Watching Thewill have you see in a new light, but still leave you frustrated with the main man’s minifigure.
Not always will taking in the resource material radically improve the impression of aset, particularly so with and Super Heroes sets. But such is the way that captures the essence of what is seen on screen in The , there’s no other way to describe the (k)night and day reaction to this set.
On first impressions whenreleased ahead of The reaching cinemas, this was a dark, dull, random model of something more akin to an extension to the railway station in than any sort of Batcave, with a key staple of any Dark Knight dwelling – the screens – being turned into the set’s main play feature, which felt a little bit gimmicky.
— Set details —
Theme:Set name: Release: January 1, 2022
Price: £59.99 / $79.99 / €69.99 Pieces: 581 Minifigures: 6
— Build —
…much like The Riddler’s plan in The, it all ties together to create a bigger picture, once you see the film and realise what it is that the designers were looking at and just how nicely they’ve captured it all within .
From this point on there may be spoilers for The– but to appreciate better, anyway, go see the film first.
Turns out, it is as it looks to be – an abandoned train station, in a location suggested as linked to Wayne Manor (or a version of where Bruce Wayne is living in the). It’s dark, dingy and lacking much of a centre-point – it may not make for the most overtly interesting set, but it is one of the more authentic from the team in a while, with various aspects from the film location captured so very well in the form of .
That goes for some of the particular details to the model as well as the wider. Indeed, the rather unusual, disjointed nature of the big screens, all red and with circular viewpoints, isn’t the most aesthetically-pleasing display we have seen in a Batcave, yet it perfectly reflects the technology and set-up as this Bruce Wayne in The has at his disposal. It’s a tie-in you’ll really only appreciate fully once you see how uses the screens.
The in-movie accuracy translates even into the gimmicky ‘clue’ stickered tiles included in the set – hold them under the red microscope to reveal a hidden message, in a way that is somewhat eerily in line with how’s interactions with The Riddler play out on screen, even very much down to the red filter applied.
There’s not much else to the Batcave that we see on screen, beyond the central display area for the Batmobile (available in), the archway over the top in the style of an abandoned underground railway station and the occasional board of tools. That’s all included in , alongside some extra areas likely only featured in the background, such as the big map (which is more indicative of the map discovered later at The Riddler’s hideout).
Altogether there’s a lot more than initially expected in the set, and it makes for a much larger-than-expected, spacious all-round model, which includes a feature to integrate the central display unit into the tracks, where otherwise the Batmobile would sit. This centres the whole set into a more complete, thorough playset that doesn’t need the purchase ofto improve it.
— Characters —
A good playset is matched by great minifigures, beyondhimself. Each has been designed with enough detail in the right points to more than accurately represent the respective characters they are based on. As an ensemble it’s probably the most dingy-looking collection of in a single Super Heroes set to date, but it’s equally one of the most accurate collections too. There’s more here than needs to be too – Riddler is a more accurate minifigure without the hairpiece.
Except, as we say, forhimself. It would be far better to create a face print for Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne that, mask off, shows him as he appears in the film on more than one occasion, still wearing smeared eyeshadow – and that mask on gives a far more menacing expression than the generic one we get instead, where the alternate print includes that ridiculously out-of-place grin.
Likewise, while the print across’s torso and legs is highly detailed and reflective of what is seen in the film, it is the wrong colour combination of black print on dark grey torso – inverting the colours would have gone some way to creating a more accurate minifigure, because the predominantly grey look only detracts.
Alongside that, the Bruce Wayne minifigure needs a new hairpiece to really come together, rather than reusing the Cedric Diggory one.
There’s more to say in frustration aimed at, and a bit at the wrong hairpiece for Bruce Wayne, than about anything else on the other minifigures, because they are wonderfully and quite perfectly designed for how you would hope they would be.
— Price —
There is a lot more tothan you may initially be expecting, in terms of details, size, playability and genuine authenticity to the source material as seen in The . With a selection of five great minifigures out of six included too, there’s a lot of here for the money, and little to poke holes in, beyond ’s minifigure design.
Importantly, while it doesn’t needto act and feel like a complete playset, the relatively low price for the Batcave keeps that option of an additional purchase more possible.
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— Summary —
is a far more authentic set than initially expected. It’s cleverly designed so as to create a large, open space, and then fill that with enough detail and points of interest, all the while ensuring the character and feel of the on-screen location as seen in The can really breathe through the model.
That authenticity does mean it’s one of the more drab and unconventionalBatcaves we have ever seen, but where we’re critical of for not providing enough detail and accuracy, can only be applauded. This may be a set to be overlooked by the wider audience, but perhaps it’s also a future classic waiting in the shadows, until it’s too late and the sequel rolls around…
(And yes, we’ve not mentioned the dramatically oversized bike. The rest of the set is so good that you too can pretend it doesn’t exist.)
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