This set was unexpected and showed up surprisingly on LEGO.com months after the other DC sets were revealed. I think I'd call it the best in the line, and of course it's hard to find, so fittingly and unfortunately, I got it last.
Though it doesn't exactly have a counterpart in the Batman line, The Riddler did share a hideout with Bane in 7787 The Bat-Tank: The Riddler and Bane's Hideout. Just compare the two (and make sure to take your eyes off of the Bat-tank and look around it); Riddler is obviously getting a nicer hideout by teaming up with Joker than he did with Bane.
I really like the box art on the front; the bright and colorful funhouse against a yellow sky. Batman looks a little strange and The Joker is floating, but other than that it's fine.
I'm not so sure about the scene on it though; Riddler is running down the stairs wielding a crowbar to fight Batman, who is still on the Batcycle. I'm sorry, but Riddler is supposed to be smart, not muscular. It looks like that is mixed up here. If anyone was to fight Batman, it would be Harley Quinn, she's the only one with a chance at defeating him.
Also, though not as apparent as in 6860 The Batcave and 6862 Superman vs. Power Armor Lex once again, the muscular man (Superman, Bane, or in this case, Batman) is rescuing the captured damsel in distress (Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, or in this case, Robin). ;)
The back of the box doesn't look as good. The blue and yellow just don't go well together; the red and light blue of the Marvel sets is nicer. But the yellow/blue will clash with anything on the back of the box.
There is one instruction book with pretty much the same image as the front (with the normal modifications of course). It has the same, light blue pages as the other DC sets with The Joker, Batman, and Superman showing up occasionally.
The comic was, strange and hard to understand as always. The artwork was nice, but the comic itself was difficult to understand. Still, at least it isn't Batman trying to rescue part of the LEGO Club logo for Police Commissioner Max (I think King of Nyrah summarized what's going on over in the Marvel Universe right now pretty well. Though I don't agree with his view of the set, see his review on 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown).
There is a very nice variety of parts, and at 380 for $40, it's a pretty good price. Especially considering licenses, the track pieces, some large parts, it's a "hard to find"/store exclusive, and the two sought after minifigures. There is a large selection of colors, but none are really in abundance and only appear on a few parts. There is dark blue, black, silver, gray, yellow, purple, red, green, and white. Really, only black has a good variety, but I can think of uses for some of the others, not that I'm going to tear this apart any time in the near future.
I do wish that this set came with more accessories; Harley Quinn should have her mallet, and Riddler his cane. The crowbar really doesn't work for it, it just makes him seem even more messed up. Think about it, a muscular man in tight green spandex who gives riddles, wears a bowler hat, and whose weapon of choice is a bright red crowbar.
There is a good variety of large and small parts, and some of the recolors were new to me, even though none of the parts were (except for the bowler hats and train tracks).
There was another orange brick separator included, like in the Batcave and Batmobile sets.
Please see here.
I will add something on to that though; I have noticed a few people on here and on Brickset complaining about Batman wearing blue and not black. Though it really doesn't translate to LEGO. Batman's basic costume originally was black with blue hightlights; the blue is supposed to show detail and make him look three-dimensional. Though I may not mind it just because I like Adam West.
Just because this is likely my last DC review for a while, I took a comparison photo of the black and blue Batmen together.
Again, see here for my thoughts on Robin. This one had no printing errors, unlike the Batcave one which didn't come out too well. In fact, the only minifigure who had any printing problems was The Riddler.
The Joker Edit
A different review this time, but please see here here for my thoughts on this Joker. There was a slight variation between the two, but it's probably random. The one from this set didn't have the Y on the head stud while the one from 6863 did. Actually, all of the minifigures from this set did, except for Harley Quinn. Looking at a few other Super Heroes minifigures I had by, I found both Catwomen I had and a black Batman didn't have the Y, but Wonder Woman did. Probably just random. I guess that all heads are switching over to the Y-less type and they're cycling out.
Harley Quinn Edit
I said in my review of 6863 Batwing Battle Over Gotham City that I thought Harley my rival Joker for my title of best DC minifigure. She doesn't. She's really good I think, much prettier than before, but just not colorful enough. She wears black, red, and white, just like she's supposed to, but she needs a little more variety outside of that than dark red accents and spades and aqua eyeshadow. Giving her blue eyes, like the original, would help, and make her look even better. I wouldn't be against giving her cool yellow teeth like The Joker either. I do like this Harley, but I can't say that it's better than the othere easily. The face is prettier, but that's the only big difference, but the old face looked more evil (not that I'd call Harley evil, more misguided, yet still insane) if you're into that look for your villains. The torsos aren't too different, the newer one just uses LEGO's new design for a female shape and a more angular bib. Aside from the colors, my only real gripe is that she's pretty much defensless. Yeah, she has gymnastics, but she lacks her trademark hammer or at least a gun (but as I said in my review of 6864 Batmobile and the Two-Face Chase, LEGO seems to be against giving minifigures guns in this theme, they can have them on their vehicles, but Maxie Zeus forbid they carry them).
The Riddler Edit
My first impression when images surfaced was that he was awesome, I was obviously looking at the bowler hat and purple hands. But now, he's too muscular. Even though I said in my review of 6860 The Batcave that I kind of had a problem with Robin that went along with The Riddler, it's actually compared to The Riddler. Robin is fine, Riddler is just muscular, when in reality, he should be less than, or just as if LEGO wants to be lazy (which I'm okay with in this case), as muscular. Riddler isn't supposed to be like this, he's thin. He's meant to challenge Batman's intellect, not his strength. And as Adam West once said, "This is ridiculous, he's even smaller than you." (Note, that was the Dick Grayson Robin, not Tim Drake like this one).
Anyway, aside from that big problem (in my book), he's fine. I like the face, the other one wasn't bad, it looked evil, but too sinister, which isn't one in the same as evil and is something Riddler can do without (especially since he almost has a moral code; he can't just kill someone, he has to build a death trap to do it). Maybe it's just my own interpretation of him though.
I like that the bowler hat is included, but I don't like that he's wearing it with his spandex. I do enjoy this Riddler, it's just, well, he's kind of messed up. I mean, he's depicted as a muscular guy wearing a bowler hat charging at Batman while threateningly wielding a crowbar. Something's just wrong about that. Enough for this to be the third section where I mention the problems with it, at least.
Unlike Harley though who felt a little bland, Riddler isn't disappointing. He's better in person than I thought he would be.
I've customized Riddler a bit, giving him Bruce Wayne's hair and a custom staff, and now he looks better. I just wish I could do something about those muscles, without buying the old torso. If you're wondering where the insperation for that hairpiece comes from, watch the video below (it's also where that Adam West quote comes from).
The Build Edit
I don't buy sets for the build, but this one was pretty interesting. There was a good intergration of large and small parts, on the funhouse at least. The batcycle was very average and I remember flipping through the instruction pages building it better than actually putting pieces on it. If I remember, the build lasted just under an hour. Not much else to say really.
The Completed Model Edit
It was longer than I thought it would be, and slightly taller. The different colors surprisingly work well together, even though the colorschemes of all three villains are used and you'd think they'd clash. Red/green, yellow/purple, and black/white are all opposites. Somehow, it manages to look good. I don't know how, but I think it may be the brown.
The stickers went on okay, except for the ones on Joker's splitting door; it's impossible to get those to match up. The really should of been printed.
I already have some ideas for it with the comic I'm working on, I'm thinking that it will serve as Joker's hideout in a certain story I'm planning, which takes some inspiration from Mad Love and A Death in the Family (need I say more?).
The batcycle has some nice ideas, like the wheel armor and the tail fins, but doesn't look good. I tend to forget that it was included though and still think that the price was worth it. I scrapped it for the pieces about a week later.
A few pictures I took for fun.
So far, we have had much more Joker with this line than we did with three years of Batman, I hope that they focus on another villain more later (Penguin?).
It took three years with Batman to get three of the five Gotham Girls. Thanks to my urge to make a custom Batgirl and this theme, I have been able to make four of the five (well, actually five of the five but I forgot about Renee Montoya when I took these pictures).
As much as I love this set (and getting a better printed Robin); I think it would of been perfect if it had included Batgirl.
Edit: Since I forgot her before, Montoya gets to arrest Two-Face.
This review is overdue, I know. I took two hours to write it a few weeks ago, then thanks to glitches, it was erased. I would recommend this set easily; I think that it's the best of the line. In fact, since this is my last review, I'm going to list the sets from what are in my opinion the best to the worst (and remember, I own them all).
- 6857 The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape
- 6860 The Batcave
- 6862 Superman vs. Power Armour Lex
- 6864 Batmobile and the Two-Face Chase
- 6858 Catwoman Catcycle City Chase
- 6863 Batwing Battle Over Gotham City
I've enjoyed getting a second chance at Batman with this theme, and a campy approach too (you watched that Adam West clip, right?) and they added Superman and Wonder Woman to the line-up, even though I'm not a fan of them I'm happy to have them. I look forward to this theme coming together in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, so long as it doesn't focus on Superman too much and doesn't forget Batgirl, Nightwing and all of the wonderful villains that were in the first game that never made it to sets.
I just can't bring myself to take points off of anything except for the minifigures because of Harley Quinn's blandness and The Riddler
is very messed up because....
5 / 5
|Building Experience:|| |
5 / 5
5 / 5
5 / 5
4½ / 5
|Value for Money:|| |
5 / 5
And, I leave you on this note for the last of my Super Heroes reviews. Hope to see you soon; Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel*
*Oh, how I hope in vain that you people get Adam West references....
I didn't like this episode that much, I really didn't like the villain, but a quick YouTube search of "same bat time same bat channel" came up with the closing to the first part of the Marsha, Queen of Diamonds story.
3661 Bank & Money Transfer | 3826 Build-A-Bob | 4428 City Advent Calendar 2012 | 4429 Helicopter Rescue | 4644 Marina | 4738 Hagrid's Hut | 4866 The Knight Bus | 6478 Fire Station | 7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle | 6857 The Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape | 6858 Catwoman Catcycle City Chase | 6860 The Batcave | 6862 Superman vs. Power Armour Lex | 6863 Batwing Battle Over Gotham City | 6864 Batmobile and the Two-Face Chase | 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown | 6873 Spider-Man's Doc Ock Ambush | 8941 Rockoh T3 | 9464 The Vampyre Hearse | 30164 Lex Luthor
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