LEGO Batman: Man-Bat Attack REVIEW

LEGO Batman 2014 set. Read, leave a comment and keep it clean.

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LEGO Batman: Man-Bat Attack
Set number 76011, $25 from Big W which works out to roughly $0.13 a brick.

Items Included:
184 pieces
3 mini figures (Batman, Nightwing and Man-Bat)
1 instruction booklet
2 numbered bags
1 pages of stickers
1 comic book

Let me begin this review, like all others, by mentioning the above list. Although it doesn’t mean much to some, I’m the type of person that enjoys knowing this information going in to purchasing a LEGO set.

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Mini Figures
I’ll begin it right off the bat (no pun intended) by going over something I’ve said in my previous review…I have enough Batman mini figures and they no longer really interest me. However for those who don’t have him yet, this is a good place to start…but please LEGO, please do something about the capes. I’m not a fan of them.

With Batman out of the way, lets move onto the very reason I wanted this LEGO set so much. Nightwing. My favourite DC comics character of all time, finally (I think) in mini figure form. I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve received a Nightwing mini fig, but even if its not, its the first in recent years.

Nightwing sports the new 52 style and colour with a red symbol (on black) across his chest. Also has a cool looking domino mask with red eye pieces. Pretty awesome. I’m just sad he doesn’t come with his escrima sticks. Apart from that, we also get a rather fun looking villain of the set; Man-Bat. What I really like about this mini figure are the way his arms stretch outward with wings hanging from them.

Certainly the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it and the whole brown look makes it look like brown fur. To add more effect, his chest has a two tone colour look with some light brown thrown in. Looks great. And to top it off, the head piece, with the large ears, looks brilliant.

Main Build
Bags 1 and 2 build the batcopter in full with the remaining pieces going toward Nightwing’s jet pack. As a whole, I’ve never been a fan of helicopter based LEGO builds. They always come across so flimsy and cheaply made. This build, sadly, is no different. I’d love to lie and say “oh its great. Love it. Buy it,” but I’m not. No point.

The helicopter, or batcopter, is just a really boring and cheap looking vehicle. I think its because of the nature of the vehicle itself. Like most boats I’ve built, they also come across really cheap, but I think the main problem here is the overall look of the batcopter. While the front end of the vehicle looks really good, its the rear that lets it down. Which once again, is just the nature of the build itself.

It has some cool little design elements. A spot light sits on the front end which can move up and down a little. Something small, but I like it. Then we have the large cockpit. Another one in the Batman 2014 sets where he actually sits back, rather than locks into the studs. Then beside the rotor, there are two motor engines. Don’t know what it is about them, but I really like the look of them.

While building the set, and finishing bag 1, I couldn’t help but feel the helicopter would’ve been better suited to a jet build. However, from what I can see in other sets, we are already getting a LEGO Batman Jet build of some kind.

Once the rear rotors are in place and the helicopter is complete, you can have a little bit of fun with the set, but mostly I would only be playing around with the hook on the rope connected to the bottom.

As I said, not a very fun set, and seems more recycled then new. Still I must admit, when it comes to building Nightwing’s jet pack/wing, I have a lot more fun. Especially considering you can actually place Nightwing mini fig on it giving that flying around look. Just seems so much better than the helicopter.

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Final Thoughts
For $25, and the fact you get Nightwing, Man-Bat and Batman, this set comes packed with playability. Especially if you’re buying this one set for two kids. Consider them happy. One can use Batman, and the other Nightwing.

For me though, its not a set I’ll be placing on display anytime soon. I much preferred the previous Batman set I reviewed. However, there is still some good value in this set. The mini figures alone are well worth the asking price, but the helicopter itself just lacks style. Looks boring and was that for me while building it.

Still, it has an opening and closing cockpit on a hinge, so thats a plus.

2 comments

  1. Great review, as always!

    I think there was a blue version of Nightwing with the original Arkham Asylum set, but that’s almost impossible to find for a reasonable price anymore.

    Sad to hear they haven’t bothered improving the helicopter design yet, but I will definitely be picking up this set for the mini figs!

    1. Oh it’s worth the price alone just for the mini figs.

      However as an adult LEGO builder and buyer, I just feel the helicopter design has become a little…tired. Not saying I could improve it, but LEGO designers need to I think.

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