Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Duke Of Havoc0
Let’s Build…The Lego Tumbler From The Dark Knight
Most of the time, when you see a company announce some amazing new toy, model or gadget, you get giddy over it then move on because of those boring things: bills, food, heating etc. But once in a blue moon, something comes along which just sticks with you. Calls to you. It’s inevitable, you are just going to purchase it. Why bother denying it and just give in? This happened to us when the devious fiends over at Lego announced an ultra detailed Lego Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale.
We “ummed and erred” over buying it. Duke even had a conversation with a vendor at LFCC 2014 who was selling one for £300 as “Lego had all sold out”. Luckily, he did give in and following an amazing day out at Brick 2014, we bought our baby home. On our walking through the labyrinth of consumerism known as Westfields, we took a small detour into the gorgeous Lego store there. Duke had been into a few Lego stores and The Tumbler was always out of stock. Not only was it in stock, they were doing 5% off all purchases over £100. Oh yeah, this lovely bit of kit is £159.99 and only available from Lego directly.
We have previously bought The Delorean and Ecto-1, both products from the amazing Lego Ideas program where regular folk can submit ideas to Lego for special sets. If your project gets the support of 10,000 others, Lego will review it and submit it to the relevant company to see if they can make the licensed product. It’s worth checking out. Recently a copy of Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment from The Big Bang Theory, and a Doctor Who set was approved and will be on shelves soon.
Anyway, back to this gorgeous set. It took us a good 7 1/2 hours to build and the design work that has gone into the vehicle is crazy. As Duke mentions in the video, there was a lot of crafting undertaken which will never see the light of day. It is all hidden away under layers and layers of more intricate building. The set is just a sight to behold and sits proudly under our TV along side our other two vehicles. It’s also worth noting that there is a nice display stand to put Batman and Joker on. I think this is the only way you can get tne Heath Ledger version of Joker and we have seen people selling JUST the minifig on ebay for £30 or more.
We loved building this set together, it was a very cathartic experience for what had been an incredibly stressful period for us. Opening each of the 12 bags, laying out all the pieces into little groups and then slowly bring the 1800-odd bits together to form the behemoth was just an utter joy. This is why we wanted to capture it on film.
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