We’ve always known that Batman has it pretty sweet, with a huge mansion sitting atop a cave for all his toys. But this jaw-dropping creation by Brent Waller shows us the full extent of Batman’s lair, from the gorgeous gothic architecture of the Wayne Manor to the dark depths of the Batcave. Brent has given TBB an exclusive early look at all the details of this incredible creation, so let’s check it out.
Brent is best known for designing the LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto 1 project, which was turned into an official set. That may change with this project, however, as Brent spent more than a year piecing together the huge superhero hideout, which stands over 6 feet tall. It sits on nine 32×32 baseplates, making the footprint about 2 and a half feet per side, and Brent estimates it uses as many as 100,000 pieces. He built the cave first, then later came back to build the mansion on top. The diorama blends inspiration from numerous iterations of Batman, from the original 1960s TV show to The Dark Knight trilogy, but mostly takes after the grim hero’s hideout featured in The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie. The entire creation is rigged with custom lights, lending a unique glow to each area.
Brent has put together a video showing some of the display’s highlights.
The manor is a masterwork of gothic design, making skillful use of the variety of textures that come in light and dark grey elements.
Things aren’t all placid inside the manor, however. The detailed interior features lots of scenes, such as Two Face surrounded by flames as the mansion burns.
Below the cave hangs the Batwing, fittingly serving as the centerpiece and emblem for the diorama. On the next level down is the lab, attended by Robin.
Brent has outfitted the cave with a super cool Batsuit carousel, including the dozens of versions of the Batsuit that LEGO has made. It makes the carousel in 70909 Batcave Break-in look positively tiny.
It looks as though Batman may have a security issue on his hands, as the Batcave is overrun with villains. It’s worth spending some time looking at all the background details throughout the diorama, as you’ll spot most of the various characters LEGO has produced along with a few custom figures. The second-lowest level is filled with water, and Clayface is climbing in.
Of course, all the way at the bottom is where the Batmobile resides. All of them, of course, as Batman likes his cars. From the 1960s open-topped Batmobile from to a sweet-looking Tumbler, Batman’s got them all here, and they sit on a motorized turntable. The Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and the Batman Animated Series Batmobile are Brent’s custom designs that he was asked to create for The LEGO Batman Movie, and they both appear in the film.
This awesome Tumbler is also Brent’s own design, and Brent has even made instructions for it in the more familiar all-black (and very dark grey) color scheme.Check out all the photos of the Manor and Batcave below, and also be sure to check out Brent’s other amazing LEGO creations on flickr. Brent will be displaying the model at the BrisBricks Strathpine Expo this coming weekend, June 9-10, in Brisbane, Australia.