This $400 Batmobile Lego Set Just Shot To The Top Of Our Christmas List
1989's Batman wasn't by any means the best Batman film ever made. But the Batmobile that starred within it was, with its hypercar-esque looks, front-mounted Jet engine and vast array of gadgets, a genuine movie icon.
In the grander scheme of Movie cars, the Keaton Batmobile was more important than it appears at first glance. In a way, it was one of the first true movie cars — a piece of engineering designed and built from the ground up to stick in the memory.
Unlike Batmobiles before it, as had been seen on TV throughout the '60s and '70s, it wasn't simply a striking looking road car with a black and red paint job. This was a proper comic book car — something made in the Batcave to the specifications of the caped crusader. Its 33-foot length contained everything the Batman of the future could need: batdiscs, a 330mph top speed, deployable sphere bombs, and twin M1919 Browning machine guns.
For the first time, you felt as if it was a car Batman would truly want — a machine completely removed from what you'd normally see on the road. And it was the first in a long line of iconic Batmobiles to follow.
Quite rightly then, in their infinite wisdom when it comes to making toys for 21st century manchildren, LEGO have decided to honour the 1989 Batmobile by bringing it back to life in buildable form.
The 3300+ piece set has pretty much everything you need for many, many hours of reliving your childhood, and is (naturally) recommended for 16+ only. Like any Gen-Zers are going to remember Poison Ivy or Jack Nicholson's Joker, anyway.
According to LEGO, there are a ton of hidden features in the Batmobile, including a "slide-open cockpit with a wraparound windshield element, 2 hidden machine guns with a pop-up function activated by turning the turbine exhaust, and decorative grappling hooks on each side of the vehicle. It also comes with a Batman figure with a cape that matches his 1989 movie outfit, The Joker and Vicki Vale.
The set will be available through LEGO's website for $399.99. It's set to drop on November 29.