In our second review of the 2013 LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes, we are doing The Bat vs. Bane: Tumbler Chase (76001). This larger set contains 368 pieces and retails for $39.99, a $0.11/piece. The box contains two instruction booklets, three numbered bags, one comic book, and a card with a code to download the LEGO Batman Video Game on Steam. The set is inspired by the scene in The Dark Knight Rises where the Bat chases down the Tumbler in the streets of Gotham, hence the name of the set.
There are three minifigures in the set: Batman in the Dark Knight Rises attire, Bane, and Commissioner Gordon. His suit is mostly grey with printing on both sides of the torso. The utility belt is printed bronze and the Bat symbol is displayed prominent on the chest. Lastly, he has a new molded black cowl and has a five point black cape. Unfortunately, he has no accessories.
Bane is also updated to look like The Dark Knight Rises version. He has a mostly green torso with a bullet proof vest printing on both sides. One of his hands is black to represent the glove that he wears while the other one is flesh. The legs are all grey. For his head, Bane wears a grey mask pumps him with an anesthetic to relieve him of any pain he receives. He also has printing on back of the head and the top is bald. Like Batman, Bane has no accessories although I would’ve liked to see him with a brown trenchcoat like in the movie.
Commission Gordon is a minifigure that’s been in the video games before but this is the first time that we’ve seen him physically. He’s in a dark blue shirt with a grey SWAT bulletproof vest over it. There’s printing on both sides of the torso. The legs are all black though. Gordon has a double-sided face with a serious and scared expressions and brown hair. He’s the only minifigure to have an accessory with a gun being his choice of weapon.
The first thing you build is Bane’s Tumbler. The color majority of the Tumbler is tan, which is pretty accurate because in the movie, Bane steals a couple from Wayne Enterprises which are in their unaltered colors. This Tumbler is significantly smaller than the one in the Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise (7888). In the front, there is a sticker of Bane’s mask. Further back, the top of the Tumbler is sloped up with a brown windshield and it opens to the driver seat. Bane is able to fit inside by there’s no actual seat so he’s laying down somewhat. On the back, there are a couple of flaps that conceal some flick-fire missiles that flip up with Technic pieces. All four wheels are the same size and rolls quite well. There are stickers that represent weapons on each side of the Tumbler. On the rear, there’s an engine with a flame.
The Bat is mostly black but there are some blue highlights throughout the aircraft. The cockpit area is created first and the wings and arms come out from there. It has a tinted windshield and can sit two minifigures. The control panel is a printed piece that we’ve seen before in other sets. On each side of the cockpit are arms that have turbines at the end. On each turbine, there are flick-fire missiles and non-projectiled cannons. The top of the Bat are wing flaps that can be positioned appropriately to whatever mode the Bat is in. Towards the back, there are a couple of rotors attached at the bottom corners of the cockpit and the tail boom what looks to be the engine is connected to the cockpit by a Technic pin. Behind the boom are a couple of tail stabilizers and exhausts. On the bottom of the cockpit, there is a rope that dangles, presumably to carry Commissioner Gordon.
Finally there are a couple of police barricades that have stickered stripes and lights on the top.
There has been some debate on The Bat vs. Bane: Tumbler Chase set because some might say that the Tumbler may be a little bit small compared to the original version from 2008. Also, another issue is that the blue on the Bat is a little awkward because the one in the movie is all black.
Overall, I think the set is a good addition to any Batman collection. Even though the Tumbler is a little small, it’s executed very well. The design is pretty spot on given the number of pieces used to build it. I absolutely love the design of the Bat. The blue highlights don’t take away from it but gives it some detail although I do wish that it was pure black to correspond to the movie. The minifigures have lots of detailing as well. You get some extra pieces including another rope. I would recommend picking it up because of the iconic movie references and the price point is spot on plus you get a free LEGO Batman game on the PC.
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