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The unreleased LEGO Batman Battle Vehicle

Whenever there is a new LEGO movie, or even just a regular LEGO theme with no movie tie-in, LEGO designers work on lots of potential ideas that may never make it past the drawing board. Many of the concepts made for the movies end up in the behind-the-scenes books, such as The Making of the LEGO Batman Movie, and The Making of the LEGO Ninjago Movie. For LEGO fans, these books offer a special glimpse into the daily work of LEGO designers. 🙂

In regards to The LEGO Movie 2, we have seen the development of several of the models and scenes in the designer interviews (see: The LEGO Movie 2 Behind-The-Scenes & More!), which were super interesting. In addition, LEGO designer Mark Stafford (a.k.a. LEGO_Nabii) recently tweeted a couple of images of a model he was working on for the film. Mark is well known for his excellent LEGO machines and mechs, so it is always a special treat to see his work.

The monstrous Batman Battle Vehicle was based on concept art for the movie by Warner Brothers, which Mark spent six months converting into an actual LEGO set. The vehicle is well over 3,000 pieces, and was meant to be released as a D2C (direct-to-consumer) set. According to Mark, the drill can turn in two directions, and the ‘66 Batmobile can attach at the top. Then, the instructions team built the model in the 3D computer graphics application Maya so it can be sent in for animation.

Unfortunately, the concept was cut before animation, so it never made it to the movie, and the instructions team never finished putting together the instructions. Although we will likely never be able to own this awesome vehicle (unless Mark is willing to share more pictures and someone can reverse engineer it) the concept art may make it into a future behind-the-scenes book.

If you are on Twitter, it is worth following Mark, as he often shares interesting little tidbits from the daily life of a LEGO designer. Mark also shares many of his own personal builds at MOCpages and flickr. And you can find the list of sets he worked on at the Brickset database. Although the Batman Battle Vehicle didn’t make it into The LEGO Movie 2, nor did it become an official LEGO set, there are some other great sets that are currently available at The LEGO Movie 2 section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the Batman Battle Vehicle? Would you have liked to see it as an official LEGO set? Which one is your favorite set from The LEGO Movie 2? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Tony March 6, 2019, 11:59 AM

    Reminds me of Power Miners! I love how the Batmobile can be attached! This should be a set! 😀

    • Tony March 6, 2019, 11:59 AM

      Power Miners. Admin, would you please fix that for me?

  • Hayato March 6, 2019, 12:19 PM

    I can confirm that the Making of books are very good. My kids are constantly looking through the pictures. The drawings and prototypes are especially interesting. I don’t think there is a book for the second lego movie yet, is there?

    • admin March 7, 2019, 4:29 PM

      I haven’t seen a book for TLM2 yet. My guess is that they will release it before Christmas. And yes, I agree, they are very good.

  • Legostuff14 March 6, 2019, 12:40 PM

    It’s interesting that a lot of the bigger vehicles very similar action functions like the drilling concept. Even one of the old bat cave set had a drilling vehicle ( it was red with treads on it). There was a city theme last year same thing . Of course let’s not forget Cole’s earth driller. So, I guess drilling vehicles are a big thing because of their action function. I agree with Tony, it should be a vehicle.

    • Håkan March 6, 2019, 2:52 PM

      “Drillbot” mechas are also a pretty classic trope in many anime series…

      You know the drill…

      • admin March 7, 2019, 4:30 PM

        Hm… I didn’t know that! 😀

    • admin March 7, 2019, 4:30 PM

      I think it’s just a feature kids like. Drilling is fun! Plus, LEGO has this giant drill piece, so they have to keep reusing it! 😀

  • jabber-baby-wocky March 6, 2019, 1:11 PM

    Thanks for sharing the list of sets designed by Mark Stafford. Are there lists for the other designers?

  • LEGOJeff March 6, 2019, 4:04 PM

    I would really like to visit the LEGO House just to see stuff like this. I would also love to meet Mark Stafford. He is an amazing designer.

    • brickhead March 6, 2019, 4:27 PM

      This is at the Lego house?

    • LEGOJeff March 6, 2019, 4:32 PM

      Yes, I read somewhere else that this is displayed at the LEGO House, amongst some other prototypes.

      • Håkan March 8, 2019, 8:32 AM

        I guess that some of the exhibitions there would be rotated, but that this would probably be up for around as long as the movie is in theaters.

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