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.
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 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.
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!!
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!!!
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