This gorgeous vintage looking white car is The Penguin Arctic Roller set 70911 from the Lego Batman Movie, which I picked up on sale in early January but hadn’t got to building til now. It’s very elegant with the long bonnet, sweeping mudguards and fancy headlights; dad says it reminds him of the Rolls Royce that he’d see around town as a child in the 1940s.
The first bag contains the basic structure, the chassis and internal support for all that lovely bodywork later in the build. It seemed to go very fast compared to other sets I’ve done, not sure if that’s because I’m getting more experience or because it’s very straightforward. Either way, I soon had this portion constructed, including some odd features like that upright beam halfway along the bonnet area. And of course those long mudguards, actually a piece I’ve previously noted used to construct the balloon on the Elves Aira’s Airship set. I also liked the creative use of small guns placed in clips to mimic exhaust pipes on each side.
Several days later and it was on to bag two.
As promised, all the luscious bodywork, plus various clips and things to clip into them, including wing mirrors and fish-shaped weapons which are rather fun. Oh and the hood ornament is a small penguin, nifty cool.
There aren’t many stickers in this set, just two for grilles on the bonnet, the personalised number plates and one added to the roof to mimic the holes you’d find in a soft fabric roof. The upright beam gained a cog-wheel of all things, and then a small grey button on top – it turns out this is functioning weaponry, you press the button and two spring-loaded blue harpoons (with bulbous front ends for safety) fly out towards your enemy!
I especially like the elaborate headlamps, three sets of same, which are mainly studs and round elements and even ice-cream cones pressed into each other. The instructions misled me a little here and I thought the middle set of lights required grey circular studs rather than clear ones, and then couldn’t get the tiny elements apart so my car has extra long lamps, ho-hum.
The boot (trunk) of the car has what is clearly meant to be the spare wheel inside a cover placed on it, but it also hides a secret – inside the cavity the car carries a small get-away vehicle of some sort, likely a boat, so Penguin can escape trouble. I do like little extra touches of this kind, even if I’m not going to play with it.
Along with Penguin comes his foe in minifigure form, Batman with two face options under the mask. I’m quite glad to get a Batman, given I already have sidekicks Batgirl and Robin from the Catwoman’s Catcycle Chase set.
I must have a penchant for villains as I think Penguin is much more interesting a figure with his top hat, fur collar and umbrella. Pleasingly, there is room in the car for Penguin to sit in the driver’s seat with his hat still on – likely due to the fact that he has the shorter style child legs – and the roof comes on and off easily in order to place him inside, no room for his brolly as well, however.
Overall this is a great set, easy and fun to build, lots of nice features and a very pleasing vehicle shape, the wheels (all six of them) roll smoothly and it’s an eye-catching and unusual design given the preponderance of more modern cars in Lego’s range. I want more like this!