Batman has developed an unparalleled rogues gallery over the last several decades and some of his adversaries are almost as popular as the Caped Crusader himself. However, not every villain enjoys such an illustrious reputation.
70920 Egghead Mech Food Fight includes two such lesser known characters, Egghead and the Condiment King. Both villains are fairly obscure but appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie along with most of Batman's other enemies. I have therefore been looking forward to building this set very much indeed, not only because it features such unusual minifigures but also due to the impressive design and delightfully consistent theming of Egghead's bizarre mech!
The design of the Batman minifigure has fluctuated quite considerably in recent years but the version from The LEGO Batman Movie takes obvious inspiration from the black-suited figure released in 2012 with the first wave of DC Super Heroes sets. His torso is printed with the same muscle definition and symbol while the legs remain plain black. Some printing would have been welcome but this design remains true to the classic version.
However, a new belt element was introduced for The LEGO Batman Movie, featuring four pouches and a buckle on the front as well as four more pouches and some canisters on the back. The figure wears a black cape made from a pliable material and his head includes an intimidating grimace on one side and a bewildered expression on the other. Batman comes equipped with a grapnel launcher but no batarangs, unusually.
Egghead was created for the 1960s Batman television series and has made very few appearances in the comics but he still remains popular as one of Batman's strangest foes. The design of this figure is faithful to the version from the television show and includes a large head, after which the character is named, with a new domed piece on top. I like his furrowed brow and the neatly tended moustache matches the original series perfectly.
The egg motif continues onto the torso as Egghead wears a white jacket with yellow highlights along the edges of the lapels. His pale yellow shirt looks great beside the jacket and I love the cravat which resembles a poached egg! There is no printing on the back of the torso which is unfortunate, although this seems to be a consistent feature of minifigures with fabric jacket tails attached around the waist.
The LEGO Batman Movie has yielded some unlikely minifigures but I think Condiment King might be the most wonderfully ridiculous of them all! The character was created for Batman: The Animated Series and has since returned to irritate the Dark Knight on several occasions in the comics, always presenting very little threat in his attempts to rob restaurants while armed with a pair of unwieldy condiment cannons.
Condiment King's design has been updated a few times in recent years but this figure is definitely based upon the original version from Batman: The Animated Series, wearing a bright green helmet and a pale blue costume which is emblazoned with the Condiment King logo. The legs are dual-moulded to represent boots and the head is printed with two faces, one of which shows the villain eating with mustard around his mouth! Unfortunately, the green base colour of the head affects the skin tone which is disappointing as an identical quality issue has been present on several recent minifigures.
The back of the torso is not printed but this is completely obscured by the villain's large backpack which supplies him with plenty of ketchup and mustard. Black hoses link the bottles to stud shooters which fire red and yellow 1x1 round plates representing the two condiments. It would have been nice to see the cup pieces shown in the movie here, although the stud shooters do not look out of place and offer some extra play value.
The Completed Model
The Egghead mech measures just 16cm in height so is slightly smaller than I was expecting. However, the model is packed with detail and its egg theme is consistent throughout, even in relation to the weapons fitted on each arm. The colour scheme of white and flame yellowish orange is also unmistakably reminiscent of an egg so matches Egghead and stands out among the vehicles belonging to other villains.
Articulation is vital to the design of a successful mech and this model is very satisfying in that respect. The ankles, hips and elbows all feature ball joints while the shoulders use ratchet joints to support the weight of the arms. Creating a wide range of poses is therefore very easy and the low centre of gravity allows the mech to balance quite comfortably, even when it is only standing on one foot.
The rounded shape of the cockpit is marvellous, making good use of a large trans-clear canopy which has not appeared in a set since 2013. I believe the bright colour scheme is intended to resemble a soft boiled egg with the runny yolk flowing from the centre which is fun. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of room for a minifigure to stand inside and two levers are included to simulate controlling the mech.
A large claw resembling a whisk is fitted to the right arm, thereby continuing the egg motif. The claw includes three fingers which are individually articulated on ball joints, allowing it to grip almost anything. Moreover, the digits can be turned upside down to form a shovel-like shape if you wish. I like the combination of black, light bluish grey and yellow and the pearl silver details on each finger tip look superb.
A black gear beside the elbow activates the rotating claw. This is a simple feature but it works perfectly, particularly when the fingers are closed to more closely resemble a whisk. I love the sticker on the shoulder which denotes the different speed settings for the rotating claw and the entire assembly feels appropriately preposterous for a set of this kind.
Egghead's mech is equipped with an equally absurd egg cannon on the left arm! The conical barrel looks brilliant and I like the printed 4x4 dish which reveals that the weapon can fire scrambled or fried eggs, depending upon how they have been cooked inside the cannon. A disc launcher allows you to launch printed 2x2 tiles representing fried eggs and this is cleverly disguised as a magazine fitted beneath the barrel.
A flexible pearl silver hose links the egg cannon to a trans-clear tank which supplies the ammunition. Three eggs are placed at different levels inside the tank, presumably on a carousel system of some kind. A white chicken sits at the top of the tank and seems to be the source of the eggs which would cast doubt upon the 'free range' claim of the egg cannon, although it may be decorative as the chicken does not feature any printed detail.
Almost the entire range based upon The LEGO Batman Movie has been excellent but 70920 Egghead Mech Food Fight has instantly become one of my favourites! The entire premise of the set is delightfully ridiculous and the mech is absolutely brilliant, perhaps among the best that LEGO has ever released in my opinion. This is saying a great deal given how many have been produced but I believe it is worthy of such praise as the model looks fantastic and includes plenty of functionality.
The Egghead and Condiment King minifigures are equally impressive. Just seeing such wacky characters in LEGO form is wonderful and both are highly detailed, although Egghead would have been even better with some back printing on the torso. Moreover, £29.99 or $29.99 feels quite expensive in relation to the size of the mech but seems reasonable to me given its high quality. I would therefore highly recommend this set, even at full price.
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