Previously I reviewed Carnage, which has always been undoubtedly a super villain. If you have not read that yet, go check it out after reading this. Today, I am reviewing a superhero from DC Comics whose main power is really just having a lot of money….as well as having genius level intellect, expert martial artistry and unparalleled investigative skills.
Of course, I am talking about none other than Batman.
This box is probably one of the blackest black box art TLG has ever produced. Without the LEGO and Batman logo, you probably won’t notice this while walking down the toy shop aisles.
As it is targeted for adults, the back of the box just shows the different angle of the head sculpture as opposed to showing any play features because, frankly, there is none! This is unabashedly a purely display model.
One last good look at the box art at a different angle before going for the unboxing.
Once opened, we get to see 3 bags with numbers and 1 instruction booklet.
You mean Akira, there are no stickers?
As with all these head models, bag 1 always prepares the base of the model as well as the inside frame of the head. Also notice that due to the low contrast of black-to-black parts, a brick separator has been added in the set as it is assumed that you will make some mistakes because it is easy to get confused with similar looking parts with the same colour.
What’s funny about this is when you completed the first bag, and look at the back of the initial build, it looks as if you can make a chicken or turkey face out of it.
Fast forward to bag 2 which makes the pointy ears of the cowl, once put together.
The parts included in this set are mostly black, followed by grey and a few red and yellow parts, too. These are mostly neutral colours, which I really like. It is notable that there are no pink or bright colours added for the intermediary building parts – just a small amount of red and yellow.
Everything is good so far until I encounter one small gripe about the base construction. It has to do with the triangular plates used at the edges of the trans-black bricks. They tend to pop out and fly out when you tilt or flex the base a bit, intentionally or otherwise. This could happen when the trans-black parts presses against the edges. It happened more than 3 times throughout my photo taking session so I thought that while it looks cool to use these parts at the corner, it serves less support than the more sturdy “slope 33 3 x 3 double convex corner” part used in Carnage and Venom head sculpture stands.
Moving on, we are finally at the last bag.
And once completed, the cowl would look like the picture below.
Overall, while there are less parts, I find the building style and technique more enjoyable than that used for Carnage.
Now, admire the complete build in the gallery of pictures below as shown in different angles.
We can all agree that Batman is one of the most beloved superheroes of all time. With this head sculpture, any super fan can immortalise Batman in their living room or bedroom as a decorative display model.
You just have to take note that this is not Batman’s head. It is only the cowl, hence the existence of the translucent parts. One missed opportunity is the lack of glowing eyes for this cowl. Wouldn’t it be cool to turn off the living room lights and witness Batman’s glowing eyes, just like in the comic books? I am scratching my head here because that could be done easily with a sticker and it is a perfectly justifiable use case scenario for stickers. Even the Brickheadz version(s) of Batman had it. And yet, it isn’t done for this model.
At £54.99 / $59.99 / 59.99€ with 410 pieces, the PPP is definitely higher than typical head sculpture we have seen so far. However, given that there are very big parts used on Batman Cowl, and the overall volume of parts is more or less comparable, do not be deceived into thinking that it has less value in it. As I said, I enjoyed building this more than Carnage so naturally I will give this a higher score. I’ll give this a solid score of 4 out of 5.
Comment below and share what you think about this set review. Take your time. This is Akira signing off.
The set used for this review was sent to us by The LEGO Group for the purpose of an honest review. Provision of sets do not in any way influence or guarantee a positive review.