2019 is, without question, one of the biggest years for Batman fans across the world. The exact date for the Caped Crusader’s 80th Anniversary may be well over, but we’re still celebrating the iconic cowl for what it is.
We’re also not forgetting that this is also the 30th anniversary of arguably the most iconic Batman of the live-action format — Tim Burton’s 1989 classic, simply titled Batman. And of course, while we’re all thinking about Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, we can’t forget just how important and iconic the Batmobile is as well.
After seeing that movie, LEGO has capitalised on the excitement of many a Bat-fan, which would eventually culminate in the 76139 LEGO 1989 Batmobile, which is now available at all LEGO Certified Stores across Singapore.
Disclaimer: forgive us for using the word ‘iconic’ a lot in this feature gallery. After all, it’s the 1989 Batmobile, which is, for lack of a better term, iconic.
Sporting the classic glossy black monochrome finish, the 1989 Batmobile is truly a geek’s dream build, as it is the most. From front to back, it screams class all around.
As a screen-accurate version of Michael Keaton Batman’s trusty ride, it’s got everything you’ve seen it do from the movie (at least, based on what LEGO is capable of). Its cockpit slides forward to reveal the two-seater cockpit that we’ve all grown accustomed to, chock full of buttons and levers.
The steering wheel can be turned to turn the front wheels, though you can’t exactly drive it; it’s more for poseability.
While the engine exhaust doesn’t exactly spit fire like in the movie, turning it clockwise does activate the two turrets on the Batmobile’s hood, popping them out and making the Batmobile look even more badass than it already is.
Surely can’t get any more awesome than this, can it?
As it turns out, it can. The set comes with three Minifigs: Keaton’s Batman himself, Gotham Gazette journalist Vicki Vale (played by Kim Basinger), and the one, the only Joker by Jack Nicholson.
Batman’s Minifig is especially, well, special, as it comes with the iconic rubberised cowl that we’ve all come to know and love. This also hearkens us to how it limits Keaton’s ability to turn his head when he dons his cowl, to comedic effect. But we love it all the same.
But of course, equal love is given to Vicki Vale and the Joker, as both played equally pivotal roles in Batman.
And to cap it off, the Batmobile can be mounted on a spinning stand, affixed to which is a plaque bearing the movie’s details, as well as the real-life stats of the Batmobile itself. Nifty.
At 3,306 pieces, building the LEGO 1989 Batmobile will be no easy feat, but if you’re as dedicated as us, if not more, then this will put you at about a day or two’s worth of building.
Thankfully, like all LEGO builds, the parts are nicely packaged into smaller, digestible portions (about 26 in total – 24 main packs and 2 extra parts packs), which makes following the 402-page instruction manual fairly straightforward.
After that, just jack in the 1989 Batman soundtrack, and you should be done in a jiffy.
If you’re looking to purchase the 76139 LEGO 1989 Batmobile, it’s available now. At S$379.99, it might take a bit out of your paycheck to get it. But we wager that payday should be in soon, and we don’t see anything wrong about spending some of that hard-earned cash on this iconic piece of pop culture.
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