As Brick Fanatics reported earlier in December, the LEGO Group has made a mid-production update to the enormous Batman set, swapping out the matte 6×6 tile on its cockpit roof for three glossy 2×6 tiles. Now, the team behind the Batmobile has revealed the reason for that change in an official statement:
“The change was done due to the creation of the new 2×6 tile. The 6×6 tile has a non-polished surface and with the creation of this new 2×6 tile element the project team decided to update the current model to make this iconic car look even greater.”
Don’t fret if you already own 76139 1989 Batmobile, though: you don’t need to go out and buy another copy. You don’t even need to buy the three tiles. Instead, you can simply report them as ‘missing’ through the LEGO Group’s customer service portal. The company recommends hanging on until February or March to do this, though, as the service will likely be swamped with requests through January in the post-Xmas rush.
If you don’t yet own the impressive rendition of the 1989 vehicle yet (or your collector brain tells you that you need both versions), you’re in luck: it’s available to order right now at LEGO.com. And if you’re prepared to pay for express delivery, you can even get it in time for Christmas – as long as you order before 1pm on December 22.
This isn’t the first time the LEGO Group has amended an already-released set. Back in 2019, the company swapped out a minifigure in LEGO Star Wars 75188 Resistance Bomber. And it’s also not the first time it’s revised a set with new elements: in 2015, 10242 Mini Cooper received new windscreen pieces that better fit the design of the car.