Friday Night Fights [Round 20]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another atomic knee-drop edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of Gotham City with a premium parking spot in the Bat-Cave on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from scenic Drayton Valley Alberta, it’s Nathan “The Punisher” Proudlove and his “Arkham Knight Batmobile“.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from the means streets of Vejle Denmark, it’s Mike “Psycho” Psiaki and his “Batmobile“.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner before announcing the next bout.

Last week, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of Tenochtitlan, as dueling Chinampas had the judges scrambling to find a definition on their favorite search engine.  In the end, Tirrell “The Bludgeon” Brown and his “Chinampa“ sacrificed his opponent to the tune of an 8-3 victory over  “Nitro” W. Navarre and his “Chinampa“.  Mr. Brown records his first win and improves his record to (1-0) while Mr. Navarre falls to (0-2).


18 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 20]

  1. Mike , easy. Not only am I not a fan of the Arkham batmobile, Mike’s build is superior in every way. Fantastic angles and shaping coupled with the fact that it was done in 2010 makes it mindblowing. Cheers for posting it as I haven’t seen it before.


  2. Gonna come right out and say that I like Mike’s better also. Just a brilliant model of an iconic vehicle. Easily my favourite Batmobile by far.


  3. I would say “Mike”, but I like the way “Psiaki” rolls off the tongue… In a close battle like this, sad to say that the simple choice of a more iconic Batmobile (at least to the layperson), and more dependant on clean shaping/contouring split the difference. I did have to Google the Arkham B.M. as I wasn’t familiar, and that was a great rendition to by Dr. Proudlove… There were some minor part choices I wondered about in the Psiaki-mobile, but then I saw it was posted at least 7 yrs ago?! No wonder. That timelessness gave it a bump too.


  4. I’m not a bat scholar. My bat game is weak. About all I can offer to most dialouges about Batman is that this popular notion that he does not use a gun is total crap. The son of a bitch has been packing heat since back in the day, so don’t even try it!

    My point is that I don’t know which MOC looks more like a vehicle from which movie… I’m just not Bat-literate. So my vote is sort of free of Bat-bias. That said, this is a tough fight! Choosing was NOT easy.
    I really like the driver’s compartment on Proudloves version. It really shows off that perfect fit, and uses those parts in a way not often seen (I’m standing on the edge of saying NPU?). I like that part of the build best. I’m also a huge fan of the wheel/hubcap combo here. Very tough looking. But I don’t like the large rotating weapon that sits on that tiny mast. I guess it telescopes upwards out of that compartment? It just looks fragile. Like it would bend if Batman ever slammed sideways into a building while driving? Silly I guess… what are the odds that Batman would crash into anything while driving the batmobile right?

    I’m voting for Psiaki build because I am really taken with those little angled intakes in front of the rear wheels. I also like the way those panels blend into the windshield on top. Very cool. Those tail fins almost cost him my vote… but yeah… ok… I guess most of the Bat-cars have tail fins. Dam it Prasad, I can hear you yelling about accuracy… but I don’t care! Tail fins are silly! I don’t even like them on 57 Chevys! Still, tail fin take it today.

    Both builds are excellent.

    Your both Batman.


  5. Great fight! I think I’ll go with Nathan on this one. Although I love the Burton Batmobile, there was always something that just never worked for me: The stance. I never had the feeling that it was remotely maneuverable in spite of it having side grappling hooks for sharp turns. But Nathan’s looks brutish, mean, and willing to run over you repeatedly if you don’t come peacefully. That stance reminds me of the Tumbler, which reminds me that Batman is first and foremost a practical baddass. Second comes the style, of which the Psiakimobile outshines. Nathan’s is for fighting crime, Mike’s is for a night out with Kim Bassinger.


      1. Always with the hard choices… what I really want is an option that allows for a night fighting Kim Bassinger!


  6. This certainly is a tough one. Both are respectable builds made with similar shaping techniques. And both fall short of replicating their sources in my opinion, Psiaki’s mainly due to the age of the build and Proudlove’s due to how damn weird all the shapes and angles of the original are. I love the 1989 Batmobile, but Psiaki’s needs to be lower, cleaner, and curvier to evoke that nostalgic art deco feel of the original. And Proudlove’s has all the details in the right places, but many of them aren’t as accurate as they could be. It feels like Psiaki’s was the more calculated replica while Proudlove just did his for fun with what he had. Overall I think Psiaki’s is a bit more accurate but the difference in scale is a major factor in that.

    In conclusion, I think I’m gonna throw my vote to Proudlove. Psiaki dropped the ball on the art deco style, which is really the main draw of the Burton Batmobile to me and I think he could have accomplished that better at a smaller scale. Proudlove has the benefit of choosing the less iconic vehicle so I’m more willing to appreciate it as his own take on it. It does maintain enough of the key details like the double wheels with the headlights in the middle and the greebling on the sides. Plus I’ve always liked the Arkham Knight ‘mobile for being a good balance of the Tumbler’s military might and the sportiness of the older incarnations, which Proudlove has captured well.


  7. Gonna have to go with “Psycho” here. While I’ll agree with some of the things Christopher Hoffman said about it needing to be lower and curvier (would have have been nice if some of the sections were realized with curved slopes, or sideways-mounted straight slopes, rather than studded plates), I still think it gets a little closer to the original. Plus, I just like the look of the Burton-mobile better.

    That being said, I don’t really like this fight card. It’s kind of like Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather. The Arkham version vs. another rendition of the Arkham version, or a tumbler. would have been a better match-up. Likewise, the Burton version vs. another Burton-mobile, or the classic TV version, would have been better as well.


    1. Agreed about the choice, there’s bias involved here due to the source. I partly voted in that direction (I do find it better as a build as well especially taking the year into account, but the Arkham never stood a chance because I simply dislike the design of the source model). So did matt, voting for the source model/utility. When it comes to replicas of popular things, it’d be better if they were different takes on the same/very similar subject (arkham vs tumbler would definitely works since they share a similar aesthetic).


  8. I’m gonna say this is another tough one to decide, like most of the past couple of matchups. In a way, I like how that makes me really think about how to compare two builds without just going with a gut reaction, because the gut reaction for both is “woah awesome”.

    Also, my bat game is about as weak as Mike’s, if not even weaker.

    In the end my vote goes to Nathan, simply because when looking at the source material, I personally think the Arkham Knight Batmobile is the more intimidating vehicle in terms of wanting to make it out of Lego.


  9. Apparently Bruce Wayne has access to military vehicles (or he could just order Halo’s Warthog in black), but they don’t scream “Batmobile!” to me.I’ll stick with Psiaki’s Batmobile, which is about fantasy.


  10. +1 for Nathan. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the Burton Batmobile; Matt sums up my feelings perfectly about the two. In this case, I guess I choose utility vs. Kim, as tough a call as that is.


  11. Well, not really, but it’s a nice side benefit. My first impression was more Burton over AK than anything but I dithered for a while to give the builds proper attention. Other commenters have already covered the good stuff in each but I’ll throw in my own shout for Nathan’s cockpit design.

    My first and second favorite Batmobiles ever are the first and second iterations seen in the Animated Series, respectively. As such the lines of the Burtonmobile hit my cartoony love buttons better than the more Nolan-era AK design, which embodies that grittier vibe. (The voice in my head that cares about nerd street cred requires me to point out that I’m not really a Burton disciple and my pick for best live action Batflick is Begins, but that’s a whole other conversation — which starts with me saying the best Batman movie is Mask of the Phantasm, and now I’ve come full circle.)

    In the end I double checked with the nine-year-old, who voted Nathan at first but moments later switched to Psiaki, because the pic of the AK Batmobile was “confusing.” I figured that had enough overlap with my own internal experience to count as a vote of confidence.

    Psiaki! Man that is fun to say.


  12. Hmm, I’d have to say Mike’s Batmobile, but only just. Perhaps it’s the homage to a classic, or the smooth lines or the ‘feel’ of Batman that it gives off that does it. In the same breath though, Nathan’s cockpit design is an awesome piece of work, as are all the grey details tucked under the armour. Quite the match-up, and for my first one of these things I’ve gotta say that I’m digging the concept!


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