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LEGO Batman: The Batcave - Set Review [7783]
I figured, hey, what the heck. I'm not doing much of anything else right now, so...
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LEGO Batman: The Batcave

Intro: The promotional image, as shown above, cannot begin to even describe, to touch the beauty of this set. It's so much bigger than you would expect. Here, I will detail what I can of its enormity, although I cannot stress its awesomeness.

Packaging: Why not start with the start? The box is unique, mostly because it doesn't have those annoying flaps that are destroying the newer boxes on back. Instead, with two slices of a knife (or two snips of a scissors), you can open this box and gasp in awe at the now fully-viewably piece count. The bags were numbered, and you'd better be thanful for that. You know that moment where you want to break everything in your room because you can't find that one darn piece? Yeah, that would totally happen here. Two gigantic booklets of insturctions and both have more pages than the average booklet alone. Also, a minor note, Batman's and Robin's capes both come prepackaged and taped in thin white cardboard casings, as does the net for the netlauncher.

Minifigs: Coming in with a spectacular (no more, no less) 7 minifigs, this set nearly completes the Batman Universe in LEGO with the exception of a few characters who made appearances in the videogame. The obvious highlight of the show, the Batman minifigure is flawless. Dressed in the Tim Burton costume, he looks fabulous right down to the Belt and abs. My only gripe is I would have pushed for more diversity, as this fig has already appeared in the Batmobile and Batboat sets. His alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, makes his first and only appearance here. With a snazzy dark blue suit, he's dressed fine. But that brings me to my object of pain stemming from this figure. The face. Heck, look at the Indiana Jones sets, Bruce Wayne joined the Nazis during WWII. Seriously though, I gave him new Robin hair and a flesh Luke Skywalker face. Other than that, this minifig is fabulous. Next comes his sidekick, (no not Robin) Alfred! Honestly, Alfred may in truth help the Caped Crusader more than Robin. I'm sure he's spent long nights monitoring the Bat-Computer while Batman was on patrol. On a minor note, he did fix that chicken soup that one time... Anyways, Alfred's torso is brand-spanking new and a breath of fresh air it is! In a world of mediocre LEGO suit designs, Alfred's torso pops out to say "Look at me!" and look at it you do. Penguin also has this feature, but I'll get to that later. His pants are nothing special, just your average light blue-gray. Now to my favorite part of this figure, the face! This decal is so incredibly detailed, that it oughta be outlawed! Yeah, it's that good. The balding black hair that wraps around the back, the French moustache, the cocky grine and cheery eyes, honestly when has Alfred ever looked this good? Next comes Batman's other faithful friend, Robin! ...No applause. Now, according the videogame's official guide, this is the Tim Drake version, however, I like to think of it as the Richard Grayson version. I actually altered my second Robin from the submarine set to look like Tim Drake with Red Arms and legs and black hips and colored his mask black and--sorry. Not much to say about Robin, same as the next version except this one's got Elvis hair. Ooh, and a yellow cape. Basically exclusive to Batman since only three people in the world were lucky enough to get Cloud City. I think Lando's had blue printed on to the back of it anyway. Penguin is also exactly the same as his next set, only this version has a slightly smaller umbrella with a black handle instead of gray. I personally prefer this one. Mr. Freeze was drastically changed in hgis next outing, mainly because of gun design. I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this yet, but he doesn't have the standard issue bazooka in this set as he does in the other. This bazooka is made to go into the other hand as opposed to any I have ever seen. Maybe this was by design and maybe it was just a fluke in my set. His torso is not printed, but is detailed by the apparatus only seen in the color yellow before now I believe. By the way, Penguin's torso and face are amazing! I love his design. The henchman is pretty basic, I think the bad guys owe alot of money to the Kaminoans for cloning them since they all have the same face. He has the same unprinted torso as Mr. Freeze but his legs are dark bluish gray. Finally, on to the next catergory!

Vehichles: The moving stuff for lower intelligences who may be reading this. ;)
Robin's Redbird: Mediocre. Not a bad design, but not the best. I like it better than his new submarine.

The Batblade: The first original Bat-vehicle. Not bad at all, in fact a pretty nice addition, however flimsy.

Penguins sub: The headliner vehicle. It will bring a smile to your face. A great design rivaling the many bigger vehicles out there. Also, 1000x better than the new one.

Build: Very sturdy and complete and alot of details make it worth the while. Several rare pieces are included, such and the green mini-T-Rex and the telephone. The Bat-stickers are standard-issue but there is a unique fingerprint sticker that goes on a 2x2 tile under a magnyfing glass. I didn't know minifigs left fingerprints.
Main Secton: Incredible, love the staircase and the swivel chairs are brilliant, although I believe Emperor Palpatine already had one in Final Duel II. THe Joker bomb in the glass case is nice also.
Left Section: Pretty weak. I took out the Batsignal and put it on top of my MCU for Commisioner Gordon to use. The netlauncher and missile are still there, though. I'm thinking about taking them out and putting in a Jason Todd memorial.
Right section: Just as good as the main section. Incredibly detailed, my only complaint is the hole in the cell. What's the point in putting crooks in if they can just walk right back out. The old AT-ST top for the trapdoor is ingenious and so is the mechanism that works it--so much so, that I used the tecknique for my Carbon Freeze on Bespin MOC (it's not posted yet). The costume chamber is small but I think Edison thought up the design, because I know I sure couldn't!

Closing Comments: I got this when it was available, and maybe you did too. If you didn't, however, you need to. I know the price is pretty steep online but it's worth it believe me. A very great and strong to add to your collection. :)

Final Rating: 4.7/5



Comments

 I like it 
  December 8, 2009
Very Cool!;)
Garrett Waters
 I like it 
Brad Jasko
  December 7, 2009
Good review.
 I made it 
  December 7, 2009
Quoting Josh LaFollette I dont know if I should thank you for a great review or blaming you for distracting me from my comics. anyways, it's a great opinion on the set, and I wish I had it. my Batcave is based off of the Dark Knight design, which looks awesome in the movie but isn't terribly impressive in LEGO form. and just so you know, the RedBird is a car, not a sub. It's in the 90s Robin comics.
Oops! I still it the Redbird anyway. =P BTW, your Batcave looks fantastic!
 I like it 
  December 7, 2009
I dont know if I should thank you for a great review or blaming you for distracting me from my comics. anyways, it's a great opinion on the set, and I wish I had it. my Batcave is based off of the Dark Knight design, which looks awesome in the movie but isn't terribly impressive in LEGO form. and just so you know, the RedBird is a car, not a sub. It's in the 90s Robin comics.
 I like it 
  December 7, 2009
I dont know if I should thank you for a great review or blaming you for distracting me from my comics. anyways, it's a great opinion on the set, and I wish I had it. my Batcave is based off of the Dark Knight design, which looks awesome in the movie but isn't terribly impressive in LEGO form. and just so you know, the RedBird is a car, not a sub. It's in the 90s Robin comics.
 I made it 
  December 7, 2009
Quoting Brad Jasko Good review.
Thanks, I was bored. =P
 
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