76188 Classic TV Series Batmobile Review

Theme: DC Comics Super Heroes
No: 76188
Release Year: 2021
Cost: AU $49.99
Pieces: 345 (with two minifigures)

Time for another Batman related set! It seems like every second superhero set is a Batman one. I have absolutely no problem with that, but this one is special because it’s from the iconic Batman of the past – the 1960s TV series. This isn’t the first time this version has been seen in LEGO form though. Back in 2016 we saw the massive 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave and it included the very same vehicle. I’ve not got that set, but this version is a bit more polished, with new parts coming available in the last few years. Curved tiles and smooth lines make for a bit of an improvement! Anyway, on with this version by itself.

The box artwork is bright and eye catching, with the vehicle flying out of the batcave, with the Joker in hot pursuit. The set includes three bags, the instruction booklet and a sticker sheet with 10 stickers.

Before we get on to the vehicle, let’s check out the two minifigures – Adam West’s Batman, and Cesar Romero’s Joker. There’s two iconic details in these minfigures – Cesar Romero’s painted moustache, and the nose and brow details on Batman’s cowl. Both have been included in the minifigures with great care, and it’s brilliant to see. The fabric cape of Batman is also perfect, as is the cowl, with the colouring and smaller ears. The head is also unique, in that the white band across the forehead is gone, instead going for the two white lenses. The face is also much whiter, matching with Adam West’s more pale complexion. He’s also seemingly much nicer, with a friendly smile and a more determined look on the other side.

The printing on the Joker’s torso and legs is well detailed, with some excellent pinstriping on the legs. Joker’s head has an evil smile, and a look of “uh oh”.
The vehicle also comes with a simple but effective revolving stand (much like the massive, more recent version). It’s like a UCS in training set, ready for display and with it’s own stickered information plaque. I also learned that the Batmobile runs on batfuel. Who knew…

The vehicle itself has a nice shapely look, thanks to those new curved tiles I mentioned earlier. The way the corners meet up is just great, and the angled fins at the back also looks superb.

The actual car, a modified Lincoln Futura, actually looked pretty amazing, with it’s red pinstriping at the front and all around. It’s a shame the pinstriping at the front couldn’t be done more, but the designers tried their best, with the use of a sticker to get the most prominent highlight on the centre of the bonnet visible.

The other interior details in the set look really cool. The iconic curved windscreens, the big exhaust and parachutes, the batphone and comical interior controls, and the openable boot, but there are a couple of things that aren’t quite executed as smoothly as I’d expect. 

The use of a mudguard for the curved centre section is a pity, as it’s not symmetrical with the lip on one side. There’s also a hole in the undersides of the rear fins, as there’s two sets of two arched 1×1 elements underneath. I’m not sure why they didn’t add another rocker brick in.

Aside from those two things, I’m a big fan. The colour looks great, as do the details. It’s a great price at AU $49.99, and has some fun little nods to the classic Batman series. If only they did a proper UCS version!

A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.