70916 The Batwing is not only The
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It feels like a long time waiting for this Batwing, both within the context of the
Then, when the first wave of sets for The LEGO Batman Movie were released, it was notable that whilst a number of bat-vehicles from the trailers and film had been converted into physical bricks for us to sophisticatedly interlock, there was still no Batwing. Alongside this, the70916 The Batwing’s arrival this summer as part of the second wave of tie-in sets with The LEGO Batman Movie, has felt like a long time coming. It. Is. So. Worth. The. Wait.
It may be a £100 set, it may only have three minifigures included – only one of which is unique – and the secondary build may be forgettable, but this is a set that is all about building the ultimate Batwing. It’s big, it’s bulky, it’s mainly only in black and very, very dark grey, it’s shaping and details are both true to the recent movie and the more classic
The set is suitably complex for this price point and the end result is satisfyingly heavy and large. The Batwing’s width measures around the same as the height of the Batwing in 7782 The Batwing: Joker’s Aerial Assault, but it is far bulkier – that extra thickness is the result of a sturdier construction that alone demonstrates how far design has come in the 10 years of bat-building experience since 7782.
The wings are chunky and full of texture and, most importantly, from above they make for a great bat-shaped silhouette when attached to a central body that is home to most of the build. Importantly, though, achieving that great bat silhouette hasn’t come at the expense of detail or proportionality elsewhere – nothing seems out of place nor out of scale– not too big, too small, too short or too thin. The build is seamless 360° around and, in spite of its size, it remains impressively detailed. It means that whilst this is a Batwing with a great silhouette, it is also a Batwing with plenty of other angles, design points and facets to it that will keep even the most ardent bat-fan in awe. This may look great flying into the sun, but no matter how or from where you look at this Batwing, nothing in it is wasted, unnecessary or without value.
The central body, for instance, harbours two SNOT-constructed engines that offer a modern take on
It is movement that is facilitated by a
However you look at this set, there are great angles to take in, such as with the cockpit. Whilst the film made clear that last time he checked,70916 is two-seater, with Robin able to sit behind the Dark Knight and even have his own stickered panels to hit. The main focus to this ‘head’ of the Batwing, however, is in the printed trans-yellow cockpit. It’s the same tint as appeared in 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! whilst the printing is similar to the style on the trans-clear version of the piece as per the recent X-wing sets that are out. However, the printing pattern here is unique, it is bat-themed and adds an authentic touch that stickers could not have achieved. It’s certainly a piece that would look great on many a bat-MOC…
There’s little to fault the Batwing, but the same cannot be said of the minifigures and supplementary build. The inclusion of just the three minifigures feels like an opportunity missed, particularly when two of the available slots have understandably had to go to
Harley’s stud-shooting cannon is a neat build, but, rather pointless both in scale and reality – that hammer may stand a better chance against the Batwing, truth be told.
However, pointlessness and lack of size play in favour of the other small build included, Robin’s small bat-cart.
Overall, take 70916 The Batwing at its name. The star of this set and a standout build within the whole The
For those all about collecting the minifigures, Harley Quinn’s inclusion here may have you fuming, then scouring the secondary market. But, most shouldn’t focus too much on minifigure count this time – there’s just too much to love about this truly worthy and long-awaited Batwing. 70916 The Batwing comes after a very long wait, and means that finally, you have the Batwing that you deserve. It is also the Batwing that you need.
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