DC Comics Super Heroes: Build Your Own Adventure [Review]

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the new NEXO Knights Build Your Own Adventure Book from Dorling Kindersley.  The DC Comics Superheroes version has been available for a few weeks through international retailers, and will be released in Australia on the 28th of August with a RRP of $AUD39.99. I have had a look into it, considering the build, the figure and the inspirations.

Like the other books in this series, we have a minifigure and vehicle to build. IMG_7135 In this case, it is an exclusive John Stewart Green Lantern minifigure, with a small convertible spaceship. We shall discuss these more, shortly.

The book is 80 pages long, and comes in a slipcase also containing a box containing over 80 LEGO Elements.  The box has a list of elements on one side, and a broken road surface on the other.  I expect this is to be used as an action scene for your builds. The books follows the same format as others previously discussed: an introduction to the character enclosed, and his vehicle; instructions for the vehicle, a guide to nomenclature, as well as some tips for seeking inspiration for model building, before taking you of on a quest featuring multiple locales and interesting characters. Continue reading

Retcon Rehash: 76044 – Clash of the Heroes

I’ve been waiting for the LEGO Batman Movie to pass before stepping back 12 months to revisit a set I purchased last year: 76044 Clash of the Heroes.  Born out of the disappointing cinematic experience that was Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, this set was exciting because for less than $AUD20, you could get both Batman™ and Superman™ minifigures.  And Batman™ had an armoured suit just like in the finale of Frank Miller’s grim epic, the Dark Knight Returns. (*Note: individual definitions of ‘just like the one in…’ may vary!) One of the highlights of the movie, in a movie containing so few, this armoured suit helped Batman™ give Superman™ a run for his money. Softening him up for the fight against Doomsday.  Many know how that ended.  Some don’t.  I won’t state the final outcome here…If you cared enough, however, you would have seen the film at some stage in the last nine months.  Fun Fact: BvS:DoJ opened in Australian the day before the US opening.  I don’t think we deserved this any more than the delayed release of The LEGO® Batman ™ Movie!

While this set is still in shops however, something has changed.

One of this pictures is a little bit different…

Just as any comic story that becomes too complicated, things may get rewritten, to create a retroactive continuity: to change the way things have always been.

This appears to have happened with the contents and art for this set.  When I first picked this set up, Batman looked like this on the box.  He has a cape in his Battle with Superman, and is wearing a cape in the picture of the figures from the side of the box.  And the box had punch out tabs to open it…

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