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. 🙂
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. 🙄
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.
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.
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).
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
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! 😉
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