Yesterday LEGO announced their latest direct-to-consumer exclusive set, the #76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave. The set is based on the 1960s Batman live action television series that starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City. Unveiling of the #76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave coincided with the anniversary of the first episode of the TV show that aired on January 12, 1966. Details and designer-video below. 🙂
Here is the official description of the set: Drive the villains out from Batman’s Batcave! Help Batman and Robin to drive the villain intruders from the Batcave, featuring a Bat Lab with Batcomputer, plus the Batmobile with stud shooters, Batcopter with flick missiles and the Batcycle. This special model, based on the classic 1960s TV show, also has a Wayne Manor section with an exterior wall to climb on and Bruce Wayne’s study featuring the iconic Batphone and a false bookcase that slides open to reveal the secret entrance to the Batcave. Before spiraling down the Batpoles into the Batcave, change identity from Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into Batman and Robin (separate minifigures included).
- Includes 9 minifigures: Batman, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred Pennyworth, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and The Penguin.
- This LEGO model of the Batcave as seen in the classic 1960s TV series features 2 Batpoles for Batman and Robin to slide down, a selection of Bat-gadgets, helipad, plus a Batmobile and Batcopter.
- The Wayne Manor section of the model features Bruce Wayne’s study with the iconic Batphone, a hinged Shakespeare bust with secret button underneath, sliding false bookcase to access the Batpoles, and assorted elements including decorated wallpaper bricks, wall lamps, framed portraits, a framed fish and trophies. It also includes an exterior wall for climbing, with an opening roof for easy access to the Batpoles and an aerial element.
- The Batcave incorporates a hi-tech, 2-floor Bat Lab with Batcomputer element and a variety of detachable accessory elements, including a lie detector machine, table, chest of drawers, Bat-gadgets and test tubes with translucent elements. Also includes the iconic Batcave entrance for the Batmobile and a helipad for the Batcopter.
- The Batmobile features a dual cockpit with iconic Batphone, 2 stud shooters, an opening trunk, dual exhaust and sign stickers.
- The Batcopter has an opening cockpit for a minifigure, bat-inspired wings with 2 flick missiles, spinning rotors and a spinning propeller. A villain minifigure can grab onto the back of the Batcopter for more aerial battle action.
- The Batcycle features a driver’s seat for Batman, translucent headlight element and a sidecar for Robin.
- Weapons include The Joker’s TNT, Catwoman’s whip, The Riddler’s TNT and The Penguin’s umbrella.
- Accessory elements include Batman’s 3 Batarangs, rope, grappling hook and handcuffs.
- Includes separate minifigures for Batman and Robin’s alter-egos, so enter the secret doorway as Bruce and Dick, and slide down the Batpoles as LEGO DC Super Heroes!
- Batcave measures over 18” (46cm) high, 22” (56cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.
- Batmobile measures over 2” (6cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide.
- Batcopter measures over 2” (7cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide.
- Batcycle measures over 1” (4cm) high, 3” (8cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
- Recommended for ages 14+.
- 2,526 pieces.
The #76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave will be available for sale directly through LEGO at the beginning of March – with early access for VIP members in mid-February. Prices are as follows: US $269.99 – CA $329.99 – DE 249.99€ – UK £229.99 – DK 2499.00 DKK (Euro pricing varies by country. Visit the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes section of the Online LEGO Shop.
As you can see, #76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave is massive, and includes all of Batman’s gadgets. The three-section modular design allows the scene to be set up in different ways, and even expanded. There are also a lot of modular accessories to fill up the Batcave. Wayne Manor is designed using an interesting building technique, with plates sideways both at the back and the roof. This allows the manor to be very tall without using too many pieces. I think it looks great from the front, not so much from the side or the back though. I really like Bruce Wayne’s study with the sliding bookcase and that gorgeous wall-paper design, using new 1×4 printed elements. I should mention here that most of the other decorations are stickers.
The Batmobile looks sweet, although maybe have a bit too much red. The Batcopter and Batcycle are more standard designs, but add playability to the set. Speaking of playability, there are a number of fun play-features in the set, and some of them are demonstrated in the designer-video.
As far as the minifigures are concerned, LEGO designers did an amazing job with all nice minifigures: Batman, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred Pennyworth, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and The Penguin. Batman in particular looks excellent.
A massive set like this also comes with a massive price. With 2526 pieces and a price of $269.99, the Batcave follows two other large sets this year; the #10251 LEGO Creator Brick Bank (2380 pieces – price: $169.99), and the #75827 LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (4634 pieces – price: $349.99). However while the price per piece ratio of the other two sets come to 7 cents, the Batcave’s price appears to be excessive at more than 10 cents a piece. At $199.99, or something in that range, the price would be a lot more reasonable.
Having said that, I’m sure diehard Batman fans are going to purchase the set because for them this is a dream come true. The overall design is fine, the minifigures are awesome, the vehicles look very Batman-ish, and the parts selection is great. What do you think? How do you like the #76052 LEGO Batman Classic TV Series – Batcave overall? And what do you think of the manor, the cave, the minifigs, the vehicles, and the play-features? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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