76252 Batcave – Shadow Box was revealed earlier this week, with the 3,981-piece LEGO Batman model available early for VIPs on June 5 and a wider release from June 8. Priced at £344.99 / $449.99 / €449.99, the huge build is an homage to Tim Burton’s 1992 film, Batman Returns, and features all sorts of nods to the superhero sequel.
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As well as the cave itself, which can be displayed open or closed, 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box comes with stickers depicting scenes from the movie and a line-up of seven exclusive minifigures. Fans can expect to add updated versions of the Caped Crusader and The Penguin to their collections, as well as the first-ever versions of Michael Gough’s Alfred Pennyworth and Christopher Walken’s Max Schreck.
However, there are two key characters from Batman Returns that we feel should have also been included in 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box as minifigures to really complete the huge build. The first of these is Catwoman’s alter ego, Selina Kyle, with both characters played in the film by Michelle Pfeiffer and representing the dual sides of her troubled psyche.
The other minifigure we feel is missing is Pat Hingle’s Commissioner Gordon, a version of the character we’ve yet to see immortalised in any LEGO Batman set. The actor appeared in both of Tim Burton’s movies, as well as their two lesser sequels, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. The addition of Selina Kyle and Commissioner Gordon minifigures in 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box would have no doubt been well-received by fans and collectors alike, ensuring the massive superhero set was a true and complete celebration of Batman Returns.
76252 Batcave – Shadow Box will be available early for VIP members from June 5, with a wider release for everyone else from June 8. The 3,981-piece LEGO Batman build will be priced at £344.99 / $449.99 / €449.99.
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