Batman employs an enormous range of vehicles when combating crime in Gotham City, the most notable of which is definitely the Batmobile. This eminent vehicle has appeared in many DC Super Heroes sets and 76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker appears excellent in official images.
The model takes clear inspiration from 7784 The Batmobile: Ultimate Collectors' Edition rather than a certain comic, movie or television series. I appreciate this combination of features from diverse sources and the minifigure selection is brilliant too, comprising exclusive renditions of both Batman and his arch nemesis, the Joker!
LEGO has released more minifigures depicting Batman than any other licensed character and I think the latest version looks good, featuring dark bluish grey attire which contrasts with his black cape and cowl. Similar designs have appeared previously and this example lacks intricate detail by comparison, although the muscle definition remains fairly effective and I like the metallic gold highlights around his belt and bat emblem.
Removing the cowl reveals a double-sided head with smiling and severe expressions. Unfortunately, the skin tone seems rather washed out because it has been printed against a dark colour. The same issue has affected several minifigures during 2019 so I hope it will be improved next year. Batman is equipped with a black batarang, as usual.
Numerous versions of the Joker have been produced. This minifigure lacks the purple jacket which has appeared previously, instead wearing a waistcoat and matching his appearance in the LEGO DC Super Villains video game. I appreciate this update and the contrasting green shirt looks marvellous, although the Joker's light bluish grey gloves seem slightly odd. White hands might have been preferable.
Furthermore, this double-sided head was introduced in 10753 The Joker Batcave Attack last year and remains fairly rare. The same smiling face has been in use since 2012 but the frustrated expression is new, replacing a different smile. This design depicts an interesting emotion for the Joker so I welcome the change. He carries a pearl silver stud shooter into battle against the Caped Crusader.
The Completed Model
LEGO has produced many different models of the Batmobile and they frequently take inspiration from multiple sources. However, this fantastic design is based primarily upon 7784 The Batmobile: Ultimate Collectors' Edition, faithfully recreating the sleek shape and elegant styling of its larger scale precursor. The vehicle measures 24cm in length so overwhelms the minifigures, although that seems appropriate for the Batmobile!
Few studs remain visible when the model is complete, creating smooth bodywork which runs almost seamlessly from the front of the vehicle to its rear. The pronounced wheel arches appear particularly attractive and I appreciate the textured detail along either flank, although the dark bluish grey pieces contrast excessively with the surrounding black parts in my view.
The wheels include printed bat emblems on their hubcaps and an extra printed dish is included. I love the trans-yellow headlights that stand out against the black bodywork and the pearl dark grey emblem between them looks magnificent, loosely corresponding with 7784 The Batmobile: Ultimate Collectors' Edition which includes a deployable ram. A complete set of these bat elements is included.
Printed air intakes are hidden beneath the bat emblem. Once again, the same feature appears on the larger model from 2006, although that function is activated from the cockpit while this example cannot be controlled remotely. The printed pieces underneath look excellent but their protective cover seems somewhat awkward when raised. Nevertheless, the function has been integrated nicely.
The bonnet appears rather bulbous and looks superb. I am particularly satisfied with the four 1x2 tiles which are used in place of a single 2x4 tile, giving the impression of layered armour. Furthermore, the model includes stud shooters which deploy from both sides. These are not concealed when retracted so room for improvement remains, although I expect it would have been difficult to hide the weapons without spoiling the streamlined shape.
Batman can sit inside the cockpit quite comfortably, even while wearing his soft fabric cape. The dark red upholstery looks brilliant and I like the printed displays, although they are actually hidden beneath the hinges when the canopy closes. In addition, the dark bluish grey elements on the exterior are also visible inside, perhaps representing further controls.
Rolling the vehicle back and forth causes the flaming exhaust to rotate. 7784 The Batmobile: Ultimate Collectors' Edition includes a similar function, albeit featuring two separate exhausts and small flames rather than a single larger one. It works effectively though and I like the surrounding mechanical detail. The decorative wings are wonderful too, nestling quite securely behind the cockpit structure.
76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker has immediately become among my favourite minifigure-scale renditions of the Batmobile. Its aerodynamic shape has been rendered beautifully and the consistent colour scheme is rather effective, disrupted only by some yellow wheel hubs and the aforementioned dark bluish grey highlights. The functions are enjoyable too, despite their relative simplicity.
Furthermore, these versions of Batman and the Joker are impressive and it seems appropriate these two opposing characters should appear together for the eightieth anniversary of Batman. The price of £24.99 or $29.99 seems fairly reasonable to me and I would absolutely recommend this set to any DC Super Heroes fan.
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