LEGO The Batman
Two-Face's Escape #7781
By Lando Da Pimp
So the wait was worth it. After a few months of discussion on the message board about the LEGO Batman sets I finally have the opportunity to build and play with The Batman set 7781 Two-Face's Escape. The set reenacts a chase scene between Batman, in the Batmobile, and Two-Face in his van. Also included are his thug and toll gate and spike strips scenery.
The first thing I checked out were the Batman styled mini-figures. This set comes with three, Batman, Two-Face, and Two-Face's thug. Batman is great with an interesting design decision. The cowl is a bit exaggerated in size, but is needed to fit over the mini-fig head. When the helmet is removed to show Bruce Wayne you will notice that the eyes do not align with the eyeholes of the mask. The white area on the forehead is what actually shows through the mask, giving him the pupilless eyes from the comics. Two-Face and this thug both have a half gray/white color scheme. Two-Face's hair is similar to the new hair used on the Exo-force sets. A silver cylinder plate is used for his coin.
The Batmobile is by far the stand-out part of the set. The car has a very solidly built construction, using a good deal of standard bricks. What I really love is the open vehicle cockpit that opens in the front with two 4 x 4 hinges. Batman fits in the car nicely with a computer panel on either side with a main computer set behind the steering wheel.
The front of the vehicle uses a missile launcher device in a very clever way, it embraces the design of the pieces so that it looks like it was designed for this Batmobile hood. In the back of the vehicle is a trunk area that you can store the batarangs packaged with the set. The rear of the vehicle has a jet exhaust with red transparent flames.
In a really unique design, the Two-Face Bank Van is built using the two-face color scheme. Just like the mini-fig, the van is half gray/white. On either side the vehicle opens up with missile launchers. On top of the roof is a place for Two-Face to sit. With a push on the back of the vehicle the roof lifts off throwing him from the van.
With a 386 piece count, this is rather fast build. The instructions are a bit tough to follow since the majority of the colors used is black. I recommend working in a very well lit area to avoid any missed steps.
The Batman sets were near the top of MillionairePlayboy.com's want-lists going into Toy Fair. Now that I have built one of the sets, I can easily recommend that anybody who loves Batman or LEGO's will love this line.
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