Lego 70912 Arkham Asylum Review
Lego 70912 – Help Batman Keep a Close eye on those Pesky Villains with this Build!
Batman is such an iconic superhero that you’d be hard-pressed to find a person who does not recognize him, or at least his famous bat symbol. Since his first appearance 1939’s Detective Comics issue 39, Batman has since graced movies, television (both animated and live-action), as well as video games, toys, clothes, and possibly any other merchandise that you can think of.
There have been dozens of Batman films released throughout the decades, but the latest one is Lego’s very own 3D animated film, The Lego Batman Movie, released in theaters last Februrary. The Lego Batman Movie is, itself, a spin-off of 2014’s hugely-successful The Lego Movie. It was directed by Chris McKay, and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Erik Sommers, Chris McKenna, who also wrote the previous film. The Lego Batman Movie features the voices of comedian Will Arnett, along with Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes, and Michael Cera. Since its release, The Lego Batman Movie has gained plenty of positive reviews from critics, and has grossed over $305M in theaters from across the globe.
Naturally, as with all of the other Lego films, the company itself has produced builds and Lego sets 2017 that serve as tie-ups to the movie so the fans can appreciate it more. One of these is the Lego 70912, also known as the Arkham Asylum build. Containing at least 1628 pieces, the Arkham Asylum build is, as of this year, the largest build in connection to The Lego Batman Movie franchise. It’s also one of the more expensive builds released in 2017 so far, costing at least $149.99. This build is made for kids and teens aged 12-16 years old, but of course, if you’re a Lego collector, then you can save up and purchase this build if you wish to do so.
The Lego 70912 is actually the third reiteration of the Arkham Asylum in the Batman series – But it’s the biggest one so far. The first version of the Arkham Asylum was released in 2008 (the 7785 Arkham Asylum), which contained only 800+ pieces, seven minifigures, and was sold in stores for $79.99. In 2012, Lego released the Lego 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout, containing 1600+ pieces, eight minifigures, and costed over $159.99. And finally, there’s this one – Breaking into the lead with over twelve minifigures and 1600+ pieces. Other Batman-related builds include the Lego 60047 and the Lego 60110.
According to the box, this build also contains a huge Lego Building Instructions booklet with 230 pages, a sticker sheet, 17 bags containing the Lego pieces, a Lego brick separator, and of course, the minifigures themselves. With the seventeen small plastic bags, you will soon learn that the build’s bricks contain plenty of muted colors, including reddish brown bricks, black bricks, medium stone grey bricks, and dark stone grey bricks. There are also a handful of white bricks that belong to the main portion of the whole build, which is Arkham Asylum’s external walls. Of course, other colored bricks are also contained inside this particular set, but percentage-wise, they only comprise at least fifteen percent of the pieces. In fact, these hints of other colored bricks give the build a visually-pleasing look to it, especially with the yellow-green window panes and the sand green bricks for the ground. So if you prefer your builds to come with a hint of color, then the Lego 70912 is not the right one for you (we suggest purchasing the Lego 75105 instead)
There are interesting new parts that come with the Arkham Asylum build, with most of them being showcased for the first time this year. In fact, Lego has hinted that these parts might also show up in future builds for 2017, instead of limiting itself to Batman-themed sets. For instance, the Black Bow Window 1 x 4 x 1 also makes an appearance in the Lego 10255 Assembly Square build and other Lego city sets. One of the things that have managed to capture our interest are two utility belts which come in two colors: Yellow and orange. These are worn by the Batman and Catwoman minifigures respectively.
The two reddish brown parts are actually new shades, and not brand new brick molds, specifically, Wry 45 Degr., Wall 3 x 3 x 6, and Brick W. Inside Bow 1 x 6 x 2. You can find those three brick molds inside the build itself, which also happens to include a couple of brand new bits, such as the Camera in bright red, as well as the Snake in medium stone grey. Two tiles measuring 2 x 3 come in a light royal blue shade. Also included are six new dark red handle parts that have a dimension of 1 x 4 x 2.
We admittedly began constructing the Phantom Zone Projector before the Arkham Asylum build itself, so everything went out-of-sync. We also missed out on a couple of brand new portions inside this set as well. For example, the small black magnifying glass accessory with its clear lens is given an improved look with its amazing crosshairs pattern. We really liked how detailed this tiny accessory is.
One of the main reasons why the Arkham Asylum build has gained a massive following among Batman fans and Lego fans is because of the minifigures. Superhero fans and minifigure collectors in general will love the twelve figures included inside this set. These twelve are: Aaron Cash, a male GCPD officer, a female GCPD officer, Barbara Gordon, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Poison Ivy, The Riddler, Two-Face, The Joker, Catwoman, Robin, and of course, Batman himself. Aside from the Caped Crusader himself, the other minifigures in the Lego 70912 are exclusive to the Arkham Asylum build only, so if you’re a minifigure collector, then you have to scour the deep corners of eBay or Craigslist to be able to find the remaining eleven figures.
A closer look at the Batman minifigure shows that this is not the first appearance of this specific version – He has also showed up in four other Batman-themed sets, including The Joker Balloon Escape set (Lego 70900) and the Lego 60047. This Batman sports a type-three head, and a utility belt. Meanwhile, the Robin minifigure is exclusive to the Arkham Asylum build only, as he’s got a double-sided head print, although the rest of his body looks pretty much similar to Lego’s other Robin minifigures. Both Batman and his sidekick carry double-sided faces, with muscular back printing that you can take a closer look at after you take off their capes. The material used for Batman’s cape is much softer as compared to Robin’s, and he currently wears the new cape mold. He’s also got the aforementioned utility belt attached to his waist. Robin’s googly goggles hair piece makes him look a bit silly, we admit, while his cape is much firmer and even gives off a bit of sheen.
Arkham Asylum’s inmates are all donned in orange jumpsuits, with the words ‘Arkham Asylum’ printed at the back. In the Batman franchise, Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is a fictional psychiatric hospital located in Batman’s hometown of Gotham City, New York. The asylum serves as a home or correctional facility for patients who have been deemed criminally insane. A lot of Arkham’s most high-profile patients are villains from the Batman universe, including Mr. Freeze, the Joker, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, to name a few.
All of the inmates in Arkham have double-sided head printing, along with amazing details in both their heads and bodies. For example, the Poison Ivy minifigure has a wonderful head of hair, while the Joker’s head is covered in a spiky green mane.
The middle portion of the Asylum is the main highlight of the build, all thanks to its tall Gothic columns, as well as a staircase that heads on over to the swinging doors of the entrance. We thought that these columns gave the build a nice touch, as well as the creative usage of the Silver Metallic Plate 1 x 1. This only emphasizes the asylum’s arch even more. The medium stone gray colors give the asylum a rather imposing effect. We can safely say that the middle portion has the best architectural details here.
Once your minifigure steps inside, you can place them above the sliding mechanism and push them through a scanner decorated with stickers that show the word ‘scanned’, alongside a bigger picture of a minifigure’s skeleton. The upper part of the build is Aaron Cash’s office, as well as the control center. He can take a look at the video tapes in this room, and do some research inside the computer terminal. A downside to this entire build is that the interiors aren’t really well-thought of as compared to the ones found outside.
The asylum’s gothic-style architecture resumes with the building’s two wings. The first wing houses the laundry area, with its bars and windows serving as an excellent feature to the build itself. When constructed, this section looks so much better, as compared to just having a plain glass window. The right wing bears a similar resemblance to the left wing, except with a couple of minor details. This isn’t exactly the most interesting portion of the build, since it deals with only stacking bricks from the bottom to the top.
The first two wings of the main building contain Dr. Quinzel’s office, as well as two cells for inmates, apart from the laundry area. The second wing houses the cafeteria/dining area, which resembles a snack bar. There are also two cells here, along with a visiting room. The washing machines were a nice touch in the laundry area, and come in a lovely sand green hue.