Review: 70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

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Batman and MetalBeard were probably among the most impressive characters to emerge from The LEGO Movie so 70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard should be a marvellous set. The new rendition of MetalBeard appears absolutely ridiculous which is fantastic and I love Batman's post-apocalyptic attire.

In addition, this minifigure is only available here and in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg, although the version from the larger set includes a pair of decorated arms. Nevertheless, I am pleased that Batman and MetalBeard are found in a set which is relatively affordable, costing £17.99 in the UK or $19.99 in the US.

Please note that this review is spoiler free.

Minifigures

Many different Batman minifigures have been produced, wearing an impressive range of unique suits for every eventuality. However, this version appears particularly extravagant, featuring two tyres which protect the shoulders and a striking red bat emblem. This piece combines hard and rubbery plastics to create a remarkably detailed design and I love the metallic silver highlights on Batman's chest.

70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

A tattered cape fits underneath the shoulder armour. This feels suitable for an apocalyptic environment and the facial expressions appear appropriately severe, corresponding with Batman's traditionally dour demeanour. Furthermore, he wears a yellow belt around his waist which looks wonderful and presents an attractive contrast against the otherwise dark colour scheme of this minifigure.

70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

The arms are not decorated which is disappointing as the minifigure which appears in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg does feature printed arms. The torso and legs, on the other hand, are very detailed. That is fortunate as Batman discards his shoulder armour for a period during the film. I particularly like the leather strap around his torso and the metallic silver buckles are marvellous. The hero carries two batarangs into battle.

70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

Many ferocious post-apocalyptic characters reside in Apocalypseburg, including Maddox. This warrior features some dark red facial hair and a pearl dark grey shoulder armour element which was designed for The LEGO Movie 2. This piece is only otherwise available in 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg so I am delighted to find it in a smaller set too.

70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

Furthermore, the torso is shared with Fuse from 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg. He wears reddish brown braces and Maddox includes a pearl dark grey leg, suggesting that he has suffered at the hands of the DUPLO invaders. The minifigure carries a pearl dark grey spear that is presumably for throwing from MetalBeard's crow's nest.

70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard

70830 Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship can unleash some unusual weaponry, including Star missiles. This yellow character consists of a new star-shaped component and a 2x2 tile which is decorated with an endearing facial expression. It can therefore evoke sympathy from its targets before detonating, as demonstrated in trailers for the movie.

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The Completed Model

MetalBeard is intended to resemble a crab and I do recognise some shared traits between the mighty pirate and his crustacean inspiration, although the design is somewhat abstract. He looks pretty good though, consisting primarily of reddish brown elements with golden highlights and incorporating some traditional piratical features, including a crow's nest, numerous swords and a treasure chest.

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The formidable pirate lost his original body during an expedition against Lord Business at Octan Tower, narrowly escaping with his head, organs and iconic beard. His hat is ingeniously decorated with a skull and crossed wrenches while the plume is represented by a trans-neon orange flame. A couple of pearl gold exhausts are situated on either side of the head, capturing the industrial feeling which is central to each incarnation of MetalBeard.

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A reddish brown treasure chest forms MetalBeard's torso and this can open, revealing a single bone and a sausage! Fortunately, the crow's nest is mounted on a ball joint so it can move aside when the chest opens and this is also useful for display as you can adjust the position of this elevated platform. MetalBeard has frequently demonstrated that he is a capable warrior without any limbs but he comes with two articulated hooks here, both of which are comically short but look superb.

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Six more limbs are attached beneath the treasure chest and these are individually articulated so you can create some interesting poses. However, these hinges are not actually strong enough to support the weight of the whole figure, unless you are very careful, so a trans-clear stand would have been a useful addition. Of course, you can also spread the legs further apart, as exhibited below.

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These limbs are excellent, suiting the mismatched materials and parts that were presumably available in Apocalypseburg when MetalBeard was constructing his new body. My favourite details are the pearl gold peg leg and the hopelessly tiny arm holding a sword, both of which combine traditional features of pirates with the absurd world of the LEGO movies.

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Batman's arrogant personality was a focal aspect of The LEGO Batman Movie and returns with similar prominence in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. He is accordingly equipped with a unique throne which features a pair of enormous bat wings flanking the hero. This seat looks rather rudimentary and could probably have been improved, although I do like the decorative swords and its elevated position further reflect's Batman's character.

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In fact, the Caped Crusader is so accustomed to receiving praise from those around him that a printed banner can emerge from behind him! This is activated by rotating a gear on the back of the model and works perfectly. In addition, there is space to stand a minifigure beneath the throne and two batarangs can be stored on clips there as well.

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Overall

As its name indicates, the characters are undoubtedly the focus of 70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard. In that respect, this is an outstanding set as the new Batman minifigure looks absolutely tremendous and MetalBeard is impressive too, although the original design from 70807 MetalBeard's Duel remains my personal favourite.

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Batman's throne is less appealing which is unfortunate as I think this could have appeared spectacular in a larger set. Nevertheless, 70836 Battle-Ready Batman and MetalBeard offers a brilliant opportunity to add some fun characters to your collection and its price of £17.99 or $19.99 represents reasonable value so I would recommend this set, especially to those who are not intending to purchase 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg.

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19 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Good review!

The structure of Metalbeard in this set reminds me somewhat of a Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell. I wonder if that is coincidental, or if the designers might have been inspired in turn by the many Tachikoma-inspired MOCs I've seen in the Lego fan community.

I might end up skipping this set, though, since Metalbeard and Batman both appear in other sets and I'd prefer the Batman with arm printing who comes in the Welcome to Apocalypseburg set.

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By in United States,

It's cool that Metalbeard's ability to transform or rebuild his own body is showing up more prominently in the sets for this movie than the sets for the first movie (which only included regular and downscaled versions of his normal forms, and not any that really hinted at this power he has as a Master Builder). It is hard to decide whether to get this set before seeing the movie because it's not clear whether this or any of his other forms will stand out as his "definitive" design like the one from Metalbeard's Duel did in the first movie.

The "You're Welcome" sign also stands out as a joke that probably requires the context of the movie to really contribute much to the set's appeal and play value, even if its context is easy enough to guess (since this scene appears to take place in the same Bat-bunker the Apocalypseburg citizens take refuge in in some of the trailers).

I think it's cool that the new Batman's cape also folds down in front of his shoulders to really exemplify that tattered look. It's surprising how subtle the bat motifs of the outfit are when the cape and armor are removed, with the sole Bat-insignia mostly hidden by his utility belt. I kind of wish the Bat-insignia on the armor were a separate tile and not molded in, as it would make the armor more versatile for other sci-fi or post-apoc creations. But overall, it's a very clever redesign that stands out from all other portrayals of Batman even beyond the LEGO brand.

Overall this is another fun set that makes it easy to obtain major characters from The LEGO Movie 2 at a lower price point, but it's hard to decide yet whether I want to include it in my own collection. I imagine it might be an easier decision for people who have already chosen Batman or Metalbeard as favorite characters from the first movie, much like how I was pretty much decided about getting Ultrakatty even before all the other LEGO Movie 2 sets for the first half of the year had been revealed.

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By in Germany,

Aren't the legs on the 70840 Batman slightly different as well?
I bought this at a 60 % discount, assembled the Batman fig, kept the rest for parts and never looked back.

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By in United States,

People really like this set?

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By in United States,

After seeing the movie yesterday, I find that I must buy ALL THE SETS. Lego has ruined my financial life.

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By in Ireland,

If you’re buying any LEGO Movie 2 sets, there’s a Rex’s Plantimal Ambush polybag free with purchases over €35 (not sure what the equivalent offer is for UK, US and elsewhere).

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By in United States,

I just want the printed "YOU'RE WELCOME" tile.

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By in United States,

@Aanchir:
Yes, I totally agree with you - fun looking affordable set, that allows you to get some of the major characters....
@Your future president:
Cool, haven’t seen the movie yet, but I definitely can’t wait! I think I’m going to think the same thing too (about wanting all the sets) - I really loved the look of most of them already, but they’ll make even more sense after I see TLM2...
@Brick Dangerous:
Wow, can’t believe you got such a new set on discount already. Great find!

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By in United States,

@ Koolbrix2018

Your comments are always so cordial and friendly. I appreciate your optimistic attitude. You don't ever seem to have anything negative to say about other members. Thanks for joining Brickset!

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By in United States,

After seeing that tile, I can't help signing the song from Moana...would the Disney characters make a cameo in a WB film??? If Lando and Chewbacca could, then why not?

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By in United Kingdom,

Here's to more Metalbeard sets.

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By in United States,

Apocalypseburg Batman has brown boots (molded) and brown vambraces (painted), so both versions of Batman are unique to one set each.

I'm no longer as certain as I was, but I figured the gold pipes were mini cannons, since he definitely had those in the first movie, and they make more sense for a pirate.

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By in Canada,

This was a day one buy for me. Metalbeard and one of his crew? Yes please! He's fully my favorite of the cast in the films. It was nice to see him in a diverse selection of builds this time around. This crab mech was a bit unstable, but it was easily rectified with some trans clear elements.

The Batman is nice enough, but... it's Batman. It's really hard to get excited about yet another Lego Batman, no matter how elaborate his costume is.

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By in United States,

^ I beg to differ--it's Batman! I love all his costumes--just as I love all the various poses and expressions for Unikitty.

I'm glad this Batman fig is slightly different from Welcome to Apocalypseburg, just so there's no complete duplication. I just bought the set because of the double-points weekend on [email protected], since I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger for any of the larger sets yet. It's great that there are so many low-value sets in this theme, with such a nice variety of figures and elements!

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By in United States,

I just recieved some unexpected money for some volunteer work at church, so I might get this. It would be worth it just for the batman fig.

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By in Italy,

This set is garbage. Period.

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By in United Kingdom,

Flesh and yellow figures included in the same set will always throw me.

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By in United States,

@Your future president:
Awww, thanks a bunch for your nice comment! Just an average TFOL who loves hanging out with the folks on Brickset!
I had been a LEGO fan for quite a few years, (as a KFOL) but for whatever silly reason never really thought about joining Brickset at all; however, as of about a year ago, I became an even more die-hard fan, and started trying to collect some of the modular buildings, and Creator Expert sets, as well as really scouring stores for LEGO clearance and discount deals. Then, I was like, "OK, now is the time to join Brickset." I used to always long to be even just a tiny part of the fan community, so now I'm so happy and thrilled to be here!
Really sorry for ranting!

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By in United States,

Batman's throne is totally useless but metalbeard is the only selling point

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