LEGO Batman: The Adventures of the Caped Crusader Live on in LEGO

LEGO Batman

LEGO Batman: The Adventures of the Caped Crusader Lives on in LEGO

Everyone knows who Batman is, that he is really Bruce Wayne, and that he lives in Gotham City. The Bat-man as he was originally called first appeared in a May 1939 Detective Comics, and has been a part of DC Comics. LEGO Batman was introduced in 2006 under license from DC Comics to coincide with the Batman Begins movie release. Although only 13 sets were released between 2006 and 2008, the theme remains one of the most popular of all time.

One aspect that has always captivated audiences is the wide range of high-tech vehicles that Batman utilizes, and this is where LEGO draws their inspiration for most of the themes. However, since there were so many iterations of Batman throughout the decades in comic books, movies and videos, his vehicles changed appearance drastically over the years. The Batmobile, his most iconic symbol, appears similar to the one used in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. Other vehicles span the various modern movies.

The Batmobile was included in two 2006 sets, The Batmobile: Two-Face's Escape (7781) and the other in The Batmobile: Ultimate Collector's Edition (7784). The first set was a much smaller scaled down version of the latter, and also included Two-Face's van. The latter contained 1045 LEGO pieces with excellent attention to even the smallest details. Of special note were the gold plated hubcaps with the bat symbol on them.

Another popular set was one of the smallest, The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit (7779) released in 2006. The set includes Batman's Dragster's along with Catwoman's purple motorbike. For some reason, the Catwoman minifigure has been a highly sought after piece of memorabilia, fetching as much as $60 on aftermarket sales.

Other sets introduced in 2006 were:
  • The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc (7780)
  • The Batwing: The Joker's Aerial Assault (7782)
  • The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze's Invasion (7783)
  • Arkham Asylum (7785)

In 2007 only two sets were produced, The Batcopter: Chase for Scarecrow (7786) and Bat-Tank: The Riddler and Bane's Hideout. The Bat-Tank was notable for the large caterpillar tracks that moved the vehicle and were composed of dozens of tiny pieces that snapped together.

Four sets were released in 2008:
  • Batman's Buggy: The Escape of Mr. Freeze (7884)
  • Robin's Scuba Jet: Attack of the Penguin (7885)
  • The Batcycle: Harley Quinn's Hammer Truck (7886)
  • The Tumbler: Joker's Ice Cream Surprise (7888)

In addition LEGO Batman: The Videogame saw it's debut in 2008. Players fight in vehicles controlled by Batman, Robin and other heros of the series. The vehicles include the Batmobile, Bat Tank, Batwing, Batboat, Bat Copter and others. As in other LEGO themed videogames, there are an abundance of characters from the movies and books such as Batman, Robin, Catwoman, The Penguin, The Joker, Batgirl, Killer Moth, Clayface, Mat Hatter and Killer Croc. Each character has it's own unique abilities and attack capabilities.

The videogame is similar to previous LEGO games such as LEGO Indiana Jones and LEGO Star Wars in may respects. The look and movements of the characters are classic LEGO, along with various pieces falling off or being blown away. The game starts in Story Mode like the other games, but can be played in Free Play Mode once a level is completed. Free Play Mode gives the user access to extras that were not previously available. The game is available on all major gaming platforms like other LEGO games.

McDonald's also released a line of LEGO toys for their Happy Meals in 2008 that included The Joker Helicopter, The Batboat, Batman, The Batmobile and the Penguin Submarine amongst others.

Finally, what would a licensed theme be without minifigures. The Batman theme has most of the widely known heros and villains like Batman, Robin, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, Alfred, The Penguin, Joker, Scarecrow, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Some minifigures are released in different variations to coincide with different movies or situations. For example, the Batman minifigure has four variations - Batman Blue Suit (Classic Suit), Batman Light Gray Suit (Comic Suit), Batman Black Suit (Tim Burton Films), and Batman Dark Gray Suit (Christopher Nolan Films).

Although the theme was discontinued in 2008, there is a credible rumor that more sets will be introduced with upcoming films. With the success and popularity of the theme, this would make sense for LEGO and DC Comics.

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Batman Blue Suit
Classic Suit
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Batman Light Gray Suit
Comic Suit
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Batman Black Suit
Tim Burton Films
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Batman Dark Gray Suit
Christopher Nolan Films
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