Review: The LEGO Batman Movie – 70905 The Batmobile
Much like a right of passage, every new version of Batman must have his own take on the classic Batmobile and LEGO Batman has been no exception to this. Voiced by Will Arnett, LEGO Batman’s take on the eponymous vehicle is known as The Speedwagon in-flim. It’s a distinct mash-up of classic car, monster truck and dragster aesthetics and in my opinion looks god damned amazing while perfectly fitting LEGO Batman’s attitude.
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The Batmobile (70905) set comes with the titular vehicle featuring articulated multi-directional wheels, stud shooters and an ejector roof. The set also comes with five minifigures including two Kabuki twins, Robin, Man Bat and of course, Batman himself. The set consists of 581 pieces and has a modest RRP of £54.99, you can it’s official LEGO description below:
Race through Gotham City in pursuit of Man-Bat™ and the Kabuki Twins™ in the Batmobile. This set from The LEGO Batman Movie features the Batmobile with a dual cockpit for Batman™ and Robin™, two stud shooters and multidirectional wheels for three different modes—race mode, monster truck mode and parallel-parking mode. Man-Bat is equipped with a dynamite element and the Kabuki Twins each have claws to intensify the role-play battle action.
On a whole, the Batmobile is a solid build and makes for an excellent shelf piece. It just looks so good. The grill at the front of the Batmobile is nicely detailed, featuring a bat hood ornament that adds to the grandeur of the vehicle. However that hood ornament would be lost very quickly when played with.
The vehicle features articulated multi-directional wheels allowing you to pose the Batmobile in a multitude of positions. The axle allows 90 degrees of movement, which means you could angle all of the wheels down to give the vehicle a monster truck look, or you could just lower the rear wheels and keep the front wheels flat to give an angled “go-faster” appearance like that of a dragster. Lots of play to be had with this, my only quibble is that the wheels are attached to the suspension/axles via a single technic rod which means there is a lot of flex in the model if any pressure is applied from the top. There is a chance of stressing the plastic here, but it would require deliberate effort to do so.
You’ll also find some stud shooters located either side of the Batmobile’s cockpit. The cockpit also features an ejector roof which is actuated via a twistable knob at the rear of the vehicle. The roof adds considerable play value to the set and also serves the more mundane task of getting Batman and Robin into the cockpit But due to the ejector nature of it, the roof is not held on securely. It’s easily dislodged and will fall off during play. While we’re also talking cockpit features, it’s worth pointing out that it’s a tedious task trying to get the four stickers that go on the wind shield all level and symmetrical because if you don’t it’s very obvious that you’ve messed up.
Construction of the set is split into two parts with two separate manuals. The first part and by far the most enjoyable part constructs the body of the Batmobile. The second part, which in all honesty was quite dull and repetitive, built the vehicle’s four wheels and articulated mechanisms. For me personally, building the set is as much fun as the end product and it was a shame that half of my time was just spent building wheel mechanisms, that I won’t fully appreciate as a collector.
The set comes with five minifigures, Man Bat, Batman, Robin and two Kabuki twins. If I’m going to level I’m not a fan of the Kabuki twins at all, but that’s because I don’t like their actual design, in terms of matching the source material these are perfect and come with little claw accessories for each of their hand.
Batman is your standard LEGO Batman figure that has been included in most of the sets released for the LEGO Batman Movie range, he comes with a cape, utility belt and two batarangs. Robin looks great, his goggles are moulded to the hair piece and comes with a yellow cape and a “Batman Merch” gun.
Finally we have the Man Bat figure, which is just wonderful. It has unique winged arms which sell the character but does mean that the minifigure ends up being wider than most. Nevertheless a great design with excellent face printing. Man Bat also comes with a bundle of dynamite accessory.
While The LEGO Batman Movie: The Batmobile (70905) set does have a few flaws in my eyes, they are all made up for with the excellent design and aesthetics of the brand new Batmobile. It’s sleek and iconic and just looks so damn amazing on shelf, it’s great for kids to play with and for adults to admire.
With an RRP of £54.99 you really are getting a great and sizeable model with a good selection of minifigures. This is definitely one to buy, even if it’s not now at full price you should try and pick it up when it’s affordable. The LEGO and greater LEGO Batman Movie team have done excellent design work on all of the vehicles featured in the upcoming film and it most definitely shows in the newest incarnation of the Batmobile.
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