Here is a review of 10197 Arkham Asylum Breakout where I talk about the parts and the model while highlighting some interesting building techniques. In summary, while there are only a few new pieces in this set, it is well-designed and features noteworthy techniques such as the stained glass window, sliding jail doors and more.
Continuing our post-holiday LEGO news catchup, this is just a quick reminder that all the January 2013 LEGO sets are now available from the LEGO Shop online.
Highlights include the new LEGO Batman set 10937 Arkham Asylum Breakout.
The rest of the 2013 LEGO Super Heroes sets are also online now, including new Spider-Man and other Batman sets.
The new LEGO Train set 10233 Horizon Express is out.
The full range of LEGO Legends of Chima sets are also available, and you can get a free Ewar’s Acro-Fighter with any $75 purchase.
The complete list of Legends of Chima sets:
(For behind-the-scenes technical reasons, that list took me forever, so we’ll just give you banner links from here on out.)
The LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets were released a little early elsewhere, but they’re now on LEGO.com as well.
Finally (for today), LEGO Friends gets a complete refresh for 2013 with (count ’em) eleven new sets.
The new 2013 LEGO Batman set 10937 Arkham Asylum Breakout (unveiled at BrickCon in October) is out today in Europe.
The set costs £129.99 in the UK, and comes with 8 minifigs and 1,619 parts.
Buyers in North America will have to wait until December 31.
Here is a video review of 76000 Arctic Batman vs Mr Freeze. It’s an average parts pack with outstanding minifigures and a decent batboat. The retail price is $19.99 and was available on Amazon before going temporarily out of stock.
Not content with the barrage of carols, mistletoe and evergreens, Simon Liu presents a visual guide to an alternate version of Jingle Bells. Made possible by the dynamic duo themselves and a familiar cast of characters and bright colors.
You can see each of the lyrics on their own. And for those that would like to see it in person, it’s on display at the LEGO Store in Toronto for the month of December!
Here is a little mosiac that I worked up this week. As some of our readers know, I’ve been dabbling in mosaics for the last year. This one is based on the 60’s version of the Batman logo as I am planning to attend Emerald City Comic Con next year and Adam West will be there. The plan is to have him sign it. Wish me luck!
First unveiled at Emerald City Comicon earlier this year, I’ve been itching to blog this gorgeous Batcave by Carlyle Livingston II and Wayne Hussey for nearly six months. Batman’s headquarters is built from over 20,000 parts, took more than 800 hours over twelve weeks to build, and weighs more than 100 pounds. The entire cave is beautifully lit up with lights.
Carlyle & Wayne’s Batcave includes four motors to operate a variety of features — the turntable for the Batmobile, a rotating costume/weapons selection wall, and the Batplane’s lift.
These detail shots show off some of the wonderful lighting effects and underground landscaping integrated into the Batcave.
This photo of Carlyle & Wayne with their masterpiece gives you a good sense of the scale of this massive structure. Wayne looks justifiably pleased with himself.
Here’s what Wayne & Carlyle have to say about their build:
This project marks the first collaborative build between Carlyle and Wayne, with several more queued for future development. The features of this build include the Cave itself with what we think is the most “cave-ish” cave ever constructed. Added to that we have an operating turntable for the Batmobile, a moving costume/weapons selection wall and the BatPlane Lift. Surrounding all of this is the remarkable lighting effects that bring our BatCave to life.
Check out Carlyle’s photoset on Flickr for lots more pictures, including work-in-progress pics that show how the builders put the Batcave together.
Earlier today at BrickCon 2012 here in Seattle, LEGO unveiled 10937 Arkham Asylum. The set includes
1,351 1,619 pieces, will cost $160, and is due out in January 2013.
UPDATE: 10937 Arkham Asylum Breakout is now available!
Here’s the full press release:
10937 Batman™ – Arkham Asylum Breakout
Ages 14+. 1,351 pieces.
US $159.99 CA $209.99 DE 159.99€ UK 129.99 £ DK 1399.00 DKK
The villains have broken out of Arkham Asylum and must be stopped!
Sound the alarm! The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow have escaped from Arkham Asylum with the help of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. These villains are about to wreak havoc in the streets of Gotham City! Help Caped Crusaders Batman™ and Robin swoop into action and put those good-for-nothing criminals back where they belong! Chase after the security van as it breaks through the gothic gates! Then throw each villain back behind bars in 8 highly detailed rooms. Includes 8 minifigures: Batman™, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow and a guard, all with assorted weapons or accessories
- Includes 8 minifigures: Batman™, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow and a guard, all with assorted weapons
- Features Arkham Asylum, security gate, gothic décor, moss, vines and ice elements
- Vehicles include security van
- Security van features opening back doors, removable roof and stretcher
- Arkham Asylum features opening cell doors, special Poison Ivy cell with transparent doors, the Mr. Freeze icy tower room, the Dr. Harleen Quinzel office and changing room, medical treatment room and security reception area
- Security gate features opening double doors and security camera
- Weapons include Batarang and kendo stick
- Recapture the villains!
- Break through the gate with the security van!
- Open all of the cell doors and let the villains out!
- Unleash The Joker from his cage restraints in the security van!
- Arkham Asylum measures over 12″ (32cm) high, 13″ (34cm) wide and 5″ (14cm) deep
- Security van measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 5″ (13cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide
- Security gate measures over 5″ (12cm) high and 9″ (24cm) wide
Chris took a shot of the new wing piece you can see behind the angels:
Bruce Lowell‘s art deco depiction of the Dark Knight is a beautifully composed artwork of the brick. If you like it, also check out the other art deco batman creation by Dave Kaleta.
Flickr user Tiler has recently been working through creating various vehicles from The Dark Knight Rises in Lego form. We featured his Tumbler models not long ago, but he’s been hard at work since then adding to the roster. Although we’ve seen many fantastic versions of Batman’s vehicles over the years, but what grabbed me about Tiler’s creations is that they’re in a much smaller scale than most of what we see, without lacking in detail. His latest vehicle is Bane’s truck, which is an awesome monstrosity, and Tiler has perfectly captured the extreme industrial-military look of it. Be sure to also check out his Batbike (below) and terrific Bat.