Over the past 82 years, Batman has gained a huge collection of vehicles, from Batmobiles to Batwings but in terms of his grounded arsenal, a few still need LEGO sets.
Batmobile is a word that everyone has come to know. The specialised transportation of the caped crusader has become an icon in itself for its vast gadgetry and technical potential. With the LEGO Group revisiting the past of the superhero’s garage in 76188 Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile, it seems like the perfect time to dive into history ourselves.
The whimsical and high-tech nature of the Batmobile has made it the perfect subject for multiple LEGO sets, but there are still several iterations from games, films, comics and more that have never been touched by the LEGO Group. So, here’s a few that would make for some must-have models.
The skeletal structure of the Batmobile in the 1993 movie, Batman Forever would be a challenge for the LEGO designers to recreate, but one that could lead to a detailed model for even the most experienced builders to master.
It’s difficult to imagine such a complex car designed at minifigure scale so maybe it would be best to stick to a size like 76139 1989 Batmobile, with the ability to capture engine details beneath transparent pieces more possible in a larger build.
Batman Serial 1943
The next spot on our list goes to the first live-action Batmobile ever made and presents an opportunity to update an old design while giving us another classic car LEGO set.
The Batman Serial in 1943 featured a 1939 Cadillac as its Batmobile, and while the look was much more subtle than in most other interpretations of the crime-fighting car, it remains a classic and one that may be somewhat unknown to DC fans. Therefore, a LEGO set of it could be the ultimate surprise, catering to a niche audience while possible reinventing the look with recognisable Batman features for a new generation.
Batman: The Animated Series
The Batmobile from Batman: The Animated Series was inspired by the cars of the future, featured an elongated design with a driver’s seat that sits just above the main body of the car, keeping an overall flat shape.
This design has become popular with fans, possibly for how outrageously simple it is. A LEGO model of it would work almost too well at any scale, so we could see either a dedicated, huge set for it, or a minifigure-scale version included as a reference in a standard DC set.
Batman: Arkham Knight
We’re heading to the world of video games for our next entry, not just for its design but its unique functions too. Batman: Arkham Knight released in 2015 for PC and consoles and featured a Batmobile that was much more armoured than past versions.
The tank-like Batmobile was loaded with gadgets and weapons and was a key part of the game. However, there’s one that will translate particularly well to LEGO, each of the wheels can spin independently of each other, allowing the vehicle to move in any direction. We can imagine the function working well in a minifigure vehicle or larger but it might work best in a play-focused model.
Batman and Robin
George Clooney’s Batman movie is next on the list with this film’s Batmobile being similar in design to that of Batman Forever’s. However, this bat-vehicle chose to ditch the skeletal look and keep it (mostly) simple.
A LEGO set of the car would most likely have to be a larger set to capture the most details, and it’s not like we need a minifigure of Batman from that film, wearing that particular suit. I think the LEGO Group would be fine to miss that iteration of the Caped Crusader and focus on the car itself.
The Tumbler, again
Now before you say that we’ve had this one before, consider that we’ve had an accurate large-scale set of The Dark Knight’s Batmobile but the minifigure-sized versions could do with a few improvements.
With the pieces introduced since the release of 76023 The Tumbler, a more accurate, and detail-filled iteration of the armoured car could be produced, while still providing accurate space for minifigures inside. Imagine a remake of 7888: The Tumbler: Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise, but focused entirely on the Batmobile, and with updated elements and techniques.