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LEGO Batman "The Batcave"
Set 7783
By Lando da Pimp

"To the Batcave, Robin!" Batmanís base of operations under Wayne Manor is now a 1,071 piece LEGO set, that when constructed, is huge! This highly detailed two-level lair is completely decked out to work along with the other LEGO Batman sets. Check it out:

The Cave
Click for largerClick for larger Four sections make up the Batcave. The main area at the top of the cave is the control centre. Three large computer displays in front of two rotating chairs help Batman solve the crimes of Gotham City. At the base of the main display is a miniature dinosaur that could be paying homage to the old comic book Batcave. No giant penny however. Next to it is a magnifying glass tool for examining documents. Between the two computer display seats is the direct line to Commissioner Gordon the Batphone. The LEGO version is made up of a receiver and red alert light. (editors note: Millionaireplayboy.com has great instructions on how to build your own Bat Phone here)

Click for larger Below the control centre is a winding staircase that leads to the center of the cave. Fourteen steps make up the staircase in a unique construction that interlocks together. At the bottom of the steps is the rotating bay for the Batmobile. (Editors Note. The Batmobile is not included in the set) Twisting the lever allows the bay to rotate 180 degrees turning the Batmobile around for exit from the cave. On the right side of the cave is Batman's costume transformation chamber. The chamber doors lower on either side revealing the Bat costume. Next to the chamber is Bruce Wayneís weightlifting dumbbell equipment. A drop down trap door leads to the prison cell below. The Bat-Signal launcher is mounted on the left side of the cave. With a push of a button a net is released and a rocket launcher next to it. Below the launcher is a dock for the Batboat.

Three different aquatic vehicles are also included. Penguinís submarine is easily the best. The sub opens to reveal a control panel with periscope. The back of the sub resembles Penguin feet as the submarineís fins. Robinís small speedboat has retractable fins and mounted turret gun. The biggest vehicle is Batmanís Bat Skiff that is really unimpressive compared to the rest of the set.

The Mini-Figures
Click for larger I would expect nothing less than a large set to include a nice collection of figures. Batman of course is included along with his alter ego Millionaire Playboy Bruce Wayne, butler Alfred and sidekick Robin. Batman sets wouldnít work without figures representing the villains (take notes Mattel) Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, henchman, and three mini penguins.

Overall
I canít stress enough for LEGO fans need to buy this set. Not only is this set huge but, it the build time for this is easily over three hours. Small details like the Batphone, costume chamber, and exercise area make up for the easily out of place rocket launcher and Bat-signal launcher that could have been left out. The biggest disappointment is with the Bat Skiff. A poor design makes this vehicle easily fall apart. I chose to place the Batmobile from the set Two-Face's Escape #7781 on the rotating bay instead. You canít ignore the great inclusion of mini-figures. Robin, Alfred, Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin complete the Batman universe with the exception of Commisioner Gordon.

Over the years there have been numerous non-lego versions of the Batcave. None of those sets are memorable or ever felt like the cave. LEGO has changed all that with a really wonderful set that deserves the label Batcave full of just the right touch of Bat Devices.

You can pick up this set from Amazon right now.

Visit the official web site on LEGO.com. And be sure to visit the rest of our LEGO and Batman coverage.

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