With every new superhero movie comes at least one new LEGO building set. Players want to see models, vehicles and minifigures based on the new versions of the characters and settings. However, this doesn’t mean that the older designs should be forgotten. There is a DC Comics Superheroes set for builders aged 16 plus that has recently been discontinued by LEGO: the LEGO Superheroes 76023 The Tumbler. It may be an older model from the Nolan universe, but it is still an attractive option for Batman fans, especially those that still prefer the Dark Knight trilogy and Bale’s Batman to Dawn of Justice and the rest of this re-imagining.
What is it about this 16+ Tumbler model that makes it so appealing in the current landscape?
First and foremost, this is a cool looking vehicle and one of the most intimidating designs that has been created in Batman films. The Batmobile is iconic, but this was something that fans had not seen before. All Batman fans should appreciate the chance to build this model for their collection. The model recreates all the important components with great elements, including new wheels with rubber-tread racing tires. The armored exterior has been molded in its full glory, there are adjustable wings for the top and there are even Technic bricks for the suspension. The design was all about creating the strange angles and unique shape but also about adding a sense of realism. The result is a model that looks like it just came off the set.
Buyers should also remember that this model comes with two mini-figures to add some depth to the scene and a playable element. Both the Batman and Joker figures are exclusive to the set and the new Jared Leto Joker character in the DC universe shows just how distinctive and unique this Dark Knight Joker was. This exclusive Batman can sit in the detailed cockpit and control the steering wheel, gear stick and other contraptions.
Why does this model have a 16+ rating on the box?
The LEGO set with a 16+ rating is likely due to the complexity of the build. There are a lot of different elements to this machine – both inside and out – and this includes some adjustable parts. Once it is complete, the model measures in at 5 x 15 x 9 inches and is an impressive centerpiece of any display. The emphasis on the word display in the product description is another reason why this is designed more for older builders than younger players. There are two mini figures here, but this is more of a static model than something to be thrown around in a big battle through Gotham. The set comes with a fact sheet about the real vehicles and adds an extra edge for avid Batman LEGO sets collectors.
This is a complicated build and requires a lot of love and care thanks to all of those weird shapes and special elements. Those that have the skill and patience to create the detailed interior, armored plating and working parts are rewarded with one of the most interesting LEGO Batman vehicles that you can get.