The Lego Batman Movie Minifigure Series has been announced, which brings with it a mix bag of characters and reactions. With so many bat figures, it has the look of a lot of re-colors…but Lego does manage to get a lot of unique variations of the famed Bat and brings along some goofballs to round things out.
First off, Lego has opted to nudge their character count from the usual 16, passing by the 18 we saw in the Disney series, and launched all the way to 20 Minifigures to collect the complete set. What does this mean? More variety, more options, more money. To get the full set a fan will have to invoke the spirits of 20 x $4.00 = $80. So many of us will have to pick and chose to stay on their desired side of the poverty line.
My Top Tier Figures: Chosen based on uniqueness above all, as well as for introducing new Lego Elements:
- Vacation Batman – Top of the line with a super unique duck floaty and goggles for his bat mask. His swim suit looks concerning though.
- Lobster Loving Batman – At this point its a matter of pattern recognition. This single figure has received the most air time of all in the commercial and trailer campaign for this movie. The Robe and Lobster are also quite usable for custom figure building.
- Fairy Batman – Going with uniqueness here…makes it more fun and whimsical than most some of the other bat variants.
- Eraser – Of the oddballs in this group, Eraser is a charmer. I’d keep him in my pencil box at school if I was still that age. The pointed pencil tip graphics on his toes is a nice touch, and the eraser head looks like a new piece that is likely to start showing up as detail work on future models.
- Orca – Costume animals figures always do well. This one is not so much costume since their is no face but rather the minifig head resembles the inside of an open mouth.
What are your top 5?
My Next Tier: These are still must haves, but if I was limited to only getting 5, it would be the above pics.
- King Tut – You know what, it has some multiverse apeal…he’d fit really well in a Egyptian setting except he’s not exactly tan. Good elements for accessories too.
- March Harriet – Not sure, just know the bunny ears are cool…the gun is a bit much.
- Bat Girl – She’s very pink, which makes me wonder how stealthy she can be.
- Commissioner Gordon – One of the best cops on the beat renditions Lego has put together. Some nice graphic work here. I hope his other side has a smiley face and not just an angrier face…Lego needs to cheer up.
- Dick Grayson – The only issue here is that I’d prefer him in his Robin Suit…so I may not need this one just to add $4.00 to the fund to get a set where he is dressed as Robin.
- Glam Metal Batman – Kiss Fans rejoice! You can here Lego Batman’s “Will Arnett’s” voice crunching out some metal when you look at him.
- Arkham Joker – Mostly here just to get a Joker…he is the only really recognizable villain for the Batman novice in this bunch…so is he obligatory? As far as uniqueness, this is rather bland, maybe he’ll have better versions in the sets that will usurp this one.
Bottom Rung: I may leave these guys at the store unless the movie really gives them a high level of memorability and charm. These may be your top choices, which is wonderful…I just have to have some limit on how much I’m aiming to spend.
- A – I am not a die hard comic fan that has read all the source material. I saw the movies and a lot of the cartoons (from the ’90s)…so most of these bad guys don’t look very familiar. If Red hood has a face under there, that’d be cool. The Harley nurse thing doesn’t do it for me. I’d consider the Barbara Gordon cop fig to get a nice lady cop for my city displays. The two brown bats/cats don’t have a mandatory feel to me since they look sort of humdrum. I’m sure after I get the first batch…I’ll stumble on these at the store and quiver at how my collection is incomplete…but based off of the initial images, and not having seen the movie yet, some will have to stay behind to keep a few bucks left in the wallet.
- B – Lego could stand to replace guns with more bizarre antics like Fish, or gelatinous ooz, or insects or critters. The insane amount of weaponry in Lego sets could easily be toned down. This series has some zany stuff, but also knife fingers, guns, clubs, and the promise of electrocution.