Review: Lego Batman 76001 The Bat vs Bane: Tumbler Chase

Pieces: 368  Minifigures: 3  Retail Price: $39.99  Price I Paid: ?

Continuing with the Christopher Nolan theme as of late and finally another review of a Batman set – here is the one set made from The Dark Knight Rises. As the only set, I can’t really complain, it’s mostly got the figures you’d want and the most exciting vehicle from the film.

Commissioner Gordon, best mustache on a minifig?

You get Batman of course, a movie version of Bane (obviously a must) and Commissioner Gordon. It would be nice to have a Selina Kyle Catwoman but alas it wasn’t meant to be. These are pretty good minifigures though. Batman has a movie suit and a realistic Bane gives you the chance to do your duck on helium voice all day long.

“This is not a car.”

The main vehicle is The Bat and it’s a pretty good portrayal of the helicopter/plane whatever especially given that you never really get a chance to understand all of the physics and engineering of the thing. For some reason though they put blue pieces in it – in the movie it’s completely black (of course) I’m not sure why, but maybe for ease of building. Still, this is not really forgivable.

Those rotors should be bigger I believe.

The Bat has all kinds of articulation as it does in the film and this obviously makes it a good “playset” from the Lego perspective. Although you do get a Tumbler – and it is kind of in scale with The Bat…

Yes, I’ve forgone the stickers here.

It certainly isn’t to scale with minifigures. It is almost a polybag size version. In the best world these would’ve been two separate sets and both at the right minifigure scale.

Still not putting those stickers on.

And of course, we have the obligatory flick fire missiles on the Tumbler, even though they are not present in an actual Tumbler in that spot.

So, in all, here’s what you get:

“Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.”

When this set first came out I was a bit disappointed by it – but at least there was one set from the movie. I think I even bought it at retail since I was anxious to get it. Now, I’ve come to accept it for the set it is and as it’s generally discounted, it’s a pretty good value. The minifigures are definitely the highlight – once you have your own Bane you can go on destroying everything you build if you want – with the voice! I’m going to rate this an 8, 6 plus the 2 for being a Batman set. It’s still available and I’m thinking of getting another one before it isn’t: LEGO Super Heroes Tumbler Chase 76001

Not getting this set could be very painful…for you.

A new Batman film is coming out – Lego Batman!

Forget Ben Affleck. At NYCC, it was announced that there was going to be a spinoff of The Lego Movie featuring the Will Arnett Batman. I’ll be interested to see how it does. The Batman character was hilarious in The Lego Movie, but mostly a punchline. Can you make a Batman movie where Batman is the punchline? However I see little downside to this other than a bad movie. The upside is a possibly funny movie and more importantly, several more Lego Batman sets! Maybe we can get a good vehicle? The film is not scheduled to come out for a few years, you can read more via The Hollywood Reporter.

Even though it’s Batman – I’m not excited about the next “Batman” movie

Well first of all, you’ve got Ben Affleck as Batman. He’s not a terrible guy, he’s a pretty good director. It would be better in all likelihood if Affleck was directing it other than Zack Snyder. Snyder did ok with Watchmen, but he doesn’t seem like a guy who lets a good plot get in his way. He also directed 300 which looks like a computer game. Anyway today he posted a picture of the new Batmobile online:

Right there on the front, there appear to be machine guns. Batman doesn’t use guns. Now before someone somewhere tells me, well yes he does at one point – ok that’s fine, but he doesn’t use them compulsively. Even if the Batmobile was outfitted with guns or lasers or something for defense, they should be hidden – then you can have a cool scene where they pop out and the bad guys go “Oh man!” and it provides a bit of comic relief while at the same time illustrating how the Batmobile is a bit like a James Bond car.

Also we’ve got the fact that Christopher Nolan just finished making the 3 best superhero movies ever made quite possibly and now we expect Batman to go toe to toe with an alien who has superpowers – including stopping bullets with his chest AND in case he doesn’t feel up to that, he’s also faster than a speeding bullet. This Batmobile appears to have taken some inspiration from the Nolan films – as you would expect, but it’s gone a bit dune buggy and added obvious machine guns. Here’s hoping those aren’t machine guns, but… glue guns?