Hi everyone! Today I have a review of another LEGO Batman Movie set: 70911 The Penguin Arctic Roller!
This is a 2017 LEGO Batman Movie set that has 305 pieces and retailed for £29.99 GBP, $29.99 USD, $49.99 AUD, and $59.99 NZD. I reviewed the equally priced Riddler Riddle Racer recently, is this set any better?
There are two minifigures included: Batman and the Penguin.
Batman is not exclusive. I like his stern expression, as well as the printing depicting his 9-pack. However, definitely not a minifigure you’ll get the set solely for. He comes with two batarangs.
Penguin is slightly better, but a super-similar variant also appears in Batcave Break-In. I like his fur collar element as well as his huge top hat. Penguin comes with a brand new minifigure-scale umbrella.
The minifigure line-up is significantly weaker than the Riddle Racer, and two figures included in a $30 USD set is very disappointing. I would have welcomed perhaps 2 penguins, even though they can’t fit in the car. Let’s see if the build can make up for it.
The sole build in the set is the Arctic Roller itself. It’s a super-flashy, overly ostentatious car which suits the Penguin’s personality. You can see it in for a short while in the movie: 1) circling around Mayor McCaskill and 2) getting pulled by Batman’s grappling hook and crashing into the wall at the start of the Energy Facility fight. I love the look of the car and find the use of the hot air balloon pieces as mudguards to be particularly ingenious. Pressing down on the axle sticking out above the hood will fire out two blue spring-loaded shooter missiles. They fire simultaneously and pack a solid punch. I also like the penguin hood ornament above them 🙂Penguin fits standing up in the Arctic Roller. Despite his super-tall hat, the roof still fits on. I’m also a big fan of the six golden wheels, as well as the two “fish missiles” clipped above the rear wheels. Those don’t fire off, as they are ornamental, but you can unclip them if you wish. Also ingenious is the use of minifigure revolvers as exhausts next to the front wheel.There’s one final play feature: you can open the trunk. I like the fake spare tyre cover built from a 4×4 round plate and a 4×4 radar dish. What’s inside the trunk, you ask?
The answer is this little boat! It’s sort of an escape pod, built from only 8 parts. The main white base is this interesting 2×6 slope which I have not seen before.
Penguin can stand on it and use it as a last resort from the Caped Crusader. The colors are in the color of a penguin so they suit the villain well.
All in all, this is an okay set. I’d say it’s perhaps slightly better than the Riddler Riddle Racer, but not by much. The car seems a little small for the price, and the inclusion of just two minifigures is very disappointing. Playability isn’t too high as well. Fortunately, the quality of the car here is much better than the Riddle Racer’s.
Personal Rating: 2.5/5
Thanks for looking! Let me know your thoughts in a comment below 😀
VaderFan2187 out! 😉