Batman has piloted a lot of vehicles over the years. Some were excellent, some, er… let’s just say they they fit into the ‘Robin’ category. This one of those, the ‘Batwing’ from the Tim Burton-directed movie of 1989.
First appearing in the Batman comics in the 1930s the ‘Batwing’ is more accurately called the ‘Bat Plane’ (‘Batwing’ was actually a name given to a pointless spin-off character), and originally looked like a fairly normal aircraft before its wild 1989 reincarnation in the form of the Caped Crusader’s logo.
It’s the Tim Burton version that’s the most famous (although definitely not the best), and it’s been recreated rather wonderfully by Riskjockey in the image above. Head to Flickr via the link to see all the photos, and you can watch the original trailer for the 1989 movie in which the ‘Batwing’ stars by clicking here.
…”This isn’t a car”. We continue our run of movie vehicles with this; the superb ‘Bat’ from The Dark Knight Rises, built by LEGO genius Sariel on MOCpages.
Powered by LEGO’s Power Functions motors and LED lights it’s probably the coolest creation we’ve featured this month. It’s not the first Bat Wing built from little plastic bricks though as that accolade goes to the equally brilliant Mahjqa. Both builders have devised ways for their creations to ‘fly’, but they take rather different approaches. See how Sariel achieved it in his video via the first link, and watch Mahjqa’s film in the second. Neither fixed the autopilot though.
Last week LEGO celebrated their 80th Birthday, and so, slightly late, The Lego Car Blog Team are delighted to bring you…
The Lego Car Blog 80th Birthday Extravaganza!
Some have described it as a marginally elongated post shamelessly linked to LEGO’s Birthday celebrations in order to increase hits. And they’d be right. So without further ado, we bring you Act One.
Act One: A very special Birthday needs a very special MOC, and the Elves have found just the thing. This incredible creation is Mahjqa’s Bat Wing, pictured alongside his equally incredible Tumbler, and as featured in the Batman finale, The Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight Rises
As always, Mahjqa’s work is stuffed full of witchcraft and wizardry which can only really be explained in a video. Fortunately he’s made one, and it might just be the Lego video of the year. Prepare to pick your jaws up…
If you’d like to see more you can visit Mahjqa’s Flickr photostream for the full gallery, as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the video was made.
Act Two: Hitachi, best known as a manufacturer of soulless reasonably priced TVs and DVD players, also do a line of, er… slightly bigger products. This is one of them; their monstrous ZW 310 earthmover.
My other car is a TV
Dfs473 has recreated the 22 tonne wheel-loader in Technic, including its complete array of movements via Power Functions remote control. To see the MOC in detail, including close-up shots of the mechanicals, swing by Dfs’s Flickr page at the aforementioned link.
Act Three: And finally; as The LEGO Group turns 80 years old, we take a look back to their humble beginnings in a carpenter’s shed in Billund. The story of LEGO’s formation is one of hard work, tragedy, perseverance, and one little idea that changed the way children would play forever. LEGO commissioned a film to bring their story to life, and we’re delighted to share this with you today:
Happy 80th Birthday LEGO, and here’s to the next 80 years!