It’s time for another round of LEGO Super Heroes sets. And with Mike covering the Marvel side of things, I get the pleasure of checking out what DC Comics have for us this time around. I have already looked at the Scarecrow Harvest of Fear set, and this time out we look at the most expensive set of the two DC offerings from LEGO.
Set Number: 76055
Minifigures: Batman, Red Hood, Captain Boomerang, Katana, Killer Croc big figure
We have already looked at one of the new DC Comics Super Heroes sets recently released by LEGO, and as great as the Scarecrow’s harvester and the accompanying minifigures were, there was one set in particular out of the two that really grabbed my attention when they were first announced.
Containing not only the latest in the long line of vehicles for everyone’s favourite Dark Knight but also a starring role for one of Batman’s lengthy roll call of villains that he has battled in comic books over the years; Killer Croc.
And it’s Killer Croc that takes the main billing when it comes to the minifigures as well, as he gets given the honour of being a big figure. Like the Thanos and Hulk big-figs in Marvel sets before him, it is a three-part construction; the arms and hands join to the main body. The figure looks good and captures Croc’s appearance perfectly. I have always liked LEGO’s big figures, and how they keep them to a minimum.
As Mike correctly observed in his Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man Ultimate Bridge Battle review, the bad guys seem to be getting the focus this time around, and that is definitely evident here. And what’s more, it isn’t just the same usual villains that everyone knows. Make no mistake, despite the character’s appearance in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and previous Arkham video games, Killer Croc is not a household Batman character. But does that stop LEGO? Of course not. After one appearance – in normal minifig size – some ten years ago, Croc has been brought back and what’s more, he’s been made supersize.
In doing so adds another check to the list for potential purchasers of this set; exclusivity. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, people – nay, collectors – love an exclusive. And Killer Croc as a big figure fits that description. And he isn’t alone, as his partner in crime here is also a set exclusive. Captain Boomerang is not going to be a popular or known name in the minds of the everyday fan. Yes, if you’ve played the LEGO video games, you will have come up against him at some point, and he will be making an appearance in Suicide Squad later this year, but he is not in Joe Bloggs’ lexicon. I’m glad to report that his minifig debut actually does him good service; this is a good-looking figure. He comes with a blue beanie cap emblazoned with a boomerang motif, and an excellent torso design showing an open jacket, scarf and what look like three boomerangs under a strap. He also comes with two boomerang accessories that fit snugly in his hands. He does have his own special seating section as well, but we’ll get onto that later.
Elsewhere, we get more exclusives in the form of Croc and Boomerang’s opposition. The product description for this set describes the villains being thwarted in their schemes by Katana and Red Hood, and it’s fitting that the set’s saviours are also making their physical minifig debuts. Hood has, inevitably, a red headpiece with piercing white eyes, and a pretty detailed torso design that displays a Batman-like muscle-accentuated suit, with a distinctive Red Hood logo. There is no further design on the legs, which are plain black. His partner in this particular battle – Katana – is another welcomed debut, and like Captain Boomerang is given great treatment for her first appearance. Coming in a mainly silver colour, bar her katana sword-bearing red arm and dual-moulded red lower legs, the highlight of the figure for me is the headpiece. To some, it may not look that much, but it is a great representation of the character and completes the whole package.
And then we come to Batman. Given the previously-mentioned official product description, it does seem a little strange that Bats is even included here. But this is a DC Comics Super Heroes set, so of course, he is here. We don’t get an exclusive minifig variant here, but then after the superb selection of mini and big-figures in this set, it’s hard to complain. Batman features his all-silver outfit, with the muscular definition on his torso, as well as familiar Bat logo and yellow utility belt.
All in all, while Batman is, in all honestly, just Batman and that’s okay, the real plus points here come in the form of the other figures included. A big-fig Killer Croc has been a long time coming and is a welcomed addition to the large fig collection, while Katana, Captain Boomerang and Red Hood all have excellent debuts.
Red Hood’s Motorbike
Let’s start with the smallest of the vehicles included, Red Hood’s motorcycle. Let’s make no bones about it, it’s not going to set the world alight. It’s a standard LEGO motorcycle, made up of two main sections and the wheels added third. There are stickers included, one each for either side showing off the recognisable Red Hood logo. It’s a quick build, likely something you can even give the younger LEGO builders in the house something to work on and play with while you move on to the main attractions.
Killer Croc’s Battle Chomper
When this set was first announced, I was intrigued by this, as on first impression it looked rather unique and seemed to fit the Killer Croc character perfectly. Additionally, it appeared to offer great play value. And after building it, I can confirm that it does fit the Killer Croc character perfectly. Regrettably, that is where the praise pretty much ends. What you are left with is a mish-mash of LEGO bricks that I’m sure looked good in theory and planning, but in execution offers – bar one or two bright spots – an example of what could have been.
The design is intended to allow the croc set to eat up whatever is in its path, and then carry on while munching its victim – and lunch. In reality, it doesn’t quite work this way. Due to LEGO’s decision not to have a floor in the mouth, you put a LEGO figure in the waiting jaws, all it is going to do is stay on the surface while the Battle Chomper moves on, looking for more to gobble up. I found this disappointing, as the mouth and teeth section of the Chomper looks really impressive. Made up of two silver ammunition belt pieces and different size teeth parts, this undoubtedly looks superb. The other main design function is for the Technics pieces inside to move the jaws up and down as the Chomper is moved forward, but what actually happens is that the teeth barely actually move. For some time after I finished building the Chomper in its entirety and tested out the play functions, I continuously checked that I had connected everything correctly, as the jaws moved so little that I was sure something wasn’t right. However, after double-, triple- and quadruple-checking, I came to the realisation that the design just was not good. Before I move on, I should add that the mouth can be opened further, but only by hand and therefore limiting the playability. Given that is the main selling point of the Chomper, it only adds to the disappointment in the overall package.
Elsewhere, Captain Boomerang has his own little attachment on the Chomper, but this is as underwhelming. Coloured blue to match the Captain’s colour scheme, this proves an immediate issue as it does not mesh well with the mainly-green shade of the Chomper. Additionally, the seat structure looks tacked on, like it’s just been stuck on as a last-minute addition.
All in all, despite the mouth and teeth design looking good, this is a poor addition to the set and a real disappointment, given my anticipation when I first saw it.
Upon first viewing of the Sewer Crush set, while the Chomper was intriguing and the minifigures interesting, the highlight going in was definitely the Bat-Tank. I’m a sucker for an impressive-looking Batman vehicle, and this seemed to tick the boxes.
Straight away you notice the very Batman-esque traditional black and yellow colour schemes, a definite departure from the blue on display in the Scarecrow Harvest of Fear set. As proven by many big-screen movies, this colour usually always works and looks great On this design. The tank itself is a very solid design, both in look and build. It’s pretty weighty, but it will survive some vigorous play, something my seven-year-old was more than happy to test out for me.
The four tyre tracks used here are constructed in the same as in the City Volcano Exploration Base set, with the tyres made up of individual pieces. Their presence in these two sets suggests that this is LEGO’s newest feature and will likely crop up soon in future sets. As Mike stated in his review for that set, putting them together isn’t the most fun experience, but it does look all very good when it’s done.
The rest of the tank looks smooth, with the curved bricks especially adding a sleekness to the vehicle. The effect of armour is effective and makes the whole thing look like a genuinely powerful machine. At the front of the tank is a stud shooter that can fire six studs. This has to be turned manually to fire them and works pretty well. On either side towards the rear are two fins, which offers shades of Batmobiles of years gone by.
And then we come to the shining light of this superb piece. Turning the thruster at the back will cause the front of the tank to flip over, with the front two tyre treads moving back to reveal a Bat-logo-shaped battering ram, perfect for countering Killer Croc. There are no other words for it, this looks amazing. Yes, I am partial to Batman-related things, but even so…this is exceptional. The actual turn-to-reveal mechanism is pretty clean, especially given the size of the battering ram itself. I should point out that to return the ram to its original position is not as simple as turning the thrust the other way, which is what I assumed. Unless there is a hidden method that I couldn’t find, you have to manually put the battering ram and front tyre treads back. And while this is a minor inconvenience, it doesn’t overly affect the playability
Overall, this is a superb vehicle that I really enjoyed building. Watching it come together as I constructed it was a real joy, and it takes pride of place among my other LEGO sets.
The Set Overall
Make no mistake about it, this is an excellent set. With some of my previous reviews, I could just simply write ‘BUY ALL THE LEGOS’, but on this occasion, that would be pretty accurate. Yes, Killer Croc’s Battle Chomper is a pretty big letdown, but everything else more than makes up for it. The minifigures look good, with an always-impressive Batman figure joined by great debut figures for Katana, Captain Boomerang and Red Hood. And the Bat-Tank is the coup-de-grace. It is genuinely fun to build, looks superb and offers incredible play value.
Even putting aside the Battle Chomper, this set is worth the high price tag. It’s not easy to justify £69.99, but after building this set and looking at all the plus points to it, I would strongly suggest that it can be justified.
This set was provided for review purposes. However, all reviews reflect the authors own personal views and are not influenced in any way.
- The Bat-Tank is a superb build and looks great
- Good range of minifigures, and exclusive to this set.
- Offers plenty of playability
- The Battle Chomper is a poorly-designed disappointment
The Bat-Tank is Not a Croc
Let down by an under-par and disappointing Battle Chomper, the set is saved (and then some) by minifigures that offer variety and that ever-important exclusivity, and a Bat-Tank that looks superb and offers great play value. These positives far outweigh the negative and means that, despite the price tag, this one is definite value for money.