a simple play set. Batman and Selina Kyle make up the minifigure selection. Both have great torso printing and some weapons/accessories. Batman’s new design is really well done with leg printing and lots of detail. The cowl is the standard Batman cowl, but it still works well. The face prints also look like the standard selection of minifigure expressions, but they too, work well enough. And the short hair and darker skin tone on Selina Kyle looks like a good match for actress Zoë Kravitz.

Batmobile: The Penguin Chase

  • SET #: 76181
  • THEME: Batman (DC Comics)
  • COST: $39.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 392
  • MINIFIGURES: 2
  • RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2021
  • COST/BRICK: $0.10 (excellent value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 196 bricks/fig (OK value)
  • DIMENSIONS: 6cm high x 20cm wide x 8cm deep

You can’t have a Batman wave without at least one batmobile. In this case, we get Batman’s new super-charged muscle car version chasing down The Penguin. Our new batmobile is a minifigure scale vehicle with room for two. The roof and windshield are removable for easy interior access. There’s also 2 spring-loaded shooters in the front, activated by pressing down on the hood. Batman and The Penguin are the included minifigures. The Penguin is a great new design with nice printing on the torso and legs. I’m loving the purple suit and open coat – very sharp. His face also looks pretty movie accurate. He also seems to be holding a new type of stud-shooter. The updated design looks interesting and hopefully makes for fun action.

Batcave: The Riddler Face-Off

  • SET #: 76183
  • THEME: Batman (DC Comics)
  • COST: $109.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 581
  • MINIFIGURES: 6
  • RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2021
  • COST/BRICK: $0.19 (poor value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 97 bricks/fig (great value)
  • DIMENSIONS: 20cm high x 32cm wide x 25cm deep

Batcave: The Riddler Face-Off (umm, spoiler alert??) is the largest of the 3 system sets. Just as there must be a batmobile, there must be a batcave. For this film, it looks like Batman is hiding out in an abandoned train or subway station. If so, that’s a great twist and I’m happy to get a somewhat different design for the location. The central area can serve as a mechanics bay when you drive the batmobile set (not included) up the ramp. A map of Gotham City and large tool rack flank either side of the central build housing the main computer monitors. Quite a few stickers help set the scene and display some great graphics. Another small motorcylce build is included. Just in case the batmobile is ‘in the shop’.

Six minifigures are included in this set and round out the core cast. Along with the same Batman and Selina Kyle minifgs found in the other sets, you get Alfred, The Riddler, Commissioner Gordon and Bruce’s alias of ‘The Drifter’. Each of these new minifigs has great torso printing, with a few having leg printing as well. The Riddler has a really wild face print that looks like a bunch of duct tape – which is how he seems in the film trailers. The other faces look like more reused prints. Anyone else see Cedric Diggory in The Drifter/Bruce and Count Dooku in Alfred? LOL. Overall it’s a very solid line-up of figures and you can get the whole collection with just 2 sets for $150 CAD.

The Batman – Batmobile

  • SET #: 42127
  • THEME: Technic (DC Comics)
  • COST: $129.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 1360
  • MINIFIGURES: None
  • RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2021
  • COST/BRICK: $0.09 (excellent value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: N/A
  • DIMENSIONS: 11cm high x 45cm wide x 17cm deep

The final set in this new wave of releases is a Technic version of the film’s Batmobile. Unlike prior films, this is pretty much the only time we’ve seen a batmobile that actually looks like a regular car. This is a souped-up muscle car with lots of power under the hood. It definitely has a ‘The Fast and the Furious’ vibe which makes sense for a novice vigilante. It is very reminiscent of the recently released Dom’s Dodge Charger (42111) set. A really great feature in this set is the inclusion of two light bricks, one red and one yellow. It’s a smart, simple way to add some play value to the vehicle and still make it a dynamic display piece. It definitely looks movie accurate. It’s also the best value of any of the sets so wins all around.

Batman Season

It’s a busy season for Batman. These sets will join the already announced Batmobile Tumblers. Read Tom’s review of the Batmobile Tumbler: Scarecrow Showdown (76239) here. And stay tuned for the release of the updated 18+ UCS style Batmobile Tumbler also releasing on November 1st. Although it’s a pretty straightforward wave of sets, I like the full selection of figures without much dupilicating (save for Batsy) and the builds look true to the film. The box art is also very distinctive with its predominantly red and black colour scheme.

As a long-time Bat-Fan I am super excited for the movie. The trailer definitely hooked me and I’m eager to see the finished product. The sets will hopefully round out a great movie experience. But what do you think? Are you eagerly anticipating The Batman in 2022? What do you think of these initial offering of sets? Or are you Batman’d out by this point? Let us know in the comments and as always, keep on brickin’.

-Frank

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