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Episode 75 · 3 months ago

LEGO The Batman (2022)

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After nearly 10 years, BATMAN is back in theaters with a new solo outing, this time played by Robert Pattinson. 

After almost 75 episodes, LegoLee finally sits down and talks about something DC Comics related to Brickology with the LEGO sets based on THE BATMAN! Lee articulates his thoughts on the sets, their accuracy to the film, and the future of DC Superheroes for Brickology.  

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee. Party might know me as Lego Lee or Lego lead. Three, two, nine from facebook, twitter, instagram, Youtube, Patren name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day, week, month, whatever it has been for you. And welcome back to Brick Ology, episode seventy three, or pretty close to seventy five, which I might do something rather special for episode seventy five of brick ology because it is a fairly large milestone in the podcasting game. But today is episode seventy three. And not quite, not quite once a week, but we're not even by weekly. I'm going to get a little bit under bi weekly. I think this is going to come out about eleven days after my last episode of Brick Ology. You know what, I think that's a somewhat decent ratio. It's not too bad at all. Now I did only a PLOAD, a couple of episodes. I know one episode in January, one episode in February. Now it is March and hopefully this is not the only episode in March of Two Thousand and twenty two. Hopefully I can at least get two episodes in for this month. However, March is a busy month. We got March madness, my birthdays and at this month. I absolutely love this month. I think March is the best month of the year. It's starting to get a little bit warmer, which I think my puppy will really appreciate, which also has been a reason why I've been so busy. But here we are recording an episode of Brick...

Ology in look, I can't guarantee there will be any consistency. I need to stop saying there's going to be consistency because every time I do I'm not consistent and I feel like I'm letting people down. So I'm not going to make any promises. However, I'm going to start cluing people into what the next episode of Brick Ology is in the previous episode just, you know, kind of get you guys excited and maybe Hook you for staying along with this podcast or maybe subscribing on your streaming service like apple podcast or spotify. But the next episode of Brick Ology will be a ninjago episode about the weird ghost sets from tills in fifteen. I can't remember the possession maybe was the name of that particular sub theme. That will be the next episode of Brick Ology, and longtime listeners of the show would know that I used to this thing where I had this pattern where I would not do more than one episode on a license theme or an unlicensed theme in a row and always alternate. I broke that pattern because it's getting too hard to keep up with it and I had broken it so severely that I have not done a brick ology episode about an unlicensed theme since my Halloween episode. These are the episodes of brick Ology I have done in a row. Star Wars, Force Awakens, spider man from the mcu, spider man from the same Raini trilogy. In conto Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, twenty anniversary, eternals hiddenside, which was my Halloween special in October, was the last time I did an unlicensed theme and today's episode, obviously if you're reading the title, is again a license theme. It's been way too long since I've talked about an unlicensed lego theme. So the next episode of Brick Ology will be a Ninjago episode about possession, an unlicense theme, so look forward to that. But all that out the way, let's just jump in and talk about this week's episode of Brick Ology, which...

...is on a pretty special topic. So, of course, if you've heard the title of this episode, we're talking about the Lego sets from the new DC comics film the Batman. And Somehow, some way, I have done seventy two episodes of this show prior to this episode and not a single one has been about Batman or anything DC comics, which is honestly kind of shocking because DC superheroes has been running Stra wrong for about ten years now and there were, of course, Batman sets that came out into thousand six before the current incarnation of DC superheroes sets. So it's a pretty big theme for Lego. It's not as big as marvel. I don't think they've given it as much dedication besides the Lego Batman movie, but beyond that, I mean it's a pretty big theme and it's a theme that I collect somewhat consistently. I don't buy every single DC SUPERHERO SET, they've definitely been some that I've skipped, but it's also a theme. When I see a set and I think it's cool and it's relatively cheap, I usually go about and purchase it. So it's odd to me that for some reason I have not done a single episode of brick oology about Lego DC superheroes, or Batman in particular, and look, I love Batman. I have been accused from my other podcast, the are you not podcast, of being a DC hater. I am not a DC hater. I love comic books in general and I love DC. I just think DC has made some rather horrible content as of late. I'm not a DC hater. I definitely prefer marvel to DC. I'm going to be completely honest about that. However, I am a Batman fiend. Literally Right now in my studio I have the one thousand, nine hundred and eighty nine Lego batwink set hanging over my desk. Next to it is the Tumbler set, a bunch of different batmobile sets, including some we're to talk about...

...today, and then the eighty nine batmobile. I don't think somebody who is a DC hater would have all that stuff. But the one thing consistent there is that it's Batman. Like DC I like, but I can be indifferent on sometimes Batman I do care about. I Love Batman. I've loved Batman ever since I was a kid, like I remember watching freaking Batman and Robin when I was like maybe four years old and low key thinking it was kind of hype, and then watching it again when I got older and being like wow, my opinions as a child we're absolutely horrible. But that's either neither here nor they're we're finally talking about something DC superheroes related on brick ology. Seventy three episodes in and we're finally at this point. Now. Look, I'm not going to cover the grand history of Batman in Lego or Batman in general in this episode. However, just teasing for the future, I will try to do maybe one DC Superhero episode of brick ology per season, make it a consistent kind of miniseries within brick ology, like marble superheroes or Harry Potter. So that's just kind of a big announcement for the future of this podcast. I'm going to try and do more DC Superhero and specifically Batman related content in the future and also, of course, I am uploading this episode the day that the Batman is being released wide in the United States of America, and that is March, or of two thousand and twenty two. However, I'm recording this on Thursday and I've already seen the movie once and actually, after I'm recording this podcast, a group of Friends of mine and I are going to see it. I'm going to see it again for the second time. It will all be there. First Times I went to an advanced screening a couple of days ago, so I have seen the film. I have not recorded an are you not podcast episode about it. That might come in the future. However, I've just been so busy that are you not...

...has taken a back seat. Pretty much everything I do online besides my actual job has taken a back seat. I'm getting back into the flow of brick ology. Are you not, though, is even more so in the back compared to brick ology. So I can't guarantee you I'm going to do a podcast review for this film. So I'll give you my quick thoughts on this movie. I thought this movie was almost great. It was held back a little bit by a bloated run time. It's like a Threehour long movie. It should not have been that long and there also is kind of a lack of action. Now the movie really goes heavy in on this like no war detective feel, which I love. That I love. This was ultimately a detective Batman Movie. I think this might be the best interpretation of the character of Batman from the comics. I don't think it's the Best Batman movie. That is still the dark night trilogy made by Christopher Nolan, but Matt Ree s director this movie really gave it an interesting, unique vibe. I wish there were a couple more action scenes. I wish the movie were a little bit shorter, but ultimately it was very, very good and honestly I'm kind of shocked Lego made sets based off this movie on the movie is rated pg thirteen in America, so it's within the parameters that Lego has given themselves on their ideas website. However, this movie is pretty dark. It's fairly slow, not action packed, has some brutal violence throughout its entire runtime. It was honestly quite shocking to me and I feel like if Lego watch this movie before making sets, they probably be like, and I'm not sure this fits, are I criteria it's actually written are in the UK or whatever the UK equivalent of an r rating is. So that's kind of a weird, fun little neat things. This is a pretty brutal movie if you are a younger listener of brick ology. Look, I mean I watched plenty of honestly some are ty movies, of plenty of ptthirteen movies and I was like six years...

...old, but I would consider some permenttal guidance before going in, do a little bit more research, because it's definitely not for the faint of heart. Now, moving along from my thoughts on the movie, My kind of surprise that this actually got a couple of legos sets. Let's talk about the production of this movie here just little bit to give you guys some context on the film. So this originally was going to be the Ben Affleck Batman Movie, of course set in the DCU, and Lego has, of course made a bunch of DCEU sets in the past and I'm assuming they were planning on doing sets based off this Ben Affleck Batman movie before it was eventually kind of canceled. Essentially, what happened is they hired Matt Reeves as the Director Ben Affleck, was really supposed to direct the movie himself and Stars Batman, and then he wasn't going to direct. We Got Matt Reeves, but it was still Ben Affleck, and then that all kind of fell apart and then I'll like just kidding. This is a completely different universe. It's not in the DCU and they cast Robert Pattinson, who was great, by the way, in the film, also getting on a lego figure. Robert Pattinson, of course, is cedric diggery from the Harry Potter movies and he also is Edward for the twilight movies. Twilight does not have any LEGO sets, but of course he does have these centric degree figure from Harry Potter. Sir, our Pattinson now is part of the too many for your club, which is pretty fun. I Apologize. My cat is banging on my door and there people playing Ping Pong in my apartment complex. Really Loud, lots of distractions right now. We're going to power through it and keep recording brick ology, but continuing on the production of this movie. It was originally supposed to come out in July. Of Two thousand and twenty one there are producing the movie, making the movie and then Robert Pattinson got covid and productions slowed down, it halted and it was delayed until October of two thousand and twenty one, and then it was delayed again until now, March of two thousand and twenty two, but we are finally here now. The release date for the Lego sets coincides...

...or with the October release state. It would have been a little bit late if these sets were released in October. So it's not completely where you would like to see it. It's a little odd if you ask me, but essentially so. The sets were actually released in the United States of America on November first two thousand and twenty one, so five months ago in the United States of America. Pretty big gap before the movie actually came out. However, they were released on January first everywhere else, which makes a lot more sense to me. I think that release date makes a lot more sense for these sets in particular, which is, you know, just more like a two month head start as opposed to this like four or five month head start. So that's very interesting. That November release date seems like it might have been something that was pre planned before the movie eventually got delayed until March. I don't know that for certain. Normally they would release it before the movie comes out. To a bit seemed that they come on like an August or September if the movie were coming out in November or October. In this particular instance, weird release date, but that doesn't really matter to the overall grand scream of these sets. One interesting tidbit. These are technically listed as two thousand and twenty two sets, even though they were released two months before two thousand and twenty two began here in America. However, you know car companies released two thousand and twenty two models in two thousand twenty one. That really doesn't matter. Again, it's a fairly small wave though. There's only three sets posts a couple of other random sets that aren't really part of the main line. But that is fairly comparable to other DC films as of late, like man of steel got three sets, Batman be Superman got three sets, justice league also got three sets. So all the big DC movies have found themselves getting three set and then smaller DC movies like wonder woman or Aquaman got one set, and then some DC movies like suicide squad and Shazanne got zero...

...sets. So lego has been very inconsistent with the amount of sets that each DC movie gets. But it seems like anytime Batman or Superman is in a movie you're pretty much guaranteed to get three sets at least from Lego. So, without further ado, let's jump in and talk about the sets, but quickly, while I have your attention. Go find me online. Like my facebook page, follow me on twitter, follow me on Instagram, go check out my patreon. Consider donating to this account. Find me on Youtube. I have all these links all over the Internet. It's Lego Lee or Lego lead, three, two, nine on all those various pages. Also subscribe on your streaming platform of choice, whether it is apple podcast or spotify, and you can rate my podcast out of five stars on either stream platform, and apple podcast listeners can also give me a written review. I would love to hear your feedback. All right, let's talk about the Lego sets based off the Batman I do you to specify that I will be revealing some scene details based off these sets and whether or not the sets are accurate based on the movie. I would not give away any specific plot details or anything. So not really any spoilers. I'm just going to say if this scene happens in the movie and if it does, I'll describe how accurate the Lego set is compared to the scene. So if you want literally like nothing from this movie revealed for you, you might want to skip this episode. But I think they're going to be safe in my hands regardless. The first set here is a fifteen dollar set with one hundred and forty nine pieces. So technically the set is one thousand four hundred and ninety nine and has a hundred forty nine pieces, which is a perfect price apart ratio this. It is called Batman and Selina Kyle motorcycle pursuit. It includes too many figures. Of you guessed it, Batman and Selina Kyles. This is, of course, the Robert Pattinson Batman, adding rob to the two mini figure club. I love...

...the printing on the torso and the legs of this Batman figure. That looks great. The Cape is fine. It's The Cape they've been using for a while now. The cow is the same cow piece they've been using since like two thousand and twelve. And look, it's a good mold. It looks very good. It doesn't quite look like his cow in the movie. I would have liked to have seen maybe a new mold specific for this film, because they gave a new mold to the Ben Affleck Batman with the shorter ears. I would have liked to have seen maybe a new mold for the Robbert Pattinson Batman, and also the face print with the weird headband thing. It's the same kind of deal they've been doing for a while, so that's not my favorites. However, you do also get an alternate head with hair piece, which is nice to see, of Bruce Wayne and his hair, so that is very cool. So overall it's a mostly good Batman figure and look, the cow doesn't look awful, but I think it could be better. The other figure included with this set here is Selina Kyle Catwoman. I don't think she was ever specifically referred to as Catwoman in the movie, so leg just refers to her by her actual name, which of course, is Selina Kyle. The figure is relatively plain, I would say. It's pretty much just a torso print that looks pretty good. No printing elsewhere, but a nice face print. has a short hair piece that's fairly accurate to the movie. It kind of looks like the actress, so a Kravitz, and also has a separate helmet piece as well. Now she does has some cool outfits in the movie. She wears some wig throughout the film, which I did enjoy. It would have been nice to maybe get a wig or something in this set, but other than that it looks very cool. Both figures in this set are not exclusive, though, so if you get the other sets there's no reason really to buy this set for the figures, but it is by far the cheapest way to get these figures, so that is nice. There are three builds and this set here. The first build and probably the...

...coolest build in some ways, is actually the bat signal, a very simple build, but he uses a fairly new big circle tile piece with a sticker on it and that is a glow in the dark piece, and I actually have this set on my shelf in my room currently and every time to go to bed at night I see the Little Bat signal glowing on my shelf, so that is pretty fun. Also on the bat signal there is a storage rack for a grappling Hook and a bat arraying which is nice as well. So that is a cool inclusion with this set. It doesn't quite make sense for it to be in this set. Also, the back signal is on top of like a tower in the movie, so it's kind of weird that it comes in this very like on the ground level set. Be Know what, it's a cool thing to get for any Batman Fan, so I'm not going to complain too much about that being and included. Side build here you also get two motorcycles, one for Selina Kyle. That looks pretty good as a sticker for the front light. It has a chest on the back to store some things and of course you can't put Selina and there. And you also get a motorcycle for Batman that looks a little awkward if you ask me. The front is a little Chubby. It's not my favorite build in the world. Also, the handle bars are a bat terrain, which clever part usage Lego, but it's also a little bit on the nose and I think that would have been better off just giving us like an actual handlebar piece. So not my favorite in the world, but all around a pretty decent little motorcycle build. And overall, fifteen lego sets just don't happen all that much anymore, so it's nice to get one here and I think the builds are pretty good. The figures are decent and look, if you don't have a lot of money but you want to get a couple of important characters from the Batman, some decent vehicles and a cool bat signal, this set is one bang for your bucks. I think this is a really solid small set,...

...but if you have the other sets like me, it's definitely not quite as cool. Doubling in price, though, with three hundred ninety two pieces for thirty dollars, a great price to part ratio is the batmobile, the Penguin Chase. This set includes to mini figures the exact same Batman with the exact same head. This figure actually comes in all three sets, just getting that out of the way. But then you also get an exclusive version of Colin Farrell as the Penguin. Colin Farrell also played a character in the fantastic beast movies who was actually grindelwald in disguise. So Colin Farrell now joins the two MINIFIG club as well. So that is fun to see his penguin figure. It looks pretty good. I think they maybe could have given him mid legs to make a look a little bit more accurate in size, but I do like his torso like bringing in the face print looks pretty good as well. The hairpiece is fairly generic. He also has this like rocket launchers, Stud shooter that he doesn't need that. He has the pistol pieces. Well, just given the pistol pieces, not need this touch shooter rocket launcher. I get it for playability Sake, but it definitely feels a little bit out of place with this figure, but a nice figure to get in this set. As for the main and only build of this set, it is, of course, the new version of the batmobile. Now, look, I expect every iteration of Batman from now on from Lego to get their own version of the batmobile and I am also slowly collecting all of these different versions of the iconic vehicle. This particular batmobile looks more like just kind of a souped up muscle car. kind of has a fast and furious vibe, and I don't mind that for kind of the grounded realism that this movie has, and I think Lego did a pretty good job at capturing it. Now it is very large. It's a very, very big LEGO cards, even bigger than like Lego speech champions cars. Actually uses some pieces from Lego speech champions, so...

...it's comically a little bit too big. However, that means they can get more detail in there, and the detail is fantastic. The Front looks pretty good, has some good shaping. It has some hidden springletted launchers which are unnecessary, but I don't mind too much, for the front looks pretty good. The back with the exposed engine looks fantastic, like it did a great job with that design. I love the look of this thing from the back in the movie and I think leg captured it well too. And also the interior does have a lot of space and some good controls as well. And of course can fit Batman with his cow and his Cape, which is very important, so that is really cool as well. So, overall, a very nice looking batmobile that's pretty accurate to the movie and is a really good deal for thirty dollars. Now, is this scene accurate to the film? There is a scene where Batman is chasing the penguin in the batmobile. However, the penguin does have his own car. So if they want to make this a little bit more accurate, they should have included another car. However, that probably would have raised the price of the set by like at least twenty dollars, and I'm not complaining. This is only a thirty dollar set, so I'm not going to complained about that. This is a good set and the demobile itself is pretty accurate to the film. So this set here is pretty great and unsurprisingly, this is actually voted on by my fans on Instagram as the best set from the Batman. And look, it's Batmobile. It's a fairly affordable set that looks really good and of course it's going to be an iconic thing from the movie. No surprise, this was voted on as the best set. Now there actually are a couple of other versions of this. They made a polybag with sixty eight pieces, really close to a nice piece count there. The pile of bag looks horrible. Just look it up if you don't know what it looks like. It is not a very good small representation of the Batmobile and they made it one a hundred dollar technic...

...set. No, technically that technic set is a technic set. Is Not listed as a DC superheroes, the Batman set, so I'm not going to talk about it here at length. It looks pretty good. I'm not going to buy it. I'd ever spend that much money on a tepic set, but overall I think it looks solid for what it is. But the single biggest set from this line is an eighty dollar set with five hundred eighty one pieces, horrible price of part ratio. No idea what happened in between the first two sets having great price of part ratios and this set having a horrible price of part ratio. But Eighty Bucks, five hundred eighty one piece set called batcave the riddler face off. This set here includes six mini figures, the exact same version of Batman, but you also get a version of Bruce Wayne in this set, known as the DRIFTER, wearing some very cool looking outfits that could be used in let Lego city as well, and he has a nice motorcycle helmet, so I actually like that very in here, who is exclusive to this set. You also get the same version of Selina Kyle, sash catwoman from the small set, so nothing new there. But the other figures here are exclusive, including the new version of Alfred Pennyworth in the film, played by Andy Cirkus. Andy Circus has now joined the three minifigured club because he has ulysses claw from the marvel sets, he has golumn from the Lord of the ring sets and now he has alfred from the Batman sets. Congratulations, Andy Circus, on getting your third Lego minifigure. His version of Alfred was fairly under utilized in the film. He does have a cane and actually give him the Harry Potter Wan piece as the Cane, which actually works out decently well here. The rest of his details are fairly mundane. You do also get the new version of Jim Gordon, who is played by Jeffrey Wright. Jeffrey Wright actually gets his second lego figure because he's the watcher from the what if series. Congratulations, I'm getting your second Lego figure,...

Jeffrey, and this is a great looking figure. I love his face print, I love the hairpiece, all this printing is really good, a really fantastic representation of this character from the movie. And finally, the main villain of the film, Paul Dano, who actually gets his first ever lego figure here as the riddler. Paul Dano looks great as this character. I really, really love the look of this figure. Besides, one thing, they give them a hairpiece over his mask. In the movie his mass just covers his hair. Not really sure what's going on there. Now it's a very easy fix. You literally just take off the hair piece and it looks really accurate to the movie. So that is kind of bizarre if you ask me. Not really sure why they give him the hairpiece other than that great face print, Great Tarso print, and a great figure to get in this set. As for the builds of this set, you get one small side build and that is another bat motorcycle of some kind that looks a little bit more realistic in the one that comes in the smaller set. So really, if you get this big set, the only really exclusive thing to that small set is the bat signal, because you get a motorcycle in this set which is very similar to the other motorcycles from that set. Two figures also coming this set. So really the bat signal is the only thing worth while and that set. If you get this big bat cave set, the rest of the set here is the bat cave itself. Now in the movie the Bat Cave AP peers and it's in some kind of abandoned train station called Wayne Terminus, and Lego has represented that here with a train station build fairly similar like Harry Potter train stations are city train station. It's pretty detailed, it looks very cool, has lots of cool lights. Overall I think it's a really good look and when it appears in the movie I was like there it is. Lego made a pretty accurate looking version of this train station from the film and I was super excited. And it's in the movie for like five to ten...

...seconds and it disappears and they really don't go back there again. That was a huge disappointment to me. I really thought that they kind of drop the ball on really having the bat cave not be heavily involved with this film. I would have loved to spend a little bit more time than there. You get some time with like the computer set up, which is not the more interesting part to me, but besides that you don't just see much of the bat cave. So well, that's Lego set looks decently accurate to what we see briefly in the film. It's in the film so little that it definitely makes the Lego set feel less cool to be by extinction. But let's talk about the set itself. Like I said, it is this train station sort of thing and where the train tracks would be, there actually are a couple different options here. You have the big computer screen set up, which is not here in the movie, but you easily can remove it now. The screen looks pretty good. Has some bit spick stickers, has a chair and some keyboards and, of course, a Coffee Cup, and it also has this magnifying glass piece that has a same play feature from the two thousand and four ALFA team sets set in the ice where it's read and you put it over these pieces a head, kind of like d effect, and it changes what they look like and it fits with the whole cipher thing that the widdler does with his puzzles in the movie and I think it's super cool that Lego was able to do that with a play feature in the sets. That is really creative. So I love that about the magnifying glass piece. I thought that was very cool, and it is cool that you can actually remove the computer because it's not actually here in the movie. It just kind of put for display purposes on the box. So actually that works out pretty well. But what you can do is actually park your bat vehicles inside here. There's space to fit the batmobile or the motorcycles. However, you can't do both of the same time. We've been really cool could have the motor cycles and the batmobile and tandem. It's either one or the other. So my display...

I had the motorcycles and at the beatmobile kind of more prominently displayed. So that's a little bit disappointing if you ask me. The besides that, I think it looks very cool and it's a very nice function for the Middle Section. The rest of the sides here, what's a detail? Out to one side there is a small kind of prison cell, the breakout feature. Nothing like that happens in the movie. But off to that side as well there is a nice looking tool display that is very cool and not so can swing in and out to give kind of a different look to the whole thing, which is nice to see. The other side has an additional screen that is pretty cool, as well as storage rack or some grappling hooks. And Yeah, that's about it for the bat cave. Overall, I think it's a pretty decent lego set. It's a decent side that has some big pieces, which helped justify the horrible price of part ratio. However, I still think it would have been better out of seventy ino of eighty. This set has some great figures. It looks fairly accurate to what we actually see in the movie. It just was such a small part of the movie that I was disappointed that I had this big legos that those eighty bucks not be that important in the film. Additionally, Gordon never goes the bat cave, neither does catwoman, neither does the riddler. Really this section of all my called Batman, Bruce, Wayne and Alfred, but I'm not complaining about them including the additional characters in this set because there's are desirable characters to get from the movie and the figures of them look very cool. So over all a cool set, but I do think it's disappointing when comparing it to how important it was in the film itself. But that is all she wrote for the Lego the Batman sets. Thank you, guys so much for joining me here today. Overall, I think this is actually a fairly decent but small wave of Lego sets. They're pretty accurate to their appearance in the movie. The figures look really good. Nothing is too expensive and the dinodille set is actually really fantastic...

...for its price and it's design. So overall, I like this wave a pretty good bit. I really like the movie. I'm happy that I have all of these sets. What do you guys think what these sets? Please let me know. Go find me on all those social media platforms. Hit me up on instagram you have any questions. But the show. Subscribe to the show. Look forward to new episodes of the show and thank you so much for listening to this episode of Brick Ology. More DC content to come. Thank you all so much. I could not be here without you. I really appreciate you listening to me ramble out about Lego for our words. It's really, really remarkable that's so many of you listen to this podcast and I am forever grateful. Again, thank you so much for listening to week's episode of brick oology. I'll catch you guys next time. Peace Out, God bless bye, bye.

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