Haven’t you always wanted your own Batcave? Who hasn’t? Well two Lego enthusiasts have built the ultimate Batcave — showing it off at the tenth annual BrickCon 2012, a convention for adult Lego hobbyists that took place between Oct. 6-7.
The dynamic duo, Carlyle Livingston II, 48, who designs entertainment apps for mobile devices, and Wayne Hussey, 58, who runs BrickCon full-time, first displayed their masterpiece in March 2012 at the Emerald City Comicon — which claims to be the largest pop culture event in the Northwest — and then took it to the Jet City Comic Show in September 2012.
Livingston and Hussey were influenced by the Batman films, comic books and ’60s TV show. They spent three months and 400 hours putting together the model in Hussey’s garage, which is home to millions of Lego pieces that he and his wife have been collecting for 40 years. Here are some highlights of the Batcave, which is made up of more than 20,000 parts and weighs about 100 pounds.
- Batcopter on a runway
- Batplane and jet blast defector (diverts plane’s exhaust to prevent damage). A remote control made by Lego moves the plane and jet blast defector up and down together
- Batmobile and battery-powered turntable that rotates continuously
- Batcycles (“Robin needs a Bat Bicycle to go for pizza.”)
- A rotating wall with Batman’s suits on one side and his equipment on the other side
- Internal lighting, produced by LED Christmas lights and LED flash lights
- Lego Robin, Batman’s sidekick, refueling the Batboat, inspired by the ’60s TV series
- Lego Alfred Pennyworth (Batman’s butler) serving the Lego Batman a refreshment “after a tough day of crime fighting.” The Batpole is behind him.
- And of course…mini Lego bats hanging from the cave ceiling, which is made out of inverted slope Lego pieces
At BrickCon, the Batcave took home two honors: first place in the Superheroes category and second place in the People’s Choice category. Hussey also won an award for most iconic building in the Architecture category for his Lego version of the Seattle Space Needle, which he created in honor of its 50th anniversary this year — it stands nearly 14 feet tall and is made up of 50,000 pieces.
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But back to the Batcave. You are probably wondering how Livingston and Hussey transport this behemoth from event to event. The roof is detachable, and the cave is made up of three main sections that can be broken off. That method has worked…most of the time.
“We did have one minor break-off when we were moving it from my house to a storage space,” Livingston said. “But the good thing about Legos is that when something comes off, you can just put it back on!”