Next Lego Project – TDKR Batmobile

So since my Batwing is finished and everything is set up as I wanted it, I was thinking a lot about my next project. Of course, i still have the UCS Turtle Partywagon still in early stages but lacking a lot of needed parts. And honestly, I do not want to buy another load at bricklink.com again this early after the big orders for the Batwing.

Since I have so many black bricks sorted together I just thought “why not stick with Batman”. I just finished watching the DC Animated Movie “The Dark Knight Returns” after the graphic novel by Frank Miller – and there is another awesome Batmobile in it that blew my mind.

Project - Batmobile Tank

And I want to build it! So this will be my next project, trying to get this one sort of to a minifigure-scale with as many details as possible, including cockpit and Batman minifigure.

Stay tuned for more progress!

Lego 76023 – The Tumbler is coming up

It is 6 days until the new Lego UCS 76023 “The Tumbler” will hit the shelves in the Lego Store. But a few have already been popping up on Ebay.

Even though most of them are overpriced and sellers stating that it will be shipped on 18th of August when released, one buyer got very lucky and already received it!

Lego 76023 Batman Tumbler

You can find the story on this Facebook Group for Lego Collectors. Most interesting seem to be the tires, they look like to be the biggest ones so far, especially produced just for this set!

Are you also excited about The Tumbler? Will you get one for yourself? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Directly Out of Lego Games – A “reverse engineering” story

I often get asked how it was possible to get my Lego “The Batwing” from The Lego Movie nearly identical to the movie version. The “secret” is one of my favorite Lego Games of all times: The Lego Movie Video Game.

This game is just as awesome as the movie and gives you the possibility to see all the places and explore all the locations you see in the movie. Plus it comes with a lot of bonus that you do not see or discover in the Movie itself.

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So why is it the most important and best of all the Lego Games for me? Because one of the bonus instructions in there is the Golden Instruction for “The Batwing”. Now a lot of you might think that this is a full instruction I just used to build it quick and easy… you could not be more surprised that in this Lego Game instruction, all you see are a few very quick and rushed steps, the focus is on finding and adding missing pieces.

For example you can take a look at this clip on youtube to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T7PLKT6yQY

As you can see, there is actually not much to see. So what I did is building this instruction over and over again, countless times, day in and out. I also tried to snap screenshots using a third party program (because it is not possible to do so in this Lego Game) and recorded my own video in higher resolution to see more details.

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It helped me more than the movie scenes did, and I can say that this game helped me a lot in reverse engineering “The Batwing” and get the build finished (which still took 2 months, countless sleepless nights thinking about various parts plus buying around 900 parts to finish this 1400 part model).

But besides that, it is not the only reason why this is one of the greatest Lego Games ever made. It includes a lot of scenes from the movie, some of the levels are a lot of fun to go through, many easter eggs to find and of course it is just super awesome to fly around with Superman or Green Lantern and then jump back to Benny the Spaceman or Wildstar and give those robots a fair beating!!

The Batwing – Instruction Sprint

Well after countless of hours rebuilding “The Batwing” in the Bricksmith APP I am nearing the finish line.  I have integrated a few improvements and changed some parts, especially in the inner structure and cockpit for more stability.

But I have to be honest,  the first pages and first steps when building this massive creation will be a bit unstable and testing your patience, but once you passed those steps it will get better and better.

And I really hope that it won’t be to complicated, although I trust you fellow AFOLs out there to manage it quite nicely and I am sure that some of you maybe even find more ways of improving its structure and stability when building it.

Instruction Progress