The latest series of LEGO® Minifigures seems to have been revealed and launched without any fanfare whatsoever. In fact despite their release on January 1st, LEGO have only just decided to promote them on their social media channels. They also took their time arriving in stores, here in the UK they have only just started to be readily available from all the usual places. This could be because they have increased in price or the fact it’s another series based on DC characters. After already having two series on the back of The LEGO Batman Movie. Although I wasn’t asked to review them by LEGO this time around, I still picked up a set, so I may as well get my money’s worth with a mini review.
Kids and fans with a passion for super heroes will love these awesome LEGO® Minifigures (71026) DC Super Heroes Series collectible sets. Each mystery bag contains 1 of 16 different super-hero or villain characters from the DC Universe. Outstanding character lineup Children and adult fans can collect a range of character toys, old and new, from the expansive DC Universe, including Aquaman™, Batman™, Bat-Mite™, BUMBLEBEE, Cyborg™, The Flash™, Green Lantern™, Metamorpho™, Mister Miracle™, Sinestro™, Wonder Woman™, Superman™, The Joker™, Huntress™, The Cheetah™ and Stargirl™. Exciting accessories and posing brick for display Each of the finely crafted, highly detailed minifigures comes in a sealed mystery bag with one or more accessory elements to add to the fun, a collector’s leaflet with information on the character and a posing brick to display them in different poses.
- Set Name: LEGO Minifigures – DC Super Heroes Series
- Set Number: 71026
- RRP: £3.49/$4.99/4.99€
- Pieces: each blind bag includes various accessories, baseplate & collectors leaflet
- Availability: LEGO Brand Store, LEGO.com & LEGO retailers from September 1st
As mentioned above this is the third series of LEGO Minifigures to be based on DC characters, however this series is heavily influenced by comic book version of the characters as well as the various DC TV shows. This results in a variety of different looks for characters which have been prevalent across various LEGO sets. Each packet also includes a new element to allow you to pose the characters in more heroic stances.
Until recent years Aquaman hasn’t really been a serious contender for a mainstream superhero. A man who wears orange and green, who can speak to sea creatures is not really much use in the middle of a epic land based battle. This version of Aquaman is Arthur Curry, based on the 1990 version, in which his hand is replaced by a harpoon. The Minifigure is almost a blend of the classic look of Aquaman and his most recent movie appearance. He comes with a fish, in a brand new colour for that element.
Batman is the most prevalent of the DC Super Heroes and over the last 80 years his appearance has changed a great deal. This version is based on his very first appearance of the caped crusader, who wore purple gloves and an usually pronounced bat-cowl. Although the rest of the Minifigure is similar to other LEGO appearances, those gloves and new bat-cowl make it unique enough. There is also a ‘rope’ element and blue batarang included.
This isn’t the first time Bat-Mite has appeared in LEGO form. The character was a key part of the LEGO video game, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The Minifigure is an exact recreation of the digital version, As the name suggests there is similar look to the Batman, who Bat-Mite idolizes. His ill-fitting costume is nicely captured with a new cowl element. The Minifigure also includes a 2×3 printed tile, which shows a LEGO version of Detective Comics #27.
Bumblebee has been a member of Teen Titans, Doom Patrol and most recently the female focused DC spin-off brand, DC Super Hero Girls. This Minifigure version is similar to her appearance in the New Teen Titans comic run. Although she appears to be minus her belt. The printing is nice on the torso, although her wristbands look a little odd as they don’t go around the entire arm. A new hairpiece is used for the character and her energy projection powers are represented by a lighting elements, appearing in yellow for the first time.
Cyborg has appeared in LEGO form before, but despite that a new element has been created for his part robotic head. Unlike other versions, there is no chin piece. This version of Cyborg also likes to show off a little more flesh than most other versions, so much so, it makes him look like a strange 60’s spaceman from trashy late night, low budget movie. His purple chain harks back to his appearance on the cover of the first New Teen Titans comic.
The Flash has become a much loved DC character, thanks mainly due to The Flash TV. Although this focused on a different version of the speedster, Jay Garrick, the original Flash, has appeared a number of times. His outfit is quite retro compared the more recent versions. With a nice tin hat, adorned by two lighting bolts. This is an all-new element, and to imply speed, two lighting bolts are connected to the back of the Minifigure.
One of the nice things about Minifigures series is the ability to include characters who wouldn’t normally make it in to a set. Although the Green Lantern has made a couple of previous LEGO appearances, each one has featured different version of the character. Here it is Simon Baz, a more recent holder of the Power Ring. Unlike most other Green Lantern Corp members, he wears a hood to hide his identity. He also includes a green power battery lantern element.
Metamorpho has the power to transform into any elemental substance, which is perfectly captured in this Minifigure. His torso is split into two different colours, with his left-hand side extended by a fist element. But the best part of the character has to be the legs. One side is a solid colour to represent as mud like substance, with the other being transparent, with a little print detail. this is a great Minifigure of the classic DC character.
Mister Miracle was created by the legendary comic book artist, Jack Kirby, back in the 70’s. As a circus performer, his act was an escape artist. This is captured in the Minifigure, thanks to chains and handcuff. The character is set to appear in DC’s upcoming New Gods movie, so may gain more mainstream appeal. The actual Minifigure does a great job of capturing the character unique style, thanks to the use of dual-moulded legs and arms.
Sinestro is the arch rival to Green Lantern and is commonly seen in a yellow variant of the Green Lantern’s outfit. However the versions shows Sinestro in his classic black and blue costume. I like this better than the yellow version, it just seems a little more evil looking. As with Green Lantern, Sinestro also includes his Power Ring and a yellow version of lantern power battery.
Along with Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman is on of DC Comics most recognizable superheroes. Although this version uses elements from previous Minifigure outings, such as the hairpiece and lasso, the overall look is based on early versions. Which means Wonder Woman features a skirt element included in her outfit. This is the same element used on past Minifigures such as Minnie Mouse and Alice. It certainly works better than a material skirt would.
Although Minifigure series can be great for unusual character, they often include the classics, such as Superman. This is not as an extreme variant of the character in the same way Batman is. To be fair Superman’s look is fairly similar across his history. One notable feature of the Minifigure is the lack of belt or ‘outside’ underpants, yet it doesn’t nail the character down to a certain era. Especially since there is a 2×2 tile featuring a newspaper form the classic Superman movie.
Joker has appeared in LEGO form numerous times before now, but this version is based on the Clown Prince of Crimes appearance in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns miniseries. This includes a fairly muted version of the character, with the purple suit replaced with an equally evil looking white one. Even the hair is a light shade of green. He includes a pink candy floss element and a great little printed 1×2 tile, which is a playing card featuring the Joker and a tiny Batman.
The original Huntress is the alter ego of Helena Wayne, daughter of Batman and Catwoman. This Minifigure appears to represent this version of the character. Her purple and black outfit looks great, and is reminiscent of Batman’s, including his utility belt and cape. She also includes her trademark crossbow.
Cheetah is set to appear in the Wonder Woman sequel later this year. However the Minifigure here is based on there classic appearance, unlike her previous LEGO appearance. The character is basically a lady dressed in a Cheetah outfit. It also looks like a costumed character from a standard Minifigures series. She also includes a new green sack element, with a printed $ sign on it, which compliments the character evil intentions.
Stargirl is set to star in the latest DC TV series, which is probably why she is includes here. It also marks her first appearance as a Minifigure. Her outfit matches that of the TV series and she includes her Cosmic Staff, the source of her power. This uses a new element, which is a glittery topper. It really makes the characters appearance complete, so it’s nice that a new piece has been created for it.
The DC universe has a nice mix of characters, but they certainly aren’t as varied as Marvel’s. Although there are some nice characters here, I can’t help but feel another DC series was a little unnecessary. Sure it has given us some nice new elements, but I doubt they will have much use beyond the characters here, apart from appearing in future DC sets. The posing handle element is a nice addition and is great for offering a new way to display characters, this will certainly have use beyond just this series of Minifigures. As mentioned in the intro, the buzz around the new series seems to be non-existent. I think this is a mix of the subject matter and the price increase. £3.49 is a lot of money for a single Minifigure. This will certainly impact sales and future series. I don’t think LEGO will be able to get away with having series go beyond 16 characters.
The LEGO DC Super Heroes Series Minifigures are available now from LEGO Stores, online and all the usual LEGO retailers. There are 16 character to collect, with a full box containing at least 3 sets. Check out the BricksFanz Find ’em Guide to help keep costs down and get all 16 characters.