A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my family’s Spring Break trip to Chicago. During that trip, we visited the LEGO store and I bought the LEGO Batman Classic Batcave set. I had been wanting to buy it ever since it came out but couldn’t pull the trigger because of the price tag. At $269.99, it’s the most expensive LEGO set I’ve ever purchased, ahead of my The Simpsons House (#71006) and The Kwik-E-Mart (#71016) sets.
When we were in the LEGO store in Chicago, I found myself coming back to look at the Batcave set over and over again. On my second trip into the store, I decided I had to have it. Fortunately, I was able to use some LEGO VIP points I had been saving. Paying Chicago sales tax sucked but it was still worth it. The LEGO store offered to ship the box to me at home but I declined. There’s something about walking out of the store with a prized LEGO purchase. My youngest son got the Jokerland set (#76035). You can see him build it here.
The box sat in my basement for over a week because I had planned on filming the build (to post here) and I couldn’t get motivated to deal with setting everything up. I ended up recording the first hour of the build but decided to scrap the idea because it was becoming too big of a production. Once I decided not to film, it removed all the pressure and I got to enjoy building the set.
Here’s a quick overview of the build:
- It took me 9.5+ hours to build the set over 10 different sessions (spread out over 14 days).
- The instruction book was 287 pages long.
- The set contained 2,526 pieces.
- LEGO recommends ages 14+ for this set. It’s for good reason too. There were sections of the build that were very tedious because of all the thousands of tiny pieces involved. I constantly felt like I was missing pieces. My 9-year-old son would have struggled without my help.
- I counted 27 numbered bags inside the box. That doesn’t count the dozens of smaller bags inside of them.
The set comes with 9 awesome minifigs. It’s 10 if you count the free Mr. Freeze minifig I got when I purchased the set. I love the details in their faces and costumes.
Here are my quick thoughts on the set’s pros and cons:
- If you liked the classic Batman TV series, you’ll love this set. I could feel the nostalgia coming through as I was building it.
- The details. I really appreciated all the added details from the TV show that were sprinkled throughout the set.
- The minifigs are awesome. Plus, 9 minifigs is a lot to get in one set.
- The price tag is pretty expensive and will probably prevent the average LEGO collector (or responsible adult) from buying it.
- At times, the build was pretty tedious and slow because of all the small pieces involved. I constantly felt like I was missing steps or pieces. This is to be expected though with a 2,500+ piece set.
- With a set this big, it’s really hard to get it finished in one sitting. This means that you have to have a good place to store everything when you’re not working on it. I was always worried that my puppy (or a kid) would end up getting hold of some pieces or minifigs. Again, this is to be expected in a large, complicated LEGO set.
- Mr. Freeze wasn’t included in the set. I was fortunate that LEGO was giving him away if you spent $75 in the store but other people might not be so lucky.
Overall, I really enjoyed building this set and it’s now proudly displayed on my LEGO shelf in my office.