This might as a surprise, or maybe not if you’ve been following this blog for a long time, but I’ve never built a set from The LEGO Batman Movie. And if I did, I sure as heck don’t remember. One thing I’m certain of is that from today’s set, 30523 The Joker Battle Training, this is the first time I’ve ever built the movie’s version of The Joker ’cause I would have remembered those coattails.
Everything else about this figure is pretty fabulous.
The face print is just great and that goes for both sides.
The hair piece debuted with this minifig. It’s nice and big and does a good job of hiding the face print on the back of the head but it doesn’t completely hide it.
You can still see the part of the lower lip peeking out if you look at it close enough. I guess it’s not that big of an issue but still. I honestly wish LEGO would get rid of the double sided head. Or at least do a better job of hiding it 100%.
The aforementioned coattails are nice soft goods item that’s attached between the torso and the hips. The tension of the fabric is so great that it will topple the minifig over.
That’s probably one of two reasons why you build a base for The Joker. The other reason being the gigantic revolver stud shooter gun. He’ll need that base if he wants to raise the gun for target practice.
The target in this case is a mocked up dummy of Batman. Its got a bunch of loose parts designed to be knocked off with the revolver stud shooter. I understand the intent but I hate the looseness of the parts.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
I feel like I have to begrudgingly give this a thumbs up. The Joker minifig is fantastic even with the balance issues caused by the coattails. The six-shooter is oversized which feels apropos for the wielder. The Batman dummy looks like Batman and is specifically designed to shoot parts off of, but I hate the loose parts. The design is intentional so I can’t knock it too badly, but still.
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