Being a huge Batman fan, especially the Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan, I am super excited when LEGO unveiled the Batman App-Controlled Batmobile with Powered Up functions.
Bearing some resemblance to the Batman Tumbler in the Dark Knight Trilogy, the inclusion of the Powered Up function first introduced in this year’s LEGO city trains (60197 and 60198) will allow this beast to be driven around, adding another dimension of play.
Packaged in a tuck top box to give it a premium feel, opening the top flap reveals 3 bags, two individually packed motors, 4 tyres, a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub and the instruction booklet. This set does not contain any sticker sheet, utilizing only 3 printed tiles: two for the console in the cockpit and one above the battery hub to indicate the location of the power on button.
There are 321 pieces to this set, including one exclusive Batman™ minifigure and 11 new Batman-related elements that is used as part of the build.
With only 321 pieces, this model took me about 45 minutes to complete. Although the piece count is low, the completed Batmobile looks substantial and robust. This is attributed to the many large pieces that forms the framework of the vehicle, as well as the two motors and battery box.
The first bag contains the exclusive Batman minifigure, as well as the parts for the framework of the Batmobile holding the two motors. Also included in this bag are the new Batman-related elements and an orange brick separator.
The Batmobile is a four-wheel drive (4WD) through the linkage of the front and rear wheels using two 40 teeth gears and one 24 teeth gear, giving it more traction.
Parts in the second bag are used to build the cockpit, as well as the “holder” for the battery hub. Although the Batmobile is predominantly black with some shades of grey, brightly-coloured tiles were included to make it easily distinguishable during the construction of the interior.
Before starting on the second bag, I would suggest stuffing the excess wires from the motors in between the panels as shown below. This is to avoid having too much excess wires later on, which can interfere with the closure of the back panel later on.
The last bag contains the parts to build the outer shell of the Batmobile, covering the battery box. It also includes the parts that make up the spoilers and rocket boosters, as well as the wheel rims. Like most vehicles produced by LEGO, this model is finished off by attaching the wheels onto the Batmobile.
As mentioned, there is only one exclusive Batman minifigure that is included in this set. The print on the torso and the legs of this minifigure reminds me of the Batman in “Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack” (76087).
However, the details on the torso and legs differs significantly so Batman minifigure collectors, this is set to get to add on to your Batman collection!
Unlike previous remote-controlled vehicles produced by LEGO utilizing the Power Functions, the use of the new Bluetooth-controlled battery hub has allowed LEGO to do without the infra-red (IR) receiver and the IR remote control.
By omitting the need for an IR receiver, the space on such remote controlled vehicles can be better utilized, as seen in this App-Controlled Batmobile.
Aesthetically wise, I feel that the design of the Batmobile could be better. While enabling 4WD, the connection of the front and rear wheels using the gears resulted in them being placed too close to each other, making it unrealistic. With its height and rim size, I feel that the length of the Batmobile could be longer.
The Batmobile can be connected to the LEGO Powered Up app with a touch of an icon within the app itself. In the app, you can choose between the red and blue options. Both options allow you to operate the Batmobile, with 3 different pre-sets. There is no option to add your own programme though.
The App-Controlled Batmobile retails for SGD$199.90 here in Singapore which brings up the price per piece to be 62¢. In comparison to the 2018 LEGO city trains with the new Powered Up function which has a price per piece of 37¢ (60197 Passenger Train) and 24¢ (60198 Cargo Train), the price of this set seems to be on the high side, even after factoring the fact that this is for an IP (intellectual property) set.
A “remote”-controlled Batmobile resembling The Tumbler in the Dark Knight Trilogy.
The set will be on sale on August 1st 2018 at all LEGO Brand /Certified Stores.
A sincere thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team and LEGO Ideas for sending me this set to review. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the LEGO Group. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.