A couple of years have passed since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was released so the recent unveiling of 853744 Knightmare Batman Accessory Set came as a nice surprise. This pack is based upon a memorable scene from the film, in which Bruce Wayne dreams of an apocalyptic world dominated by an evil Superman.
The exclusive Knightmare Batman minifigure is definitely the most appealing aspect of this set, although the two Parademons are excellent for army building so are always welcome. Hopefully these minifigures will match my high expectations!
Knightmare Batman wears a dark tan coat and combat trousers while fighting against Superman's oppressive rule, although elements of his traditional suit remain intact. I love the textured dark bluish grey Batsuit which is visible beneath the coat and Batman also sports a metallic gold belt, just like he does in the film. The black cowl is familiar too but includes a pair of printed goggles above the eyes.
However, the coat is my favourite aspect of this minifigure. I like the realistic creasing on both sides of the torso and the bands wrapped around Batman's gauntlets look fantastic. The dual-moulded legs are similarly detailed, featuring straps for a thigh holster which is hidden beneath the coat as well as a few pockets that match the source material exactly.
Batman is typically averse to guns but wields a machine gun during this scene in the film, reflecting his desperation to defeat Superman. This accessory bears little resemblance to an actual machine gun but the printed Joker playing card beneath the barrel looks wonderful. The same card is taped to the butt of the machine gun in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice so I appreciate such exceptional attention to detail here.
The minifigure pack also contains two Parademons. These monstrous creatures were featured most prominently in Justice League and appeared in the accompanying LEGO sets, although they serve as enforcers for Superman during Bruce Wayne's nightmare in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice too. The dark green variant is more intimidating than the yellow version so I am pleased that they are included here, although a couple of Superman's soldiers would have been even more appealing.
Nevertheless, I think the Parademons look brilliant on the whole. Their bright red goggles look rather creepy and I love the armoured exoskeleton, combining organic and mechanical material. The bright green spine appears particularly gruesome! Each minifigure is armed with a stud shooter and they wear flexible plastic wings which are decorated with some veins and dark bluish grey scales.
The Completed Model
Batman is equipped with a small turret which includes two stud shooters. The weapons can be raised and lowered but are not mounted on a turntable, unfortunately. I like the dark tan elements which match Batman's attire and the trans-black windscreen, protecting the Dark Knight from assault, looks superb.
As its name would suggest, the highlight of 853744 Knightmare Batman Accessory Set is undoubtedly the Knightmare Batman minifigure. In fact, this is probably among the best minifigures that LEGO has produced for the DC Super Heroes theme, due perhaps in part to the length of time since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was released and the corresponding availability of reference material.
The Parademons and Batman's turret are welcome for play, although a couple of exclusive minifigures depicting Superman's militia would have been preferable to the Parademons. Nevertheless, £10.99 or $12.99 seems like a reasonable price given the content of this pack and I would recommend adding it to your collection.
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