In our first set of the new 2013 LEGO DC Universe line, we have the Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice (76000). The set contains 198 pieces and retails for $19.99, a very nice $0.10/piece especially for a licensed set. There are four un-numbered bags, one instruction booklet, and one comic book.
There are three exclusive minifigures in the set: Arctic Batman, Mr. Freeze, and Aquaman. Batman’s suit is similar to the regular version suit except for that it’s light grey and with some minor changes to the utility belt. Batman’s head is double-sided and is the same as before. He also has a white cowl and cape with two Batarangs as his accessories.
Mr. Freeze is a whole redesign from the previous version. Before he was sporting a darker blue suit with an Insectoid helmet but now he’s in a light blue suit with an Atlantis helmet. He also has printing on both sides of the torso underneath the armor piece. His freeze gun is created from a blaster with a blue laser beam.
The Aquaman minifigure is a very nice addition to the Super Heroes line. He has some scaly printing on both sides of the torso and green legs. He also has a double-sided head with the stern/angry expressions. His weapon is his trusty Trident of Neptune, which we’ve also seen in the Atlantis theme.
There are two parts to the build, the ice prison and the Batboat. The prison that holds Aquaman captive is created with mostly slope and tile pieces with a couple of very cool translucent ice block pieces. There’s a white lever that your press to “break” the ice apart to free him.
The second part of the build is a sleeker redesigned Batboat. When you look from the top, it’s shaped similar to a bat much like his other vehicles. Although the build is symmetrical for both sides, it didn’t seem like it. There are many stickers to put on but it wasn’t as much of a pain. There are also a few play features on it as well. First and probably my favorite part is the disk shooter from both sides of the Batboat. The difference from regular flick-fire missiles is the discs are held in place by a Technic pin and there’s more force used to push it forward. As a result, the discs shoot pretty far. The other feature is the drop bombs on on the back of the Batboat which you just push off the stud piece. The engine can spin to make it seem like a flame is shooting out from the back. A nice addition is on the sides of the boat because I don’t believe we’ve seen it before. There are clips where you can attach Batman’s Batarangs so now he can ride his vehicle without leaving his weapons at home.
Overall, the Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice is a very nice set and for $20, you get a lot. You get three exclusive minifigures that all look cool, a neat ice prison for Aquaman, and the Batboat. The only downside is there are some finicky stickers you have to deal with but other than that, it’s an amazing set. I highly recommend picking it up if you see it in stores. You definitely won’t regret it.
On a side note, Stud from Your Creative Friends also noticed that the spelling of the word “Arctic” was wrong on the box. It is spelled “Artic” without the first “c”. Just a little fun fact there.