UPDATE: The Classic Batcave is now available for purchase on LEGO.com for VIP members!c Don’t forget to log on to purchase it. No word if the retro Mr Freeze polybag will be included – although I think it will in a day or two.
This morning, LEGO unveiled the much anticipated 76052 Batcave, based on the classic Batman TV series from the 1960s starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The 1960s live action TV series left an indelible mark on pop culture and super hero fans, with Adam West spearheading an era of Batman that would be remembered fondly for its silly campiness, puns galore and good old fashioned fun that’s fit for the whole family.
While I wasn’t alive to witness Adam West’s Batman on TV, I do have many fond memories of watching episodes and highlights from the TV series on Youtube. I would embed a whole ton of my favourite clips, but then this post would descend into an entire essay about how awesome Adam West’s Batman was.
I’ll leave you with my all-time favourite moment from the TV series below – the infamous Shark Repellent Scene. I get the giggles every time I think of this.
ANYWAY. Enough gushing about Adam West and more gushing about the LEGO Batman™ Classic TV Series – Batcave set!
The set weighs in at 2526 pieces, featuring a fully tricked out Batave and a portion of Wayne Manor. LEGO DC Super Heroes fans will be delighted with the inclusion of 9 exclusive minifigures from the show in all their retro glory.
The set contains Batman, Robin, Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred Pennyworth, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and The Penguin. The Batcave also includes a Batcopter (to reenact the Shark Repellent Scene!!!), Batcycle and an awesome looking Retro Batmobile.
The minifigures are definitely one of the biggest draws of the set, with Adam West’s Batman represented incredibly well. I also really love The Joker’s painted on moustache on his face as well as the use of Series 14’s Tiger Woman’s hairpiece for Catwoman!
The set’s release date is 1 March 2016 and the Australian price for the Classic Batcave is jaw-dropping $399.99. In the United States, it’s priced at US$269.99.
You can check out the product listing on the LEGO.com site.
Personally, I think the Australian price is a little excessive. I was predicting that it would cost AU$350 at the very most. 400 dollars for a set that only has 2500 pieces is incredibly steep. That said, LEGO is purely targeting this set at AFOLs who typically have the cash to splash on opulent sets like these.
Too expensive and a worrying precedent to set for large DC Super Heroes playsets.
The set certainly looks impressive, with heaps of dark tan pieces used to construct the Batcave’s cavernous look. That said, it looks quite bare and skeletal but I look at this as a good thing as LEGO have certainly left plenty of room and potential for LEGO fans to upgrade and add to the cave to give it more structure.
The Batcave’s repertoire of Bat-vehicles should delight fans and I love how well-designed the vehicles are, especially the retro Batmobile. Good news for fans who refused to pony up a king’s ransom for the exclusive SDCC Batmobile set on eBay.
Will I get the set? I really love the 1960s Batman series and all things DC Comics… so I’m going to say yes. I won’t lie, the price is a HUGE deterrent and I doubt I’ll be first in line to order it when its released on 1 March 2016. I may just wait it out till it hits Australian retail shelves and try and snag it at a discount.
LEGO 76052 Batman™ Classic TV Series – Batcave will go on sale on LEGO.com on 1 March 2016. Not too sure if there’ll be a VIP release for this set.
Be sure to check out the designer video for a closer look at the retro Batcave set.
So now that it’s official, what do you think of the LEGO Classic TV Series Batcave? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section!