Build your own LEGO Miniland Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman characters [Instructions]

You can now determine the fate of the World’s Finest, aka Trinity, aka the three most popular characters in the DC Universe — Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — by building them as LEGO Miniland characters using these video instructions created by Tiago Catarino in a collaboration together with Pedro Sequeira.

That 2×2 corner wedge plate used for Superman’s insignia has always reminded me of the Man of Steel, and I’m glad someone else sees that too! Up up and away!

3 comments on “Build your own LEGO Miniland Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman characters [Instructions]

  1. Purple Dave

    Last I heard, Superman is the most recognizable superhero worldwide, while Batman is the most popular (followed by Spiderman), so Batman should definitely still be one of DC’s top three. However, I read a quote from someone inside DC in the last couple years stating that Harley Quinn is at least as popular, and possibly more so than either Superman or Wonder Woman. I have no idea who would come in third.

    Oddly enough, back when Fawcett was still publishing him (and before DC sued them for ripping off Superman), the original Captain Marvel was actually selling better than Big Blue. After a few decades of sitting fallow, and having his name stolen by Marvel, he never really recovered.

  2. Håkan

    Hmmm, although the company didn’t take the name Marvel before the early 60’s, when they had it popularized, it would sorta make sense that they would create their own Captain Marvels …

  3. Purple Dave

    @Håkan:
    They had to wait a bit before they could swipe it. Fawcett had trademarked the name when they started publishing Whiz Comics back in 1939, two months after Timely Comics published their very first superhero comic, titled Marvel Comics (then Marvel Mystery Comics, possibly to avoid being mixed up with Captain Marvel). The company didn’t start shifting from the Timely name to Marvel until the mid-40’s, and it wasn’t until about ten years later that DC sued Fawcett for ripping off Superman, resulting in Fawcett agreeing to cease publishing Captain Marvel. And then after that, the trademark was still in effect until they let it sit unused for a period of time. When that time had passed, Marvel pounced, and started publishing _ANYTHING_ they could slap that name on, no matter how weakly it performed. By the time DC bought out Fawcett and obtained the rights to the character, they no longer had exclusive rights to the name, and eventually dropped it altogether because of whatever limitations were imposed on their use of it. They could and did use the name within dialogue up until less than a decade ago, but it looks like they couldn’t market the character under that name (no including it in the title of any publication or show/movie). In the end they just gave up because the constant use of “Shazam!” to title his publications and shows led to rampant confusion among casual readers who thought that was actually his name. So, Captain Marvel became Shazam!, and the wizard, Shazam, became The Wizard Shazam. Really dumb.

    If DC had been able to move on Fawcett about ten years earlier, he’d probably be the only Captain Marvel.

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