Here’s your first look at 4 new LEGO sets based on the upcoming Matt Reeves The Batman (2022) film, which is set to hit theatres in March 2022!
There are 3 LEGO sets and 1 Technic sets from this wave, and likely more to come, but this gives us a really good look at what we can expect from the blockbuster movie and return of The Dark Knight to the big screen next year.
The sets are available to pre-order now from LEGO.com if you’re in the United States, and will be available on 1 November 2021. For those of us in Australia, or in Europe, the sets will be available on 1 January 2022.
Personally, I’m a little annoyed at the large discrepancy with release dates, but as someone based in Australia, I don’t really mind, given that we were very lucky to get the 2nd Half 2021 sets early this year, whereas those in the US had to wait till August.
- 76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-off – US$79.99 / AU$119.99 / £59.99
- 76181 Batmobile™: The Penguin™ Chase – US$29.99 / AU$49.99 / £24.99
- 76179 Batman & Selina Kyle Motorcycle Pursuit – US$14.99 / AU$24.99 / £12.99
- 42127 THE BATMAN – BATMOBILE™ – US$99.99 / AU$169.99 / £89.99
76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-off
Minifigures: Batman, Selina Kyle, The Riddler, The Drifter (Bruce Wayne), Alfred and Commissioner Gordon
76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-off is your classic LEGO Batcave set, which is almost its own archetype at this stage and features nearly the complete cast of main characters in the movie, minus The Penguin.
It’s the only set revealed so far that includes the main villain, The Riddler, and the design looks pretty average – it looks more like a garage/workshop than a Batcave, but without actually watching the movie, it’s difficult to say how well this matches the real thing.
While being quite light of actual “stuff” – thankfully, the price isn’t too crazy, but I’m quite underwhelmed by the design. The concept of the Batcave in some sort of underground train station (Wayne Terminus), is kinda cool, but I wish there were more to the set than a large archway.
76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-off
Minifigures: Batman, The Penguin
76183 Batcave: The Riddler Face-off is probably my pick out of all the sets revealed so far – it’s a fairly accessible, minifigure-scale Batmobile, and also comes with an exclusive Penguin (played by Colin Farrell) minifigure.
I kinda like this version of the Batmobile – in The Batman, which takes place in Bruce’s second year as Batman, he looks like he’s just taken a muscle car, modified it with weapons a little and painted it black.
I’m excited for this one out of the entire wave the most.
76179 Batman & Selina Kyle Motorcycle Pursuit
Minifigures: Batman, Selina Kyle
76179 Batman & Selina Kyle Motorcycle Pursuit is the smallest set of the wave, and includes 2 minifigures, Batman and Selina Kyle (pre-Catwoman, I’m guessing), and I think pairs up well with the Batmobile set.
What’s interesting about this set is the brick-built motorcycles, something that LEGO hasn’t done before, and they look pretty fun to build. Also includes a neat glow in the dark Bat Signal!
42127 THE BATMAN – BATMOBILE
If the smaller Batmobile is too kiddy for your tastes, LEGO has you covered with an upscaled, Technic version of the Batmobile as well. Designed in the same vein as Dom’s Charger from the Fast & Furious, this is a great alternative for Technic fans, and those wanting a beefier version of the Batmobile.
The new Technic panels and elements in black will also be appealing to Technic builders, and at this scale, I think this does the Batmobile a lot more justice, as you can really appreciate the curves and stocky details of the vehicle.
Not too heavily reliant on stickers as well, and has some light bricks to jazz it up, although you’re probably better off equipping this with some proper LEGO LED lights from someone like Light My Bricks, who will undoubtedly produce a kit for this set.
That’s it for my early impressions of the The Batman (2022) sets. It seems like a fairly small wave, and based on the set numbering, I think we’ll see more (closer to the premiere), seeing as how this is one of Warner Bros’ marque movies of 2022, and LEGO and Batman have a long, storied history together.
Out of all the sets, I think both Batmobiles are my picks, and the Batcave is the most disappointing out of the lot, but would be a good pickup if it goes on deep discount.
The Batman 2022 sets are available to pre-order now from LEGO.com if you’re in the United States, and will be available on 1 November 2021. For those of us in Australia, or in Europe, the sets will be available on 1 January 2022.
What do you think of the Batman 2022 sets?