Travel the dunes with the LEGO� Star Wars™ Ultimate Collector Series Sancrawler™

FBTB - From Bricks To Bothans

Follow us: RSS
News? Questions? Comments? Email!

Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

The official Lego set review forum. Please read the Guidelines before posting!

Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby Staff » Sat May 24, 2014 6:39 pm



76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-1


I really wanted to like 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase ever since it debuted at San Diego Comic Con last year. But it sucks.



Let's start with the good stuff. The minifigures.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-3 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-2


All three of the minifigures are new, including Batman. Though if you were to quiz me on what is new about him, I'd most likely fail that test. He still uses that cowl / white sweatband combo.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-6 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-7


The Flash is just awesome. His mask is removable and just nails a comic-booky look. The head is double sided and printed to look like he is wearing a head sock underneath the mask. Seeing how The Flash was done makes me with they had done the same for Captain America where Steve Rogers could take his mask off and you can throw on a hair piece.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-4 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-5


The Riddler is also new. He now sports a matching green bowler with his trademark question mark logo instead of the grey bowler he came with the Funhouse Escape set. His get up is also entirely new with two tones of green and an overly detailed zippered jacket. I'm not understanding the two different tones of green. It's like he and Two-Face went to the same fashion designer for their outfits. But no matter, he is leagues better than his super muscular counterpart from the Funhouse Escape set. His weapons of choice are a pearl gold crowbar and an atomic powered banana to take care of that pesky Flash.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-16


Between the two vehicles, the Batmobile is the more interesting one and by interesting I mean less sucky. It doesn't roll very well because of 4L Axles With Stop used on all four wheels. If you were to push the vehicle and let it go, you know, like if you were just vrooming it along, the weight of the vehicle would cause the stops on the axles to rub, causing friction and resistance making the vehicle just kinda stop short.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-22
76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-23 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-21


The rear spoiler is where most of the action is. It's where the two flick fire missiles are housed. Tilt the spoiler back, push the lever, and away they go. The spoiler tilts way, way back, almost too far back. Click hinges here would have made a bit more sense to give it a more solid feeling. Flick fire missiles suck, but they are present in this set and come with a nifty launching mechanism that works well enough. My only problem with it is that it sticks out the back rather noticeably. Another issue with the spoiler is that there just seems to be too much going on. You build certain things, and without a detailed blueprint of what part is supposed to be what, you just sort of make connections in your head like, oh this is an intake, or this is a jet booster, or this is for design. The spoiler has a bunch of features that I couldn't figure out. Are those big trans-red boat tiles exhaust ports or brake lights? What the heck are those cones sticking out for? It's just strange the kinds of details that were included with seemingly no rhyme nor reason.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-24


The last bone I have to pick with the Batmobile is that the canopy is not hinged and has to be completely removed in order to get Batman in and out of the vehicle. A hinge on the nose to flip the canopy forward would have been oh so cool.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-18
76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-17 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-19


Despite those flaws, I rather like the Batmobile. The overall design sort of bucks the usual trend of how Batmobile's are designed. It avoids using giant wing pieces for fins and the trans-orange canopy I really dig. The open wheel design gives it an aggressive F1 look and feel. Other than black, there area few hits of grey here and there that are spread out enough to not spoil the monochromaticity. I appreciated the white plate placed underneath the trans-clear cheese at the front to give the impression that the headlights were active.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-10
76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-8 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-9


The Riddler's Dragster. How much did this thing suck? Let me count the ways. Look, I'm not even going to argue the merits or lack thereof in choosing a dragster as a getaway vehicle. Or note just how bad the front end of the dragster is. Or point out that hanging money bags off the back of the vehicle is a dumb idea. I won't mention any of those things because the most heinous crime of design can be found in the back and overshadows just about every other bad aspect of the set as a whole and that crime is the spoiler.


76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-14 76012 Batman The Riddler Chase-13


The spoiler uses a hinged panel that would look more comfortable in front of a snow plow than on the back of a racing vehicle. It certainly looks the part but that is probably the only merit in using the element here. The point of connection for the panel is a hinge, so the spoiler will tilt to and fro with no way to have the spoiler lie horizontally flat without eyeballing it. A click hinge would have resolved that issue but no such part exists. The entire assembly attaches to the back of the dragster by way of a hinge cylinder that slides over a vertical pin. The problem is that the pin provides absolutely no friction or resistance so the spoiler assembly rotates all willy nilly, looking and behaving more like a radar dish than any type of spoiler. Replacing the vertical pin with a click hinge plate and changing the hinge cylinder to a different type would have locked the spoiler assembly into place preventing rotation, and then the only problem would have been the hinged panel tilting from side to side. And that issue would have been completely negligible and a non-issue. But since things aren't that way, the tilting just amplifies an already crappy design.

Like I said at the beginning, I really wanted to like this set. It had a lot going for it: great minifigs, cool Batmobile, a banana that is clearly a nod to the old comic, and a dragster that could have been just okay. But after building the set and spending some time with it, to be honest I felt a little cheated. Perhaps building the Sandcrawler prior to this set ruined the experience for me because it felt like it was produced by a junior designer. It isn't anything specific, just an overall feeling that things could have been built better. And the reality is that what you end up with is a sub par set. And that spoiler on the dragster? Come on. I know it seems like I can't shut up about it but I don't think it's unfair of me to expect a toy that can be played with without disfiguring itself after one vroom along the table top. I can't for the life of me believe that the spoiler made it all the way past peer review, play testing, and eventually green lit for mass production.

After consulting our handy cheat sheet of review scores, this set actually ranks a 2. It's not so bad where LEGO would have to pay you to take it (a score of 1) and it's not good enough to keep an eye out for any sales (a score of 3) because the parts selection is underwhelming, so 2 it is. I was initially going to give it a 0, but Google doesn't seem to like 0 scores which I really don't understand. If the ancient Mesopotamians understood the concept of 0, I don't see why a search engine can't. Anyways, I was going to give it a 0 or 1 but reluctantly I give it a 2 because despite the crappy dragster, the Batmobile was neat and the the minifigs were awesome. I say just Bricklink the figs and call it a day.

If you really wanna buy it, at least click through the link below and help support us so we can buy more sets to complain about.

Buy 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase from Amazon:


76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase


---
Permalink: http://www.fbtb.net/2014/05/24/review-76012-batman-the-riddler-chase/
Staff
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:19 pm

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby buriedbybricks » Sat May 24, 2014 10:22 pm

That dragster was the crappiest vehicle I've built in a while and that spoiler is bafflingly bad, but I can always use more green parts.
buriedbybricks
 
Posts: 769
Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:41 am
Location: The Great White North

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby kitik » Sun May 25, 2014 2:34 am

Given that the suit and car come from Beware the Batman, I wish the villain did as well (maybe Pyg and Toad in their getaway car?) It just seems odd to split the focus of the set like this -- especially when we already have a Riddler, and that dragster adds nothing.

I do appreciate the Flash though.
kitik
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:10 pm

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby Andi » Sun May 25, 2014 2:56 am

That the cockpit has no hinge is indeed a flaw.
But mine is rolling very well, last week it rolled down the shelf, indicating me, that this shelf decided to come down out of the wall.

I have sold the bag with the dragster, so I can't say anything to that.

I bought the set because I really needed a Batman fig, and the batmobile is a nice addition.
~Andi

Flickr
Andi
 
Posts: 694
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:23 am
Location: Germany *female Lego Fan*

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby dWhisper » Sun May 25, 2014 6:51 am

The entirety of the DC line the year just seems like a big "swing and a miss," both from the general reviews and the look of the sets. The Marvel stuff had me going to many, many different stores trying to find them (and not just because I had to write reviews)... the DC stuff has amounted to "I like Rubber Duckies, and I do need a Penguin figure..."
If the above post didn't offend you, you're probably reading it wrong.
dWhisper
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:56 pm
Location: The Arkansas Wasteland

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby banthafodder » Sun May 25, 2014 7:19 am

If you currently brick linked the figs it would run you about $21 not including shipping costs. This leaves you with a $9 parts pack for about 290 prices which isn't bad. Cheaper to get the set and throw extra pieces in parts bin.
banthafodder
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:38 pm

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby CaptainFordo » Sun May 25, 2014 3:08 pm

I have to say the score seems a bit harsh. From your review you liked the minifigs and were generally pleased with the Batmobile, it's only really the dragster that you hated, which accounts for the minority of the piece count, and yet it brings the entire overall value of the set down?

I really liked the set and think the minifigs and Batmobile are great and while the dragster is a very obvious afterthought, I don't think it devalues the set overall.

However, this is the only Batmobile set I own, so I appreciate the value of "a good batmobile" is probably not as great for those of you who have the previous ones which are at least as good, if not better.

I still think 2 is pretty unfair, a 3 would have been more justified, though in my personal opinion I'd have given it at least a 3.5 or 4.
CaptainFordo
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:42 am

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby onions » Sun May 25, 2014 5:27 pm

yes, the dragster was just that bad.
onions
Founder
Founder
 
Posts: 73
Joined: Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:45 pm

Re: Review: 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Postby gomek » Mon May 26, 2014 9:36 am

While I'm happy to have a Flash figure (or at least one I didn't have imported from south Africa for $70) it is super annoying to me me that a flash set does have Flash villains in it. Reverse Flash where are you?
gomek
 
Posts: 223
Joined: Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:36 pm


Return to Reviews

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 3 guests