Review: 853744 Knightmare Batman Accessory Set

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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!

Minifigures

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.

853744 Knightmare Batman Accessory Set

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.

853744 Knightmare Batman Accessory Set

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall

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.

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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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21 comments on this article

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By in Belgium,

I do not really like Batman, but I do have a question: when does the review of 75952 Newt's Case of Magical Creatures come up?

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By in United States,

Well, I love Batman. Can't wait to add this to my collection! Thanks for reviewing it!

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By in United Kingdom,

In my opinion, this figure is easily better than any of the SDCC figure from the last two or so years. Definitely worth the money when viewed from that perspective, in my opinion.

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By in United States,

I'm totally gonna but this set, I really hope we get more of these Minifigure Packs, but for Marvel!

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By in United States,

Cool set but be cooler if we got more troops

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By in United States,

That is a perfect Batman for a Steampunk Batman vignette! Def picking this up!

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By in United States,

Probably going to get this one pretty soon. The Knightmare Batman has tons of photographic potential! Great review.

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By in United States,

The figures look great. Love the details on them.
Definitely a must get for me.
Yeah, it'd be great if they made a battle pack with Superman's soldiers.
Good stuff, good stuff.

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By in United Kingdom,

Pretty much want it just for the Batman figure, so I'll be picking this up.

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By in United States,

Getting it just for Batman is enough but I am not into DC, gotta hardlimit myself.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not the best batman minifig ever made, However you can never have enough parademons, same as storm troopers, out riders and chitauri soldiers, that double stud shooter build is a nice touch aswell:

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By in Germany,

@ legoig2000: Hopefully after part 2 of the 71043 Hogwarts Castle review ...

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By in United Kingdom,

May look at those wings to try and improve The Wasp figure which really stands out in my Marvel frame.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really love that Batman. I enjoyed some parts of the film very much, including the knightmare sequence. £10.99 is a lot for a single figure (I don't care about the rest), but I think I'll have to grab it.

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By in Sweden,

Have already bought two sets! As a Batman minifigure collector it is a "must have", but I even think this is among the best figures ever.
And the article is great!

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By in United States,

I kinda like the printed cowl and joker card.

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By in Singapore,

Well done! Wish Hasbro would allow LEGO to release Star Wars Collectable Minis and Accessory Sets like this...

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By in United States,

This is an awesome little accessory pack. These kinds of sets will allow LEGO to make either exclusive characters or character variants that wouldn’t exactly fit into a normal set available to all. Plus, seeing as thought Batman v Superman was released about 2 and a half years ago, LEGO doesn’t care about going back to old films to make one of these. Here’s to hoping for either a MK1 Iron Man pack or a WWII Captain America pack.

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By in United States,

I can't wait to get this set as a birthday present to my self.

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By in United Kingdom,

A Batman outfit and no bats on it?

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By in United States,

Sweet little surprise accessory for Batfans! The goggles printed on the Bat-cowl are a bit odd looking, but I suppose that was the only way to do it without modifications. I would have preferred a clip on set, making more steampunk MOC options, but it is what it is. I did not realize the Joker card was in there, it might be worth getting a couple of these sets after all.

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