The most recent wave of DC Super Heroes sets is unusual, focusing primarily upon Batman's more modern foes rather than his traditional nemeses from past comics. I welcome this change as The LEGO Batman Movie theme overlooked these characters but included various obscure villains who emerged during the twentieth century.
76111 Batman: Brother Eye Takedown is therefore an appealing set. Not only does it contain Brother Eye, an advanced satellite which poses a threat to the entire Justice League, but also Batwoman who has not appeared in a DC Super Heroes set before. In addition, the set costs £29.99 or $29.99 so appears to offer excellent value.
This version of Batman is wearing a grey Batsuit that was introduced during the DC Rebirth series in 2016 and has previously appeared in 76097 Lex Luthor Mech Takedown, albeit without a cape on that occasion. Its light bluish grey, black and pearl gold colour scheme is quite distinctive in relation to other recent Batman minifigures but this suit does resemble one from the original Batman range!
Batman's golden utility belt looks superb and I like the shape of the bat emblem on his chest, as well as the metallic gold design around its edge. The cowl features short ears and covers a double-sided head with a frown on one side and an angry expression on the other. Unfortunately, this minifigure does not include dual-moulded legs to represent boots but it still looks marvellous on the whole in my opinion.
A selection of different bat-shaped accessories are found in the summer DC Super Heroes sets. These are moulded in a copper shade and can be used as decorative elements on larger models or minifigure weapons, as demonstrated below. I think they appear cumbersome when held by minifigures, although including some extra equipment for the Dark Knight is a fun idea. Batman also comes with a traditional black batarang.
Batwoman was introduced in 1956 but this version of the character takes inspiration from Kate Kane, the 2006 incarnation of the heroine. The combined cowl and hair component is brand new and it looks absolutely fantastic, featuring some lovely texture. Her head is entirely white and includes two different expressions along with a white visor. This does not seem entirely necessary but ensures that the figure looks good without the cowl.
The red cape, bat symbol and utility belt look very striking, especially in combination with Kate's bright red hair. In fact, I think this minifigure has considerable potential for dynamic photography based upon its unusual colour scheme. Batwoman does not come with any specific accessories but she can wield the copper-coloured batarangs, of course.
Brother Eye commands an enormous army of OMAC cyborgs, one of whom is found here. This figure looks brilliant when compared to the source material, featuring a prominent crest which is represented by a mohawk hair piece and an attractive blue colour scheme. Its bright red eye appears appropriately threatening and the Brother Eye emblem is printed on the cyborg's chest.
Some metallic gold circuitry emanates from the Brother Eye symbol and the OMAC's cyclopean eye, stretching across the front of its torso and the head. It seems a shame that this does not continue on the arms or legs as that be more faithful to their appearance in comic books. The minifigure is armed with two trans-red Power Blasts which have not appeared in this colour before and can be launched by pressing the tail.
The Completed Model
LEGO has produced several different versions of the Batwing, varying quite considerably in shape and size. This model, which is identified as the Batjet in the official set description, measures 24cm long so is relatively small but it looks incredibly streamlined and features some lovely details. The tail fins look superb and I like the bat-like silhouette which becomes visible when the vehicle is viewed from above.
Two large prongs, with rubber tips, are fixed to the front of the Batjet. These are quite distinctive when compared with past Batwing models and I think they look marvellous. Furthermore, I like the twin stud shooters nestled between the prongs and the weapons on either side look alright, although the row of dark bluish grey 1x1 clips to which they are attached seems slightly out of place.
There is room for a single minifigure inside the cockpit. They are surrounded by printed control panels and one of the bat-shaped accessories is cleverly used as a control yoke. Unfortunately, the pilot must lean back quite a long way for the canopy to close around them so they cannot reach the controls. The cockpit looks great when it is closed though, maintaining the sleek design style which dominates the entire Batjet.
A pair of copper bat symbols are attached to either side of the vehicle and I think they look pretty good, although the emblems tend to come off easily during flight. The rear stabilisers, on the other hand, are secured using a Technic pin so they feel sturdy and I like the engine nacelles situated between these fins, just behind a couple of dark bluish grey air intakes.
The first incarnation of Brother Eye appeared in OMAC #1 from 1974 but this model definitely takes inspiration from the modern character, featuring five articulated arms and a series of antennas which are arranged around a central orb. Its design feels suitable for a satellite and I appreciate the distinct blocks of colour which draw focus to the trans-yellow and trans-red optical sensor.
I was initially concerned that displaying this model may prove difficult, given its spindly limbs. However, the two smaller limbs beneath the satellite provide surprisingly stability and the three primary arms are highly articulated. The stud shooter fitted on top can also change direction but there is no room to fold this weapon away which is somewhat disappointing.
Brother Eye's most notable feature is definitely its enormous optical sensor, as one might expect. This consists of a printed trans-yellow 4x4 dish with a trans-red 2x2 dish on top and I think it looks fantastic, especially when illuminated by the light brick underneath! The light brick projects a wonderful circuitry design which is only actually printed on the 4x4 dish but lines up perfectly with the trans-red dish too, as demonstrated below.
The back of the satellite is lacking in detail. I like the contrasting light bluish grey and dark bluish grey plates but some mechanical pieces would definitely have improved this area of the model as it appears rather plain at the moment. Fortunately, Brother Eye looks brilliant from the front so I would recommend presenting that side for display.
76111 Batman: Brother Eye Takedown is probably my favourite DC Super Heroes set of the summer range. The brand new Batwoman minifigure looks absolutely magnificent and I like both Batman and OMAC too. Furthermore, Brother Eye is effectively designed for a set of this size, capturing important design features of this powerful satellite from the comics and making splendid use of an orange light brick.
I am similarly impressed with the Batjet. This vehicle is smaller than previous renditions of the Batwing but it looks very aerodynamic and is a perfect size for play. The bat symbols are not entirely secure but they can be removed without affecting the appearance of the model too much. I would therefore recommend this set to DC fans and its price of £29.99 or $29.99 seems reasonable to me, particularly since a light brick is included.
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