LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – new sets out!

DC characters seem to have been on my radar lately… with the trailers coming out for Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad, and I’ve been playing Batman Arkham Knight a heck of a lot over the last few weeks. So it seemed like something of a theme was occurring when I got an email saying a couple of new Batman LEGO sets were coming out.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that LEGO sent me a set to review.

So, what have we got? Let’s look at the two sets that being released:

The Batboat Harbour Pursuit – RRP £29.99

Batboat Harbour Pursuit LEGO SetDeathstroke has stolen diamonds from the bank and is escaping with the loot in his jetboat. So who best to catch him than Batman and Robin in the Batboat? Open up the secret radar tower to view the screens and track the jetboat. Avoid the jetboat’s flick missiles, and activate the split function to launch our heroes’ hoverboats and recover the jewels.

Sounds pretty good! I have to say, though, it’s the minifigs I always look at first when I open a LEGO set and this set includes Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke.

Jokerland – RRP £89.99

76035_box2_inThis is the set I was sent to try out, and so I’ll write a bit more about this one. The Joker and his fellow villains have transformed an amusement park into Jokerland, and trapped Starfire, Beast Boy and Robin there. Roll up in the Batmobile and rescue them with “Jumping Batman”.

The Jokerland set really is quite extensive, with eight minifigures (Batman, Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, The Penguin, The Joker, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn) all with accessories.

The models themselves are lovely too, especially the Batmobile which has two spring-firing missiles mounted in the nose.  From a purely aesthetic point of view, the Batmobile is definitely my favourite piece, but that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the rest of the set.

We have Harley Quinn suspending Robin beneath her motorbike in the Wheels of Fire, the Penguin trapping Beast Boy in the Deadly Duckies ride (why are they deadly? Well, they’re loaded with dynamite), Poison Ivy trapping Starfire on the Carnivore Fall (complete with snap-happy carnivorous plant), and the Joker presiding over it all from the main Jokerland building. Thing is, if he loses his footing he’ll end up in the Toxic Tank! There are some really nice little touches too, like a tiny penguin holding more dynamite, or a gun-toting clockwork clown. I like as well that the Joker’s cannon can fire either cannon balls or custard pies.

In all, Jokerland took me three hours to build but, if your child were doing this themselves (or helping) it would take a bit longer. Watching the speed that my children build LEGO I could easily see this being a weekend or week-long project!

I really enjoyed building Jokerland, and my children have enjoyed getting to play with it. If you’re a superhero fan, and particularly a Batman fan, these sets will be right up your alley.

Loot crate day: Covert

Covert Loot Crate Goodies

It’s Loot Crate Day*! If you’re not aware of what Loot Crate is, it’s a monthly box of collectables, all geek or gaming themed, that arrives by post. I’ve been meaning to write about them for months but I never get round to it. Let me tell you this though, I love my monthly Loot Crate!

In the past I’ve had exclusive Pop Figures, comic books (like the first edition of the new Star Wars comic with an exclusive cover), sunglasses, t-shirts, and plenty more.

Each month’s box has a theme, and this month it is Covert. So, what did I get in the box?

  • James Bond T-Shirt. Poor James, we all know he prefers his Martini shaken.
  • Blink Time Stealth Watch. Worried about people telling the time from your watch without your permission? No, me neither but this watch is cool anyway; it’s just a black surface until you press it when the time lights up.
  • Spy Mad Libs. A spy-themed word game where you have to fill in the gaps in a story. You can play with others or on your own… you need to know your nouns from your adjectives, which I’ve always struggled with, but there’s a refresher in the book if you’re like me!
  • Paracord Survival Bracelet. OK, so imagine you’re hiking and find yourself needing a rope. Maybe you’ve injured yourself and need a tourniquet. Or maybe you just need to be able to loop it over a handy branch to lift your hiking buddy out of a sticky situation. Well, the Paracord is made out of military-grade parachute cord and can be upwrapped when needed to give you the rope you need. Or you can wear it, and it’ll look pretty good too.
  • Orphan Black variant comic book. The first edition of this sci-fi series about a girl and her clone doubles, with an exclusive Loot Crate variant cover.
  • Field Notes notebooks. Two lovely little notebooks for your ‘field notes’, one with graph paper one one lined.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. security lanyard. Now this… this made me gasp with delight when I opened it. I absolutely love Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this replica lanyard is just gorgeous. If you’ve seen the series, these are the lanyards Koenig gives out once he’s happy you are cleared to be in one of ‘his’ super secret bases. This is an official replica licensed by Marvel.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Security LanyardSo, all of this starting at $26 per month, plus shipping and handling. I think it’s definitely worth it and, as I’ve said, I love it when my Loot Crate arrives. There’s also a monthly Mega Crate that contains some really spectacular goodies like gadgets, consoles, televisions, etc., but I reckon the odds of winning that are so small I don’t pay it much attention – for me it’s the monthly collectables that I love. My children also love it when the box arrives, as they really enjoy going through it and seeing what there is.

If you want to know more, check out the Loot Crate* website for details, including the prices and countries the boxes can be shipped to.

* Affiliate links – if you sign up for Loot Crate through one of my links I will receive a reward. Just so you know :)