Fact: it’s impossible to build this and not keep singing War’s Low Rider to yourself. FACT. Beyond that, if you’ve seen suicide squad, it’s impossible to see exactly how deep the cut is with this set. In $49.99 and 433 pieces we get a better Joker and car than that movie could ever provide. It also seems to have more purple than every other set I’ve ever purchased… I think only the Harry Potter double-decker bus could potentially come close.
Of all the LEGO Movie sets, this one wasn’t on my radar at all. I’m sure I saw it in the previews, but I had all the figures in some form, and the Batgirl figure wasn’t close enough to the costume I like the most (post-35 N52 that was dark purple and absurdly practical)… it was good, but not enough over the version that was in Joker Steamroller set. More than that, it did smack of the whole Suicide Squad look, and Joker was by far the worst part of that film (Harley was the best, but not enough to cancel it out).
After building it, though, I’ll admit that I was wrong to ignore it, and connect it to suicide squad over just sticking to the weird spirit of old school Batman. Touches like the horn, the chicken, and the stereo system you can’t see have more character than I was expecting… and the most recent LEGO Batman trailer made it very clear what sort of Joker they were going for in the movie. By the time I was building 70906 The Joker Notorious Lowrider, I was excited to review it, and along with the Batmobile… may be my favorite of the stuff I’ve built thus far. And I have to thank LEGO for sending it over, because I probably would have ignored it otherwise.