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LEGO Batman Tumbler available now!

by admin on August 23, 2014

in LEGO Super Heroes

The highly anticipated Ultimate Collector Series #76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler has become available to LEGO VIP members a few days ago, so it is a good time to take a closer look. We have talked about this set previously (see full press release and designer-video here: LEGO UCS Batman Tumbler Revealed!), and today we will go in a bit more detail. 🙂

LEGO Batman Tumbler Review

One thing you will immediately notice about the #76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler is its massive size. This thing is huge! It is the most accurate representation of the badass-ness of the real Tumbler from the films. The shiny smooth surfaces give it a slick look, and the exposed studs suggest ruggedness – all in black, because Batman only works in black. 🙄

#76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler

The downside of all that black is that it will highlight settling dust. Also, the shiny surfaces can show off fingerprints. You gotta build this baby with white gloves and then store it away in a glass case! But that is the idea behind the LEGO UCS Tumbler; it is not one of those sets that you build, then swoosh around. In fact it is quite fragile and has practically zero play-features. This set is for older teen or adult builders who enjoy the complex building experience and impressive display value of a LEGO set like this.

#76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler Side View

Also, please note that although two minifigs are included with the set, the LEGO UCS Tumbler itself is much larger than minifigure size. The minifigs are really meant to stay on the display-stand provided with the Tumbler. It doesn’t make either the minifigs or the Tumbler less awesome, I just wanted to mention that to make sure there are no misunderstandings. It is often hard to judge the size of a LEGO set just from pictures.

#76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler Minifigures

Speaking about size and being able to understand how huge this set is, below is a video-review of the #76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler by Stephen from the BrickShow. I think it is worth watching it because you will get a better feel for the set and what if offers, and can also help you decide if the LEGO UCS Tumbler is for you.

I think Stephen makes some very good points about both the plusses and minuses of the set. One of the most important aspects being that this is not a play-set, but a display-model. Neither Stephen or I would recommend this for younger kids (although if you insist, we will let you get it), however for older teen and adult Batman fans who are also into LEGO, this is a dream come true. Below is another video, also from the BrickShow, which shows the time-lapse build of the set. If you are interested to see some of the building-techniques and details in the set, it is worth watching.

Here is the official description of the #76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler for your convenience: Build the awesome Tumbler from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy! Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool LEGO model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy. Construct this black armored vehicle highlighted with new color LEGO elements and brand new LEGO front wheels. Check out the cool, detailed interior and adjustable top wings. Includes 2 new and exclusive minifigures: Batman and The Joker. The set also includes a fact-sheet about the Tumbler vehicle used in The Dark Knight Trilogy movies featuring Batman, and five (yes, five) instruction booklets! Tumbler measures over 5” (15cm) high, 15” (40cm) long and 9” (24cm) wide, 1869 pieces and costs $199.99 (which is right about 10 cents/piece and within the normal price-range for LEGO sets).

#76023 LEGO Batman Tumbler Display Stand

My personal feeling about this set is that although it looks cool, I’m not going to get it. I much prefer minifig-scale sets, and I like to have play-features even in display-models. However I do know for a fact that there are people who love LEGO models like this, and if displayed properly the LEGO UCS Tumbler can be the highlight of someone’s collection. If you are a LEGO VIP member you have early access to the set right now at the Online LEGO Shop, just make sure you are signed into your VIP account to get access to it. For non-VIP members the set will be available at the beginning of September. Here is the link: LEGO Batman Tumbler at the Online LEGO Shop

Shop LEGO Batman Tumbler

So what do you think? How do you like the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Batman Tumbler? Is this a set you are planning to get or save up for? Do you like the look, the features, the minifigs? Or are you going to pass? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

And you might also like to check out the LEGO Super Heroes section for more news, reviews and discussions, or select from the following related posts:

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Rmstunticon August 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I’d comment on the political correctness of using the word badass on a site with kids on it, but…..
It’s really the only way to describe this thing.

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Jake August 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Ikr

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admin August 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I have debated that myself, but couldn’t come up with a better word. So I asked my little sister and she said the same thing as you did, and gave me the green-light. :mrgreen:

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lego lover August 23, 2014 at 8:26 PM

amdin do you know why they made the battumbeler not minifigure size? all lego sets that have minifigures are minifigure size.

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admin August 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

UCS sets are normally not minifigure size, they are meant for display, not play. Minifigures are sometimes included as part of the display stand. So don’t think of those minifigs as part of the set. They are part of the plaque that you can place in front of it. 😉

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Strider August 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Somehow I don’t think, “badbottum,” sounds right, so you were probably on the right track :).

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hippie hudson August 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yeah this is definately special, if you are looking for a lego car then this is the one to have. I would love to build them in different colours like all white or all gold it would make an excellent display. And who has also imagined adding a motor to this thing? It would be so intense if this was remote control!
Actually its a shame that it doesn’t turn, there is no steering. If it had steering capabilities then you could play with it a bit more.

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admin August 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I agree that the lack of steering is the only thin that holds this monster back from being the bestest, baddest LEGO vehicle ever. I’m pretty sure some adventurous LEGO fan is going to do it. 😛

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Legozebra August 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I personally own the set and would recommend it highly, although I agree that it is really just a display model unlike some large sets like the UCS Sandrawler (which I actually could play with)

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admin August 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

That’s a good comparison with the Sandcrawler. It is also a huge set, but it is actually minifig-scale with a lot of play-features. Although the Batmobile would have to be smaller to be realistic as a minifg-scale vehicle, so I guess the designers decided to go big on this one as they already made one at minifig scale.

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Håkan August 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Those wheels look huge. Are they bigger than the classic 24 x 43 Technic? (Popularly used for making badass MOC:s when I was a kid.)

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=3739&in=S
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admin August 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

The new wheels are a brand new design and my understanding is that they are the biggest wheels ever. But I haven’t seen them in person. Maybe someone who already has the set could verrify?

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Håkan August 24, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Apparently, there already existed some wheels with tires, that were bigger than ol’ 24 x 43.

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Kim August 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Hey, I’ve heard the new minifigure series comes out in October, do you think it’ll be like October 1st or a bit into the month or the end of the month? I’d like to order as many of them as possible when they come out. I had good luck with ordering 16 of them back I think when series 2 came out and had a very low level of duplicates. I always manage to get an ungodly amount of dupes when I try to get them in stores. I ended up with 4 or 5 of the constable last time. I’m not great at feeling them out either.

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admin August 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Kim, the release of the minifig series is always very… what would be the best way to describe this?… spread out? Usually local stores have them like 2-3 weeks before the official release, then LEGO stores start to carry them, then the Online LEGO Shop. They are usually available for quite a while (you don’t have to worry about them selling out in 2 days or something). I’m sure we will know more as we get closer to the date.

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admin August 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I would also encourage you to play with the minifig identification in the blind bags some more. I remember when I first tried it I was terrible. I thought it was crazy and I had absolutely no skills. So I just bought blind bags, took them home, and tried to identify them before I cut open the package. As I practiced more I got better. Then I read William’s guides that helped me to understand the process even more. Now I can go through a whole box in no time and I also got very accurate. It is a fun skill to develop. Before this I didn’t know I could “see” with my fingers. 😀

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Ace August 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Two years ago (2012, that’s right) I built the same model, but studless and from Technic and Power Functions parts. Go to http://mocpages.com/moc.php/393266 and there you’ll see my version of the Tumbler.

That’s not all. Here’s a link to the white Brightest Day Batman Police Tumbler: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/393281
It’s the same as the black Power Functions Tumbler, but then it’s white.

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admin August 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Those are sweet! 😀

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Angela November 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Why is it $200

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admin November 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Angela, this is an exclusive collector’s set, not a children’s toy. It is huge, with almost 2,000 pieces, thus the price. 😉

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legoman June 15, 2015 at 6:05 AM

This set is sweet love it

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