The announcement of LEGO Batman wasn’t nearly as groundbreaking as the notion that LEGO gets access to the full DC Universe. But LEGO is playing it safe with the first wave of LEGO DC Super Heroes and packaged three iconic characters together – Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor!
Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor has built a kryptonite-powered robot and has captured Wonder Woman. Can Superman dodge the strength-sapping power of Luthor’s kryptonite gun and make light work of his evil nemesis!
Yes, the Man of Steel has arrived in LEGO form! Clark Kent, Kal-El or whatever you want to call him, there is no mistaking the Superman. With such an iconic costume, it comes as no surprise that he translates perfectly into LEGO form. The red and blue colors are dynamic and looks great. The only minor quibble is that the yellow paint isn’t quite as bright as it should be.
Superman comes with a double-sided head, neither of which feel right to me. The calm, stoic one feels a bit too somber, while the angry-smile one feels like it should have red eyes. To top Superman off, he comes with a new hair piece that shows off the iconic spit curl.
The other heroine included is the Amazonian princess Diana – Wonder Woman! Now, Wonder Woman’s somewhat skimpy outfit isn’t exactly the most brick-friendly look available, but LEGO did a great job making it work. The legs make use of extra coats of paint on the waist and sides so only from the back do you realize that her legs are actually cast in red plastic!
The torso is a different story though, since it seems I got one of the rare defect LEGO pieces. The back looks great with exposed shoulders and a vibrant, golden belt. But the front of Wonder Woman looks like someone rubbed the paint off before packaging it. She’s completely missing the dark red female form shadows and black lines in places. Thankfully, LEGO is already sending me a replacement piece which will hopefully remedy this. Other toy companies take note!
While Superman’s faces weren’t quite perfect, Wonder Woman absolutely excels with her two face choices. The calm, smiling side is basic but works well. It’s the other side that really shows off the warrior princess with a teeth-baring snarl. To round out the look, a new hair piece is included that shows off her golden tiara with a red star and long black hair.
For an accessory, Wonder Woman comes with her golden lasso. Another new piece, it is cast in rubber and just just enough to give to hold a LEGO minifigure in place with ease. The only think Wonder Woman is missing is her silver bracelets!
The final figure is one of the biggest bads of the DC Universe – Lex Luthor! Besides his Super Powers armor, Luthor doesn’t have quite the iconic look as most villains. He’s a bald guy with impeccable dress sense and this figure gets that perfectly. Wearing a two piece black suit, this figure would look fine in any LEGO City setting. It’s simple and classy, a perfect way to show off Luthor.
The head includes no hairpiece and is just a stern looking face. What is most odd is that it is very similar to Superman’s stern face too – only minor differences in the eyebrows and chin set them apart. Though I guess LEGO didn’t want to make the insane Lex Luthor yet.
The build though finishes off Lex Luthor’s look by giving him a giant battle mech decked out in purples and greens. Standing over six inches tall, Luthor’s power armor is a perfect blend of LEGO bricks and Hero Factory/Bionicle-like pieces. I don’t know if it matches any specific armor Luthor wore, but it works so well that I don’t even care.
The suit is well articulated with ball-jointed shoulders and elbows. Each finger is a hinge joint, while the waist rotates a full 360 degrees. The hips are each two different ratcheted joints that effectively make them ball joints, while the ankles are true ball-joints as well.
The cockpit fits Luthor perfectly and puts him within range of the controls. Attached to the back of the figure are two removable containers, they could be bombs or Kryptonite – it doesn’t really matter. The armor also comes with an accessory that plugs into the center of the figure: a Kryptonite blaster! This massive gun is the size of two and a half minifigures and looks great. The bright green tip is only augmented further by the bright green hose and the Kryptonite crystal inside it.
With LEGO figures usually costing around $3 a piece now, this set is an absolute no-brainer. All three figures look amazing and then including a giant robot for Luthor to pilot is totally worth an extra $10! Now I just hope LEGO continues expanding the Justice League out, because I want more than just the Trinity.