The LEGO Batman Movie range is thoroughly impressive on the whole, with an enormous selection of excellent minifigures and plenty of highly detailed models. Unfortunately, 70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery is perhaps the weakest of the sets released to date.
It contains 204 pieces and three minifigures, with Scarecrow being the only exclusive character. This figure is unusually dressed in a pizza delivery uniform so its appeal is slightly limited, particularly since the cheaper 70913 Scarecrow Fearful Face-off will include a standard version of the villain when it is released in the summer. Nevertheless, there are some interesting features and details to be found, not least of which is the largest section of the Gotham Energy Facility.
The new Batman minifigure is less detailed than many of the other characters from The LEGO Batman Movie but I like it very much. The varying expressions look splendid in conjunction with the design of the cowl, particularly since the eyes are shaped according to Batman's emotion in contrast with most earlier versions which have simply featured a plain white bar showing through the cowl.
A pliable fabric is used for the cape and both sides of the torso are printed with some muscle definition. Unfortunately the legs are left plain but the separate utility belt component is moulded with impressive detail and includes pods of various shapes for different types of equipment. A couple of black batarangs complete the minifigure.
The Gotham Energy Facility is protected by a Security Guard at the gate. He wears a large cap which is adorned with a golden shield and previously appeared in 70164 Hurricane Heist while the torso matches that of the guard found in 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack. It is nicely detailed with a belt and identity badge as well as a tiny tie clip and a pen!
Two separate heads are included which is very unusual and this is even more surprising given the similarity between the two printed designs. Both have open mouths but one looks angry while the other is frightened and includes a few beads of sweat. The guard comes with a white mug but is otherwise unarmed.
Scarecrow wears a pizza delivery disguise in this set and I think it looks great, striking an appropriate balance between the traditional design of the Scarecrow and a pizza delivery uniform. He wears a red motorcycle helmet which is decorated with some flames and features an opening visor while the front of the torso includes the Luigi's Pizza logo. I like the bright yellow shirt and this provides a striking contrast with the drab rags visible around the sleeves and neckline.
I love the printing on the head which features a pair of evil red eyes, a partly sewn mouth and some subtle blemishes. The expressions vary very slightly as the tongue is visible on one side but not on the other. It would have been nice to see a more frightening expression with a wider mouth, although it looks great in its current state and I am glad that the same head appears in the upcoming 70913 Scarecrow Fearful Face-off.
Scarecrow's accessories are among the most appealing aspects of the entire set. The pizza box is printed simply with some Italian colours while the pizza itself shows the influence of fear toxin as the pepperoni seems to form eyes and a terrifying mouth appears. It looks brilliant but I would have liked to see a separate pizza element without the face included.
The Completed Model
The 204 pieces in this set are divided evenly between two models, the first of which is Scarecrow's pizza delivery bike. This vehicle appears unremarkable at first glance but incorporates some unusual building techniques and is unlike anything we have seen in previous sets. In fact, the only immediately comparable model appears in this year's 41311 Heartlake Pizzeria where a somewhat similar pizza delivery scooter is included, although this one consists of a distinct motorcycle and trailer while the other is more like an auto rickshaw.
The bulky motorcycle fairing looks slightly dated to me, particularly when compared with the sleeker street bike introduced in 2015. However, I think it suits this covered model quite well and the transparent windscreen makes a welcome change from past designs. The motorcycle is connected to a trailer using a clip and a ball joint which is somewhat unusual but works very nicely, allowing the vehicle to turn corners with ease as well as improving its display value. I also like the red, white and green colour scheme, which recalls the Italian flag, very much indeed.
The dial on the roof is disguised as a rotating sign and turning it will cause the sides to burst open, revealing Scarecrow's fear toxin and releasing it into the air around the truck. This is represented by a lime green ice cream element placed beneath a dome and it looks splendid, giving the impression of a bubbling mixture which might only become a gas once pumped out. Each side of the trailer is decorated with the Luigi's Pizza logo and another sticker is used for the 'SC4R3' number plate at the back. It is also worth noting that there is room for some storage inside and this is accessible by opening the rear hatch.
The Gotham Energy Facility is divided across three sets and this section is the largest of them, including the entrance barrier and a guard post as well as a large sign above the door. This is formed using two stickers placed on a 1x8 tile and the side of a 1x6 brick but looks rather better than I was expecting. I like the dark red roof too as it complements the grey walls underneath, introducing a welcome splash of colour in the process.
The front of the guard booth features a sticker which reads 'have a nice day'. This is a very pleasing detail as you can see the very same sign at the energy facility in the film. The barrier includes two yellow tiles which are printed with hazard stripes and it is attached to the railing using a hinge so can be raised manually. It might have been nice to see a strip of road beneath the barrier, akin to 4436 Patrol Car, but that would probably have necessitated a higher price point or fewer pieces used elsewhere in the set.
The rear of the building is left open and a single computer console is placed inside, represented by another sticker. Presumably this controls the security camera above the entrance as well as the barrier, thereby allowing the guard to inspect anyone arriving at the facility and open the barrier to those with the appropriate credentials. I doubt that Scarecrow will be deterred though.
Combining this model with those found in 70900 The Joker Balloon Escape and 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack forms a reasonably large structure and one with a consistent design throughout. Unfortunately, the arrangement of the separate components looks very awkward, with the guard post placed behind the main wall and a large white tank obstructing what appears to be the entrance.
Creating this important location by joining three sets is an excellent idea but its realisation is disappointing in my opinion and the three sections fit together very poorly. This is frustrating because the models share similar features such as yellow railings and sand green interior walls but their physical connection lets the entire concept down. Hopefully the additional section found in 70913 Scarecrow Fearful Face-off will be more successful in this regard.
70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery is probably my least favourite of the thirteen sets based on The LEGO Batman Movie which have been released so far. It offers reasonable play value and certainly justifies its price point of £19.99 or $19.99 but the two models are lacking in detail and I think the minifigure selection is relatively weak. Scarecrow is the only truly exclusive character included and his disguise limits the usefulness of the figure outside the context of this set, although it is certainly a fun design.
I quite like Scarecrow's pizza delivery motorcycle and the guard post is satisfactory but neither is as good as most of the models found in the rest of this wave and the assembled Gotham Energy Facility looks considerably messier than I had hoped. In fact, the relative weakness of this set speaks more for the quality of the entire range than a particularly poor design here. This is a worthy purchase if you are looking to complete your collection but I think the other sets at this price point are more impressive so would recommend those over this offering.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.