The North American International Auto Show got revved up over the weekend in Detroit, and Chevrolet came to the show prepared. Oh, sure, their cars were nice, but we’re talking Lego. At their exhibition space, Chevy took the covers off a life-size replica of the Batmobile from the upcoming Lego Batman Movie, and yes, the whole thing has faithfully been made of Lego bricks.
If this Batmobile doesn’t look like any Batmobile you’ve seen before, that’s probably because the Lego Batman Movie isn’t like any Batman movie or TV show you’ve seen before. This Batmobile is based on Lego Batman’s super rad Speedwagon, which might be reflective of one of the movie’s main themes — Alfred’s concern for Bruce Wayne’s prolonged bachelorhood.
The real-life Speedwagon is quite the feat of Lego engineering. Made from over 300,000 Lego bricks, the 17-foot long Batmobile was built by kids from the Cody Rouge community of Detroit, A World in Motion, and First Lego League. A World in Motion is an organization dedicated to promoting STEM subjects in public schools, while the First Lego League encourages kids to apply STEM subjects to Lego robotics. Credit to all involved, because creating a Lego sculpture this massive takes some serious engineering skill.
The movie Speedwagon will hit the road on February 10, when the Lego Batman Movie arrives in theaters. For now, the Lego replica will be on display throughout the North American International Auto Show. Not ones to miss a golden opportunity for a little cross-promotion, Chevrolet also has a new TV spot featuring the minifig man himself, Lego Batman.