The heart of Gotham City is Wayne Manor where Batman can fight crime in the Batcave, but what happens after he foils all those evil plans? While he is relaxing as Bruce Wayne at some function, these masterminds are plotting their escape from Arkham Asylum. The LEGO Batman Superheroes Arkham Asylum 10937 set captures this creepy institution in great detail and offers an impressive, interactive play set with a range of great features.
The set has unusual gothic architecture that fits in perfectly with the Batman universe, but is something a little different for LEGO. There are lots of details on the building, like the vines, brick built windows and railings, and there are some rare bricks too. The highlight of the build is the recreation of the iconic gates with the black angels holding the keys. Inside, there are eight unique room including a special room for Poison Ivy and an ice room on top. There are lots of references throughout the build to the comics and movies and the set can be easily adapted with other minifigures and accessories.
The asylum is set for a break out
Naturally, this being Arkham Asylum, it is only a matter of time before some of the infamous inmates decide it is time to break lose and terrorize the city.. Players can set up an elaborate plot breaking out one villain with their henchman and accessories from another set – perhaps simply concentrating on the joker – or they can go all out with a mass break-out and hope that each of these egotistical characters cooperates enough that the plan goes smoothly. This evacuation is achieved with broken windows, with vines and sheets for escape, and opening cell doors.
This mass breakout has some interesting villains involved
With this set, players have a choice between four of the scariest villains in Gotham – The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow. Scarecrow, The Penguin and The Joker, in his inmate costume are new designs for this set. Each character also has their weapon for the ultimate showdown. Buyers shouldn’t forget that Dr Harleen Quinzel is also in this set. DC Comics fans will of course know that she becomes The Joker’s infatuated sidekick Harley Quinn. This is the first time she is included in this form and there is a hidden make-up room inside where she can transform.
With all this mayhem, we need Batman and Robin to come and save the day
There are choice of resolutions here depending upon whom players are supporting in the game play. If you are on the side of good and justice, you can use Batman, Robin and the guard to capture the bad guys, round them up in the van and transport them back to the cells. If you are on the side of bad and chaos, you could hijack the van for a quick escape to the city. Batman is the star of the show, but the Robin figure is perhaps more interesting. The design and cape will have DC Comic nerds debating the alter-ego behind the mask.
It is the diversity of the LEGO Batman Superheroes Arkham Asylum 10937 set that makes it so appealing to LEGO collectors and Batman fans. The range of characters, rooms and accessories means that the breakout plan can constantly evolve. Batman doesn’t always have to win.