The original breakthrough that probably made everyone sit up and take notice that a costumed hero could not only make it to the big screen but make it great is Tim Burton’s 1989 film simply titled Batman. The sleek Art Deco-styled car was built with two Chevrolet Impala spliced together and powered with a Chevy V8. Popular Mechanics called this beast the Stealth Bomber with a ’68 Chevy combo. This LEGO built version by Dave Slater is my favourite representation the vehicle that made everyone believe that Michael Keaton could be Batman. It captures all the perfect angles and that sleek look, down to the turbine exhausts and the Rolls Royce Turbine hub front center.
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.
We announced the new Boost-powered App-Controlled Batmobile earlier today, but that wasn’t the only new Batman set in the works. LEGO’s got three new sets planned for August, including some all-new characters.
76111 Batman: Brother Eye Takedown 269 pieces | Age 6+ 29.99 (USD) 34.99 (CAD)
Available in August
Featuring Batman, Brother Eye, and Batwoman, this set includes the full lineup of new Bat accessories and Brother Eye’s creepy floating eyeball satellite facing off against a very pointy Bat-Jet.
LEGO is expanding on its hit line of Boost programmable motorized kits. While the initial set was called Boost, the system it’s inspired will be called Powered Up. We got our first look at one of these back in February at Toy Fair with the Ninjago dragon Stormbringer, but today LEGO has announced that your favorite black-caped crusader, Batman, is getting some upgrades to his ride in the form of a programmable Batmobile. All of the Powered Up sets can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet app (on both iOS and Android), and some — like the Batmobile — will include motors while others need to be paired with the Boost set for full functionality. The LEGO Batman 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile will be available August 1 for $99.99. It includes 321 pieces.
Also check out our hands-on demo of the App-Controlled Batmobile.
Brickheadz are a fairly common subject here on The Brothers Brick, whether reviewing official sets, sharing instructions to build your own, or showcasing custom creations. Fan-built tributes to this chunky and highly-collectible series are popping up all over, and today we’re featuring a couple of classics built by Andrew Cookston.
On the left, is Batman from the 1960’s original television series starring Adam West, which made sound effects from printed comics come to life with a bang. On the right, we have Two-Face, a.k.a. former DA Harvey Dent, from the Batman animated series from the early 90’s. Both models are spot-on accurate in their resemblance to their on-screen inspirations.
What could be better than one LEGO BrickHeadz character? Perhaps two BrickHeadz characters! So that Super Hero fans aren’t forced to make a hard choice between Batman and Superman, LEGO is offering a very nice-looking duo of the most famous DC heroes in a single box. The new LEGO BrickHeadz 41610 Tactical Batman and Superman is the latest addition to the DC Justice League sets line-up; now the two main protagonists are joining the rest of the team. The set consists of just 209 pieces and retails at $19.99 / € 19.99.
Batman has always been a guy who likes to change his outfit, every new Batman seems to get a new Bat-suit to wear. Thorsten Bonsch has graced the pages of The Brothers Brick many times, and this time he has taken on the Dark Knight’s dressing room. With more that a little gothic influence, Thorsten has place the costumes deep within the Bat Cave. The winding staircase uses fences as the steps leading to the raised platform. I love the brick-built stalactites and stalagmites giving a sense of impressive scale to the scene.
Taking a closer look at the platform gives a better view of the Gothic-inspired cases for the Bat-suit and Robin-suit and you can see that both the central pillar and the cases have elaborate, ornamental decoration. I love the tall candlesticks on the table, they fit into the scene perfectly.
It’s been nearly a year since The LEGO Batman Movie hit theaters, but LEGO is continuing to create tie-in items for the moderately popular film. In November, we got the excellent 70922 Joker Manor, which impressed us with its complex techniques and new roller coaster system. Now the latest series of Collectible Minifigures is revisiting the world of LEGO Batman with 20 all-new minifigures. 71020 The LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 minifigures retail for $3.99 and are available now from Amazon, the LEGO Shop Online, BrickLink, and eBay.
Batman seems to own more vehicles and contraptions than a superhero would ever need, including the infamous Tumbler. This was originally a prototype armoured tank designed for the military and includes a host of weaponry, plus the ability to boost power and jump over obstacles or gaps. There are a lot of LEGO tumblers around, but this smaller scale Tumbler by The Ka. Lor Project caught our eye with some nice details and proportions, and importantly it is mainly black.
There’s some attractive shaping involved in this build, perhaps best admired from a bat’s eye view.
Hi, my name is Jonathan Samson and I am an addict. This is the first post for The Brothers Brick that I’ve written about one of my own LEGO creations. One of the unfortunate side effects of writing for The Brothers Brick is that when you’re immersed in the best LEGO creations the planet has to offer, it makes one a little more picky about what classifies as a great build. Most of my builds end up being dismantled before they are completed due to my perfectionist streak.
What do you get if you cross a Ralph MacQuarrie picture, a large LEGO collection and a crazy image you cannot shake from your head? Let me present Batman vs. Star Wars.
The Bat-lenium Falcon is loosely based on the Microfighters Falcon, but I made it a bit thinner, completely rebuilt the cockpit and front mandibles, and gave it bat ears! I wanted to hark back to the classic Adam West Batmobile, hence the red go-faster-stripes. Night-wing is a mish-mash of a few different microscale LEGO X-wings I’ve seen, crossed with the colours of Robin from The LEGO Batman Movie. Darth Joker came about because after building the Falcon, I felt it needed more; I had intended to build an explosion similar to the original image, but instead opted for the cartoonish “Kapow” floating fighting words to compliment the Tex Avery look of the Joker, and as a nod to 60s Batman. Enjoy.
We’ve seen a lot of LEGO batcaves over the years, but what of the stately mansion the Dark Knight calls home during the daytime? After all, LEGO Bruce Wayne needs a place to kick up his feet. Never fear! KW_Vauban has built an impressive minifig-scale LEGO Wayne Manor. According to the builder, over 150,000 LEGO pieces went into this massive creation.
The outside of the building is encrusted in beautiful architectural details like columns, molding, and even gargoyle-like relief sculptures. And the inside might be even more detailed than the exterior. Vauban’s bat mansion includes dozens of fully furnished rooms such as bedrooms, dining rooms, a billiards room, kitchens, a spa, art galleries, gyms, and more. To peek inside for yourself, click through to the gallery below.
Not content to have a certain ninja-themed movie steal the entire spotlight this week, LEGO has revealed 70922 The Joker Manor from The LEGO Batman Movie. Based on several scenes taking place in Wayne Manor both before and after the Joker invades, the set clocks in at a whopping 3,444 pieces (the fourth largest set of the year).
The Joker Manor includes 10 minifigures (including exclusive white disco variants!), a brand new system of elements for a working roller coaster, and a few other new elements such as a curving wall piece to create funhouse mirrors. The set will be available on Nov. 24 as part of LEGO’s Black Friday promotions and will retail for $269.99 USD.