2012 (ICHIBAN TOYS SET)
MATERIALS: 50 LEGO pieces
DESIGNER'S COMMENTS: I had actually been developing a mechanism that replicated the scene when Batman escapes his damaged Tumbler by means of the built-in Batpod (Dark Knight movie). It worked! But building a vehicle around it proved to be quite a challenge. However the mechanisms I developed went into our third version of the Batpod. Just like in the movie; the rear wheel can rotate sideways, the entire bike can flatten for ease driving under trucks, and the bike can steer simply by leaning to the side (leaning to the side with a reasonable amount of force automatically adjusts the pivot point on the front). And it's all built around an S-frame!