DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Bumblebee Helicopter Set (41234)

Bumblebee might not be a superhero you’ve heard of before (I certainly hadn’t), but I’m glad that she has been included in the DC Super Hero Girls line up as she adds some much needed ethnic diversity to the range.

Created 30 years ago, she is in fact DC’s first ever African-American female superhero – and now she has her own LEGO set.

DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Bumblebee Helicopter is one of the smaller sets in the line. You get the helicopter, a strongbox, 2 ‘Kryptomites’ and of course BumbleBee herself.

LEGO Bumblebee Helicopter 41234

The LEGO Friends style minifigure is probably the highlight of the set. It’s great for my daughter to have a woman (or girl) of colour, but the figure is also has a bright and vivid look. I especially like the blonde streak in her hair – looks like honeycomb! The figure also has plastic wings that attach around the waist and neck.

The helicopter was an easy build for our 5-year-old daughter. I did have to ask myself why a character with wings needed a machine to fly! Anyway, the finished copter has some nice bee/honey details, twin propellers, and the ubiquitous stud shooters.

This is a fine little set, but one that is probably best purchased alongside another set, rather than on its own. But as another female superhero added to the LEGO line – and a woman of colour – it’s a very welcome addition.

DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Bumblebee Helicopter Set (41234) has an RRP of £11.99. We were provided with a set free of charge for the purposes of this review.

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The LEGO Batman Movie “The Joker Notorious Lowrider” set (70906)

The LEGO Batman Movie is a fusion of two of our favourite things, namely LEGO and Batman. And one of the best things about it are the awesome sets that have been designed for the film and tie-in toys (or perhaps it’s the other way round – who knows).

Of all the sets I saw pre-release, “The Joker Notorious Lowrider” was the one I wanted us to have above all others. The car is basically a Joker-mobile, but in a quirky style befitting of the clown prince of crime.

For the overall design, the car is a very effective model of a lowrider car, with lots of bling design elements combining well with the Joker’s distinctive colours. It also has missile launcher hidden in the boot and a mechanism to make the car rise up and lower down as befitting a classic lowrider.

Another big plus for me – this is a female minifigure dominated set. You get three minifigures with this – The Joker of course, but also Harley Quinn and Batgirl (whose purple outfit coordinates perfectly with this Jokermobile).

The LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Notorious Lowrider set (70906) packshot

The suggested age for this is 8-14, and while I am sure it would be breeze for kids in that age range, our 5-year-old daughter did really well needing only a little assistance from me.

This is one of those sets that I hope never gets broken up and dispersed into the big LEGO box in the sky (well, living room) but I guess that’s not really in the spirit of LEGO, so when the day comes that the kid decides it’s time to go – I’ll try not to shed a tear…

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The LEGO Batman Movie “The Joker Notorious Lowrider” set (70906) has an RRP of £54.99. We were sent a review sample by LEGO for the purposes of this review.

DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Lashina Tank set (41233)

Lashina is a DC character I had never heard of before,  but she has been included in the DC Super Hero Girls line of toys – and has her own stand-alone LEGO set.

She is in fact an established character, created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in the seventies. Seen in various guises over the years, she is now part of the DC Super Hero Girls – but as one of the few villains.

This is a smaller set than most of the others, and features Lashina, her tank, Krypto (aka Superdog), and his kennel. Yes, Krypto is also a legitimate DC character, who first appeared in the fifties.

Despite it’s small size, it’s still a moderately challenging build for a younger child. The tank is an ok design, with a cage at the back for poor old Krypto, plus stud shooters and mechanical claws/pincers at the front.

Krypto’s kennel has all kinds of paraphernalia on it, but the standout feature of the whole set for me is the Krypto minifigure. Our daughter was very taken with it, and really didn’t like the character of Lashina for locking up the poor dog.

Frankly, there is more than a hint of bondage around Lashina, what with her black outfit, straps and most notably her whip – but kids won’t see that.

As a stand-alone set, this is fine – but it really works best as a companion set to Super Hero High, as it’s great to pair Krypto with Supergirl, and it gives Lena Luthor another villain to team up with against the DC Super Hero Girls.

My enthusiasm for the DC Super Hero Girls LEGO line continues, as here we have a toy aimed primarily for girls – where the most pinkish thing about the set are some magenta coloured bricks.

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The DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Lashina Tank set has an RRP of £11.99. We were sent one by LEGO for the purposes of this review.

The LEGO Batman Movie merchandise round-up

Given it’s a movie about a toy version of an iconic comic book character, it comes as no surprise that there is an absolute flood of merchandise for The LEGO Batman Movie.

My daughter is a big LEGO Batman fan as it is, so we had a field day with all the new goodies that have been released. We also had a bit of a bias towards merchandise with Batgirl. She’s a character that has been badly overlooked in superhero merch, but one of the great things about the LEGO Batman Movie is there is just so much Batgirl stuff to buy now too – as well as other Bat-family female characters.

So to break it down here’s a selection of what we like out there.

The LEGO Batman Movie tie-in sets

As anyone who has seen the movie will attest to, there are loads of brilliantly inventive and cool LEGO creations on display that have been released as sets – with more to come I am sure.

Of out favourites are Joker’s Notorious Lowrider (with Harley Quinn figure), The Scuttler (inc. Barbara Gordon AND Poison Ivy), and The Joker’s Balloon Escape. We also quite like the Catwoman Catcycle chase (Catwoman AND Batgirl).

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LEGO clocks and watches

These LEGO timepieces have been a round for a while now, but these new Batgirl ones are great. The watch is our daughter’s first one – it’s plastic and the strap clicks together LEGO style to loosen/tighten the fit.

The clock is a battery powered digital clock, and in a nice touch comes with a vinyl cape – and looks exactly like a giant version of the Batgirl minifigure.

Both are in the Batgirl colours of yellow and purple, and look awesome on wrists/mantlepieces.

 

LEGO Batman Movie Key Lights

These LEGO keyrings have also become a popular item, and these LEGO Batman Movie Key Lights come in six different figures. We have Harley Quinn, but all look great – and the torch is really bright!

LEGO mystery bags

I’ve tried to avoid the madness of mystery bags, but these minifigures are so cool that we just had to get stuck in. Engaging in swaps (including with Jim of One Dad One Blog and a LEGO VP/Exec producer on the movie), plus my skills in feeling up packs (that sounds wrong) meant we got the ones we really wanted.

Who are your favourites?

The LEGO Batman movie tie-in books

Another way for kids to engage wth the movie are through the various books that have been released. These range from picture books, guides, novels, and sticker books.

The Jokers Big Break lays out the set up of the movie, and was a good bath time read. Batman’s Guide to Being Cool is a fun little book, while the Junior Novel is a classic novelisation of the whole movie. The Essential Guide is just as it says – an essential guide to the movie.

LEGO Dimensions: The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack

The only LEGO Batman Movie video game available is this LEGO Dimensions Story Pack, though you will also need to have the LEGO Dimensions starter pack to use this. In the box you get minifigures of Batgirl and Robin (no Batman as he is already in the Starter Pack) plus a build of the Batcomputer to sit atop the gateway platform.

The game is the whole movie played out over six different levels, and features faithful recreations of many of the movie’s key scenes – as well as some additional subplots. It also opens up the LEGO Batman Movie world for open play as well as the Battle Arena.

This was a must own for us – if you get only one additional LEGO Dimensions pack, I recommend this one.

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We were given some of these items for the purposes of review, and others we bought ourselves.

DC Super Hero Girls LEGO: Harley Quinn to The Rescue set (41231)

This DC Super Hero Girls LEGO set is notable for a few reasons. It features Harley Quinn – a notable ‘villain’ in the DC universe, but here more of a mischievous hero. It also has the only male character of the current wave of DC Super Hero Girls LEGO (and possibly the whole line?) – Steve Trevor, here a coffee shop waiter but more commonly known as Wonder Woman’s on/off love interest (he’s played by Chris Pine in the live action movie).

But what I really love about this set is the ‘story’ it represents: It’s called Harley Quinn to The Rescue, and it nicely gender flips the classic cliched scenario. Here we have a DUDE in distress, being rescued by a female hero.

Harley Quinn DC Super Hero Girls LEGO

The set itself is a cute coffee shop – ‘Capes & Cowls’ – frequented by the super hero girls. It has some nice little features such as a coffee maker, arcade machine (do they still exist?), and a seating area with coffee and pizza. It also has a cupcake launcher, a pair of Kryptomites (who have captured Steve), and Harley’s flying net launcher.

The build was fairly straightforward for our 5-year-old daughter, but there were a few little fiddly bits she needed help with.

The Steve and Harley minifigures are in the LEGO Friends style, and it’s great to have a male character in the line – and especially cool that he needs rescuing! DC Super Hero Girls could definitely do with more male characters – which may seem counter intuitive, but I certainly want my daughter to engage in imaginative play with male characters too. As it is she is already adding in her ‘normal’ LEGO Super Hero figures.

As with the other toys in this line, I think they could be a real gateway toy into superheroes for girls who may not have considered it before – as well as those, like my daughter, who are already superhero fans.

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DC Super Hero Girls LEGO: Harley Quinn to The Rescue set (41231) has an RRP of £24.99.

We were sent a set by LEGO for the purpose of this review.