Batman's multitudinous enemies are frequently redesigned within comics, movies and television series. The same principle applies to minifigures and Mr. Freeze is an archetypal example, having appeared in numerous forms since the Batman theme commenced during 2006.
76118 Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle contains a new rendition of this villainous cryogenicist beside Batman and Robin. Furthermore, the famous Batcycle has been updated quite substantially, featuring two motorcycles which combine to create an interesting four-wheeled vehicle with twin cockpits!
Numerous versions of Batman have been released and this example wears predominantly dark bluish grey attire, along with a black cape and cowl. The torso appears simple when compared with previous minifigures, although I like the metallic gold border around the bat emblem and Batman looks suitably muscular. Unfortunately, his double-sided head seems washed out, albeit not to the extent of Mercy's face from 75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar.
Robin has been updated as well. This minifigure most closely resembles Damian Wayne, featuring a wonderful yellow cape with a corresponding belt. The black arms and legs look marvellous in contrast with this colourful torso, although I believe medium articulated legs would have been more appropriate here. Robin wields a pearl silver katana while Batman is equipped with a batarang and a stud-shooting grapnel launcher.
However, my favourite minifigure in this set is undoubtedly Mr. Freeze, whose vital cooling suit seems more lightly armoured and unrefined than previous incarnations of the character. Nevertheless, I think the figure looks superb, sporting a spherical helmet that was originally designed for Mysterio from the Marvel Super Heroes range. This element loosely resembles that worn by Mr. Freeze during Batman: Arkham Origins.
Moreover, the head includes a pair of red goggles and an emotionless expression, perfectly capturing Victor's personality. The metallic silver band that secures these goggles does not continue around the entire head which is disappointing, although it does appear on the reverse. Pearl dark grey dominates the torso and I love the sand blue highlights. Unfortunately, such detail is not found on the legs, hence they appear bland by comparison.
The minifigure carries an enormous ice cannon which is connected to an interesting assembly on Mr. Freeze's back. This incorporates two pearl silver elements which represent warheads in several new DC Super Heroes sets but presumably depict storage tanks here. I like the flexible whip between the backpack and the ice cannon, despite it hindering articulation to some degree.
The Completed Model
Mr. Freeze drives a snow scooter which seems appropriate. This model is reasonably simple but I like its sand blue skis and there is enough space for a minifigure to stand behind the control panel. Ideally, the driver could be seated, although that would be difficult for Mr. Freeze as his substantial backpack might cause an obstruction.
LEGO has produced eleven different versions of the Batcycle, varying rather dramatically in scale and design. However, this example seems particularly unusual as it actually combines two Batcycles which unite to form one vehicle and measure 11cm in length. I think it appears impressive though, resembling the Tumbler without a roof structure!
Despite traditionally employing non-lethal tactics, Batman has armed the Batcycle with an impressive arsenal of weapons. Pairs of warhead launchers are mounted on either flank and a grenade launcher occupies the centre of the model. The wheels make ingenious use of narrow Speed Champions tyres around broader hubs, thereby softening the transition between each tyre and any surrounding armour.
Batman and Robin can both stand in their respective cockpits. I like the reddish brown seats along with the printed control panels but am somewhat disappointed that Batman cannot sit down. However, there is enough room to store accessories on clips beside each seat. In addition, the subtle highlights behind the cockpits are excellent. Red seems to identify Robin's vehicle while Batman's motorcycle includes a couple of yellow pieces.
The mechanical detail surrounding the rear tyres looks reasonable, comprising angled exhausts and two stickers. Each wheel is attached using Technic pins towards the centre of the model but they are not connected to the external armour plates. The wheels feel accordingly fragile, although they seem unlikely to become detached from the chassis.
Dividing the vehicle creates two models that more closely resemble a standard Batcycle. This feature works perfectly and the integration between the motorcycles is almost seamless, although separating them exposes some colourful Technic elements that look dreadful. They provide a secure connection but could undoubtedly have been concealed more effectively. On that basis, I would suggest keeping the Batcycles together for display.
Minifigures are frequently the highlight of smaller Super Heroes sets and 76118 Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle certainly contains some excellent minifigures, the most notable of which is the new Mr. Freeze figure. However, I think the updated Batcycle is worthy of attention too, particularly when combined in its four-wheeled configuration which stands out when compared with previous designs.
The colourful Technic pieces are fairly disappointing though so the separation function has fallen short of my expectations. Even so, the price of £19.99 or $19.99 seems reasonable given the content of this set and including two vehicles is welcome for play, despite the small size and simplicity of Mr. Freeze's snow scooter.
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