Review: 76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker

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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!

Minifigures

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.

76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker

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.

76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker

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.

76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker

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.

76119 Batmobile: Pursuit of the Joker

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall

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.

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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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30 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

good review. i like the grey elements in the cockpit but if you dont like them you could use
to Wall Element 1X4X1 Abs in black or for WALL ELEMENT 1X2X1 etc in black


ps to the Batmobile

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By in United States,

It reminds me a lot of the Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile, which is definitely a good thing.

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By in United States,

7784 ended my dark age, and this is a well-done shrink-down.

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By in United Kingdom,

good review! its got to be the best Batmobile yet!!
PS I have get it!!

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By in United States,

Low-rider, much?

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By in United States,

Wow! I gotta have this. Thanks for the review!

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By in United States,

Best minifig scale Batmobile ever.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review; cemented my need to buy this set.

(STOP ENABLING THE HABIT, BRICKSET)

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By in United States,

This is certainly one of the best minifig-scale Batmobiles ever, but I still like the 2006 model better because it has a trunk to carry gear and because the round-tipped shooter at the front blends in with the shape so well. One of these days, though, I just wish Lego would release a Batmobile that's the size of a Speed Champions car. The Batmobile is a big car, but it's not as long as a semi truck and twice as wide!

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By in United States,

Man, I am not into most batman sets, DC sets for that matter, I mainly buy the smaller ones if they have good pieces.
But this set is really pulling me in!
If I was not saving for The Upside down, this would be on my Bucket list.

Another great review!
Keep up the good work Brickset!

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By in Netherlands,

Good display piece. I like the small scale of this batmobile, you cam always find room for it.

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By in United States,

I would actually say that this, and the original collectors model, take heavy inspiration from the original Keaton movie. My favorite bat mobile, definite buy

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By in France,

So sleek, so mean, so black, so Batman! I love it and will grab it as soon as possible. Not a MCU neither DC collectioner, but for a few occasions, and this is a great one. I have always loved Burton's style and Batman design, and this one at that price is a great opportunity to get the iconic vehicle. Good review and pictures - as usual : thank you.

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By in United Kingdom,

I do think with the name pursuit of the joker Lego should of atleast made a vehicle for the clown prince of crime like a van or jokermobile make it a proper high speed chase, maybe a bit of scenery or like trash cans or traffic lights and a mail box, however I do like the batmobile..

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By in Germany,

Thank you for the review - like iwybs I would appreciate it if they'd made it a bit smaller, so it fits better to the City and Speed Champions cars. Having said that, the best mining Batmobile Lego ever released was the Zanes white Ninjago tumbler. Funny, as Ninjago is infamous for giant vehicles. One thing with that was - No, Mr Wayne, it does not come in black.

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By in Brazil,

Looks really neat! Indeed one of the best renditions of the Batmobile, alongside the one from BvS and the one from the 1966 series.

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By in United States,

I like it.

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By in United States,

This is so going next to the Bat-tank from 76055! Thanks for the review, CapnRex101!

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By in United States,

Not really a huge Batman fan, but I have to admit that TLG really did an amazing job on this one - I bet it would look marvelous on display, and it's also awesome they were able to nicely integrate the cool function of the rotating flame into the build. Really just a beautiful model, and I'd definitely love to pick it up in the future, especially if I ever happen to find it on sale or clearance.

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By in New Zealand,

Informative and enjoyable review. Thanks.

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By in United States,

@astrakhan:
I don't see that at all. The B:TAS Batmobile has _extremely_ straight lines and a solid body because they needed to make it easy to animate. And yet they still had an episode where the Batmobile crests a hill and the entire car curves to follow the rounded shape of that hill...

@iwybs:
After the Tumbler they did in 2008 (20 studs wide if you count the missile shooters, 18 studs wide if you don't), pretty much everything else they've done has seemed fairly tame in comparison. Well, except the Speedwagon, but there was a point to that.

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By in United States,

Great review! I was interested to know how this Joker was different vs other sets.

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By in Hungary,

Bland minifigs but I'll likely get it for the build.

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By in New Zealand,

Looks a bit big to go with my Speed Champions theme layout. Can probably reduce width to 8 wide and shorten it too.

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By in Poland,

Original 7781 is 1000 times better without comparison. This set isn't bad, but I think, today Batman theme - isn't that 2006-2008 Batman sets.

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By in Singapore,

I have all the Batmobiles ever released so far. Not sure what to make of this one really. Maybe because it’s an anniversary special which is a modification of an earlier set. Still, it pales in comparison to earlier sets. It’s an easy pass for me. Once you’re spoilt by the renditions of Batman vehicles from the Lego Batman movie, you will not even look at the current wave.

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By in Latvia,

Cool set! I would buy it if I was a bit Batman fan, but because I'm not and there are too many amazing summer sets that I must have this falls down the list of my wanted sets

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By in United Kingdom,

I think this is an excellent version of the Batmobile and pretty true to the Tim Burton film. I bought this set on release day and I'm so chuffed that I did as it looks great on the shelf opposite my Ecto-1.

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By in United States,

@moggy001:
It's not based on the Burtonmobile. It's based on the UCS Batmobile from the first Batman theme over ten years ago, which wasn't really based on any previous Batmobile design that I'm familiar with.

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