Cowardly and superstitious criminals will have recoiled in fear yesterday, when the LEGO Group pulled back the curtain to reveal 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box. The massive LEGO Batman set is sure to please fans of the Dark Knight who have deep pockets, with an impressive 3,981-piece model that’s packed with details and features.
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From a light-up vault and new Batmobile to a changeable computer screen and the ability to display the set open or closed, 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box would seem to have it all. At first glance it would also appear that applies to the seven exclusive minifigures included with the LEGO Batman build, such as updated versions of the Caped Crusader and The Penguin, plus the debut of Michael Gough’s Alfred Pennyworth and Christopher Walken’s Max Schreck.
However, on closer inspection, you’ll notice that all of the 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box’s minifigures seem to be lacking one crucial detail – leg printing. With a LEGO model that clocks in at an eye-watering £344.99 / $449.99 / €449.99, surely the addition of such pieces could easily have been included in the cost of the mighty LEGO Batman set without breaking the bank further?
While a lack of leg printing on some characters might not be missed, it’s the new version of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman that comes off the worst, especially considering all of the zips and fine detail on her chest piece. While this may seem like nit-picking, it also feel like a slightly missed opportunity for 76252 Batcave – Shadow Box, one that in many other ways looks to be a unique combination of form and function based around Tim Burton’s 1992 classic, 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. For more information on the set, be sure to head on over to our visual guide and gallery.
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