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Book Review: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – The Awesome Guide

While LEGO Batman has been around since 2006 it wasn’t until 2012 that the rest of the DC Comics universe started to show up in LEGO form with the DC Comics Super Heroes theme. This Awesome Guide book takes a look at that theme and the characters and sets that make it.

[Be sure to check out the details of the exclusive Wonder Woman minifigure at the end of the article, including a 360° look]

DC Comics 101

Comic book universes are messy, especially the DC universe. There have been various events that have rebooted the universe and multiple Earths with slightly different versions of characters.

With all of that mess it seems like setting that history out in a timeline that made sense to kids would be impossible, but this book handles it quite well with a timeline that highlights the key points without getting bogged down in the nitty-gritty details. The timeline presented features all the things you’d expect it to – Batman, Superman and the forming of the Justice League for example.

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There is also a fun little flow-chart that will help you work out your DC alter ego, even if that happens to be a villain.

In general the details are reasonably light – this book is a guide and not a character encyclopaedia – but still manage to contain a decent amount of information. There are some fun little features like comparing the net worth of Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen. The first half of the book is dedicated to the heroes and covers secret identities, sidekicks, weapons and vehicles among other topics.

Review: 30400 Gymnastics Bar

I make no secret of the fact that I am a big LEGO Friends fan. The sets are almost always well designed and I actually don’t have a problem with the Minidolls.

When my local Woolworths finally got in the polybag range they are now offering this was the first set I grabbed.

30400 Gymnastics Bar

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This set contains a relatively small part count of just 26 elements, as well as a single minidoll.

The included minidoll is Naomi – who is not one of the main LEGO Friends characters. It’s nice to expand my Heartlake City citizen collection, but some buyers may be disappointed that it doesn’t include a more well-known character. Despite this the minidoll is great. Naomi features blue eyes, a freckled face and dark brown hair. She is presented here wearing a great green spotted top and purple shorts. Overall it’s a really nice minidoll.

Review: 30426 Stealthy Swamp Airboat

I am not the biggest Ninjago fan but while looking at the available polybags at my local Woolworths, this set caught my eye.

30426 Stealthy Swamp Airboat

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This 2017 polybag set contains 40 parts and a single minifigure.

The set includes a Cole minifigure, as he appears in the 2017 lineup. His torso is dark bluish grey with extensive black and brown printing on the front and rear. The print is quite detailed and features a robe and rope pattern. This pattern continues on to the legs which have front printing. The arms provide a nice contrast in black.

RC Tracked Racer Challenge

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Over the last two weeks I’ve had a chance to do something that I don’t often get to do – I took a completed set and actually played with it. The RC Tracked Racer is my first Technic set and it just happens to be a set with power functions, meaning that there is lots to do with it once the build is finished.

To see how the Tracked Racer performed as an RC toy I put it through a series of challenges. Note that these tests were performed on a closed circuit at busy office building and nearby park by a professional stunt driver a LEGO fan. In all seriousness though, some of these tests might damage your set, so I don’t particularly recommend them.

Watch the video and then read on below for more details

Review: 42065 RC Tracked Racer

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Technic theme. While the theme has existed longer than I have, this is my first ever Technic set. I went from being a LEGO fan into my dark ages without ever making the transition to the more advanced theme.

With that confession out of the way, here is my review of 42065 RC Tracked Racer.

I was initially interested in this set for one simple reason – the finished model looked like a heap of fun. Far too often I build a set and then stick it on a shelf or (more often these days) put it away in a cupboard until I can find room. The RC Tracked Racer on the other hand was something that had the potential for on-going enjoyment.

The LEGO Batman Movie Review

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The LEGO Batman Movie in cinemas March 30th.
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After a delay that felt a lot longer than it was, The LEGO Batman Movie hits Australian cinemas this week. I got to attend the Brisbane premier over the weekend in order to provide you all with a review. Is the movie worth the wait? Read on to find out.

This review talks about some of the basic plot, but doesn’t contain any specific spoilers.

For a lot of people, LEGO Batman was one of the stand-outs of The LEGO Movie so he was naturally a great subject for a standalone adventure. That is actually a fairly accurate assessment – this movie feels very much like it was designed to stand up without any knowledge of the The LEGO Movie. There are a few references that people will spot, but there is no outright linking between the two. There’s no mention of the heroes from the last film for example. I would have loved a cameo or two just to tie the two films together a little more.

Book Review: The LEGO Animation Book

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Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks is a fantastic way to tell stories, and some of the top YouTube channels have massive followings.

It’s no surprise then that there is a lot of interest in learning how to get started with the medium. The LEGO Animation Book aims to be your complete guide to being a LEGO stop-motion animator.

A lot of the previous LEGO books that I have reviewed have been fairly light, easy reading. They’ve either been fun things aimed at kids or informational books with more pictures than text. The LEGO Animation book does start off light but does get very technical.

The book has a great progression from the basics of staging a shoot to some very advanced topics. You can see the trailer for the film referenced throughout the book at the end of the article.

October Minifigpak Unboxing & Review

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The monthly subscription service Minifigpak has been up and running for a while now. Each month bringing people three mysterious minifigures. With the October pack in the hands of most people I have done a quick unboxing and review.

Warning: If you haven’t got your October Minifipak yet this post will contain spoilers.

Read on below for my review, and more details about the Minifigpak product.

MinifigPak Unboxing And Review

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Some of you may have seen that the team behind the subscription LEGO box BrickPak have just launched a new product – the MinifigPak. Subscribers to the new product will get monthly delivery of three mystery minifigures for $17.95 per month.

You can sign up for your own pack at minifigpak.com

I just received one of the first packs couldn’t wait to get stuck in to it. Check out my unboxing video and thoughts on the pack below.

If you are getting your own pack and don’t want to be spoiled – here’s your chance to turn away now.

Review: LEGO Star Wars Adventure Pack

RRP $24.99
Available from most book stores.

The LEGO Star Wars Adventure Pack is a little different to some of the other books I’ve had the chance to review. As the name suggests this is a pack rather than a single book.

There are four elements to the product – LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary: Rebels and Imperials, Darth Vader’s Empire Sticker Book, Yoda’s Jedi Army Sticker Book, and 30272 A-Wing Star Fighter.

With my excitement levels for The Force Awakens at an all time high after the latest trailer I can’t wait to get stuck into something Star Wars related.

Star Wars Adventure Pack Contents