Collecting every single LEGO Batsuit is no small feat. The LEGO Group has released dozens of Batman variants to date, across retail sets, direct-to-consumer exclusives, Collectible Minifigures series, and limited edition convention giveaways. You’d practically need your own Bat-computer to keep up with all that.
And even if your spreadsheet skills are savvy enough to keep tabs on Bats’ ever-growing wardrobe, you might need Bruce Wayne’s fortune to actually acquire them all. Especially if you start collecting them now, anyway, because some of these minifigures command incredibly high aftermarket prices.
As we draw ever nearer to the launch of 76161 1989 Batwing, we’ve charted the five most valuable LEGO Batman minifigures. Before we begin, though, a couple of caveats: one, we’ve omitted convention exclusives. Not only would they probably populate the entire list, but pricing data is pretty tricky to come by for some of them, given their rarity.
Second, we’ve obtained our pricing info from BrickLink’s current listings for new condition minifigures, which are subject to change. At the time of writing, though, these are the five LEGO Batmen best suited to billionaires.
5. Batman, Light Grey and Dark Blue suit (~£22)
Surprisingly, this is the only Batman variant from the original 2006-2008 theme to make this list. And compared to some of the later entries, it’s pretty plain. But it also popped up in just two sets, all the way back in 2007, so its rarity makes sense. For comparison’s sake, the regular black-cowl Batman from 2006 can be had for just £11 new.
4. 1989 Batman (~£25)
If Tim Burton’s Batman is iconic enough to warrant two huge LEGO sets in consecutive years, then Michael Keaton’s Caped Crusader is iconic enough to fetch a hefty sum on the aftermarket. So far, this Batsuit has only been available in 76139 1989 Batmobile, but it’ll be interesting to see if its price drops when when 76161 1989 Batwing arrives.
3. The Dark Knight Batman (~£39)
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is still the highest-rated Batman movie on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. That might have something to do with the popularity of this Batsuit, which launched in 2014’s 76023 The Tumbler. Its value is still quite surprising, though, as the torso is the only unique element.
2. Disco Batman (~£54)
Maybe it’s that shiny gold cape. Maybe it’s his enormous grin (when is Batman ever this happy otherwise?!). Or maybe it’s the fact that this rare LEGO Batsuit was only available in one set, the enormous 70922 The Joker Manor. Either way, the blindingly bright white minifigure will now set you back a pretty penny on the aftermarket.
1. Space Batsuit (~£55)
The LEGO Batman Movie brought us all manner of wild and wacky Batsuits, from Caveman Batman to Easter Bunny Batman. But it’s the Dark Knight’s journey into outer space that’s most rocketed in value since release. In fact, this spacesuit variant has almost reached the retail price of the set it came in, 70923 The Bat-Space Shuttle.
LEGO Batman 76161 1989 Batwing will fly on to store shelves and LEGO.com on October 21. While you wait, here’s five things you probably didn’t know about the Batwing.