Batman needs his Robin: Rebuilding LEGO Art 30125 into the Boy Wonder [Instructions]

We recently shared an early look at the LEGO Art 31205: Jim Lee Batman collectionone of the new additions to the LEGO Art theme. The set comes with three main images to choose from: Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn, all based on iconic Jim Lee art. There are also “ultimate builds” that feature a larger look at the Bat, and a showcasing a quiet moment between Batman and Catwoman. But we were left wondering…where’s Robin? Well,  The Brothers Brick contributor Chris Doyle decided to see if it was possible to build a Jim Lee-style Robin out of only the parts in the 31205 kit. Spoiler alert: Yes, you can. And we provide the instructions if you want to give it a try yourself!

First, here’s a reminder of the Batman image that’s the main draw of the 31205 mosaic set.

And here are the three 48×48 stud builds that are covered in the instructions.  While there’s no yellow to be found, there is a lot of bright green thanks to the Joker version, and Harley’s image gives us some red as well as ideas on how to fake a yellow hue by making use of the tan plate.

Looking for a decent close-up of Robin drawn by Jim Lee, I found this. It’s from a licensed DC Poster image. I picked this image as it had some very clean lines in the face, broad blocks of color, and minimal tweaks needed to break Robin out of the background.  I did need to remove his thumb and partial finger from the upper right, to make the image read a little better.

As is my usual workflow, I ran it through the LEGO Art Remix website. This time I was able to put in exact colors and part counts, so the base image was a lot closer than usual. I still ended up rebuilding most of the cape and facial gradients by hand, though.

If you’d like to give it a try yourself, I scanned in each of the nine 16×16 panels used in the image. It’s not as elegant as LEGO’s printed instructions, but it should get you there in the end.

Are you building your own mosaics? Looking for some inspiration? Check out our archives for more great Mosaic Madness – and we’ve also featured other great Alternate Builds if that’s more your jam!