The final set that I intend to purchase from wave one of The LEGO Batman Movie LEGO Sets, this was a simple build, but ever so elegant. Containing 139 pieces and with a RRP of $AUD34.99, this set comes with three mini figures, a vehicle and a small jewellery shop. Continue reading
This is the third in my rapid reviews of sets based on The LEGO® Batman Movie. This is the final one featuring Batman for the time being. Come along to the Rambling Brick Facebook Page on Saturday 18th March at 21:00 AEDT to see my final live stream in this series. – It’s around morning tea time in the UK, just before lunch in Europe or an early breakfast on the East Coast of the United States. Or Saturday Night on the East Coast of Australia, but that’s okay because the LEGO Batman Move has NOT YET BEEN RELEASED!
But on with the review…
70904 Clayface Splat Attack
This is the second of my LEGO Batman Movie set Rapid Reviews. Each of these sets I initially assembled by Facebook Live Stream over the last 3 Saturday nights: while the rest of the World has been able to go out and watch The LEGO® Batman Movie.
70911: Penguin Arctic Roller
Meanwhile, in Australia: we still eagerly await the arrival of the LEGO Batman Movie.
In the absence of being able to spend your Saturday night watching The LEGO® Batman Movie, there has at least been A LEGO Batman Movie to watch…Admittedly it has just been a live stream of my hands putting together my sets based on the Movie. It’s been a steep learning curve for me, but I think I have just about got it sorted. I won’t suggest too loudly that you should spending your time watching them, but feel free to come along and watch the my last set get assembled next Saturday (17th March) around 2100 Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Commenting is encouraged. Streaming is being run using Facebook Live via the Rambling Brick Facebook Page.
I have previously justified my choice of sets from the first wave.However, I thought I’d just pen a few quick thoughts about these sets so far. These are all fairly simple builds, with some interesting aspects, but not the kind of builds that kept me guessing as to ‘what can this bit be.’
I’ll put a quick summary of my thoughts on each of these sets this week, starting with…
70900 Joker’s Balloon Escape
THE LEGO Batman movie looks like it could be the best Batman movie to be released in 25 years. It is extremely disappointing that the Australasian release date has been pushed back to the end of March: forty eight days behind much of the rest of the world.
On top of this, Village Roadshow, one of the film’s production partners and distributer in Australia, have won an injunction in the Australian Federal Court to require all Aussie internet service providers to block the Pirate Bay and a number of other torrent/ movie streaming sites of dubious legitimacy by the end of January 2017.
Just in time to prevent early pirated copies of The LEGO Batman movie from being illegally downloaded by enthusiastic people, desperate to see the new film before all the spoilers spill into the internet over the next FORTYEIGHT days before the Australasian release!
In 2014 at a forum on Digital Piracy,the Co-CEO of Village Roadshow Graham Burke, spoke of the mistake made when The LEGO Movie was released after a two month wait, costing Village Roadshow around five million dollars. He spoke of a desire to bring Australian release dates in line with US release dates and that it was not right to delay release of this Australian produced film ( animated at Animal Logic in Sydney) in Australia.
Animal Logic are also responsible for Animating the LEGO Batman Movie.
This does not appear to be a concern on this occasion however!
This court decision is staunchly defending the rights of the distributors and content creators. I have no issue with this. However, I wonder if they will be able to get an injunction to block online spoilers from reaching Australia?
A number of the Australian LEGO blogs and Instagrammers have launched #SameBatTimeAusNZ as a social media tag to raise awareness and pressure Village Roadshow into reducing the delay between International and the Australian release dates.
Tag your social media posts… post images… be civil.
#SameBatTimeAusNZ is not about piracy. It is about globalised distribution, the opportunity to enjoy the film before online spoilers flood the online environment and corporate honesty.
Let Village Roadshow know that we are unimpressed with the decision to delay the release of The LEGO Batman movie for 48 days after the international release.