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.

DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Wonder Woman Dorm Set (41235) review

A fun little set featuring, the most iconic female superhero of all, is this DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Wonder Woman Dorm.

It’s a collection of 3 standalone dorm room elements – bed, wardrobe, invisible bike with stand – plus the Wonder Woman minifigure.

Wonder Woman is clearly a character who cares for her personal brand, as everything in her room has her symbol and colours.

Her wardrobe has double opening doors, with a greek style dress hanging inside (picture only, not an extra accessory sadly). She also has a bed that transforms into high-tech HQ with large viewing screen.

She also has room for her ‘Invisible Bike’ (clear plastic), and a pedestal so she can repair it (there are tools accessories).

Like the rest of the LEGO sets in this theme, the Wonder Woman figure is in the LEGO Friends style, with an outfit that is less revealing than her classic look. She also has her lasso accessory and there is a ‘Kryptomite’ creature too.

This is in the 7-12 age range, and while an easy build that our 5-year-old daughter was mostly fine with , she did need a bit of help. The set does have a lot of small pieces and there are quite a few stickers that need to be placed pretty precisely.

This has been a nice addition to my daughter’s DC Super Hero Girls collection – and it even clips onto the Super Hero High set, so it’s kind of an expansion pack!

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DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Wonder Woman Dorm Set (41235) has an RRP of £19.99.

We were provided with this set by LEGO for the purposes of this review.

LEGO Dimensions Wave 7 – E.T., Gremlins, and more!

The latest wave (7 if you’re counting) of LEGO Dimensions adds a whole new set of pop culture icons to the video game platform.

From 80’s creatures to modern beasts, this collection offers up another eclectic mix of characters immortalised in classic and video game LEGO.

I’ll update this rundown of LEGO Dimensions series 7  as we get through each pack.

LEGO Dimensions Wave 7: Gremlins Team Pack lego-dimensions-gremlins-team-pack

1980’s kiddie horror classic comes Gremlins comes to LEGO Dimensions, with Gizmo and Stripe. This also comes with the R.C. Racer and Flash ‘n’ Finish (ie. Polaroid) camera mini-kits.

You get the environments of Bedford Falls (Gremlins) and New York (Gremlins 2).

I love this set – the minifigures are spot on in looks, though it’s a shame only Stripes legs are posable.

RRP £17.99.

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LEGO Dimensions Wave 7: E.T., Fun Pack

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Another even more famous Spielberg 1980′ movie icon comes to LEGO Dimensions in the E.T Fun pack.

As well as a nicely designed minifigure (with flower accessory) you also get an eighties phone minikit that also turns into his message transmitter and a satellite.

RRP: £14.99


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LEGO Dimensions Wave 7: Sonic Level Pack

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A videogame icon returns via the magic of LEGO in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog.

This level pack not only gives you a great Sonic figure and two mini kits – it also adds extra playable levels to the game.

RRP: £17.99


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LEGO Dimensions Wave 7: Fantastic Beasts, Fun Pack

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The first pack to tie in with the new JK Rowling Potterverse franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is also the only set to feature a female minifigure.

This fun pack has the Tina Goldstein minifigure as well as the Swooping Evil minikit.

RRP: £14.99


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LEGO Dimensions Wave 7: Fantastic Beasts, Story Pack

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The headliner of this wave is this Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack.

It has a figure of the lead character Newt Scamander, a minikit of Niffler (which can be rebuilt into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture), and a very impressive new MACUSA gateway build for your LEGO Toy Pad – but most importantly of all you can play out the story of the entire movie.

RRP: £39.99


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We were sent series 7 of LEGO Dimensions for the purposes of this review.