The 1989 Batmobile is one of the most iconic cinematic vehicles by far and is beautifully reconstructed in this 3308-piece model. It features 3 minifigures, a detailed cockpit and an information plaque, hitched onto a rotating stand.
The build is separated into 24 individual bags and when fully completed, measures over 60cm (23″) long and 22cm (8″) wide. To fully access the detailed cockpit the canopy can slide forward just like in the film. Inside, you can see large screens with lots of different buttons, however these panels are all stickers and can be quite fiddly to get on. The steering wheel is decorated with the bat symbol and is link into a mechanism that is built into the front end of the car. This allows the front wheels to be turned, whilst turning the steering wheel.
Another of my favourite features on the model is the pop-up guns. In the original film, when we see in the chase through Gotham City, panels on the Batmobile fly off to reveal hidden guns. This ability is excellently transferred from movie to brick. When turning the main engine on the back of the car, these guns push up the panels and appear to go into action.
The set contains 3 minifigures which are Batman, Joker and Vicki Vale. I particularly like these figures, with two of them being exclusive to this set and the other being rare and only available in this and one other set. The Batman figure particularly resembles Michael Keaton’s Batman and the cape and cowl moulded piece gives a nice final touch to the figure. The Joker figure looks amazing with the purple suit and fedora and even includes leg printing. The final figure Vicki Vale isn’t as good as the other two in my opinion but still captures the characters appearance and includes a nice accessory. All fit nicely on a minifigure display stand decorated with two gargoyles.
While this is an amazing build, it does have some flaws. Firstly, this is not a toy, the scale of the Batmobile has been sized up so minifigures don’t fit inside. This does mean that it is more of a display piece and whilst it still looks extraordinary, it cannot be played with as other sets can. A second point that I find irritating is that the model is black. I know this sounds strange, it being the Batmobile, but I did find that being all black makes the model look dirty in a way. The black Lego bricks make small dust particles more visible and so must be cleaned more often than the average set.
Overall, I think that it is a terrific set with lots of good qualities. A price tag of £219.99 may look expensive but given the piece count it works out at under 7p per brick. Despite some small flaws, this rich build truly captures the look of the original 1989 Batmobile. It shows off a number qualities, including the rare figures, sleek design and overall appearance. I would recommend this build to an experienced builder, who has built serval sets. However to a builder new to the wonderful world of Lego, perhaps try a smaller set to begin with and then work your way up to this. This took me about 16 hours to complete but for some with less experience, I would separate it over two days to ensure no mistakes in the build.