Apparently news broke about this a couple of days ago but nothing made it across my desk until earlier tonight. On Monday October 27th at 6pm/5pm Central, Cartoon Network will air a special one-shot LEGO DC Super Heroes special called Batman: Be-Leaguered. The listing has the synopsis as follows: “Superman wants Batman to join his new superhero team, but Batman prides himself on being a self-sufficient loner.” There’s a 30 second trailer for the 30 minute special posted below.
Remember that Batsignal build event at Toys’R’Us? I didn’t make it in time but managed to scrounge up enough parts to make one thanks to instructions being posted in eBay auctions. I guess there was a comic book giveaway as well. Anyways, the reason I bring this up is because that build event was a promotional event hyping up the upcoming special if this tweet is to be believed.
Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday, Toys’R’Us stores will be hosting a build and take event where you can build the above pictured Batsignal. Now THIS I am looking forward to! The event is from 12-2pm but get there early because I’d like to believe that this would be more popular than the micro Ghost event last week. The event is for children ages 5 and up. Finally. Having kids is starting to pay off.
Also, Bricktober blah blah blah $75 micro CITY set blah blah rant blah.
Solar Suit Superman (this raises so many questions I can’t even begin)
Polka Dot Man
There will also be a total of six DLC packs, up from the three we already knew about. Although the panel was light on specifics, they did reveal that the name of one of the packs was the Arrow Pack, no doubt for Green Arrow related content. If I was a betting man, I’d bet a whole dollar that another one of the packs is going to be the Flash Pack in keeping up with the TV theme going on there. Yep, a whole dollar. The first set of three DLC packs will be available upon launch day of the game, November 11th. No release date has been set for the second set of three. Don’t forget to pre-order the game from Gamestop to get an exclusive bonus of a Plastic Man minifigure.
Attendees to the panel also received the following t-shirt and poster:
Couldn’t get enough of Will Arnett’s take on Batman in The LEGO Movie? Well Warner Brothers is preparing another helping of Batitude in the form of a LEGO Batman spin-off for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter is detailing that the project is being fast tracked by director Chris McKay and may even take over the 2017 release date for The LEGO Movie 2 all under the supervision of much of the first films create team and written by Seth Grahame-Smith.
If you’re a fan of CW’s Arrow, you know it’s a much more adult offering then Smallville was. This weeks premiere of The Flash, brought some of the fun back to the DC comics adaptions and so I watched it with my son last night and he’s excited for next week. Because of the darker tone and more violent content, Oliver Queen’s cameo in the Flash was the first time my son saw him and though he was exited, it’ll be some time until he sees any more of him. Apparently the actor who portrays televisions emerald archer has the same problem and having a young daughter is part of what prompted him to voice Green Arrow in LEGO Batman 3.
He’ll be at the panel for the game this weekend at NYCC along with TT Games developers Arthur Parsons & Stephen Sharples, Troy Baker, Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith. Those last two guys will be playable characters in the game as you can see below. Hopefully we’ll find out this weekend if any other surprises are in store, if not we get to find out in a month.
The new picture sets just keep on coming, with finished pics of the DC sets showing up, this time thanks to Toyark and a whole bunch of other places. These had been leaked around various places earlier, but had placeholder characters instead of Gorilla Grodd or Darkseid. I find the Gorilla Grodd goes bananas a particularly striking juxtaposition of amazing minifigure selection, especially the N52 Wonder Woman that I’m so glad wasn’t placeholder art and what looks to be one absolutely terrible set build. I mean seriously, it’s 2014 and the best we can come up with for a net launcher is still “cram that net into an engine?”
The only part of that set I really dig is the little truck cart. We’ve already had pictures of the Sinestro set, so not putting that here, but 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike and 76028 Darkseid Invasion. Given that Black Manta is one of the signature villains of the Aquaman universe, who is a character that’s fun to make fun of but is actually a pretty awesome character (who has a trident that can totally kill Superman)… it makes sense that the centerpiece of the set is about Batman and Robin. I do like scuba Robin though.
The Darkseid breaks the golden rule of DC Super Heroes set, in that “must have Batman.” It still has Superman, as has the other sets that didn’t include Batman, but still, it’s there. The inclusion of Hawkman is good, but I would have loved Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the same set. They are a pair, and should always be together. Green Arrow is cool, as is Cyborg, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that this leaves the DC lineup next year with exactly 1 woman 2 women and 1 person of color. They could, and they should, do better. (Thanks to banthafodder for reminding me that Supergirl is also slated to come in the Braniac set)
I shot the time lapse video of me building 76023 The Tumbler way back when I built the set for our review but I just now finally got around to posting it. I don’t have exact numbers, but I think the set took me about 6 or 7 hours to build with some breaks in between while I wrangled with my kids and other house duties. Anyway, take a gander if you’d like.
For those of you holding out on pre-ordering LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham from Gamestop until they’ve officially updated their listings with the bonus can wait no more. Sometime between now and yesterday they’ve updated all of their pages that qualify for the Plastic Man minifigure with the relevant text and image as seen above. The game comes out for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 PS Vita, Wii U, and 3DS systems.
They are also pre-selling the download codes for the DLC Season Pass. Each pass is $14.99 for Playstation and $15 for Xbox systems. The game and first pack of DLC is due out on November 11, 2014.
Was strolling through the seasonal section, which is set for Halloween, at Target and ran across a bunch of these Batwing polybag sets. As far as minis go, this one ain’t too bad. The yellow 2×2 plate with Technic pinhole and the light grey cone making up the jet engine is a bit of an eyesore but those could easily be swapped out for black for a more Batman-esque look. It’s a great little poly bag and worth the $3.99 price tag. Leagues better than that awful 30300 Tumbler. And there you have our 10 second review.
On a related note, Target is also the place where you could pre-order LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and receive this very same polybag as your bonus. And here they are just selling the darn things. Not that it really matters; I imagine most AFOLS would have pre-ordered from Gamestop to get Plastic Man.
Yesterday morning, someone spotted the new Batmobile parked in a back alley somewhere in Detroit. If one of the pictures hadn’t captured the staff driver sitting in it fiddling with his phone, you could almost have imagined Batman parking it there so he could run into a 7/11 to buy breakfast burrito and a six pack of Red Bull. I suppose you still could if he just forgot to lock it and someone exploited the opportunity to grab a selfie in the Batmobile.
Presumably stinging from being beaten to the punch by a random Instagramer, Zach Snyder posted the picture below of a cleaned up and more aggressively postured Batmobile. I have to admit that it seems very similar to the one from the upcoming Arkham Knight game. I’ve always found it odd that a character who was so vehemently against the use of guns always seemed to have them on his vehicles.
As we have with the last two onscreen versions of the Batmobile, I’ve no doubt we’ll see this in LEGO form when the movie is released on March 25th. 2016. Hopefully, the the sets based on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (still sounds like the court case of the century), are better than the crop from Man of Steel.