Review: It’s not just ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’. It’s Batgirl’s as well.

There are many reasons to love The LEGO Batman Movie. It’s funny, it continues the irreverent approach of The LEGO Movie, Will Arnett’s performance as the caped crusader is as terrific as in that movie (all Donald Trump’s tweets should be read in this voice), and it’s a Batman film that we can actually take our children to see.

But another reason I love it, is that it features Batgirl. Continue reading Review: It’s not just ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’. It’s Batgirl’s as well.

LEGO Female Superheroes have finally broken the plastic ceiling

With the arrival of DC Super Hero Girls LEGO, alongside increasing numbers of LEGO Female Superheroes minifigures in the regular Marvel and DC Superheroes line, 2017 is the year that female LEGO superheroes finally shatter the plastic brick ceiling. Continue reading LEGO Female Superheroes have finally broken the plastic ceiling

LEGO DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros: Batman vs Catwoman (76061)

The LEGO Mighty Micros line are a series of small affordable sets featuring some of the most high profile superheroes around. Each set consists of two characters & vehicles, one a hero the other a villain.

This set sees Batman up against his feline inspired nemesis Catwoman. You get 2 minifigures, 2 vehicles, and a couple of accessories.

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The LEGO DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros: Batman vs Catwoman set – 2 minifigures, 2 vehicles, plus accessories

As with all the other minifigures in this line, these ones have the shorter non-jointed legs usually reserved for shorter characters. They also have a more cartoony expressions (which is saying something given they’re LEGO) than the usual minifigures.

In this particular set you get a very cute mini Batmobile, as well as a cuter ‘Catmobile’, that even has a tail. There are also accessories of a Batarang, a diamond (presumably why Batman is chasing Catwoman), and a carton of milk – we all know cats love milk…

Like the others, this is decent value for money for a licensed set given that it has 2 vehicles and minifigures. We have a lot of Batman minifigures, as well as a few Batmobiles – so while it’s fun to have another, for me the big draw for this set was the Catwoman figure, and her Catmobile. As ever, I’m always keen for my daughter to have a good range of female character toys to play with too.

She is a big Batman fan – especially LEGO Batman – so this was another winner with her. But it was also great to be able to add another female character to the mix.

While I’m not a fan of these short leg minifigures, I get why they’re done here – so they work with the small vehicles. Anyway, it’s easily fixed by replacing the legs if you want.

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The LEGO DC Super Heroes Mighty Micros: Batman vs Catwoman set has an RRP of £8.99. We were provided with a set from LEGO for the purposes of this review.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Gotham City Cycle Chase 76053

Our daughter really loves Batman and the associated characters, and LEGO Batman’s silliness is an added bonus for her. She already has quite a few LEGO Batman sets, but this was a welcome addition to her collection.

More than likely inspired by the latest DC movie Suicide Squad, this LEGO Batman: Gotham City Cycle Chase is a fun little superhero set to construct and play with.

It is basically two bikes, one for Batman and one for Harley Quinn, plus a Deadshot minifigure.

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The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Gotham City Cycle Chase set (76053), featuring Batman, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot

The design of both bikes is reminiscent of the Batbike in the second & third movies of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which was a very cool design. The LEGO designer has made a good job of replicating it, with key features such as the exposed chassis and big wheels.

They are a simple, relatively straightforward build – our 4-year-old daughter put it together with minimal supervision (actually, I just sat there while she did it).

The finished bikes are pretty nifty looking, and are nicely stable in motion given their wide wheel base. Batman’s bike also has articulated stud shooters, while Harley’s has a giant hammer (as the is her trademark weapon).

The Batman minifigure is fairly standard, with a grey body and cloth cape. Deadshot is nicely realised, though oddly based on the comic book version not the Suicide Squad movie version (where he’s played by Will Smith). He has a creatively put together weapon (describing it as merely a gun seems unfair) which is also a stud shooter and a rocket pack.

For me, the biggest attraction of the set was the Harley Quinn minifigure. While we already have a couple (one from the amazing Jokerland set and another from LEGO Dimensions), this one has a very different Suicide Squad inspired-look and my daughter enjoyed having another option to play with.

This is a good value licensed LEGO set at the price – you get two decent vehicles, and 3 iconic minifgures. Perfect for LEGO Superhero fans young or old.

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The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Gotham City Cycle Chase (76053) has an RRP of £19.99.

Disclosure: We were provided with this set free of charge from LEGO for the purposes of this review.

 

LEGO DC Heroes of Justice: Sky High Battle review (76046)

One of the (few) great things about the movie Batman V Superman was the big screen debut of Wonder Woman. Another great thing is the character’s increased visibility in merchandise, such as this LEGO DC Heroes of Justice: Sky High Battle set.

Taking a break from the sun making our latest LEGO set. #wonderwoman #loislane #76046

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Wonder Woman is pretty much THE female superhero, a feminist icon since her creation 75 years ago. She has taken on many guises over the decades, but her links to Greek mythology have often been highlighted since the 1980’s.

Her latest live-action incarnation, and this LEGO version, takes inspiration from this so she has a sword and shield as accessories (though the iconic ‘Lasso of Truth’ is still part of the character).

Anyway, this is a 500 piece set that constructs two vehicles – the Batwing and Lex Luthor’s Helicopter.

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The minifigures included are the aforementioned Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, and Lois Lane.

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L to R: Lois Lane, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Lex Luthor

Wonder Woman has the muted tones of her movie appearance as well as the sword, shield, and Gal Godot’s brown hair; Batman has a grey & black outfit and a grapple gun; Superman has Cavill’s hair model locks and an optional angry heat vision face, Lex has hair and a beige suit, while Lois Lane has a camera and a pair of oddly timid expressions (perturbed or pathetic).

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“Lois Lane has a camera and a pair of oddly timid expressions (perturbed or pathetic)”

While stated age is 8-14, our 4-year-old daughter was fine making this with minimal oversight. The copter is nice little vehicle, while the main event of the set is the Batwing.

I’ve loved the rebranding of the Batplane as a kind of flying Batsymbol since I first saw it in the 1989 Batman movie. I’m a little disappointed that this version looks less like the symbol, but it’s still a pretty mean vehicle.

Of the moving parts, the Helicopter has propellers and hinged cockpit. The Batwing also has hinged cockpit and fold up wings using a lever at the back.

Luthor’s vehicle comes with what look like Kryptonite missiles, while the Batwing has the LEGO equivalent of a Gatling Gun – a revolving stud shooter. There can be no surer way of losing your smallest pieces of LEGO than deploying this in mid play (I know, we tried it out).

This is a fun set with good playability afterwards, but for us it was most notable for the great Wonder Woman minifigure that comes with it.

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The LEGO DC Heroes of Justice: Sky High Battle set has an RRP of £49.99.

We were provided with a set free charge for the purposes of this review.

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