Early Reviews Are In: Everything is Awesome With The LEGO Batman Movie!

The LEGO Batman Movie already made its debut in many parts of the globe, and with it comes its first slew of film reviews that all point to one thing: everything is simply awesome about this film! Screen Rant was quick to step up into the action to share a (partial) list of reviews from major news and media outlet. We’re reposting these spoiler-free reviews right here to whet our appetites, as we eagerly wait for the film’s worldwide launch this Friday. Check these out.

“Don’t tell Ben Affleck – he seems sad enough already – but the actor has just been made surplus to requirements by one and a half inches of moulded plastic.”

Robbie Collin (Daily Telegraph (UK))

 

“The movie is chock-full of meta-references, one-liners and in-jokes (a cinema in the background is playing Two Shades of Grey, for example).”

Steve Rose (The Guardian)

 

“Boasting more pop-culture references than plastic bricks – everything from The Matrix to King Kong gets a nod – the film isn’t above ripping on other previous superhero failures, with Suicide Squad coming in for a bashing.”

James Mottram (South China Morning Post)

“This is a Batman who isn’t battling the demons of his deceased parents – instead he just misses them. (And, thank heavens, we aren’t subjected to yet another depiction of poor Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered.)”

Mike Ryan (Uproxx)

 

“Just when it appeared we’d reached peak superhero, those wily folks at Warner Bros. find another way to re-package the Caped Crusader and the other denizens of the DC Comics stable – one that also manages to ally them to the world’s most popular toy brand.”

Neil Smith (Games Radar)

 

“Will Arnett’s plastic vigilante delivers more entertainment in the first ten seconds of this Lego spoof than Affleck managed in the entirety of the dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Andy Lea (Daily Star)

“Yet, in quite remarkable fashion, away from the consistent stream of gags – as a film that takes something of a scattergun approach – this is actually, and arguably, the most intimate study of the eponymous role in the character’s existence.”

Stefan Pape (HeyUGuys)

 

“As with the first film, it’s the little details and character moments that stay with you. Scenes of Batman alone in his giant super-cave, hunched in front of his microwave and eating dinner alone on a little Rosebud Bat Boat unexpectedly move you in ways LEGO mini figures really shouldn’t.”

Michael Coldwell (Starbust)

 

As mentioned, this is just a partial list as we expect more reviews to come in once TLBM is in full swing. Are you ready to go Bat-crazy at the cinemas this Friday? Count as in! Thanks to Screen Rant for sharing these pretty neat reviews.

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Results of the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Will Be Announced Anytime Soon.

Tap on that F5 key and be sure to keep a close eye on the LEGO Ideas website. HasanJensen of the LEGO Ideas blogsite has just announced that the results of Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Stage may be announced anytime soon. This second wave of LEGO Ideas qualifiers from 2016 consists of twelve (12) awesome projects that garnered the necessary 10K votes from other LEGO enthusiasts, to have a shot at becoming an official LEGO set.

Quite frankly, the LEGO Ideas Review Team was apologetic for being a little behind schedule, knowing the patience and anticipation that the LEGO fan community has shown since September of last year. Here’s what HasanJensen has to say:

We know that, as with all review result announcements, you all are waiting in anticipation and counting the days until the next one. While we strive to be able annouce these results at consistent dates throughout the year, bumps in the road do occur when dealing with things that are outside of what we can influence and control. 

This means we’re a little behind, as we would have liked to reveal the results around the end of January or start of February. Don’t worry though, the results are coming. In fact, we’ll be shooting our video in early February and expect to have the video and results ready for your viewing pleasure toward the end of the month! 

The good news is…we’ve got good news! 😉

Stay tuned!

 

Though admittedly delayed with regards to their timetable, the LEGO Ideas Review Team has confirmed that filming of their official announcement is on its way, which means that they have come up with a decision already on which project is chosen to become an official LEGO set. If there is one particular LEGO Ideas Review Stage that I’ve kept a close eye on, I can fairly say that this is by far the most exciting one that I ever anticipated. With 12 equally awesome sets, it is surely difficult to be in the shoes of the review judges.

I’m crossing my fingers for Voltron – Defender of the Universe by Lendy Tayag. How about you?

LEGO Rebrick Modular Buildings Anniversary Contest Ends With A Nice, Cozy Vignette.

A few days ago, LEGO Rebrick has announced the results of their exclusive Modular Buildings Anniversary Contest that challenged builders to come up with their own creation based on the Creator Expert Modular Buildings theme. I have to admit that the contest itself came in as a surprise not because of the winning entries themselves – which are all superb by the way – but because of the fact that it was not announced to the general public through their usual channels. We only knew of the existence of the contest when the winners were finally announced.

According to LEGO Rebrick admins, the contest was exclusive for LEGO Shop email subscribers and RLUG members only, so it wasn’t promoted externally or easily visible on the LEGO Rebrick site. If you recall, we’ve been closely following several LEGO Rebrick contests before such as the Celebrate the Best of LEGO Friends, Build Your Gateway Contest, Build the Porsche of Your Dreams, and more recently, the LEGO Batman Movie Brick Films. However, since the Modular Buildings Anniversary Contest was an exclusive contest for a specific group of members, it fell off our radar. The contest was launched in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of LEGO’s modular sets, alongside the release of the all-new LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255). Apparently, it left some LEGO and Rebrick fans feeling a little bit disappointed on their missed chance of submitting an entry. I guess it is Rebrick’s prerogative to target a specific audience to join in their contests; however, it would be better if the contest organizers were transparent about it from the start.

Anyways, enough of what I think and lets draw the curtain to reveal the winner. Drum roll please… and the winning entry for the LEGO Rebrick Modular Buildings Anniversary Contest is…

 

Legostrator2’s Bank Owner’s Private Chamber

This is the private chamber of the Brick Bank’s owner, Mr. Mushroom. Sitting in his cosy chair near the warming fireplace, he checks his documents. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, but he enjoys the company of his snowwhite cat Mizi.

– legostrator2

This vignette-type entry from expert builder legostrator2 is a sure win among other equally impressive entries. With so many fine details in such a small space, this is one vignette that I wish LEGO will consider offering. I personally like the exquisite touches on the logs beside the fireplace which cleverly uses round, 1×1 tiles and the arched design of the fireplace which gives the vignette, a nice cozy feel.

As the grand prize winner, legostrator2 will bring home the following prizes:  Pet Shop (10218), Palace Cinema (10232), Parisian Restaurant (10243), Detective’s Office (10246), Brick Bank (10251), and the latest Assembly Square (10255). That is one humongous stash of a prize!

 

Click here to know more about this winning entry from legoslator2, and be sure keep tabs with Rebrick’s on-going contests such as the Expand the LEGO Minecraft Universe (will end on December 17), LEGO Batman Movie Brick Films (ends on January 5, 2017) , and a Brick In the Life (ends on January 3).

The Best Halloween Inspired LEGO Sets That We Reviewed.

Here at the Brick Show, we’ve done countless reviews of so many seasonal, Halloween-themed sets that it’s kind of relatively easy to figure out what we really want. However, before we hit the streets this evening for some good ‘ol spooky fun, let’s look back at the themed sets that you actually liked over at our YouTube channel and see what topped YOUR list as the best Halloween inspired LEGO sets that we reviewed. Coming from various themes such as those from Monster Fighters, Scooby Doo, and certain Seasonal sets, these sets were viewed and liked the most by all of you LEGO fans out there. In order to be considered as a Halloween-themed set, other than the fact that there are certain seasonal sets that LEGO actually markets as such, a set must have the typical ghoulish fiend that is usually identified with fright night.

So after a little bit of sorting, these are the sets that you’ve given the thumbs up seal of approval as of this writing, arranged from the least to most liked. Check this out.

 

Halloween Vampire and Bat 40203 (1,142 views, 59 likes)

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Halloween Bat 40090 (8,829 views, 109 likes)

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Halloween Pumpkin 40055 (10,162 views, 135 likes)

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Trick or Treat Halloween 40122 (7,083 views, 143 likes)

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Monster Fighters The Vampyre Hearse 9464 (120,565 views, 265 likes)

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Monster Fighters The Zombies 9465 (131,347 views, 312 likes)

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Monster Fighters The Ghost Train 9467 (268,846 views, 463 likes)

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Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle 9468  (182,667 views, 498 likes)

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Scooby Doo The Mystery Machine 75902 (49,821 views, 784 likes)

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Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion 75904 (78,000 views, 898 likes)

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So what do you think, did you find your personal favorite included in this Halloween-themed sets? Do you have other sets in mind? Share us your own list through the comments below or join us the conversation via our Facebook page.

Take A Look At Brick Show’s Top 5 LEGO Batman Minifigures of All Time!

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LEGO’s minifigure renditions of Batman are known to be the most diverse line of minifigures for any single character ever created by LEGO. With more than 30 LEGO variations of the Caped Crusader, it is definitely a daunting task to determine which is the cream of the crop among them, or simply the best of the best. If ever Batman is faced with the perennial OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) question, then we definitely understand his dilemma. To help the Dark Knight, Stephen shares his thoughts on the top 5 LEGO Batman minifigures of all time, including his reasons for choosing them. Watch this.

First off, we have several Honorable Mentions, LEGO Batman minifigs that are good in themselves, but failed to make it to the final cut. These are:

 

2014 Batman with Dark Bluish Gray Suit

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This minifigure comes with the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: The Riddler Chase (76012)

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2006 Batman with Light Bluish Gray Suit

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This LEGO version of Batman comes together with several LEGO Batman sets including the LEGO Batman – The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit (7779); LEGO Batman – The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc (7780) and LEGO Batman – The Batwing: The Joker’s Aerial Assault (7782).

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2012 Batman With Wings and Jetpack

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Batman comes in a blue and gray color scheme, with dark blue colored wings as seen in the LEGO DC Universe Catwoman Catcycle City Chase (6858) set.

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With that being said, le’ts now take a closer look at Stephen’s top 5 Batman minifigs and on what LEGO sets we can find them. Some of these might be retired sets already so if you’re missing out on any one of them, or you can’t find them anymore at shop.LEGO.com, doing a quick search over at eBay will probably do the trick.

 

#5 – The 2013 Dark Knight Version

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This rendition of the Dark Knight is based on the Dark Knight Trilogy released by LEGO last 2013. Specifically, this minifigure is included in the retired LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – The Bat VS Bane: Tumbler Chase (76001)

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#4 – The 2013 Arctic Batman

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Batman comes in his white, polar suit in this arctic version of the Caped Crusader. With an all-white cape and cowl, this arctic ready Batman is exclusively included with the retired LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – Arctic Batman VS Mr. Freeze: Aquaman On Ice (76000).

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#3 – 2013 Dark suited Batman With Black Wings

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Similar to his gray and blue winged counterpart, this airborne Batman is also rendered with a pair of black wings suited as he rounds up the five of the most notorious villains in Gotham. This black winged Batman is exclusively found in LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes – Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout (10937).

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#2 – 2014 Dark Knight Batman and 2016 Armored Batman

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On the 2nd top spot comes a two-way tie as Stephen noticeably finds it hard not to consider these two candidates. First, we have the 2014 version of Batman straight from the Dark Knight Trilogy, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – The Tumbler (76023). This minifig version highlights an all-black color scheme for Batman, equipped with a copper-colored utility belt, with excellent details on the torso piece.

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On the same spot comes the 2016 Armored Batman as seen in the movie, Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. This epic showdown between the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham is captured in the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Clash of the Heroes (76044), where Batman comes in an exclusive armored suit.

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And the number one spot goes to…

 

#1 – The 2016 Classic TV Series Batman

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The iconic Batman from the Classic TV Series during the 1960s makes a comeback as LEGO releases the mammoth sized LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman Classic TV Series: Batcave (76052). Coming in at 2,526 this set features an exclusive set of minifigures only found in this build. The Batman Classic TV Series minifigure highlights the old school, but definitely cool looks of the Caped Crusader more than 50 years ago, which includes a bluish gray color scheme that sports the classic, yellow Batman logo. I guess nothing beats the classic.

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So there we have it – our Top 5 LEGO Batman Minifigure, handpicked and reviewed by Stephen. How about you, what is your fave Batman minifig? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

WATCH: Stephen Reviews the LEGO Creator Volkswagen (10252).

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Starting tomorrow, LEGO VIP members can now get their hands on LEGO’s latest offering that celebrates one of the most iconic vehicles of all time: the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252). Ahead of its public offering, Stephen gives us a tour on the finer details of this set which comes at 1,167 predominantly dark azure pieces. If you missed out on the hi-resolution, close up images of the 10252 from our last month’s report, you might want to check out its photos right here.

Watch the video below highlighting Stephen’s review of the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle including some of its nice play features.

The dark azure color motif of the 10252 is visually appealing, complemented by its nicely detailed interior and exquisitely curved design. Highly popular in the 60s, the Volkswagen Beetle was an icon for the surf-loving crowd. LEGO recreates that nostalgic feeling of the great surfin’ life back in the day as accentuated by its accessories such as a cooler with all of the nice contents inside, a beach towel, and a yellow and white surf board.

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Other than its play features, the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle also boasts of a unique LEGO element which is introduced for the first time in this set. As pointed out by Brickset, this brand new piece is a ¼ circle piece used for the Beetle’s fenders and wheel arches. It has an official name of ¼ ARCH BRICK 5X5 W/ CUT OUT and comes in a dark azure color. Take a look at the photo below courtesy of Brickset.

 

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Other than this new element, 10252 is also one of those rare LEGO sets that use a predominantly dark azure color scheme. In fact, as much as 30% of the set is made up of this color, as pointed out by Mike Psiaki – the designer behind 10252. The current LEGO rendition of the Volkswagen is also much different from an earlier version back in 2008 with the LEGO Volkswagen 10187. The previous version was a little rough and jagged in its design unlike the more recent take of 10252 that features a Studs-Not-On-Top (SNOT) approach in building, giving it a smoother, sleeker, more curvaceous look. Just compare these pictures below, with the 10252 on the right, and its older cousin the 10187 on the left.

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We hope you enjoyed this great review from Stephen, and be sure to subscribe on our YouTube channel for more fun and awesome LEGO set reviews only here at the Brick Show!

 

Take A Look At Our Review Of The LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Escape From Ra’s al Ghul 76056.

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Last May, we had our first look of the official images of the latest set under the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes line, the Batman: Escape From Ra’s al Ghul 76056. We’re simply excited for the set considering that we have three new minifigures that will debut together with 76056: for a price point of just $29.99, you’ll get 257 pieces worth of bricks, a set with 4 awesome play features, and new minifigures of Ra’s al Ghul, Thalia al Ghul, and Desert Batman. Here’s LEGO’s official description of 76056 for our reference, followed by Stephen’s review:

 

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Escape From Ra’s al Ghul 76056

Pieces: 257; Price: $29.99

Break out Robin™ from Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters!

Take the enemy by surprise and crash Desert Batman’s Buggy through the gates of Ra’s al Ghul’s hideout. Draw your sword as you duel with Talia al Ghul™ at the top of the staircase! Evade Ra’s al Ghul™ jumping out of the Lazarus Pit and rescue Robin™ from the cell—but watch out for the swinging axe trap!

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Desert Batman™, Ra’s al Ghul™, Robin™ and Talia al Ghul™.
  • Features Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters and Desert Batman’s Buggy.
  • Secret headquarters features 2 opening gates for Desert Batman’s Buggy to smash through, a winding staircase with a green diamond-style element and lever-operated swinging axe trap, Lazarus Pit area with translucent-green liquid-style element, a catapult to launch Ra’s al Ghul into battle, and a prison cell for Robin™ with exploding door function.
  • Buggy features 2 stud shooters and weapon holders for Desert Batman’s Batarang and sword.
  • Weapons include Desert Batman’s sword and Batarang, Talia al Ghul’s sword, Ra’s al Ghul’s sword, Robin’s fighting stick and an axe.
  • Accessory elements include Desert Batman’s mask and cape, Ra’s al Ghul’s cape and a black scorpion.
  • Also includes a comic book!
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for children ages 6-12.
  • Ra’s al Ghul’s secret headquarters measures over 3” (10cm) high, 7” (20cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep.
  • Desert Batman’s Buggy measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (13cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.

As pointed out by Stephen in his review, the Escape From Ra’s al Ghul set is definitely worth the buck. Considering the play features that come in a small to medium sized set such as this, and with minifigures that will eventually be popular among minifig collectors, LEGO as it seems, did a great job in balancing cost and excellent features. From the Desert Batman Buggy, a staircase with a swinging axe trap, exploding prison cage, allowing Robin to escape, and the Lazarus Pit with catapult functions, the 76056 is one cool play set. It is already up and available over at shop.LEGO.com, and at all LEGO Stores with plenty of stocks to go around as of today. If you’re a LEGO VIP and are planning to get this set eventually, I suggest you take advantage of LEGO’s July’s promotional with its free exclusive LEGO Classic Knights set 5004419 which can be yours for a minimum purchase of $50 and more. You might have to hurry with this one because this exclusive will only be available until July 10 next week or until supplies last.

 

So what do you think of the LEGO DC Superheroes Batman: Ra’s al Ghul set? Will you consider getting one for yourself? Share us your thoughts in the comments section below.