LEGO designer presents Batman 76161 1989 Batwing

LEGO Batman 76161 1989 Batwing has been released today, with a new designer video revealing the model’s hidden secrets.

The LEGO DC design team is following up 76139 1989 Batmobile with 76161 1989 Batwing, taken straight from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie. Released today at LEGO.com, the 2,363 piece set measures 52cm long and 58cm wide.

LEGO DC Batman 76161 1989 Batwing review

In this video, Senior Model Designer Adam Grabowski explains a little about his process designing the set and references several of the model’s hidden elements.

“The Batwing is not a circle, it’s a quite strange shape with many details, that can only be achieved in LEGO by turning bricks and using various wings we have,” he explains. “I think we used almost every wing that is available currently in our production.”

He discusses the process of hanging the set, noting how the set cannot be accidentally be knocked off the wall. “There’s one new element in the build and it’s a hook to hang the Batwing up, it’s a Technic frame that’s made only to hang up on different screws.”

It even turns out that the set was first hinted at back in the designer video for 76139 1989 Batmobile.

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