The LEGO Batman Theme was released from 2006 to 2008. Batman was the perfect superhero to be given his own line of building sets. To quote Jack Nicholson’s Joker, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”. Most of the models were based on Batman: The Animated Series but other Batman medium’s, like the films and comics, were also used for inspiration. With the exception of The Batmobile: Ultimate Collector's Edition, every set would include villain and hero pieces. This meant every box allowed you to create your own action sequence of good vs. evil. Although this theme was discontinued after only a couple years, LEGO Batman models would be released again in 2012 under the new Super Heroes Theme. This time around, building sets would include many of the most popular characters from both the Marvel and DC Universe.
The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit
Item #: 7779
- Batman (Grey Suit)
Batman’s black dragster had a spinning laser cannon and flick fire missiles. Flick fire missiles are pieces that fit in a slot and then you can “flick” it, to give the appearance of being launched. I know, high tech! Catwoman’s motorcycle is much simpler in it’s design. However, it can still be used to have a fun chase sequence through Gotham City or your kitchen. The Catwoman minifigure is exclusive to this set.
The Batboat: Hunt For Killer Croc
Item #: 7780
- Killer Croc
Batman’s Batboat would be more appropriately named the Bat-Hovercraft. This amphibious vehicle has rotating engines and is significantly larger than Killer Croc’s speedboat. (Does Killer Croc need a boat? I thought he could swim.) The set comes with a small Bat Jetski that can be stored in the back of the Batboat. This space in the back is big enough to fit Killer Croc’s boat as well, if he attempts to board Batman’s vehicle. The Killer Croc minifigure is exclusive to this set.
The Batmobile: Two-Face’s Escape
Item #: 7781
- Two-Face Henchman
This building set comes with a lot of interactive components. There is a blockade for the Batmobile and Two-Face’s van to smash through, as they chase after each other. The Batmobile has a rocket that can be launched from its front. The back of the van has a lever that when hit will detach the roof, knocking off any minifigure placed on top. The van not only takes damage, but can dish it out. Pop-out blasters can be opened and closed on both sides of the vehicle. The Two-Face and Henchman minifigures were exclusive to this set. Two-Face was the first minifigure to have printed hair. His split design causes a lot of confusion among LEGO fans. The Two-Face figure has grey and flesh colored hands, but LEGO Catalogues would switch hand color between flesh, grey, white and black. There were also two variations of his minifigure; one had a black stripe going down his leg and the other was solid.
The Batwing: The Joker’s Aerial Assault
Item #: 7782
- Joker’s Henchman
This building set was inspired by the end of the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie. Both the Batwing and Joker’s Helicopter come with lots of interactive features. To give the flat streamline appearance of the Batwing, more plates are used than bricks. You can still fit a minifigure inside the cockpit, despite this design. The wings and wing flaps were able to open and close. When the wings were in the closed position, rockets could be slid out and in the back of the of the Batwing, you could launch a spring fired missile. The helicopter’s main rotor blade and tail blade were able to spin, so you could simulate flying. Joker being a homicidal maniac had a lot of weapons at his disposal as well. Joker Bombs could be dropped from below by pulling a lever, guns folded in and out of the sides and the cockpit held two minifigures and their weapons. A spotlight on the side could be hit and fall off, it would then release drop ladder.
The Batcave: The Penguin And Mr. Freeze’s Invasion
Item #: 7783
- The Penguin
- Penguin Minions (3)
- Mr. Freeze
- Mr. Freeze Henchman
- Bruce Wayne
This would be the largest Batman Building set released and was a lot more than just the Batcave. The set also came with Robin’s Jet-Ski, The Bat-Blade Ice Sledge, and Penguin’s Submarine. Most of the vehicles that come in this set are very basic in their design, but the submarine has panels that can be opened to store Penguin Minions and the rear foot flippers can move up and down. The Batcave is the dynamic model in this building set. A large turret uses technic pieces, so that it can rotate as well as raise and lower its arsenal. The turret has the bat-signal, a cannon, and a net launcher. The vehicle pad spins to deploy the Bat-(insert vehicle name) and was large enough to accommodate most of the models sold in the other building sets. The table top of the Bat-Computer can be lifted to store Batman and Robin’s various gadgets. The room containing the Batcomputer is not too interactive, but it does come with lots of great details. The computer looks as if it is currently being used to investigate Two-Face and Joker. It has different sections that Batman might use to keep an eye on Gotham City and help him with his detective work. To help incorporate the other villains in Batman’s rogue gallery, this is where his trophy room is located. In case any enemies should make it into the Batcave, there is a trap door that opens up and drop its victims into a cage. Since Bruce Wayne doesn’t spend all his time in the Batsuit, there is a costume transformation chamber, that lets you rotate and instantly switch between Batman or Bruce Wayne. The Alfred, Bruce Wayne, Robin and Mr. Freeze Henchman minifigure designs are exclusive to this set.
Item #: 7785
- Poison Ivy
- Security Guard (2)
The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is the psychiatric prison that houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the DC Universe. It is located on the outskirts of Gotham City and many of Batman’s enemies end up being declared legally insane and imprisoned in this facility. They tend to escape...a lot, which can make this an action packed building set. To create this maximum security psychiatric prison, the set lets you build a guard tower with searchlight, holding cells, an entrance gate, storage locker, and of course a lab to run experiments on the inmates. The holding cell wall swings down to recreate a break out and there is a bed sheet rope that lets the minifigures climb down from the wall. The set also includes an asylum van, to transport patients to and from the facilities, and a motorcycle, for security detail. To help Batman reach the facility, a jetpack is included to let him fly over the high prison walls. The minifigure designs for Poison Ivy, Nightwing and the security guards are exclusive to the Arkham Asylum set.