Terrible sets like today’s set, 20001 Batbot, are really challenging to write about.
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Maybe I’m just hitting a wall of some sort. Burnout maybe. But I’m looking at this set and it just feels like the task of writing something about it is monumental in scope. Because it sucks. Bad design just sucks the life out of me.
The hands suck. This set came out 2008 and this was the best they could do? Minifigs for legs? Okay maybe at the time with the available parts, this was the best they could do but it still sucks. Bending the legs to articulate the “fingers” runs the risk of having the whole thing pop off the plate they are attached to. Closing the fingers doesn’t really make a fist. It just has awkward proportions.
The “arms” that the hands are attached to suck. It’s not really an arm, it’s more like a hand attached to the shoulder.
The legs suck. Batbot can do the splits sideways and that’s about it. Again, this is mostly due to the parts available at the time. The small ball joint we all know and love wouldn’t be made for another 5 years at least. So the best that can be done are click hinges. And because Batbot is so small, the smallest plates with click hinges are used, which is 1×2, which is the length of the whole leg minus the feet. So it’s understandable that there are no knees, and that the legs can only bend in one direction. But it still sucks.
The head sucks. Batbot looks like its ready for the gridiron. That bottom plate with the bar looks looks like the mouth guard of a football helmet.
The “wings” on the back suck. They are attached by, yep, you guessed it, click hinges. And the picture on the polybag and the instructions would have you angle them a bit but that idea sucks because it makes the whole thing back heavy and very prone to tipping over. So really the best way to position them is vertically and forego the cool flared out look.
And the last thing that sucks it the waist. This particular point of connection attaching the upper torso to the hips and legs is very weak and fell apart multiple times while trying to pose Batbot.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set sucks! Some of the shortcomings could be chalked up to the parts palette circa 2008, and also because 20001 Batbat was the first real Brickmaster set to come out when the subscription started to include sets. But it still sucks.
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