On Christmas Day, 2009...
I received this set. I was ecstatic - I had wanted it when it came out way back in '06, but hadn't been able to raise the funds at the time. This was the first thing I did after Christmas morning was over with. I went upstairs and began assembling The Batmobile: Two-Face's Escape.
A pretty straightforward and easy build. First, as usual, comes the smaller "villain-mobile." The van is actually a more complicated build than one is led to believe just by looking at it. Folding out from the sides are rotating rocket launchers or gatling guns, decorated with stickers, and it all culminates in the villain-launching mechanism, supposedly achieved through launching the Batmobile's front-mounted missile at two round pieces connected to the top of the van, where Two-Face sits. If you hold the Batmobile's front end up slightly, then the effect is achieved in it's full glory, and Two-Face flies off the top of his van into the wild yonder.
Next comes the hero's form of transportation, the Batmobile! This design was obviously based off of the 1989 Tim Burton Batman flick, and it achieves that design almost perfectly. Hindering the sleek design is the aforementioned front-mounted missile, necessary for the "playablility" portion of the set. While this flaw is relatively minor, and far exaggerated by some reviewers of this set, it does serve to throw off the overall smooth and sleek look of the Batmobile. Other playability features on this vehicle include the opening trunk (Robin's compartment), the movable wings on back, and the hinged windshield, all of which serve to make the play experience much more authentic.
Unfortunately, the build suffers from the goofy add-on, which, as much as it could have been (I drool over a bank front), would fit right into the Tim Burton Batman universe.
As some might expect from other reviews, the minifigures are absolutely spectacular, especially the exclusive Two-Face. His hair and headpieces are not to be believed. Excellent printing here, excellent printing. The generic thug is, as always, present, but he has a Two-Face themed torso, making him another unique figure to this set. The Batman matches his car in the '89 Burton-themed costume, which was, for a while, anyway, exclusive to this set. He looks spiffy, as he should, and even intimidating for a LEGO figure. I was very pleased with LEGO's decision to print the Bat-logo-and-belt in gold instead of the yellow used in the Batwing set. It looks very good.
This is a set that no true Batman LEGO fan should be without. It contains two exclusive minifigures, and they're all also rare. I would certainly fork over the money for another one of these if I didn't have higher priorities. If you can find it at a price you deem decent, pick it up fast - cause that's the way it will be going!
Overall Rating: 4.9/5
for a solid, sturdy, and well-designed set.