The Exo-Suit and Mech -ification of Lego sets

Is it just me or has the helicopter inclusion spread to Exo-Suits and Mechs in Lego sets lately?
As you’re well aware if you buy a City set it has about a 1 in 5 chance of having a Helicopter in it. And now we seem to have a new must have in Lego sets – the Mech or Power Armor Suit or Exo-Suit. Let me run down the list of the last few years.
I think it all started with 6862 Power Armor Lex

Then of course you have the wonderful 21109 Exo-Suit

70707 CLS-89 Eradicator Mech


31007 Power Mech


70165 Ultra Agents Mission HQ


70813 Rescue Reinforcements


70814 Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech

We have two Lego Movie Sets with Mechs! Isn’t that a little much? Or are Mechs just really hot right now? I’m not even going into Chima or Ninjago where variations seem to be in every other set.

This year it has even spread to our beloved Batman:

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas

I don’t have a problem with Mechs, just like I don’t have a problem with helicopters, but it starts to seem pretty lazy after awhile. Ok, just wanted to get that off my chest.

New Batman Sets this Summer

via BrickFanatics

Two new DC Superheroes Batman sets are coming this summer – and they sound/read very impressive (which would be a change from the latest ones for the most part)

76034 Batboat Harbor Pursuit – it’s about time we got a Bat Boat
76035 Jokerland – a big set with a new Batmobile

Sorry, but I can’t help it…

Happy New Year! and New Lego Sets!!

It’s 2015. Where’s my hoverboard?

There’s a whole lot of Lego Sets becoming available today including the new Modular Building 10246 Detective’s Office all the way down to the 70818 Double Decker Couch!!

And here are the new Lego Batman sets avaiable – something we’re very excited about here at Brickknight.

I’ll be making a trip to the Lego store later today and hopefully buying the Detective’s Office with my multitude of VIP points. Then after much building I will have a review for you.

Happy New Year!

2015 Lego DC Superheroes Pre-orders (might be) available at Amazon

A little Batman discussion among all this Lord of the Rings.

UPDATE: For now – you can access the link above and see the other sets in the related items area and just click “Pre-order” without actually viewing the item. So you can put the item in your cart and checkout even though the page doesn’t come up.

I was just able to pre-order all of the sets except for Braniac Attack, so 4/5 new sets for next year. The estimated arrival is Jan 6 (with Prime shipping) – I’ll update the links as the other sets links become active. Here’s hoping for a price decrease that results in a “Pre-order Price Guarantee” !

As a fun exercise here is a list of all the minifigures the four sets contain.

76025 Green Lantern vs Sinestro
Sinestro
Green Lantern
Space Batman

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas
Gorilla Grodd
Captain Cold
Truck Driver
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Batman – Grey Suit

76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike
Black Manta
Aquaman
Batman – Grey Suit
Scuba Robin – very exciting

76028 Darkseid Invasion
Darkseid
Green Arrow
Hawkman
Cyborg
Superman

The Braniac Attack is set number 76040 so maybe this set is coming out later in the year. This is a set I’m keen to get because it has Supergirl. So far Space Batman and Scuba Robin are the most exciting. We have a kind of a Scuba Batman from Penguin Set. Now if only we could get the Penguin Submarine from the original Batman movie…

Lego 10937 Arkham Asylum Breakout has been retired

So long old friend.

I noticed yesterday that it was listed as “sold out” on the Lego Shop at Home website. I went to the Lego store today and inquired and they confirmed it had been retired. They did not have any in stock at the store either. Other than that, not much excitement at the Lego store these days.

Review: Lego Batman 6860 The Batcave

Pieces: 690  Minifigures: 5  Retail Price: $69.99  Price I Paid: ~$50

I couldn’t resist an oversize image.

The Batcave is probably the quintessential Batman set other than the Batmobile. This set came out in 2012 and is still available today. It used to be discounted frequently though as now it appears it is nearing the end of it’s life it isn’t. (It is supposed to be on sale for $42 at Target on black Friday – hopefully this goes online or is price matched by Amazon.) It’s a pretty cool set – the 6864 Batmobile fits right through the doors of the Batcave (as it should).

6860 The Batcave Lego Minifigures

The Batcave comes with 5 minifigures, the highlights being Bruce Wayne and Bane. This is so far the only set with Bruce Wayne and was the first appearance of Bane until the Lego Dark Knight Rises set was released. This is the comic book version of Bane (ok, so they’re all comic book versions) from Knightfall. Notice the nice hairpiece on Bruce Wayne, unlike most Lego hair it isn’t symmetrical.

Bruce Wayne

Bane minifigure back view with breathing apparatus

There’s plenty of gear and tech in the upper part too:

Batcomputer.

Bruce, Batphone (Bat Phone?), Bat Gear.

The set comes with two minor vehicles, a Bat Pod, which Lego has released way too many of at this point.

Batpod 1.

And Bane’s tunneling vehicle, which is pretty cool and relevant to the set. The drill bit turns when the treads move – pretty neat.

Bane Tunneler.

Probably the coolest feature is the Batpole like conversion from Bruce Wayne to Batman. You place the Batman figure in the enclosed area behind the BatSuit decal and place Bruce at the top.

To the Batpoles! Except there’s only one and no pole here…

Then pull out the rod holding Batman in place…

>>>>

And Bruce drops and Batman comes out the other side!

Batman. Ready For Action!

As you can see you also get a Poison Ivy cell – which I didn’t attach the decals to, because I want the cell to be used for anyone who might be captured by Batman. Although if you recall, in the Adam West tv show, they rarely brought anyone back to the Batcave.

I really do enjoy this set. In my mind the Batman with the blue suit on is the Adam West iteration but that’s what is great about this set, whichever Batman you want him to be, you can bring those elements to it. The figures are good too – I’d love to get a Dick Grayson figure sometime though. I’ll give this set a 9. It’s almost a 10. Hopefully this set will get discounted widely one more time, I’d like to pick up a second to have a spare Bruce Wayne and build two “Batpoles” so Robin would have a place to change as well. LEGO Super Heroes The Batcave 6860

Review: Lego Batman 6863: Batwing Battle Over Gotham City

Pieces: 278  Minifigures: 3  Retail Price: $34.99  Price I Paid: ?

This was one of only two sets to have the Joker when the DC Superheroes line of Batman sets first debuted. I suppose it seemed more important then than it does now. It was the first of what became many of what I call the “Bat-vehicle” sets – the only other Bat-vehicle at that time was the proper Batmobile. And the well-defined nature and quality of this Bat-vehicle, helped in opposition to the Batmobile led to the disappointment in the future Bat-vehicles.

The Batwing is quite well thought out and everything the Batmobile is not – namely a flying vehicle. The sleek design and folding wings are what you would expect and what I came to expect from future Batvehicles. The sleek looks have been largely absent in the more recent Batvehicles.

And of course it has the obligatory flames coming out of the back.

The Joker’s vehicle here is nothing to be sneezed at either. We have the ever present Lego helicopter – this time with 3 rotors, which seems to fit the Joker’s nature, odd. The henchmen with painted face is great. And who doesn’t love the grinning Joker bomb that launches from the helicopter. And the Joker swings from the rope ladder so he can cackle at the poor helpless folks of Gotham while he terrorizes them – until Batman shows up in his Batwing of course. The Batwing I believe appears in one of the Lego Batman video games and also looks a bit similar to the vehicle in the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton.

In the end I have to give this set high marks after praising it, so I’ll give it a 9 overall. It was a little pricey when it first came out but as we saw that became the new normal for the lower piece count Super Hero sets. It was frequently discounted and if you got it then you got a good deal.

Review: Lego Batman 76001 The Bat vs Bane: Tumbler Chase

Pieces: 368  Minifigures: 3  Retail Price: $39.99  Price I Paid: ?

Continuing with the Christopher Nolan theme as of late and finally another review of a Batman set – here is the one set made from The Dark Knight Rises. As the only set, I can’t really complain, it’s mostly got the figures you’d want and the most exciting vehicle from the film.

Commissioner Gordon, best mustache on a minifig?

You get Batman of course, a movie version of Bane (obviously a must) and Commissioner Gordon. It would be nice to have a Selina Kyle Catwoman but alas it wasn’t meant to be. These are pretty good minifigures though. Batman has a movie suit and a realistic Bane gives you the chance to do your duck on helium voice all day long.

“This is not a car.”

The main vehicle is The Bat and it’s a pretty good portrayal of the helicopter/plane whatever especially given that you never really get a chance to understand all of the physics and engineering of the thing. For some reason though they put blue pieces in it – in the movie it’s completely black (of course) I’m not sure why, but maybe for ease of building. Still, this is not really forgivable.

Those rotors should be bigger I believe.

The Bat has all kinds of articulation as it does in the film and this obviously makes it a good “playset” from the Lego perspective. Although you do get a Tumbler – and it is kind of in scale with The Bat…

Yes, I’ve forgone the stickers here.

It certainly isn’t to scale with minifigures. It is almost a polybag size version. In the best world these would’ve been two separate sets and both at the right minifigure scale.

Still not putting those stickers on.

And of course, we have the obligatory flick fire missiles on the Tumbler, even though they are not present in an actual Tumbler in that spot.

So, in all, here’s what you get:

“Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.”

When this set first came out I was a bit disappointed by it – but at least there was one set from the movie. I think I even bought it at retail since I was anxious to get it. Now, I’ve come to accept it for the set it is and as it’s generally discounted, it’s a pretty good value. The minifigures are definitely the highlight – once you have your own Bane you can go on destroying everything you build if you want – with the voice! I’m going to rate this an 8, 6 plus the 2 for being a Batman set. It’s still available and I’m thinking of getting another one before it isn’t: LEGO Super Heroes Tumbler Chase 76001

Not getting this set could be very painful…for you.

Lego Batman Minifigure Display with Ikea Ribba Frame Revisited

Completed…for now.

When I first posted about making a Lego Minifigure display I hadn’t gotten the last set I needed (The Riddler Chase) to fill it out. But now, as you can see above, it is complete. It contains every Lego DC Superheroes Minifigure (except Lex Luthor) that has been released in the DC Superheroes line.* Obviously some duplicates like Black Suit Batman and Poison Ivy have been left out. So I thought I’d revisit it and post a better picture. You can see the original on Flickr and zoom in nice and close. Having done this, it’s time to take the some of the figures out. I need them to post set reviews – and this brings us to the biggest problem with the Ikea Ribba frame as a Lego minifigure display – it’s pretty tedious to move figures in and out. But, it’s by far the best, nicest looking, cost convenient way there is right now. I just wish I had three or four of them for all the other figures I want to display. And some different colored baseplates for the background. Particularly a dark green for my Lord of the Rings figures.

*Ok, I really need to qualify that statement. The display contains all of the Batman (and Justice League) figures aside from Lex Luthor and duplicates. Not included in the display are the Superman figures from the Superman movie sets. OR the Joker and Batman figures from 76023 The Tumbler. Because even if I did have those two, they’d be behind bulletproof glass.