What?! Another Tumbler? Wait a minute......2 seats.....Batman and passenger sit upright and......it isn't gargantuan.....awesome!
About this creation
I am a huge fan of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. I actually bought the original LEGO tumbler set when it came out and loved it, but like others, thought it was a bit big. Of course, the bigger the better, right?
Recently due to circumstances out of my control, I had to get rid of my LEGO collection. After rebuilding some of my LEGO collection back up, I sought out to make a custom tumbler since LEGO did not offer one anymore. I have never built a LEGO model that was based on a real thing before. I have been building with LEGO bricks ever since I was about 6 years old (maybe earlier), but I have always just made the sets I bought or made my own LEGO models.
With this set, my main intent was to make a tumbler as close to the movies as I could. This means it would have to fit two minifigures. I also tried to mimic every detail of the tumbler that I could.
I also wanted it to have play-ability. This model is quite sturdy and can be played with without pieces popping off and whatnot.
If you feel this should be made into a set or like my build, please support this project at my LEGO Ideas page.
I used Lego Digital Designer and took screenshots. The software offered automatic instructions, but they weren't very useful. I also updated the front wheels and axles of my design. LEGO doesn't sell the wheels and axles in the instructions, so I also included the wheel/axle build instructions for the version photographed. If LEGO were to decide to produce my design, I would like them to use axles 4166498 and wheels 4241858.
As you can see, this tumbler is not too large compared to an official Batman minifigure. Other exterior details include:
1. Windshields that you can see the minifigures through.
2. Clear angled pieces on the sides to mimic side windows.
3. Clear angled pieces in the nose to mimic windows.
4. Piece to mimic guns on both sides of the nose.
5. Intakes/vents by the flaps of the tumbler.
6. All lights on the tumbler are 2 turquoise blue clear pieces in front, turquoise blue clear pieces in upper left hand and upper right corners of the front windshields, turquoise blue clear pieces under the upper intakes/vents.
7. Big air intakes on each side of the tumbler.
8. Piping on top of the tumbler (not sure why it is there on the real tumbler, but looks cool).
9. 6 movable flaps on the back.
10. 2 exhaust holes on rear/top of the tumbler.
11. 2 rear shocks that are purely decorative.
12. Rear after burner.
Interior is big enough to fit 2 minifigures in the upright siting position. Roof/hatch can be closed with an official Batman minifigure and passenger inside. Other interior details include:
1. Joystick style steering wheel with movable joysticks.
2. Computer screen/buttons in center console with static lever.
3. Passenger side angled computer screen/buttons.
4. Seats designed to allow an official Batman minifigure to fit with his cape on. Plenty of room for the cape to fit without being crammed.
5. Seats include LEGO nubs for the minifigures to lock in and not move around when playing.
As an added, unique accessory for this set, I made a bat signal. The bat signal can be moved from side to side and adjusted back and forth. The bat signal could not be built in LEGO Digital Designer.
In the picture is the official Commissioner Gordon minifigure with a slight alteration. The hair has been changed to reflect a more realistic Gary Oldman hairdo. He also has an ax like he had when he smashed the bat signal in "The Dark Knight".
If LEGO decided to make this a set, I would like them to give Commissioner Gordon a detective suit and also give Batman a black batsuit instead of the gray one.
Quoting Jay Wilson
Is thy creation on a counter top a counter top makes it look like it's on gravel.
WOW this is so cool that would be great if they made this a set. amazing job
Yes, the photos were taken on a counter top. I thought the same thing when I took the pictures. I am glad you like it. Have you seen the updated version I posted? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/379198