Review: 76001 The Bat vs. Bane: Tumbler Chase

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The Bat vs. Bane : Tumbler Chase

Welcome to the first Brickset review with video! This is a first for me as well as the site and I look forward to contributing more in the future. I'm going to be taking a look at one of the early 2013 Super Heroes sets to hit the shelves and one of the most anticipated as it's the only set to tie-in with the Dark Knight Rises movie from last year.

So, please enjoy the review and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

The Box and Contents

Inside the box we have 3 bags, 2 instruction books, 1 sticker sheet, and 1 DC Universe Super Heroes Comic Book.

The piece distribution for the bags is split so that bag one contains everything to build the Tumbler and the Bane minifig. Bag two has the pieces for stage 1 of building the Bat, as well as the Batman minifig. And bag three contains the pieces for stage 2 of the Bat build and the Commissioner Gordon minifig (plus the barriers for the road block!). One thing I would say is they are three pretty MASSIVE bags considering the number of pieces they contain!

Instruction book one is for the Tumbler build and Bane minifig construction, noting on the opening page you only require bag 1 at this point. Book two has instructions for the Bat build and constructing Bane and Gordon; again referencing which bag you require for each stage of the build (bag 2 and 3).

The sticker sheet is fairly small and has 11 decals for both the Tumbler and the Bat, as well as the road barriers.

Lastly the comic book… What can I say about these? I’m not particularly bothered about them and have never looked at one so far so I’m not starting now!! Probably aimed at the kids so a nice little extra in there.

The Build

The Minifigs

First up we have the Batman minifig. This is now the second variant of Batman based on the Christopher Nolan movies. Whilst looking very similar to the one from 2008, there are some subtle differences. First off his cowl, this is the new version with the slightly shorter/more angular ears seen first in the Batman Jetski polybag last year. Batman has a new head in this version too, which is dual sided rather than single. It still uses the white band around the top to “fill the eyeholes on his cowl. His torso from the front is almost identical in design to the previous one, the main difference being his bat symbol is smaller. The big change is this torso has printing on the back as well as the front which although covered by his cape, is a nice touch. Only change to the legs is the use of black hips with the dark bluish grey legs rather than bluish grey for both.

 

Next up is Bane. Although there have been previous versions of him, it’s difficult to compare them as this Bane is based on the movie imagining of the character. All the previous variants have been based on the comic book/cartoon concepts of the character. As someone that has seen the movie, I would have to say overall it’s a fairly good representation of him. My only complaint would be the olive green colour of his mask and vest is nothing like the colour he wears in the film. His head has printing on the front and back which makes it look like the full mask he wears. His torso too has front and back printing with body armour detailing, and his right hand is black instead of flesh like the other one. The legs are standard dark bluish grey.

 

Finally, we have Commissioner Gordon. I really like this minifig and I think it bears a frighteningly good resemblance to the man that portrays Gordon in the movie, Gary Oldman! Yet another minifig to have a dual sided head with the more and more common stern look/scared look combo. His torso is a dark blue top under a grey ballistics vest with the word “SWAT” across the chest. This is repeated on the reverse of the torso with another SWAT logo on the back of the vest. Although I don’t recall him wearing one in the TDKR (I’m sure I will be corrected if he did!) it’s a cool torso regardless. Legs are standard black.

 

The Vehicles

The Bat

The Bat whilst small, is not a bad representation of the vehicle from the movie. When I first saw the pictures, I wasn't a fan at all of the blue or the visible red but having built it and looked at it in close detail it could be worse... I think the thing too is the set had to be built in a way that kept if fun and more "cartoon" like given the target demographic (yes I know a lot of AFOL's wanted this to be more movie accurate - me included!). I would also say that for the number of pieces used to build it, they have done well. The model itself is sturdy, swooshable, and the level of articulation for all the wing/aerofoil/engine components is great.

The Tumbler

This is the second version of the Tumbler we have seen from the Chris Nolan Batman trilogy. The first was in set 7888 The Tumbler: Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise. Whilst this model is SMALL in comparison to the last, it's actually a pretty neat little vehicle and again considering the part count, it's a great effort. It's more minifig scale than the last one, and looks good from a scale point of view with the Bat also. There are no unique parts for this tumbler and so it would be very easy to make a black version for those of you that want a Batman variant as well as the Camo version Bane uses. Other than the obvious issue of the size, my only other beef with this model is the use of a load of unnecessary stickers. Especially those Bane masks!!

Conclusion

In summary I would say that overall this isn't a bad little set. At it's £40 price point, I think you get a decent amount for your money. Three cool and exclusive minifigs and two nice vehicles. It's a well thought out set and a must have for any LEGO Batman or Super Heroes fan. The last Tumbler set wasn't perfect and neither is this one, but... I regret not buying the last one - so don't do the same with this one!!!

18 comments on this article

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By in Slovenia,

was this set already released in european countries? stores in my town have pretty much every set from 2013, even exclusives but no super heroes sets :/

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By in United Kingdom,

I quite like this format of review, with a nice mixture of video, images and text. Thanks for the review Kempo.

As for the set, I own it and while it is not bad, it is in dire need of some, to coin a phrase "unjuniorisation." Bane's Tumbler in particular suffers from an incredible lack of detail, I would have hoped for something more like this: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/8919

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice one Kempo, thanks!

This style of review is a first for Brickset: do please let us know in the comments if you enjoyed the 'hybrid' video/text presentation, and want to see more of them in the future, or not...

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By in United States,

I do really enjoy that you kept the text and pictures, even if they're brief, as it's a lot easier to read this at work than it is to watch a video at work. :)

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By in United States,

I agree that this is a pretty great set in spite of not being totally movie-accurate. Really, the blue is a lot more forgivable when you consider that they most likely wanted it to have some sort of accent color for both aesthetics and ease of building, versus being all black, and the bright blue they chose suits it a lot better than the bright yellow used for the rest of Batman's vehicles in this theme.

The Tumbler definitely isn't as accurate as some of the AFOL MOCs I've seen of it, and some of those could even stand up pretty well on their own as sets. But it's easy to see why some of the changes were made. The windscreen, for instance, is designed so a figure sitting inside can actually see out the front-- something that's probably not really essential to most AFOLs but which a number of KFOLs might consider more important. The Bane mask stickers are the only things I can't come up with any definite explanation for — perhaps it was a way of adding detail without the camo patterns that would lend it a movie-accurate look but also military overtones that TLG might have wanted to avoid in some markets. It'd be great if a designer could give some insight.

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By in United States,

Not bad for $40USD, I'd really like the figs and The Bat. If I get it though, first thing after I built it would be to switch blue out for dark grey.
Thanks for the review Kempo!

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By in Guatemala,

Thanks for the review Kempo, I liked it. Thumbs up for this kind of review!

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By in United States,

@Huw, I'm on mobile and the videos don't work for me so, I'll watch them next time I'm on a computer.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is this the artist formally known as Kempo? I recall blonde hair at STEAM ;-) Great review. Especially the sticker application.

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By in United States,

Agreed on the hybrid. I can't stand watching video reviews in general (Brickshow, ugh), so the accompanying text/pictures make these worthwhile.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review Kempo, the set looks like a bit of a missed opportunity to me but I do appreciate seeing a nice variety of reviewing styles.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review @kempo81, top marks

The review was well laid out with good images with professional looking video (too many video reviews are filled with "umms" and "errs").

I look forward to more reviews in the future.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would like to share this excerpt from Brickset member @Berrybrick 's review of 76001. He has in his text some quotes from LEGO designer Mark Strafford who worked on this set. He gives an interesting perspective...

"Just a word in defense of the Tumbler set - this had to be designed over a year ago based only on concept art, the Designer did not have final images from the movie as they were not done yet, things change during filming and in post production. You all have the luxury of having seen the movie and how it was used, all the plot points were top secret and very few of them are shared with toy companies!

"Also it has to be buildable by kids (and fun to play with), a secondary colour needs to be brought in to differentiate the layers of black and dark grey - blue is very Batman - the original Tumbler had a lot of yellow hidden away inside it, but in a smaller model like this it's not always possible to hide the brighter colour away."

Thanks to @Berrybrick for this.

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By in United States,

I felt as if LEGO cut many corners on this set: for example, the Bat and Tumbler could've been a lot larger and more detailed. Also, the blue coloring, in my opinion, IS inexcusable; it's just like the old LEGO TIE-Fighters, when compared to the newest one.

The best part of this set is the minifigures; it's a shame that they're all exclusive to this set (at least the TDKR versions of the characters).

@kempo81
1: I can see design-wise with the Bat, but it's not like the Tumbler is anything new, aside from the color. :P
2: Silver/gray would've worked, and not been so harsh on the eyes, making it more "acceptable."

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By in United States,

@Dragon_Master_48: The thing is, TLG evidently had reason to believe the Tumbler and Bat would sell best at this price point, meaning they had to be fit to this price point. And anyway, it's not like the Tumbler is inaccurate as far as scale is concerned. This is more or less minifigure scale; it's the other Batman vehicles that tend to be terribly oversized.

I don't think a few splashes of bright blue is harsh at all. Certainly it's a lot better than a lot of the awful, awful TDKR merchandise I've seen which, not being a building toy, doesn't even have "ease of building" as an excuse for the garish color choices and other assorted inaccuracies.

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By in Australia,

This set looks absolutely gorgeous, but as usual, in Australia, the prices are so ridiculously prohibitive that they aren't worth buying.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir
But the LOW price point may exclude people like me, for example (people who have seen the film and expect more from our beloved LEGO :P); people who haven't seen the film (children included) may be less inclined to want to buy this set, so that leaves a comparably smaller target audience (e.g. people who don't care about any of the above that I have pointed out, such as die hard collectors, although more people are included).

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By in United States,

@kempo81 - What a beautiful first review for the news blog! Thanks for the good work. I may not actually buy this one due to it not seeming essential to my collection. I personally loved Lego's 2007 Penguin submarine of all the sets from the Batman line, along with the 2012 Funhouse.

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