The Brothers Brick publishes so many news stories each week that we’re rounding them up for some weekend reading of the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the third week of February, reporting live from Toy Fair 2017 in New York City!
What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age! Whether you love him for his puns or hate him for the same reason, Mr. Freeze is an excellent counterpoint to the broody Bat of Gotham. So buckle up readers and get nostalgic for icy puns because it’s time to review Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (Set 70901).
This set retails for $19.99 and has 201 pieces. Based on LEGO’s standard pricing of $0.10 per piece, this price tag is pretty much spot on. It comes with three minifigs (Batman, Mr. Freeze, and a Security Guard), Mr. Freeze’s Exosuit, a power plant console, and a minifig-sized chunk of ice. Interestingly, this set combines with two other new Batman sets: 70900 The Joker Balloon Escape and 70910 Scarecrow Special Delivery. The end result is a mega-set that looks like the power station from the opening scene of the LEGO Batman Movie. Pretty nifty, right?
The Brothers Brick publishes so many stories that we’re giving you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the second week of February, BATMAN WEEK!
TBB BATMAN NEWS & REVIEWS: This past week could have been called The LEGO Batman Movie week. Here is your LEGO news, Batman takeover edition!
- TBB review of The LEGO Batman Movie – What did we think of that little LEGO movie that came out this week? Read our review to find out how much we enjoyed the man in black.
- Review of The LEGO Batman Movie BrickHeadz characters – These cute characters will be available to LEGO VIP-card holders in LEGO stores and the LEGO Shop Online next week.
- Review of The LEGO Batman Movie 70912 Arkham Asylum – Arkham Asylum has never been busier with 12 minifigs to populate the jail, both inside and out.
- LEGO reveals enormous Ultimate Batmobile set coming in June – Get your first look at this beast that splits into four smaller vehicles. And our first ever flying monkey minifigs!
- Free Disco Batman & Tears of Batman minifigs from LEGO – Get two more crazy Batman outfits for free with a purchases $75 of more from LEGO. What a wardrobe!
- The LEGO Batman Movie sets on sale at Amazon – Amazon has some discounted movie tie-in sets to celebrate everything LEGO Batman this week.
Also check out our Star Wars sales post from last month, as all of those sets are still on sale, and don’t miss the free Disco Batman and Tears of Batman minifigures that are free with purchases $75 or more from the LEGO Shop Online.
The first words in my review of The LEGO Movie three years ago were “I’ll admit it: I had very low expectations for The LEGO Movie.” But as we’ve all discovered since then, everything was awesome! Nevertheless, I attended a press screening this evening of The LEGO Batman Movie with fairly moderate expectations, not expecting a miracle twice.
While I would be hard-pressed to call The LEGO Batman Movie miraculous, much of the movie does deliver on expectations set by its predecessor, from its constant stream of sight gags and totally unexpected cameos to the largely brick-built world that the minifigs inhabit.
Builder David Liu redefines Batman training with this humorous scene. The story goes that Alfred was shocked to learn that Master Bruce accepted a role in a new LEGO movie. And since then, Batman has been doing some alternative training in his new secret “creativity” training room, supposedly building miniatures of his own vehicles and various other related themes.
What I appreciated about David’s build is actually the tiny representation of nano-sized vehicles and the tiny “The Bat” aircraft has got to be my favourite of them all.
As the days count down to the release of The LEGO Batman Movie on 10 Feb 17, we wanted to keep your interest piqued with our latest movie tie-in set review, 70912 Arkham Asylum. Containing 1628 pieces, this is the largest set in The LEGO Batman Movie theme at present with the associated largest price tag of £139.99 / $149.99 / 149.99€, which equates to a price per piece of 8.6p / 9.2c / 9.2c, respectively. This set is rated for ages 12-16.
This is the third LEGO incarnation of Arkham Asylum and the biggest, though only just. The first was back in 2008 with 7785 Arkham Asylum, which has 860 pieces, 7 minifigures and a £59.99 / $79.99 price tag. The second, 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout, was a 2012 set with 1,619 pieces, 8 minifigures, and a £129.99 / $159.99 / 159.99€ price tag. Finally, we have this latest release which nudges into the lead with a part count of 1,628, but has no less than 12 minifigures (well 13 if one includes the statue minifigure).
Although Batman only builds in black (and sometimes very, very dark grey), I’m sure he’d appreciate this wonderful rainbow creation by Alanboar Cheung which depicts a small child dressed as Batman, dreaming of being the Dark Knight. The build has great details, including a redesigned Duckmobile, adorable brick-built characters, and rainbows and clouds reminiscent of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
In addition to many of the villains and sidekicks from the LEGO Batman Movie, Alanboar also included every wacky version of Batman from the new sets and from the Collectible Minifigure series. Can you spot them all?
The Brothers Brick publishes so many stories that we’re giving you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the first week of February.
TBB SET NEWS & REVIEWS: What an insanely busy week with so many new sets revealed from BrickHeadz and Batman to Dimensions and beyond. But hey, we aren’t complaining!
- New LEGO Dimensions expansions include The Goonies and Harry Potter – The new packs will include The Goonies, Hermione Granger and LEGO’s own Chase McCain.
- Beauty and the Beast LEGO BrickHeadz revealed – LEGO unveils two additional BrickHeadz characters, based on the beloved Disney characters Belle and the Beast.
- LEGO Batman Movie 70909 Batcave Break-in Review – TBB gives you a tour of the Batcave complete with Batman’s new wardrobe options!
- Summer 2017 wave of LEGO Batman Movie sets revealed – Here is our first look at the summer lineup of film sets due out in June, including the Batwing and more incredible villains.
- First look at the new 2017 LEGO sets from Nuremberg Toy Fair – Germany’s Nuremberg Toy Fair gives us a glimpse of what is to come from LEGO during the rest of 2017.
- LEGO sales and deals from Amazon for 1st week of February 2017 – From Ideas to Star Wars, TBB has the best deals of the week on your favorite LEGO sets.
TBB LEGO NEWS: LEGO has been busy too, celebrating a birthday, making waves in the business world, and launching a new social network for kids.
- LEGO named world’s most powerful brand – LEGO unseats Disney as the world’s most powerful brand according to Brand Finance’s yearly Global 500 rankings.
- Happy International LEGO Day from The Brothers Brick! – Fifty-nine years ago Godtfred Christiansen submitted a patent application for a plastic brick that changed our lives.
- LEGO Brand Group’s Knudstorp joins Starbucks’ board of directors – Coffee giant Starbucks is adding the executive chairman of the LEGO Brand Group to its board of directors.
- LEGO Life social network launched – LEGO launched a new social network app for kids called LEGO Life to provide a safe environment for kids to share their creations.
TBB INSTRUCTIONS & INTERVIWS: Cute ducks, impressive mechs and an interview with a builder of the strange and unique.
- How to build a classic yellow rubber duck model – Rubber Duckie you’re the one. You make bath time lots of fun. Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you!
- Build your own LEGO Titanfall 2 Ronin – TBB’s own Nick Jensen has instructions to build his LEGO Ronin Titan from Titalfall 2, and what a fun build it is.
- An interview with the builder of the bizarre, Fedde Barendrecht – Read our interview with an Australian builder who uploads LEGO creations almost daily.
OTHER NEWS: There was a massive amount of LEGO news from other places around the web this week. Here are a few items we noticed and thought you might enjoy.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am super pumped for The LEGO Batman Movie coming out on February 10, 2017. We already know that Will Arnett as Batman is hilarious and there’s bound to be plenty of LEGO jokes hidden in the background. So while we count down the days until the hilarity ensues, let’s review one of the The LEGO Batman Movie sets: 70909 Batcave Break-In.
Overall, this set has a lot going for it. There are a ton of interesting play features built into the design and the two vehicles are phenomenal. Best of all, the set comes with 9 great minifigs, several of which are exclusive to this set. Continue reading
The LEGO Batman Movie’s Feb. 10 release is right around the corner, but LEGO isn’t done revealing all the tie-in sets yet. Last week we got a look at the new LEGO Brick Headz collectible figures line, which includes 4 characters from the movie, and today we’re getting our first look at the summer lineup of film sets, due out in June.
70916 The Batwing, $89.99 USD
Includes Batman, Robin, and the Batwing with seating for two minifigures. The Batwing can transform from flight to landing modes, and features a rear compartment with a small car. The Batwing is 18 in. (48cm) wide and 12 in. (31cm) long. The set also includes Harley Quinn and her cannon. We reviewed the Batwing mini set recently.
Apparently Batman drives a Chevrolet, as LEGO and Chevrolet have teamed up to build a life-sized version of 70905 The Batmobile complete with Chevy bowtie emblem, and it is exactly as awesomely black (and very dark grey) as the Dark Knight might hope.
This huge “Speedwagon” from upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie was unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was built as a life-sized, 1-1 scale replica of the LEGO Batmobile, much like the Star Wars X-wing from a few years ago.