Batman possesses an arsenal of crime-fighting equipment and vehicles for any situation, many of which have already appeared in the DC Super Heroes theme. 76110 Batman: The Attack of the Talons, on the other hand, features a new motor tricycle so marks a very welcome change for the Caped Crusader, but not for the Super Heroes range as a whole.
Furthermore, this set is the first to represent one of Batman's most dangerous modern foes, the Court of Owls. Two of their deadly Talon Assassins are found here alongside Ace the Bat-Hound, who is perhaps the hero's staunchest ally! This should therefore prove to be a fun set, combining the modern world of the Dark Knight with the Silver Age of Comic Books.
This set includes an exclusive Batman minifigure, wearing his Thrasher Suit from the eighth issue of Batman (Volume 2). The armoured exoskeleton stands considerably taller than its Talon opponents in the comics and a larger minifigure would therefore have been fantastic, although the bulky pearl dark grey chest armour does lend it some additional girth. The two clips on its back are useful for storing batarangs but Batman's emblem is absent from the front of the armour, unfortunately.
However, this is revealed when the chest armour is removed. I like the pearl dark grey colour scheme and the intricate tubing looks brilliant on both the front and back of the torso. In fact, it seems a shame to cover such impressive detail with an entirely separate piece. The legs remain visible though and are also highly detailed with some metallic designs, contrasting with the golden belt around Batman's waist.
The pearl dark grey cowl looks pretty good but obscures a great deal of the head printing underneath. I think the alternative cowl with shorter ears may have been more suitable, although a new helmet would be the best option. It is a shame that the battle-damaged side of the head is not clearly visible through the narrow slits in the cowl as this looks marvellous, showing part of Bruce Wayne's face behind the visor. It works nicely without the cowl though.
Batman is equipped with a standard batarang but the instructions also show him wielding larger weapons. These pearl gold accessories are designed to resemble different versions of the bat symbol and they come in their own bag, like the Power Burst elements that were introduced at the start of this year. They look alright as decorative pieces but most feel too large for accessories, especially those which are supposed to be used as batarangs.
Ace the Bat-Hound first appeared in 1955's Batman #92, just a few months after Krypto the Superdog was introduced. It therefore seems appropriate that the LEGO rendition of Ace has been released only shortly after 76096 Superman & Krypto Team-up, making use of the same torso and leg component but a new head which features pointy ears, a severe expression and a different collar. I love the cartoonish design of this character and his little cape is adorable, although he does seem slightly out of place in a set of this kind.
The two Talon Assassins are relatively simple but look superb when compared with their comic book designs. The black uniforms are imposing and I love the yellow goggles which cover their eyes as well as the surrounding metallic gold owl motifs, reflecting the assassins' fidelity to the Court of Owls. A few streaks on the front and back of the heads depict wrinkled fabric which is also accurate to the comics, where the Talons wear soft robes.
Each minifigure is equipped with a reddish brown bandoleer for keeping throwing knives and these are fastened with a lovely owl emblem below the left shoulder. Some printing on the legs would have been welcome but is not a necessity in my opinion as the characters' legs appear fairly plain in the comics. One assassin carries a pair of pearl gold katana on his back while the other is equipped with claws which have not appeared in this colour before.
The Completed Model
Batman's motor tricycle is quite substantial, measuring 15cm in length and almost 13cm wide. It looks very beefy and is oversized in relation to a minifigure, although that feels entirely appropriate given the heavily armoured suit that the Dark Knight is wearing. It is constructed around a simple Technic frame which is somewhat visible from certain angles but this serves a vital structural purpose, ensuring that the model will tolerate even rough play.
A pearl gold bat emblem adorns the front of the trike and two smaller symbols are fitted to the wheels. These details look alright but it is a shame that there are not a few more golden highlights across the model to complement these. The large exhaust manifold is a pleasing inclusion and I like the simulated suspension beside the front wheels. However, functioning suspension would have been ideal and I think there is enough room for a simple rocking axle, akin to 75151 Clone Turbo Tank.
Two pearl gold batarangs are clipped to the side of the vehicle. Their shape is evidently inspired by The Dark Knight trilogy which I appreciate but they are extremely large in relation to a minifigure so look rather silly. Two stud shooters are also situated in front of the batarangs and these can be removed very easily and set up as a separate turret. Personally, I would rather they had been integrated more closely with the trike.
There is room to place Batman at the controls, leaning forward slightly to grip the handlebars. A sticker forms a control panel in front of the driver which features the Court of Owls insignia alongside two dials. I like the tan upholstery in this area of the model but would rather it were more obscured when viewed from the sides as I think the tan pieces look rather strange between black armour plates.
You can also place Ace the Bat-Hound on the other side of Batman's motor trike, as demonstrated below. He looks better than I was expecting here and I like the angled exhausts on either side of the rear wheel. Once again, a suspension mechanism would have been welcome and the Technic liftarms that support this wheel are not hidden very well but I think the curved mudguard looks good, decorated with a sticker featuring some tail lights.
This set has definitely surpassed my expectations. I am delighted to see the Court of Owls making their first appearance in the DC Super Heroes theme and Batman's Thrasher Suit looks brilliant, particularly when the bulky chest armour has been removed to reveal the detailed printing underneath. Ace the Bat-Hound completes the selection of figures and should prove very popular, although I am not sure that he feels at home in this set.
Batman's motor trike offers little display value but I think this is a fun toy. The functions are simple but work well and it feels very robust. Moreover, it is pleasing to see a different vehicle for the Dark Knight as numerous versions of the Batmobile or the Batcycle have already been produced. I would therefore recommend this set at a price of £19.99 or $19.99, although adult Super Heroes fans will probably find more enjoyment in the figures than the actual model.
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