The Scuttler

Suggested Age: 9-14
Pieces: 775
Casual Build Time: 4 hours
Dimensions: The Scuttler – over 8″ x 9″ x 10″ / Vine Monster – over 1″ x 4″ x 4″
Brand: LEGO Batman Movie

As the DVD release of the LEGO Batman film is only a few weeks away, I thought it was a good time to post up a review of one of its most impressive tie-in sets. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the Scuttler. This mecha joins the likes of the Batwing and Batmobile in Batman’s arsenal of vehicles, but stands out from the rest in that it seems to be intelligent, following Batman’s commands in a dog-like manner.

The Scuttler kit boasts extendable front legs, two cockpits, a net launcher and six stud shooters. It also comes with six minifigures – Batman, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon, the Joker and Poison Ivy. The assorted accessories that come with the set include batarangs, a jet pack, the Joker’s “bang” gun and Ivy’s vine monster.

Here are some photos of what came inside the box and the build process:

The Scuttler isn’t the easiest of builds and so I probably wouldn’t recommend it as a first build for a young master builder. It’s comprised almost entirely out of black and grey pieces and can be a little fiddly in places. I found the front legs especially tricky to put together as it requited a bit of effort to slide the long ridged pieces into their sheaths. There are also quite a lot of stickers with this kit, so you might need a little help to stick them on straight if your hands are as shaky as mine.

The finished product is nothing short of impressive. The Scuttler is a very large kit and feels incredibly substantial. The multi-joined legs make it very easy to pose and it certainly captures the mecha’s charm with its stocky body and pricked “ears”. The only thing I’d probably stress is just how large and heavy the finished model is – it does require a lot of space if you intend to display it.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer level of detail. While the Scuttler is a pretty expensive kit (currently retailing around £60 in the UK), I’d certainly argue that its worth every penny. It took a substantial amount of time to put together and is just beautiful. Everywhere you look there are details, moving parts and even some technic pieces, giving it a convincingly robotic appearance.

Some points to note are the net shooter and two cockpits. The front cockpit is inside the Scuttler’s head and provides ample space to seat one figure. I really liked how the cockpit opens downwards to allow easy access. The back cockpit is much larger, able to fit a couple of characters or Batman’s jetpack with ease.

The netshooter is on the Scuttler’s back and is a surprisingly fun toy. Although the net is a bit hard to stuff inside it, I was impressed by how far it fires. This weapon is a lot of fun and makes a change from the missile launchers that you usually find on these large vehicles.

And then you have the minifigures. This kit offers a very nice selection of the characters from the film, stylised around how they dressed in Commissioner Gordon’s retirement scene. All of them contain nice little details, from Barbara’s flak vest to Dick’s bowtie and jam-jar end glasses. However, the Joker figure is especially fine. While the weight of his tailcoat and gun mean than he doesn’t stand up terrible well, he looks great and is a fantastic addition to any LEGO collection.

Batman and Poison Ivy also both come with large props in the form of a jetpack and vine monster. While these are quite cool to play with, they’re not really anything special. The jetpack is a bit clunky and awkward (although it does balance Batman nicely and ensures he’s not too top heavy). The vine monster is just a bit of a liability. It doesn’t hold together that well and so wouldn’t stand up to rough play without losing a few limbs.

Anyhow, to conclude, this kit is simply fantastic. It looks stunning on a shelf and also makes a brilliant toy. It’s a bit expensive but if you’re looking for a substantial kit that will keep you busy for more than a few hours, I’d definitely recommend it.

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