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Batmobile 2
A Batmobile designed to the theme of duality.
About this creation
The movie Batman & Robin (1997) left a bad taste in my bat-mouth. I was a big Batman fan before I saw it, but it left me conflicted.


Jump ahead several years. With some of Lego's newer curved slope pieces in hand in the color black, I realized I had no choice but to make a Batmobile (this was 2004 or so).


I had already recreated my favorite iteration--the Tim Burton Batmobile--with moderate success in the early 90s, and I didn't want to do that again (I actually never took it apart, so maybe I'll put it online some time. That's why this one is called Batmobile 2).


There weren't any other offical versions of the Batmobile that I wanted to recreate. The ones in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were a little bit hideous compared to the Tim Burton version. The one from Batman: the Animated Series wasn't as bad, but it was a little two boxy for my liking.


I eventually realized I had only one option: to design a Batmobile with the theme of duality. A Batmobile to represent my love/hate relationship with Batman. It would be equal parts sleek and boxy, sexy and hideous, classy and ridiculous. And really, isn't that what the Batmobile always is?




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   I combined the parts I liked best from my favorite Batmobiles with the parts I liked least from my least favorite Batmobiles.



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   Notice the unwieldy oversized fins.

I think the white wheels are ugly, but that's ok.

Aerodynamics are violently thrown out the window just behind the cockpit with a rather large wall.



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   How many tail lights do you need?



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   The middle section is intentionally rectangular and the greebling on the side is intentionally undersized.



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   The silly striped part in the middle of the hood reminds me of the Batman & Robin version.



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   Jumping from style to technique for a moment, I want to point out that I mostly built this from the top down, so there's quite a bit of hollowness underneath. The gray-bottomed cockpit was inserted at the end.



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   The way the cockpit (I keep calling it that even though this isn't a flying vehicle) opens is rather nice, I think.



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   It provides easy access to the inside.



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   The spacious interior includes gauges directly behind the seat for no specific reason.
It's hard to tell, but there are also two openable compartments on either side just behind the seat.
Don't ask what Batman does with handlebars and two levers.



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   Here he is at the controls. You may have noticed by now that his design is a little unconventional as well.



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   Here's a blurry photo of him in all his glory.
I should explain that I like to stretch official Lego pieces to their ultimate limits in pure form, even when those limits aren't very high. While I admire custom paint, knife, and sticker jobs, that's not my style.



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   Here's a comparison with the official Lego Batman. I still think my goofy one is well-suited to the goofy Batmobile.



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   I'll start to wrap things up with some boring trivia. I carefully designed the cockpit to fit those hideous blue plume-ears.



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   By happy accident, the official Batman fits perfectly as well. His ears are shorter, but they're a lot farther forward.



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   Here's the proof.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 26, 2006
One of the best Batmobiles I've seen. Also it has a very original design. ;)
 
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