LEGO DC Super Heros Review: Batwing Battle Over Gotham City #6863

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LEGO seems to have realized just how powerful nostalgia is as a buying force. With the success of their Star Wars line, it doesn’t really surprise me that LEGO released a Batman set based on the 1989 film but it really works.

Hanging on a ladder below his helicopter, The Joker prepares to bomb the citizens of Gotham City with toxic laughing gas. Swoop Batman down in his ultra-fast batwing to save the day! Can the Caped Crusader use the flick missiles to send The Joker spinning off into the sunset? Or is all of Gotham City in peril?

Clearly inspired by the end of Batman, this set is two vehicles destined to battle for control of the sky. Batman flies around in his Batwing while the Joker rains doom down from his custom built helicopter.

Batman is a repaint of his blue and gray figure done up in all black. The classic black and yellow logo is on his chest while the pouch-covered utility belt is painted on. The oversized cowl is black and so is his cape – this is clearly a black suited Batman!

Just like the other ones though, Batman’s head is double sided allowing the caped crusader to be smiling or snarling – and it still has the white sweatband around the top. For an accessory, Batman comes with a single Batarang.

The big build is the Batwing. Measuring over 8 inches wide, the silhouette of vehicle is a perfect Bat logo. The build is relatively straight forward with some Technic pieces allowing for extra movement – like the adjustable back wings. Out of the back erupts a column of flame, while hidden underneath is a Bat-bomb waiting to be dropped by opening the trunk. The Bat-bomb construction makes genius use of axe heads to make wings.

A pair of flick missiles are included which look a bit out of place since the heads are blue and everything else on this set is black and yellow.

Battling to take control of Gotham’s skies is the Joker and his henchman. The Joker looks great in his purple and green suit that manages to be the perfect blend of “classic” Joker. The orange shirt, lime green vest and green tie are all hideous but work so well for the Crowned Prince of Crime.

The white head is double-sided with one side showing off a terrifying grin that fully exposes his yellowing teeth and crazy eyes. The other side is a smirk, which scares me a little bit more. For an accessory, Joker comes with a Tommy gun that has a flag attached – maybe it’s a joke weapon or maybe the joke is you think it’s a joke weapon.

Joker’s henchman is dressed even more terribly than he is. Wearing a lime green jacket with purple pants, you can tell he didn’t pick this outfit out himself. His face is painted with angry clown paint and he wears a black hat. The back of his jacket boldly announces that he’s affiliated with the Joker.

The other build is the green and purple helicopter (what is it with bad guys and green and purple color schemes?). It’s a simple design that makes some great use of changing angles to get the tail piece where it needs to be. In the front is a special Joker Gas Bomb that can be dropped, while additional flick missiles are found under the small wings.

The cockpit only has space for a single figure, so if the Joker wants to ride around, he’ll need to grab onto his trusty rope ladder!

This set is pretty much a smaller version of the original Batwing set that came out in 2006. But the lower price point is great since it means kids can get both Batman and the Joker without shelling out lots of cash for the big set. But if you’re only interested in minifigures, it’s probably a better deal to spend the extra $5 to get the Dynamic Duo Funhouse which includes the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Batman AND Robin. This set is good, but far from essential.

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Written by jestergoblin

January 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

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