Review: 7785 Batman - Arkham Asylum
Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:12 AM
Arkham Asylum (7785) is 860 pieces at $79.99 (US Dollars).
As early images show, the set includes three building structures, a guard tower, gate, ambulance, batcycle, batwing, and seven mini-figs.
The first image of the box:
And to just get it over with right away, the sticker sheet:
The main prison structure (largest of the three) and definately the most detailed:
A closer shot of the front:
Hidden in the center of the roof is a small compartment to hide a rope for escapes:
A side shot of the main building:
The first floor has a chair and control panel:
A lever pulls a gate over the inside of the door for "lockdowns":
A shot of the lever outside the building:
The second floor includes three cells with a very clever mechanism that allows all to close at the same time. A shot with the cells open:
And partially closed:
The third floor contains the instruments for the mentally ill. Very nice detail.
Let's have a look at the Batwing. It's the most useless part of the set. It can attach to the roof of the main building.
The front gate. It's a nice gate but really needs the sticker:
The second building structure, cells for Ivy and Scarecrow:
Ivy's cell. Not much detail here:
Scarecrow is kept in the tower. A door can be opened or separated as one piece for "break-outs":
The third structure serves as another cell (this one with bars), and the second floor a place for guards to store their weapons:
The guard tower is simple, but works:
It would have been great if Lego included a light that really works:
The ambulance. It's a very nice vehicle:
The backside opens and includes a gurney:
And lastly, the mini figs:
Starting with Batman and Robin. This is the new (cool hair) Robin:
Riddler and Poison Ivy:
And the Scrarecrow. I like.
Oh, I almost forgot the Batcycle:
Arkham Asylum is the best of the Batman sets in my opinion. The set does have a Harry Potter castle feel to it with multiple buildings. I would have loved to see Lego place all of the various cells and rooms in one larger single building. The main structure is definately the most detailed with three floors and two mechanism that allow "lock-down". I esp. like the detail of the third floor. The other two buildings/towers are just OK. But the colors used work very well (black, dark grey, and brown). The set does contain a number of standard black bricks (1x1s, 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s, 1x6-8s). I like to see sets using regular pieces.
I love the use of numerous brown framed cell windows. The set contains at least 12. I also like the sloped walls used for the roofs. They make good roof pieces although large.
I like the ambulance and the cycle but the night/batwing is useless in my opinion. I suppose for children though, it probably adds to the playability factor.
As always, the figs are super. I esp. like the Riddler and Scarecrow.
Overall, this is my favorite of the Batman sets. It's definately worth the money!
Hope you find this review useful.
Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:35 AM
This set is definitly a MUST have for all the Batfans out there !!
I like the details we couldn't see from the box art like those 3 cells, control panel, mentally ill instruments room 8-° (twisted hehe)
The figs are superb as well with the exception of those guards that are too much looking as cops !! I would have preferred a real Arkham Patrol "feel" but oh well !! (at least they can be used wherever securiter guards are needed like airports...)
Posted 12 July 2006 - 11:07 AM
I dont think I will get it though, as I fear the price point will be FAR too much over here. I wouldnt go higher than £45.00 I think. No way.
Side note** That is Nightwing, not Robin. *y*
Posted 12 July 2006 - 01:48 PM
And expanding on ReZourceman's side note, that is Nightwing's cycle, not the batcycle.
Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:01 PM
Excellent review, the pics are amazingly detailed!!
The colors, the details and the minifigs are collectible ones.
Posted 15 July 2006 - 10:20 AM
Nightwing's got cool hair! wow!
And L'Epouvantail looks really fricking nice. I'd buy this set just for him, since he's my fav villain.
The building itself is a piece of art, I'd totally buy that...But, I'm refraining from buying any Batman Sets for some stupid reason (Lack of space), besides, they don't really fit with my SW/Space and Mecha Theme here.
Posted 16 July 2006 - 05:21 AM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 05:09 PM
But yet I know I only counted one bat when building this set. I thought I had maybe lost a bat or left one in the package. X-O After spending some time going "batty" *wacko* , I looked at the piece inventory in the instructions to discover that the Asylum only includes one bat.
Definately a discrepancy in the picture (or) the piece selection. >:-(
Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:33 PM
Anyway, thanks for the review. :-)
Posted 05 August 2006 - 04:08 PM
Anyway, thanks for the review. :-)
There are no capes in this set, I think. Not even Batman has one here.
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