Lego Duplo Superheroes Batman Adventure Review

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Reviewed by Bobby Brower
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We like

  • Kids can create their own stories for the superheroes
  • The blocks are easy to use and easy to build
  • There is an unlimited amount of ways the blocks can be used
  • A large base helps keep all creations secure
  • Can be fun for boys or girls who love superheroes
  • Can be a great collector’s item for the adult enthusiast
We don’t like
  • Small pieces can pose a choking hazard

High price as the set has been retired

How it works

The Lego Duplo Batman building set is designed to challenge a child’s imagination while giving them a scenario to play out with the included DC Comics superhero figurines. The Lego Batman set comes with three Duplo figurines: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. What’s also included in the set is a cat that is drifting on a piece of wood after having fallen into the Gotham City River. Children can then create a scenario where the three superheroes find a way to save the cat. Superman comes by himself as he flies through the air. Wonder Woman has her cycle while Batman is in the Bat Boat rushing to save the cat’s life. The set also comes with a moveable bridge that can allow Wonder Woman to cross, and when the bridge is open, Batman can speed by in the Bat Boat. The entire set is to be assembled by the child to their liking as they use their imagination to create the scene and storyline of their choosing.

Safety

Safety

The Lego Duplo Batman building set poses an extreme choking hazard as it comes with 47 pieces that are relatively small. It is recommended that children do not play with the set alone but always have parental supervision. The Lego pieces are small and it is recommended that children under the age of two do not play with the set at all as they are still prone to putting toys into their mouths.

Some parents have found it helpful to not have any child under the age of three play with the set just to be on the safe side since most children have grown out of the “toy-in-mouth” phase by this time. When the box is opened and the pieces are taken out, there are also smaller plastic bags that the pieces come in, which also poses another choking hazard, so it is advised that parents open the set and put the pieces out for the child to begin playing with while the parent watches on and helps their child build the set and ensure they are playing safely.
Design

Design

The Lego Duplo Batman building set comes with 47 pieces with a blue base that represents the water of the Gotham City River. The base is what the rest of the set is built upon. The rest of the set comes with a moveable drawbridge that comes in four pieces. Two of the pieces are the hinges that the bridge pieces click into and the other two pieces are the actual parts that make up the bridge when it is closed. Once connected the bridge can open and close, and the child can place the bridge where they wish on the blue base.

The other pieces that come with the set are the blocks that make up the other parts of the bridge, and there is a design to be followed that creates the two towers that will rest over the bridge. Superman can perch on one of the towers while Batman’s Bat Boat can sail on the blue river base. Wonder Woman’s cycle can be used to cross the bridge when the bridge is open she can jump the bridge’s gap. All these movements happen by your child moving the pieces themselves as nothing in this set moves on its own.
Duplo Figurines

Duplo Figurines

The set comes with the traditional Lego Duplo figurines. The figurines resemble the original Lego figurines that are small and have yellow faces and hands. The Duplo figurines are a bit more advanced in that although the facial expressions are the same as the original Lego figurines, the skin tone is flesh-colored and the figurines have hair and costumes indicative of the superheroes they are portraying. Duplo figures also have moveable parts.

The figurines’ heads move from side to side, their arms move up and down, but their legs are attached to each other and move in tandem. The bottoms of the feet are designed with holes that fit into or onto any Lego block, and the hands are curved to hold objects or fit into the cycle or Bat Boat and grip onto the controls. When opening the box and removing the figurines, you will notice that the capes come separate from the figurines. The capes will need to be placed onto the figurines, and if a child feels inclined to do so, the capes can be switched at will depending on what story they are creating with the set.
Construction Skills

Construction Skills

Lego and its brand of building sets have long been regarded as one of the best toys for helping children build their skills as builders and creators. Lego building blocks have become synonymous with imagination and the creation of and re-creation of many iconic monuments, people, and characters.

The Lego mission of helping a child or adult create what they envision in their minds continues with the Duplo Batman building set. Although there is a certain design to the set and a set of building rules to follow, any child or adult can create any type of bridge tower or scenario they wish. Lego building blocks have been designed for the littlest of hands, so young children (while being supervised by an adult) can grip the blocks and easily piece them together to create whatever type of city they choose.

The cat floating on the piece of wood can be on top of the tower, in the water, on the bridge, in the Bat Boat, or on the back of Wonder Woman’s cycle. The possibilities are endless as to how the story can be told and how the set can be built. There are alternative ways to build the bridge towers, but the child can build whatever bridge they see fit. In the end, the story can be changed and the cat could be the superhero saving the lives of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.
Collector\\\\\\\'s Item

Collector\\\\\\\'s Item

As with many superheroes toys, they become discontinued or retired after a certain period of time. The Lego Duplo Batman building set is one of those items that Lego has retired although it is still available for purchase. Because it has been discontinued, it has become a sort of collector’s item for fans of the DC Comic genre of superheroes and comic books. Whatever is available for purchase on Amazon or other internet retailers is what is left for distribution.

For the adult collector, this set would make a good gift because there won’t be any other set of this kind produced. The set can remain closed and be part of anyone’s toy collection, or if it’s a gift for a child, it can be enjoyed and played with and used as a tool for exploring storytelling, building, motor skills, and imagination building.
Bat Boat and Motorcycle

Bat Boat and Motorcycle

The two added accessories to the Lego Duplo Batman building set are Batman’s Bat Boat and Wonder Woman’s motorbike. Batman’s Bat Boat comes with his signature bat logo that is designed for his updated black costume. Previous Batman Duplo sets had Batman in his traditional blue costume this is the first set to update to black. The Bat Boat comes in two pieces. The two pieces are the boat itself and the second piece is the “steering gear” piece that fits perfectly inside of the boat.

Once the steering gear piece is inserted into the boat, then Batman’s curved Duplo hands can be connected to the piece so that he can be moved easily in the boat without falling out of it. Wonder Woman’s motorbike follows a similar design with her signature “W” logo in colors that match her traditional Wonder Woman outfit. Her curved hands are placed onto the handlebars of the bike, while her feet are clipped into the base of the bike so that she remains connected to it as she rides along the bridge.
Education

Education

The educational value of a toy such as the Lego Duplo Batman building set is high as Lego prides itself on being able to teach and help children learn. Legos allow children to use their motor skills and minds together to create. The building set is recommended for children between the ages of two and five, which falls right before school age. The skills that children will develop and the imagination skills that children will develop during this age range are necessary for early education in pre-school and kindergarten. Having toys of this kind for children to learn and grow with will help them when it comes to socializing in school and working well with others. Parents will benefit from purchasing toys such as Legos whether it’s this particular set or the other sets that Lego offers.
The Storyline

The Storyline

The Lego Duplo Batman building set tells the story of how Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman join forces in Gotham City to save a cat that has fallen from the bridge into the river and safely lands on a piece of driftwood. Superman flies in to use his strength to open the bridge, while Batman comes by on the Bat Boat to save the kitty from the river. When the bridge recloses, Wonder Woman, on her motorbike, crosses the bridge to the riverbank where she saves the cat and whisks it away to the vet where it can be checked out.

Although this is the storyline that comes with the set, children have the opportunity to create more stories in an unlimited way that suits their imaginations. The Lego Duplo Batman building set has the potential to entertain children for hours and hours giving them opportunities to grow their minds and their creativity while working with easy-to-use and easy-to-handle materials that are safe and are versatile enough to be quickly interchanged and used to your child’s liking.
Price

Price

When in full production, the Lego Duplo Batman building set used to be a lot cheaper. Now that the toy has been retired, the price can go as almost three times the original price. The current price is not out of range for someone who is a toy collector and who is also a fan of DC Comic superhero characters or superheroes in general. For those parents who are looking for a toy for their Batman or Wonder Woman enthusiast, Lego Duplo makes several Batman and Wonder Woman themed building sets that are still in production and cost significantly less.
Conclusion

Conclusion

As with all Lego products, the Lego Duplo Batman building set has many benefits for the young lover of superheroes. Children can create a variety of stories surrounding Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman as they save a cat from the Gotham City river. The building blocks that come with the set can be used in an unlimited way to create new and interesting buildings and bridges.

Children can also take any Lego and use it to build. For those families that already own Legos, the more pieces you have the more you can create allowing children to use their imagination skills and building skills to make stories and more buildings as their Gotham City grows to their liking. For the toy collector, this makes a great gift or a great addition to anyone’s toy collection as this particular set is no longer in production. The Lego Duplo Batman building set is a great choice for the parent who wants to encourage their child to be creative, but this particular set is expensive and may not be worth the cost.
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