App-controlled Batmobile revealed

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App-Controlled Batmobile

App-Controlled Batmobile

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The novelty revelations continue with the first images of 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile. As you'll see from the box image after the break, the vehicle, which is powered using the new Power Functions 2 system, can be controlled using a smartphone app via Bluetooth.

The 321-piece set will cost $160 when released in August.

 

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73 comments on this article

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By in Ireland,

That looks stunningly awful, especially for the price. I'm staring at the Batmobile and everything about screams cheap lego knock off that you'd find in a pound store. Seriously, even the studs on it look off to me.

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By in United States,

Hardest pass in the history of passing on sets. Someone's going to have to explain the value behind the $125 markup from a regular set.

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By in United States,

Why have those stud shooters you have to press down when they could have made a motor turn a six-shooter? Or launch a technic missile? This "Batmobile" doesn't even have some bat-fins slapped on. It looks like a toddler's Tonka Batmobile for $160, yikes...

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By in Canada,

That's a crazy price for what you get. Maybe it vacuums your floors as well? :) Could the the cost of the new Power Functions stuff, new CITY trains aren't exactly cheap either.

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By in United Kingdom,

321 pieces for $160??? Even with the new power function that is ridiculous!

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By in United Kingdom,

WTH LEGO have u made? it looks in my eyes terrible and the price has nothing to justify the build what so ever m, easiest past ever

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By in United States,

I can understand why they waited so long to reveal this POS.

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By in United States,

HOLY GEEZ!
I've been all-in on every Batman set LEGO has put out since the beginning, but there is no way that I can justify that price. Even $60 would be a push. Perhaps I'll be able to get a cheap one off of ebay that someone has harvested the Minifig and Power Functions out of.

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By in Sweden,

I have never seen a batmobile like this. Couldn’t they’ve made it look like the tumbler at least. Wow, this is bad

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By in United States,

And LEGO is wondering why they are not growing in business. Its ugly, not worth the price, and quite frankly I think most LEGO fans are bored of Batman. There has been WAY too much batman stuff in the last year to justify making another subpar set. Especially this atrocious price point.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hahahaha. Oh lord!

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By in United States,

I was so excited when I first heard about this set.... yeah, but not anymore.

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By in United States,

Sad. I was really looking forward to this. The only thing that could make this more disappointing would be for it to come with a copy of Batman vs Superman ;P

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By in United States,

That wheelbase tho.

Looks very tippy, although maybe the motors and battery pack add some weight down low.

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By in United States,

Lol. This is such an easy pass it's ridiculous. What are you thinking LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

The most un-batmobile, batmobile I've ever seen.

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By in United States,

I'm the only one who likes this (I like the 'chunky' look to it)...but the price? OUCHY! I thought it originally was gonna' be $100 bucks tops.

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By in Ireland,

Surely that $160 price is a typo?!

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By in Germany,

Is there a Lego boost brick in the set? So they set the price so high that this set doesn‘t compete with the boost set.

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By in United States,

Just did a little comparison. The closest set piece-wise that we have so far this year comes in at $39.99 for 322 pieces. They're charging us $120 for the app function...bad LEGO, bad.

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By in Switzerland,

Perhaps the illustrated mobile phone is included for the price... LOL

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By in Australia,

Looks much more like a "Bat-Tank" to me than anything else.

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By in Belgium,

@Sinthoras Doesn't look like it has room for a battery pack and a motor so yes I'd bet its a boost move hub with the integrated motors.

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By in Australia,

"The 321-piece set will cost $160 when released in August."

And then will sit on shelves gathering dust for twelve months, or so, before being heavily, heavily discounted so that shops will finally be rid of it.

Once again, Lego's greed is getting in the way of making good business decisions. Good luck with that, guys.

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By in Germany,

It's a cool idea.
But it doesn't look good.
And sooo expensive.

I am very sad. -_-

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By in United States,

The app better work well for that price. Easy pass for me

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By in United States,

The idea is cool! The price isn't. I don't think this one will sell as well as they hope. I am a big fan of the new Bata-rang peice, I get some on Bricklink.

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By in United States,

Rather than being concerned about the look of the Batmobile, I'm personally more interested to see if the new technology, its capabilities, and program-ability is worth the price. According to The Brothers Brick, there's supposed to be a programming interface and voice control, which might sound a little excessive, but is probably more interesting than just a simple remote-control car. I will wait for more details before I make a full judgement.

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By in United States,

Why $160? Isn't that a little expensive for a 321 piece set?

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By in United States,

The only thing interesting about this Batmobile set is the minifigure and exclusive gun metal grey Dark Knight Batarangs. I could see this set being more worth it if they gave you more pieces and a couple different Batmobile’s you could build, like a 3-in-1, and people could even try customizing their own, but this isn’t worth spending all that money for a cool figure and his accessories.

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By in United States,

WHOA. That's steep.

Love the tumbler-like design. And I'm interested to learn more about the Power Functions 2 and capabilities with this set. But I can't touch that price. Not even close.

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By in United States,

I’ll stick with my lone non-Lego part - the SBrick.

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By in United States,

That's uh, not a good price, not in the least. Not really my demographic, but can't imagine many people dropping that much for it.

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By in Australia,

^ I can't imagine *anyone* dropping that much for it.

The fact that Lego can imagine that is a little worrying, tbh.

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel like they could've justified the price a little more by adding new or rare villains - but for some reason they didn't think to? The design is very odd, though in my opinion not an atrocity or anything like that. The price just makes my jaw drop so low it's at the planet's core.

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By in United States,

Y'all realize electronics parts cost more than Lego parts, right? :P

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By in United States,

The new version of Batman looks cool, the design, while a bit chunky, isn't bad, the function sounds interesting...and it's twice as expensive as I expected. Obviously Boost components must be more expensive than normal bricks, but $120 more?
I might snatch it up eventually if the inevitable discounts go low enough, but there's no way in hades I could justify buying this at anywhere near full price.

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By in Australia,

That price has me really worried about other sets rumoured to have power functions- like that giant ninjago tank!

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By in United States,

I’ve really enjoyed the various Lego Batman movie sets, but this is a disappointing Batman vehicle. This vehicle is very bulky and boxy, and if it weren’t labeled as a Batmobile I never would say it’s a Batmobile. So, combine that with the price and I have to decline.

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By in United States,

That Batman minifigure has me interested.

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By in United States,

A $30 set being sold for $160 just 'cause it has an app controlled function? I'd rather buy a a pair of 2001 Manas and have a boxing match with my buds, 'cause it's the same thing for surprisingly less!

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By in United States,

Yeah the price is pretty high; Boost had a lot more pieces and although it was $169.99, it supplied more than this, and I'm pretty sure standard Power Functions couldn't fit inside the vehicle.

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By in Hong Kong,

wait it's price drop 50% at least

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By in United States,

Am I really the only person who thinks this thing looks awesome? For those unaware this version of the Batmobile seems to be based off of the one which appears in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight. That version was very blocky and resembles this a lot. The Batman figure is directlty based off that games Batsuit design and so is the logo on the box. This is basically a Batman: Arkham Knight set and is definetly on my want list.

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By in United States,

Looking at this thing again it really looks like a remote controlled grown up mighty micros. Like The Rancor said, I'm surprised that LEGO didn't try to entice people to buy this by including some exclusive villain/character. I expect this to be heavily discounted on Amazon. If this is 75% off I'll buy it, but that's about it.

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By in United States,

@Double J Bricks, I think you are the only one, lol. I do have to disagree with you about the looks. The Justice League and Batman vs Superman versions of the Batmobile are more comparable to the Arkham Knight version. I really don't see the resemblance here. If that's what they were going for, they've made it far too chunky and did a poor job.

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By in United States,

April fools, right? ... ... ... Right?...

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By in United States,

Considering what the new Vex Robotics wireless system costs, this price for an app-controlled system could be considered inexpensive.

For me, as a rare few have stated above, I want to see what the motor and interface offer before I pass judgement on the price.

Besides, I'm already looking at this and wondering how I can MOC it into a classic space monorail system.

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By in Poland,

Did Lego don't know you can get APP controlled minicars for like 5 dolars?

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By in Belgium,

Badly designed Batmobile and way too overpriced :/

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By in Netherlands,

I'm a huge Batman fan. There a not many sets that I don't have or have on my wish list but this one... I'm gonne pass. As said earlier it looks cheap. Like some Chineese manufacturer whipped it up in an afternoon. Even de Bat-Tank part of the "Ultimate Bat Mobile" looks better. I guess I'll wait for it to be on sale, judging by the comments here, that will not take long. I do like the new bat-shaped parts though.

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By in Austria,

I wonder how high the Euro price will be. This is another shelfwarmer waiting to happen. We need to show them that stuff like this won't fly and that they're only shooting themselves in the foot with their pricing policies.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why Lego trying to rip us off?

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By in Germany,

So I assume there's a Mr. Gold in the trunk?

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By in Netherlands,

I'm seeing an app-controlled #10261 in my future... :)

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By in Italy,

Does it include the Tesla Autopilot in that price?

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By in Netherlands,

Even batman disapproves of this batmobile,... look at his face on the box :(

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By in Slovakia,

So it is a Boost Smarthub with the 2nd motor external, sensor removed and a Batman minifigure + license instead of 500 bricks (this 320 vs Boost's 800+). All that for the same price as Boost set..

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By in Denmark,

Although USD 160 may be "a lot of money" for a relatively small RC vehicle, before you know the nature of the electronic components you cannot say it is "expensive".

This said, I would expect/prefer a USD 120 (160 minus 40) electronics system to be offered in a more generic set, e.g. as is the case for the EV3 system.

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By in Poland,

Brothers brick site indicates 99$ price for this set. And that price seems fitting.

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By in United States,

I imagined it would look like the tumbler, not junk!

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By in Australia,

Every now and then, Lego tends to go through periods where they forget what toy they're selling. Sometimes they recover quickly and sometimes they don't. And I get that, as a business, they're looking for new things to sell to make money. I can forgive them for that. Capitalism 101.

But if I wanted a remote-controlled toy, I'd go buy one. That's not why I'm standing here in the Lego aisle of the toy shop.

If you like the set and want to buy it, more power to you. It's your money (I probably spend too much on Lego trains, whatever). And regardless of the electronics, it's still a lot of money (I shudder to think what the Australian price will be. I still recoil in horror over "Ship in a bottle" retailing at over a hundred dollars) for something that's not really appealing at all. They didn't even throw in any exclusive minifigs, maybe Lego doesn't really believe in this.

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By in United States,

My biggest issue really is that it doesn't look like a Batmobile. That price seems really high, but as others have pointed out, it is true that we don't know what exactly it can do or what all of the features will be. Maybe it can do more than we think?
But, it just doesn't look like a Batmobile, and the mini-figure included isn't anything to write home about. I get that it's more about the tech than the actual toy, but still. It seems hastily put together to showcase the tech. I think there is a place in Lego for remote control stuff like this, but it has to be decent and not cost-prohibitive. Sets are already expensive as it is.

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By in United States,

I'm really uneasy about using tablets to control pricey investments. My concern is eventually there is going to be a compatibility issue and the model either won't work or you'll have to find a work around. Standalone Power Functions might not be sophisticated, but they are simple and won't be obsolete with the next operating system upgrade.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I am actually afraid and gald more and more sets have power functions as I am interested now, I just hipe that when it's SW turn we don't get killed for the cost.

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By in United Kingdom,

Price is ridiculous.

From other pictures showing the back view the 'Powered Up' gear looks like a 4x8x4 combined battery box and receiver hub in the back, with two Boost-type six-core cables plugged it. You can also see the hint of a regular Technic gear inside one of the back wheels. So my guess would be a pair of Boost styled M-motors in the base geared to the wheels. Now the PF M-motors go for about £6 each, so how much are they asking for the PU Hub? At that price I do hope it's rechargeable.

I'm guessing it's the same hub in the trains, but with a different way of controlling them (fixed remote). I hope the remote is more versatile as I don't want something that can only be driven by one phone app that will be out-of-date next year.

I also think it's a crying shame they've gone away from the PF modular control system, as there's nothing here to suggest you can just connect a battery to a motor/light and switch it on any more. Please let there be a directional switch and a power dial on the base unit, like there was on the rechargeable train battery box...

And I hope there are more than two power outputs on the hub, or Technic sets are going to suck for the next ten years...

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By in Norway,

So far I've not seen any compelling reason why this is app-controlled in the first place, other than a vain attempt at appealing to phone-obsessed kids. As I see it you pay double price for a remote-controlled toy without the remote included, instead of having an updated version of the 8885 remote with an analog mode. With this price and the phone requirement it should at least included a camera so you could get a driver's view on the screen, right now it doesn't even seem to support remote firing of the shooters. They promises some programming options "sometime" in the future, but it seems limited to customizing the interface and making motion sequences.

As others have noted, this app nonsense is nothing but asking for trouble. Just like the Boost it'll probably only support a limited number of recent phones and tablets, it won't support older phones due to ridiculous system requirements, it won't support future phones after it has been discontinued, and even the current phones will gradually stop working as they gets updated unless Lego is willing to spend $$$ on keeping the app up-to-date.

Just like thermodynamics, modern technology has became a game you can't win. But unlike thermodynamics you at least have the option not to play, let's hope most potential customers goes for that one.

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By in Germany,

Promobricks also reports a price of €99,99. Might be time for an update.
But the real shocker is that I didn't even bat (hurhur) an eyelash when the $160,- were announced. I certainly wouldn't put it beyond Lego to overcharge that much at this point ... which is kind of sad in and of itself.

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By in United Kingdom,

UK price is £89.99

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By in United States,

axeleng, my hope is that LEGO's new PF remote might be compatible as an optional purchase.

As for a compelling reason for using an app, it is probably cheaper to supply a downloadable app than to supply a remote made of plastic and electronics, and that might have to pass various safety regulations. From a liability perspective, the app is probably better for LEGO, kids can't swallow apps or poke their eyes out.

As a customer, I've long been concerned that apps would be the inevitable direction. I just don't want to invest in a product where a third party will eventually make the Batmobile inoperable at a random time in the future.

As collectors, would we have to keep and maintain a retired smartphone as a remote?

Another question, let's say you want to build something else with this set, will you be limited to using the Batmobile app as an interface?

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By in United States,

It'll be absolutely incredible if the $100 price The Brothers Brick reported is accurate and it turns out around 60 people went into a frenzy over an misreported price. I had hoped we'd seen the last of that when the price of Ninjago City Docks was officially announced yesterday and sites stopped mindlessly parroting the incorrect $300 price Brickset put up months ago. It's often said "if something seems too good to be true, it probably is" — but in the LEGO community perhaps we could benefit from being a little more skeptical when things seem too BAD to be true.

Now the question becomes, where did the supposed $160 price even come from?

@Kynareth: None of the new Ninjago sets come with power functions. Boost is optional on the Stormbringer dragon and Power Functions may be optional on the Dieselnaut (hadn't heard those rumors myself), but either way they are sold separately.

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By in Belgium,

@skypirate

The remotes will work for all the new hubs, they will probably be able to control boost hubs as well its the same bluetooth comms. Theres already people providing libraries for controlling the boost via pcs or your own apps.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool idea. Abysmal realisation. And that price! Wow.

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