In a surprise announcement back in September, LEGO revealed a direct-to-consumer set for The LEGO Batman Movie with The Joker Manor (70922). It contains 3,444 pieces and retails for a not so bad $269.99 which is a pretty decent $0.08/piece especially for a licensed set. The set will be available starting on Black Friday, November 24.
The contents of the box include a combination of loose bags as well as two white boxes containing more loose bags and the large instruction book along with two sticker sheets. The bags are not in any numerical order as they seem to be just randomly thrown in. I’m not sure of the meaning behind this method of packing the bags.
There are 22 numbered bags and two unnumbered bags in total and something that I appreciate is that there is only one bag per number instead of multiples bags of a single number. That means no need to separate each set of numbered bags in their own piles. Hopefully LEGO implements this sort of bag numbering in future larger sets.
There are 10 minifigures in total for this set, Batman, Nightwing, Alfred Pennyworth Classic Batsuit, Barbara Gordon, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Disco Batman, Disco Robin, Disco Batgirl, and Disco Joker.
Batman is the same minifigure we’ve seen before with the stern expression on one side and a disgusted look on the other.
Nightwing is a new Robin variant in which he is seen trying on this suit inside the Batcave. The suit is a nice looking shade of blue with a Batman insignia across the chest. The back of the torso has printing of the zipper that goes up the suit. He wears what appears to be a new armor piece that has a printed 1×1 round tile of another Batman insignia on the front with some clips on the back for the wings. He also has on a long soft fabric cape as well. For his facial expressions, Nightwing has a sad one on one side and an excited on the other. The cowl that he wears has a similar style of his large glasses but they are now blue colored. His accessory is a small gun.
Alfred Pennyworth is in the Classic Batsuit that is similar to what Adam West wore during the 60’s TV show. The suit is a lighter shade of blue with the retro Batman insignia on the middle of the chest. Unlike the other Classic Batman suit from the Classic Batcave (76052), there is no printing for the utility belt but he does have a physical one. The legs are the same blue along with a darker shade of blue. Alfred also has a darker soft fabric cape to complete his look.
Barbara Gordon is the exact same minifigure as in the Arkham Asylum (70912). She has on a lavendar colored blouse with a striped vest over it on the torso while the legs are black with printing of her badge. Her facial expressions include a confident smirk and an angry look. Barbara’s accessory this go-round is a revolver.
The Joker’s torso and legs are the same ones as in The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906) where he has on a striped purple suit. The arms have printing of some playing card suit tattoos. The facial expressions are different from before with him now having an evil grin and a happy smile.
Harley Quinn is not a new minifigure as the exact same one has appeared in The Joker Notorious Lowrider. It is a very detailed minifigure with her wearing a red and black bowling jacket. She has a double-sided head with a serious look on one side and happy on the other. Like before, her accessory is a red bat.
Now to some of the minifigures that appeared in the ending credit song Friends are Family. First we have Disco Batman as LEGO calls him in this set. He wears a white outfit with printing of a white jacket over a white armor. There’s some metallic silver dots on front and and back of the torso as well as on the lapels. He has a two-sided cape with one side being white while the other is a shiny metallic gold. Batman does have two different types of smiles and his eyes through the cowl are light blue.
Disco Robin outfit is similar to his normal red and green one but this version is white with metallic silver for the dots and metallic gold for the utility belt. He does have some short shorts that are white with some white boots as well. He also wears a two-sided white and metallic gold cape to complete his look. His facial expressions are the same as before with the confused look on one side and a happy one on the other.
Like with Robin, the design on Disco Batgirl’s outfit is similar to her purple one but this version is white with metallic gold accents on the Batgirl insignia and the area around her waist on front and back of the torso. There’s also some metallic gold on her bracers and on her legs. I believe her double-sided head is new with a smirk on one side and a happy expression on the other. Batgirl’s white cowl is also new in white with a hole for her ponytail.
Finally we have Disco Joker, who like the others, has on a white outfit as well. He wears a light gray shirt with a white fur jacket. The jacket printing on the torso shows him with a metallic gold “J” necklace along with a large “J” on the back. The legs are nice looking and can be useful for other minifigures. The fur collar piece that goes between the head and torso is a new one that is slightly different from the on that the Penguin has. The Joker has a new head piece that shows him with some metallic gold Aviator blinds.
As I mentioned before, although there are 22 numbered bags, there are only 22 numbered bags. This means that there are no group of bags for a certain number and this makes the building experience a lot faster and more enjoyable.
The front of The Joker Manor shows some of the original Wayne Manor architecture repurposed into Joker’s wackiness. The main thing that will draw people’s attention is the new roller coaster track that goes around the mansion but I’ll get to that a little later.
At the entrance, you are greeted with a couple of large brick-built bombs at the base of the stairs. I will say that these bombs look very nice especially the fuse that uses a stalk piece along with a sausage. Two pieces that you wouldn’t think would go together but works well. Around the door is an extravagant design with an arrow pointing downwards enticing someone to go in. Right above the snazzy entrance are some red boxing gloves on either side which I’ll get to later.
At the middle tower, there’s a large brick-built “The Joker” sign that also stands out and not in a negative way. The technique used is similar to what some of the LEGO modular building have been using for a while. The letter O in “Joker” is actually the Joker’s face with three 1×4 stickers on the curved bow pieces.
At the top of the mansion above the Joker sign, there’s a big rotating eye which looks like a head with a pointy hat, sort of an Eye of Sauron kind of thing. The whole structure can rotate a full 360 degrees with the “eye” moving up and down using the handle on the back.
Finally on the front/right side of the mansion are a couple of brick-built “HA! HA!” signs that are on ball joints on the first and second floors. These are just created using some 1×6 plates and 1×4 tiles.
On the backside of the mansion, you’ll get to see details of the rooms of The Joker Manor but before we get to that, let’s take a look at the middle centerpiece that stands out the most. The Joker has definitely made his mark on Wayne Manor and on this side, there’s another brick-built head for him. This one actually has some play features as it has a trap door and a slide. The door is accessed by pushing and pulling on the green dish above the eyebrows. A minifigure can stand on the 2×2 round tiles at the top and they’ll slide through the mouth. The slide piece is a newer one that has only appeared in another set.
Some other decorative items on the back side of the mansion are the brick-built arrows pointing to the slide exit and the roller coaster entrance. There’s also the BAM! sticker as well along with a couple of Joker’s crates of jokes and evil plans.
Remember the two boxing gloves in front of the mansion? Right below the slide is what appears to be a flower petal that is used to extend and shorten the gloves by turning it. This makes use of an intricate Technic gear system that works well.
On to some of the detailing for the rooms, there are six areas as well as the entrance. Right when you walk in the door, you are greeted with some distorted fun house mirrors with some shiny lights around them. Flanking those mirrors are some straight as well in the same light bulb filled style.
At the top room of the left turret, we have a small attic that is used to store some of Batman’s boxes like his Bat Merch and also Wyldstyle’s belongings. Note that the sticker added an extra “e” to Wyldstyle’s name.
Below the attic is a orange indoor swimming pool that uses trans-blue tiles as the water inside. There is a large sticker used for the wall to show some detailing of the area.
The next floor down is a music studio that has a mixing desk with some speakers and a microphone. On the wall is a stickered pictured of Batman and a backup singer along with a printed 2×2 round record with the Batman insignia and a black guitar.
The bottom floor is a large kitchen with lots of little details. On the counter, there’s a cutting board with some sliced lemons represented by some printed 1×1 round tiles. There’s also a well-done brick-built microwave that is cooking a lobster with a lemon.
On the opposite end of the mansion, there’s a cinema room where Batman watches his romantic comedies. Instead of watching Jerry Maguire, a LEGO movie is on called Forever Sorting 2, the highly acclaimed sequel to Forever Sorting found showing at the Palace Cinema. The 2×3 tile is printed piece and not a sticker. Above the fireplace are a couple of stickered pictures of the Joker.
The bottom floor is sort of a piano music room with a nice brick-built mini grand piano. There’s also a bust sitting on a pedestal next to the wall. Guessing by the wavy hair it uses, I think the bust represents Beethoven.
Now on to the main thing that will draw people’s eyes with The Joker Manor is the new roller coaster track that goes around the whole mansion. The track sits on some spots that extend out from the mansion at some structurally sound locations. Speaking of the track, there are new rail sections, there are five different types that are used to create the hills and drops as well as for the curves.
There’s also the new cars that run on the roller coaster that actually run very smoothly. The car frames have clips for them to attach to each other. They attach to the tracks with some clips on the sides of the cars. There isn’t much effort needed to push the car around the mansion but you can also to motorize it with some slight modifications.
The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor (70922) is an absolutely a piece of work that many will enjoy. There are a lot of little details inside the mansion but the main attraction here is the new roller coaster system that I’m sure will be implemented in a future LEGO Creator amusement part set that comes out during the summer.
As I said before, this set will be available starting on Black Friday, November 24 and coming in at 3,444 pieces for $269.99 isn’t a bad deal especially for the enjoyment that you can get from the roller coaster.
Check out my reviews of some other The LEGO Batman Movie sets:
The Mini Batmobile (30521)
The Joker Battle Training (30521)
Batman in the Phantom Zone (30522)
The Mini Batwing (30524)
The Joker Balloon Escape (70900)
Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901)
Catwoman Catcycle Chase (70902)
The Riddler Riddle Racer (70903)
Clayface Splat Attack (70904)
The Batmobile (70905)
The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906)
Killer Croc Tail-Gator (70907)
Scarecrow Special Delivery (70910)
The Penguin Arctic Roller (70911)
Arkham Asylum (70912)
Scarecrow Fearful Face-off (70913)
The Ultimate Batmobile (70917)
The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)
The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack (5004930)
Thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.