Martin Scorsese might hate them, but there’s no denying the popularity of superhero movies. Okay, we’re in a particularly gluttonous glut at the moment, where studios have rebooted the main franchises more often than a malfunctioning computer, but there was a time when cheesy action biff-fests were a treat, not a main course.
And a particularly delicious (if entirely hammy) treat was 1989’s Batman. It had all the right ingredients from the start—the slightly potty genius of Tim Burton in his heyday, a soundtrack by Prince—Prince, people—and Jack Nicholson deploying full Nicholson Eyebrows to portray the Joker’s abyssopelagic depths of insanity.
It also had one of the best-ever Batmobiles—a turbine-powered, afterburner-equipped, jet-black menace of a vehicle.
A vehicle, that, as math fans might notice, turns 30 this year. But it’s not for this anniversary that Lego has released a 3,300-brick-based Batmobile. Nope, it’s to mark 80 years since the caped crusader first appeared in Detective Comics issue 27 in 1939. Yes, non-comic-book fans, that’s what ‘DC’ stands for. Also, copies of issue 27 can go for more than £1 million at auction. But we, as ever, digress.
So, what does £220 (around P14,250) buy you? Well, probably one of the best Lego interpretations we’ve seen, particularly considering the lithe lines of the original article. That’s helped by a proper wraparound windscreen, a sliding canopy, popup machine guns, and grappling hooks. Or, to put it another way, everything your inner eight-year-old could desire, apart from an endless supply of Coco Pops and a farewell to bedtime.
Also, who doesn’t want a Lego figurine of Nicholson’s Joker, complete with plum crazy purple suit?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.