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Batman 2 Seater Tumbler Update v2.0 (batmobile)
Updated version of my Batman 2 Seater Tumbler.
About this creation

* Update 1/17/14 Ė Updated design to be more accurate to the movie "Batman Begins". You can see all these pictures in higher resolution on Flickr by clicking here. If you are interested in building this, I have posted the LEGO Digital Design file on lego.com, here. Just search for "Batman 2 Seater Tumbler" in the creation name search box to download the LDD file.

Attention Batman fans and LEGO fans alike; this project needs your support to be made into an official LEGO set. All you have to do is go to LEGO Ideas and click the big blue support button to the right of your browser. It's free!

Please post this page on blogs, Facebook, Twitter or any other online outlet you can think of. Spreading the word is very important in order to reach 10,000 supporters. Even if you tell just 1 person and they support the project, we are better off. Once it gets 10,000 supporters, LEGO reviews it.



I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolanís movies and The Dark Knight 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 starting to build up my new LEGO collection, I wanted to make a custom Tumbler since LEGO did not offer a black 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 got or made my own LEGO models.

The Tumbler is one of my favorite batmobiles of all time. I loved the Tim Burton one and the "Batman: The Animated Series" version, but when I saw "Batman Begins" as an adult, I just thought the Tumbler was an incredible piece of machinery. They actually made the Tumbler in real life too. Itís not just a go-cart with a fiberglass shell on it. I am not a car buff by any stretch of the imagination either, but when you see and hear the thing drive in real life, it is just so amazing.

2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of the "Batman Begins" movie and it is the perfect time to release a commemorative set of the Tumbler. The idea of this project is for LEGO to release a Tumbler that accurately reflects the movie version in minifigure scale and is more of an ultimate collectorís edition than a play set. However, it is fun to play with and sturdy. I have been known to jump this over "comforter canyon" and drive on the "linoleum lane" a time or two.



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 on the top and sides of the nose for when Batman drives in stealth mode or uses the guns.
4. Piece to mimic guns on both sides of the nose.
5. Angled armor plating everywhere.
6. Stealth mode intakes/vents by the flaps of the tumbler.
7. Lights include: 2 turquoise blue clear pieces in front, 1 turquoise blue clear piece in upper left hand corner of windshield and another on the upper right hand corner, 1 turquoise blue clear piece under each upper intake/vent.
8. Big jet engine air intakes on each side of the tumbler.
9. Piping on top of the Tumbler (not sure why it is there on the real Tumbler, but looks cool).
10. 6 movable flaps on the back to put the Tumbler in jumping mode.
11. 2x4 sloped tile to mimic roof air intakes.
12. 2 rear shocks that are purely decorative.
13. Rear after burner.
14. 4 big tires on the back with off-road tread.
15. 2 smaller smooth racing tires in the front.






Interior is big enough to fit 2 minifigures in the upright sitting position. Roof/hatch can be put on 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/gauges.
4. Seats designed to allow a passenger and an official Batman minifigure to fit inside with Batmanís cape on. The cape can fit without being crammed too.
5. Seats include LEGO nubs for the minifigures to lock in and not move around when playing. Seats are grey so the interior is brighter and you can see Batman better.

I should also point out that this set has very few Technic elements. The only Technic elements are for the rear axle assembly.

I have removed the bat signal and Gordon from this set to keep the price down. This way the Tumbler can be released with as much detail as possible. My Tumbler design is just the starting point. If this project gets 10,000 supporters and is reviewed by LEGO, they may update the design to fit in with LEGOís high standards and reduce the part count. This set has 413 pieces as is. If it doesn't increase the price too much, I would like a Lucius Fox minifigure included since he was so integral to the introduction of the Tumbler in "Batman Begins". Also, LEGO has never released an official set with a Lucius Fox minifigure. I would like LEGO to make a black Batsuit with the Nolan Batman symbol on the chest. Accessory for Batman would be the batman ninja star (LEGO batarang).

If you are interested in building this, I have posted the LEGO Digital Design file on mediafire, here. I have also posted this on lego.com, here. Just search for "Batman 2 Seater Tumbler" in the creation name search box to download the file. If you do build it, I would love to hear what you think. If you would like to build the first version I did of the Tumbler (not pictured on this page), instructions can be viewed/downloaded at the following links.

Old Version Build Instructions Part 1
Old Version Build Instructions Part 2

However, the new version includes an updated exterior design to be more accurate to the movie. The windshields are more angled, the flaps are moved back further and the design is one plate lower with the same ground clearance as my previous design. The interior is also redesigned to be more spacious. The hatch can now be removed for easier access to the interior and for better lighting when viewing. I will be posting the Lego Digital Design file soon so you can see how this new version is built.

If anyone builds my Tumbler in real life, I would love to hear what you think about it. I am very happy with the design and I donít think it will ever leave my nightstand. However, I can't say the same for my wife never leaving me, since she will be dusting it everyday for the rest of our lives.

If you like this project, you may also like this other LEGO Ideas project my wife and I made for an Invader Zim House and Voot.



Comments

 I made it 
  November 19, 2016
Quoting lego hotwirer Buggyirk? Is that really you? Wow, You are the guy who made me first join Lego Ideas with this creation! The moment I saw your profile picture on this website, I remembered seeing that picture somewhere... Then it clicked. I have been a long time fan of you! If you hadn't of made this, I wouldn't have found Lego Ideas, and then I wouldn't have Found MOC-Pages, and then I wouldn't have anything to do with my time! I would have creations that no one would ever see! I wouldn't be the Lego Fan I am today! I am so grateful for your work- which can't be any more appropriate for this Thanksgiving season than anything else! I know that you came here first, with me being the new guy, but this is a very happy moment for me! You are an amazing builder. Thanks for all you have done! Have A Good Thanksgiving! -Lego Hotwirer
Happy Thanksgiving LEGO Hotwirer! I am glad I could inspire you in some way. Thank you for all the kind words. I really appreciate it. It's kind of ironic, but I would't have found LEGO Ideas without being inspired to build a LEGO Tumbler. Before I built this, I hadn't built anything based on an IP before. I bought the original LEGO tumbler, but had to get rid of it due to circumstances out of my control. Years later, I checked to see if there was one available to buy, but they were too expensive. So I figured I would try my hand at building one myself. This vehicle is one of my favorite movie vehicles of all time.
 I like it 
  November 18, 2016
Buggyirk? Is that really you? Wow, You are the guy who made me first join Lego Ideas with this creation! The moment I saw your profile picture on this website, I remembered seeing that picture somewhere... Then it clicked. I have been a long time fan of you! If you hadn't of made this, I wouldn't have found Lego Ideas, and then I wouldn't have Found MOC-Pages, and then I wouldn't have anything to do with my time! I would have creations that no one would ever see! I wouldn't be the Lego Fan I am today! I am so grateful for your work- which can't be any more appropriate for this Thanksgiving season than anything else! I know that you came here first, with me being the new guy, but this is a very happy moment for me! You are an amazing builder. Thanks for all you have done! Have A Good Thanksgiving! -Lego Hotwirer
  February 11, 2015
Hi, I used the size of wheels that you used on yours. Thank you for inspiring me to make my version 2, which is Lego city scale :) http://mocpages.com/moc.php/406373
 I made it 
  November 2, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Excellent work, very accurate!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  September 6, 2014
Excellent work, very accurate!
 I made it 
  September 6, 2014
Quoting Josiah Nelson This looks really playable and cool! It looks really amazing!
Excellent, I am glad you like it. I enjoy rolling it around.
 I made it 
  September 6, 2014
Quoting Paddy Bricksplitter This is one of the best Tumblers. It looks very sturdy. That is an element which I think is important and is often over looked. Cool, like it.
I am glad you dig it. I definitely wanted this to be stable. Especially since I submitted it to LEGO Ideas. I will be buying the UCS tumbler and I may end up using the intimidate screen and one of the others for my interior. I don't usually use stickers on my LEGO pieces, but I feel compelled to with the UCS tumbler. Otherwise, it just won't look as good.
  September 5, 2014
This looks really playable and cool! It looks really amazing!
 I like it 
  September 5, 2014
This is one of the best Tumblers. It looks very sturdy. That is an element which I think is important and is often over looked. Cool, like it.
 I made it 
  August 29, 2014
Quoting Angelo Samson Hi, Just finished posting my Lego tumbler attempts on my site. Yeah Lego won't be releasing tumblers from the Lego Ideas site any time soon. Even Brent Waller, who got 10,000 supporters on his tumbler didn't get approved. But honestly, I think yours is the most accurate up to date.
Thanks again! I think you are on the right track with your tumbler, but it could still use some work. Looks very stable and the scale is perfect for a minifigure. Since you are working at such a small scale, I think it would work to add flaps that do not move. To me flaps that don't function are still better than none at all.
  August 26, 2014
Hi, Just finished posting my Lego tumbler attempts on my site. Yeah Lego won't be releasing tumblers from the Lego Ideas site any time soon. Even Brent Waller, who got 10,000 supporters on his tumbler didn't get approved. But honestly, I think yours is the most accurate up to date.
 I made it 
  August 24, 2014
Quoting Angelo Samson Yeah, Lego will release the UCS tumbler in September, I think. But I'm not buying that. It's too pricy and takes up too much space. I also prefer making things for minifig scale. I'm having a hard time with creating my tumbler, not sure if its because of the lack of parts or just skill level, but I will try some more.
Keep at it. It's very fulfilling to build something that you think is the best that it can be. It took me months to build the first version of mine. Then I decided to change some things and I am happier with it now more than ever. It is still on my night stand. I also prefer minifig scale, I just don't see LEGO releasing two tumblers in the same year even if they are different scales. I only have until April 28th to get my project to 10,000 supporters.
  August 18, 2014
Yeah, Lego will release the UCS tumbler in September, I think. But I'm not buying that. It's too pricy and takes up too much space. I also prefer making things for minifig scale. I'm having a hard time with creating my tumbler, not sure if its because of the lack of parts or just skill level, but I will try some more.
 I made it 
  August 18, 2014
Quoting Angelo Samson Hi, Just wanted to tell you that your work is one of the best if not the best minifig scale tumbler I've seen online. I think the scale you used is a bit bigger than minifig scale but the sleekness, accuracy, angles, and even the texture of wheels used are all there. Plus, you have space for 2 minifigs to sit in which is excellent. Lego has made two tumblers over the years but they are not anywhere near minifig scale. I started making a tumbler which is minifig scale but it's very difficult and it might not even be accurate when I finish it, but I'll try my best. I really want to try making yours using your instructions but that would take the fun out of discovering how to build MOC and the challenges along the way. I supported you on Lego ideas too. Good luck!
Thanks for the kind words and your support on LEGO Ideas. I had a lot of fun designing this MOC. Even if I do get 10,000 supporters, I don't know if LEGO would even consider releasing my tumbler anytime soon since they are releasing the UCS Tumbler this year. I look forward to seeing your Tumbler MOC.
 I like it 
  August 18, 2014
Hi, Just wanted to tell you that your work is one of the best if not the best minifig scale tumbler I've seen online. I think the scale you used is a bit bigger than minifig scale but the sleekness, accuracy, angles, and even the texture of wheels used are all there. Plus, you have space for 2 minifigs to sit in which is excellent. Lego has made two tumblers over the years but they are not anywhere near minifig scale. I started making a tumbler which is minifig scale but it's very difficult and it might not even be accurate when I finish it, but I'll try my best. I really want to try making yours using your instructions but that would take the fun out of discovering how to build MOC and the challenges along the way. I supported you on Lego ideas too. Good luck!
 I made it 
  August 7, 2014
Quoting tibi purio Amazing!! What a fine piece of work! I respect you :D
Thanks for checking out my stuff. I am glad you like my Tumbler. Can't wait to buy the UCS LEGO Tumbler coming out soon. I have to wait until Christmas to get it though.
 I like it 
  August 7, 2014
Amazing!! What a fine piece of work! I respect you :D
 I made it 
  March 12, 2014
Quoting The Dark Knight . Awesome work!
Thanks, I am glad you like it!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2014
Awesome work!
 I made it 
  January 18, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Excellent work! I love the cockpit. Fantastic !
Thanks! I changed the opening roof to just be removable. This gave me more room inside to add the headrests and makes it easier to get Batman out.
 I like it 
  January 18, 2014
Excellent work! I love the cockpit. Fantastic !
 
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