Hey kids, The Tired Reviewer here once again, to bring you thoughts and impressions from the world of LEGO. Today’s review is set 76096 Superman Krypto Team-Up. I saw this set on the shelf and was so confused and puzzled by it that I couldn’t resist picking it up and assembling it for your pleasure. So this set is from the DC Superheroes line, from the Justice League Subset and the Super Lame grouping. As always, I spent a long while looking at the box and trying to make some sense of what I was looking at.
It features Superman, trapped in some Kryptonite enclosure with Lex Luthor’s colors all over it (more on this later).
His faithful dog Krypto is seen attacking an incoming spaceship bike type dealie driven by a mime crossed with the lead singer of Korn. Oh wait, that’s actually Lobo.
Now, many of you might be too young to remember who Lobo was, so let me clue you in: Lobo was one of these “anti-hero” heroes that were all the rage back in the 90’s. After Frank Miller made a crap ton of money with The Dark Night Returns, comic book companies started falling over themselves making their comic books about angry, bloodthirsty dudes like Cable and the Punisher. They started to make Wolverine edgier and meaner. DC decided to get in to the game with Lobo, an super angry space biker. Yeah, you read that right. A space biker. He loves getting drunk and killing people. You know, the kind of character the folks at Lego would want to feature in a set aimed at 6-12 year olds.
Anyways, back to the box. Krypto is attacking the skull dog type thinger at the front of Lobo’s space bike. Thanks, Krypto, for attacking the most non-essential thing on the bike, you useless ball of ABS fur. Now, in order to bring you up to speed fully, I have to tell you that lobo’s bike contains a mouse-droid looking thing that when placed in the kryptonite trap allows it to spring open.
I mean, the box has the trap already sprung open for no apparent reason, and Superman is able to use his heat vision to attack the trap, which doesn’t make any sense to me, but nothing that a quick break for a drink or two couldn’t take care of. So maybe Lobo is bringing the mouse droid thing to help Superman, which is dumb, because Lobo has to be the villain here, otherwise we just have a bunch of heroes together, and I wouldn’t put it past DC to make Lobo a hero, because apparently any character that people like at all gets to be a good guy there days. God damn comic books suck these days. If Lobo isn’t the villain, I guess it might be Krypto? He’s attacking Lobo, who seems (??) to be arriving to save Superman? I quickly investigated some scenarios involving Krypto as a villain or shapeshifter or such.
But the set is called “Superman and Krypto TEAM UP”. So it can’t be that. Anyways, I settled on this: This set makes no god-damned sense at all.
I investigated the box further, and it contains only one small clue: If you buy this terrible, terrible set, and another Justice league set, you can connect it with the 76097 Lex Luthor (SEE! I told you!) Mech Takedown set “for even more Justice League fun”. The set contains some trans green colored pieces called “Power Bursts”, which honestly would be a better name for some kind of Jolly Rancher candy.
So, as to the set itself, I know you guys go crazy to see which parts and such are in there, so I took a picture of some of them:
The only interesting part I could find was this one. It’s called “middle ring” part 6123838:
There’s also one Power Burst piece that looks like an umbrella:
Which is pretty neat? I guess? Sorry guys, I’m trying here, it’s just that the Space Bike is pretty dull to put together. It has a couple of those stud launcher guys, which strike me as a lawsuit waiting to happen.
If you’re looking for a Krypto minifig, I guess that buying this set would be one way to get one. Can’t think of any other cheaper way.
If you’re just looking for some crazy Superhero action, you can find sets that won’t make your head hurt as much. There’s a Superman minifig in that super weird Justice League DJ party set (I can’t even get into that now, blood pressure is waaaaaay too high for that).
This has been The Tired Reviewer.
Buy It, Or Don’t
Amazon currently has it on sale for 20%. Doubt many will move even at that discount.
Will It Fit In A Ziplock Freezer Bag?
It will, you’ll put it in one almost immediately after building this regrettable purchase.
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