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Review: 7779 Batman - The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit


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#1 Bloody Jay

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:29 PM

7779 The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit
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The Figs
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Good figures.  Standard grey Batman and a nice Catwoman.

The Motorcycle
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I loathe this in purple.  I loathe this with 'ears.'  I loathe this period.  My immense loathing for this motorcycle can only be expressed with the word asdklfjaiosfghwioehriowerjiosfgjasklajerio, which is not a word at all.

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The dragster looks like a good concept that got ripped to shreds by the need to have a low price range set.  One wing, one giant wedge, and then a few smaller pieces to bring them together.

The front wheel.  I do actually really like this part; it's pretty clever.  Again, only ONE tiny wheel, so getting any use out of this set would really require two copies.

The back.  Their INGENIOUS firing mechanism totally slays me.  It's also difficult to get Batman into the cockpit with his cape.




FINAL VERDICT: 6.2/10
Figs: 8/10
Pieces: 4/10
Set: 5/10
Playability: 7/10

I should really hate this set a lot more, but it's a cheap way to get two cool figs (albeit with no accessories save for the whip).  Buy this if you want to round out your Batman collection or could use the few pieces.  Pretty cheap set, so not a huge loss if you don't like it.  Still, the rest are better.


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#2 sam89

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:38 PM

Thanks for the review. I actually quite like the bike, and as you said, the figures are good. For Ģ7 I'll probably get it.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:50 AM

The bike's not bad (even in purple).  I like Catwoman, but does she have eyes- or did a cat scratch them off???

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 06:51 AM

Are the cats-eyes on the motorcycle stickers, or printed?  If they're decals the bike would be pretty nice.  If not...well, there's always that handy bottle of Brasso I recently bought!

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 01:53 PM

View PostStarwars4J, on Mar 11 2006, 01:51 AM, said:

Are the cats-eyes on the motorcycle stickers, or printed?  If they're decals the bike would be pretty nice.  If not...well, there's always that handy bottle of Brasso I recently bought!
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 03:46 PM

Great figs, neat bike and a crappy dragster... Hmm smells like "If you want Catwoman You must buy the lousy dragster" Anyways it's a must have - CATWOMAN *wub*  *wub*.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:44 PM

I think the set is great. A cheap set, only 10$, and you get both Batman and catwoman. Had it been Star Wars, it would have beed a 50$ set, to get crucial minifigs like those! Then it is acceptable that the dragstar i not so good.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 05:50 PM

wat does loathe mean? anyhoo the best part is the lot of binoculars

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 06:38 PM

View Postprateek, on Mar 13 2006, 05:50 PM, said:

wat does loathe mean?
Loathe means to hate or despise.

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 01:38 PM

View PostBloody Jay, on Mar 10 2006, 11:29 PM, said:

The dragster looks like a good concept that got ripped to shreds by the need to have a low price range set.

     I think you pegged it... This set also seems to reveal the weakness of the oversized masks. Have you got a pic of Cat Woman's face?

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 06:46 AM

Some people expect too much from a $9 set.

For those of us short on cash, this is a great way to pick up a Batman minifig with the added bonus of Catwoman.  The piece count isn't too bad for a set of this size, and the dragster isn't really that bad.  Sure, this set doesn't measure up to its more expensive siblings, but I don't understand why there is such hate for this one.  Heck, the piece selection isn't even that bad.

This and the Batmobile are probably the only two Batman sets I can afford right now, so I for one am very happy that such a set is available.

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 12:27 PM

Mine arrived this morning (bricklink purchase where seller is US). I quite like it. I know its not much, but its right for the price. The steering the Dragster is tad uncontrolled, though isn't it. I wouldn't fancy driving that.

Missile firing "mechanism": there's a warning about firing into eyes in the instruction book. Some hope!

It would have been good to have studs in the seat to hold Batman down.

Can anyone just clarrify for me: Bruce Wayne's grey "hair" becomes Batman's "glowing" eyes? Is that the idea? And Catwoman having a reversable head is presumably just for fun - more options in look?

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 03:22 PM

View Postcaptaintau, on Mar 28 2006, 07:27 AM, said:

Mine arrived this morning (bricklink purchase where seller is US). I quite like it. I know its not much, but its right for the price. The steering the Dragster is tad uncontrolled, though isn't it. I wouldn't fancy driving that.

Missile firing "mechanism": there's a warning about firing into eyes in the instruction book. Some hope!

It would have been good to have studs in the seat to hold Batman down.

Can anyone just clarrify for me: Bruce Wayne's grey "hair" becomes Batman's "glowing" eyes? Is that the idea? And Catwoman having a reversable head is presumably just for fun - more options in look?
Bruce Wayne has black hair  :-P   I'm guessing that white thing is a headband or something...at least that's my explanation for a white strip across half his head  ;-)  It's really only like that to make the mask work, though having a white strip and eye-level on the back of the head, and a smaller cowel would've been a better idea

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 07:00 PM

Is it me or does anybody else have flashbacks to camp 60's Batman when they look at the Catbike?

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 04:47 AM

The reviews I see seem to be recommending me to not buy the product, but  I'm loving the Dragster. *wub*  The bike looks pretty dumb though. Ever heard of weapons? ;-)  There's the whip for Catwoman but that doesn't seem very poseasable. Oh well, I'll get it anyways.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 07:30 AM

View Postdillthepill, on Sep 18 2006, 12:47 PM, said:

The reviews I see seem to be recommending me to not buy the product, but  I'm loving the Dragster. *wub*  The bike looks pretty dumb though. Ever heard of weapons? ;-)  There's the whip for Catwoman but that doesn't seem very poseasable. Oh well, I'll get it anyways.

Thanks for that review. I would purchase this set only for the catwoman. The bike seems incomplete.  :-(

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 09:45 AM

View Postbaby, on Nov 9 2007, 07:30 AM, said:

Thanks for that review. I would purchase this set only for the catwoman. The bike seems incomplete.  :-(

You know reviving threads from over a year ago for no reason isn't good.

How exactly does it look incomplete?

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 10:39 AM

View PostVader, on Nov 9 2007, 05:45 PM, said:

You know reviving threads from over a year ago for no reason isn't good.

How exactly does it look incomplete?

At the back of the bike. They should add some bricks to it rather than leave it like that.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:04 PM

View Postbaby, on Nov 9 2007, 10:39 AM, said:

At the back of the bike. They should add some bricks to it rather than leave it like that.

And that's it? So you revive a dead thread just to moan about a few bricks? Sheeesh....here's a thought just add them yourself and leave dead threads alone unless you have a lot more to add.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:27 PM

View PostVader, on Nov 9 2007, 09:04 PM, said:

And that's it? So you revive a dead thread just to moan about a few bricks? Sheeesh....here's a thought just add them yourself and leave dead threads alone unless you have a lot more to add.

Hard to find a purple bricks though   :-). By the way, sorry for not knowing this thread is long ago. Very sorry.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:29 PM

View Postbaby, on Nov 9 2007, 04:27 PM, said:

Hard to find a purple bricks though   :-)

That's not the point :-|

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 08:44 PM

The one positive side of reviving this thread is that I get a chance of adding my opinion. I want this set!!! X-O  The minifigs look good and the dragster looks very cool. :-$

Now lets let this thread rest in peace. :-D
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 04:49 PM

I liked this set too, althought what I liked most about it was that it was cheap.  And had Catwoman.  

And Catwoman having a smaller, scaled-down, non-pimped motorcycle seems more fitting with her stealthy character than something like the Jokercopter or Two-Face's Van.  

And if it's forbidden to revive old threads, why are they there?  Shouldn't they be deleted after six months of inactivity or something?
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Posted 30 November 2007 - 10:40 AM

I finally got this set on eBay.
I canīt wait to build it.

But why has TLC discontinued the production, and/or
the disposal of this set.
Sorry, if this has been asked before, but I couldnīt find
an answer anywhere.  :-$

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 11:46 AM

View PostNebsirob, on Nov 30 2007, 09:40 PM, said:

I finally got this set on eBay.
I canīt wait to build it.

But why has TLC discontinued the production, and/or
the disposal of this set.
Set, if this has been asked before, but I couldnīt find
an answer anywhere.  :-$
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