As a license-theme builder, I’m always looking forward to the latest story, book, or film to get inspiration. And with Batman being a particular favorite of mine, there’s always something inspirational around the corner. So for Brickworld Chicago this year, I dug to the root of Batman—its renowned characters—to construct a collection of twelve figures that depict the worst criminals of Gotham, as well as its famous dark knight. Here are just a few of those characters:
LEGO builder AnkTales enjoys creating nifty little scenes and animating the construction process, giving viewers a look at precisely what parts go into his builds. His latest creation is a miniature Batcave to showcase LEGO’s official mini Tumbler model. You could easily build your own Batcave by watching the video.
And if you happen to not own the 30300 LEGO Tumbler set, AnkTale helpfully provides a construction mini Batman Tumbler video to create your own, and the best part is that it doesn’t use any rare pieces.
I’ve always been a Batman fan, and Joker has always been my favourite of his adversaries. However, until very recently I have never possessed a Joker minifig. As soon as I got my grubby hands on one, I knew I had to have a go at building something appropriate…
The model was designed to sit in a basin of water and I used an ultrasound fog generator to create the mist effect. It’s a bit splashy, hence some of the water droplets on the model, but I figured it looked like rain and I could get away with it. A couple of people have asked how I did the lighting. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t do anything fancy. I cheated and did all the tinting digitally in GIMP.
I’m slightly obsessed with Ace Chemicals — it’s such a cool Gotham location, and its factory and pipework elements make it ripe for reinterpretation. As well as the minifig-scale version, I recently had a go at something a little smaller…
ER0L presents an awesome spin on Batman’s Tumbler, changing the black (and sometimes very dark gray) color scheme to something more fitting of Gotham’s police. The red and blue lights and the white paneling in the center work impressively well with the Tumbler. Ignoring the great police stylizing for a bit, the base Tumbler model is one of the most detailed in this scale I’ve seen built with LEGO pieces, and even opens to fit two police minifigures side by side in the cab.
Considering the popularity of the dark knight and his prevalence throughout Lego sets, movies, and games, Batman is constantly being depicted in fan creations–as is his ever changing Batcave. From Lego’s own 60’s cave, to vintage versions, and to some consisting of 20,000 pieces, each Batcave is designed to be uniquely different but equally evocative of the Bat’s style. Dan Glasure was aware of these differing takes, and incorporated design styles from other caves and incarnations to build his own striking Batcave, one that took two months to complete – but was clearly well worth the effort.
The first teaser trailer for the new LEGO Batman movie was only released 4 days ago, but apparently Batman is impatient and couldn’t wait for us to have another hilarious look at the brick-built world of Gotham’s battiest hero. The film, which is a spinoff of 2014’s The LEGO Movie, is slated for a Feb. 10, 2017 release.
In case you’ve been living in a cave, here’s a reminder that The Brothers Brick is giving away the new 76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series Batcave. If you haven’t entered yet, you still have another week to enter. We’ll be picking and contacting the winner at the beginning of April.
And yes, we’ll ship it anywhere in the world that we’re allowed to ship things (our apologies to astronauts on the International Space Station and the citizenry of North Korea). Be sure to follow us on Facebook and other social media for future giveaways like this.
This month’s contest prize kindly provided by LEGO.
Following on from the global success of The LEGO Movie back in 2014, a spin-off movie starring the supremely popular LEGO Batman character is due for release on Februrary 10th, 2017. The LEGO Batman Movie stars Batman, once more voiced by Will Arnett. Warner Bros have released a few stills from the movie to give us a sneak peak.
[Update] Hot on the heels of the film stills being released, Warner Brothers has released the full teaser trailer.
Although Batman is best known for tangling with cats, solving riddles, and punching clowns–that’s really just his “special” workdays. Most nights he’s terrifying more common everyday criminals and ensuring they have long painful hospital stays. Builder Roman (th_squirrel) depicts a normal day at the bat-office, showing the moment where everything goes wrong for two unlucky criminals. One expresses understandable fear, the other displays a foolish “we can take him” confidence. A dramatic one-sided fight is about to begin.
While LEGO have just released the official 76052 Classic TV Series Batcave, Marcin Guzicki has his own take on a vintage-style batcave. Marcin’s batcave has a well-supplied equipment area with batarangs and a great retro “recording device”. The clever use of sloped dark bluish grey LEGO parts gives the impression of an underground cave within a beautifully compact diorama.
An equally vintage Batmobile at the other end of the sloped walkway means that Batman just needs to run uphill into action.
Holy haberdashery, Batman! The highly anticipated 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave has just been released early for LEGO VIP Program members. If you’re not already a VIP member, signing up is free, and gives you access to sets like this early, as well as points you can redeem for future purchases from the LEGO Store (both online and in person).
The set includes 2,526 pieces with nine minifigs — Batman & Bruce Wayne, Robin & Dick Grayson, and Alfred, along with villains the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler and the Penguin. The set retails for $269.99 in the US, $329.99 in Canada, and a variety of other prices elsewhere.
We’ll have a full review of this new set to share with you in the next couple of days.
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Many people know the only thing I love almost as much as LEGO is Batman. And what do I like more than LEGO? Batman LEGO!
It took Dayton years of planning and three frantic months of ordering parts and building to get this tribute to the Dark Knight done by to unveil at Brickvention. I really love the attention to detail he’s put in, such as the sedimentary layers in the ground on the side of the build – usually an area not viewed, so it’s that added touch that makes this really nice.
And there are some wonderful techniques scattered throughout, the most ingenious (why didn’t I ever think of that?) is the construction of the fence, so simple, with headlight bricks and a rod, yet so brilliantly detailed and executed.
But you’d be amiss if you didn’t check out the video he’s put together that shows some of the additional rooms and areas in greater detail:
“No more can they keep us in
Listen, damn it, we will win” – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)