LEGO Deals in Canada (August 18-24, 2017)

Hudson’s Bay:
The list has not changed much, but, once again, the list is a little shorter than last week.

  • City – Fun in the Park for $37.49
  • City – Prison Island for $89.99
  • City – Police Patrol Boat for $44.99
  • City – Ferry for $29.99
  • City – Airport Passenger Terminal for $97.49
  • City – Airport Air Show for $82.49
  • City – Airport VIP Service for $44.99
  • City – Cargo Plane for $22.49
  • City – Airport Starter Set for $9.74
  • Creator – Super Soarer for $9.74
  • Creator – Fast Car for $18.74
  • Creator – Propeller Plane for $18.74
  • Creator – Corner Deli for $37.49
  • DC Comics – Killer Croc Sewer Smash for $74.99
  • DC Comics – Gotham City Cycle Chase for $18.74
  • Disney Princess – Palace Pets Royal Castle for $18.74
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $56.24
  • Disney Princess – Anna and Kristoff’s Sleigh Adventure for $29.99
  • Elves – Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave for $37.49
  • Friends – Foal’s Washing Station for $9.74
  • Juniors – Cinderella’s Carriage for $18.74
  • Juniors – Stephanie’s Horse Carriage for $11.99
  • Juniors – Lost Temple for $29.99
  • Juniors – Batman and Superman VS Lex Luthor for $18.74
  • Juniors – Ariel’s Dolphin Carriage for $13.49
  • Juniors – Snake Showdown for $13.49
  • Juniors – Police Helicopter Chase for $9.74
  • Marvel – Spider-Man Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle for $97.49
  • Marvel – Avengers Airport Battle for $74.99
  • Minecraft – The Jungle Treehouse for $67.49
  • Nexo Knights – Macy’s Thunder Mace for $18.74
  • Nexo Knights – Axl’s Tower Carrier for $67.49
  • Nexo Knights – Jestro’s Volcano Lair for $112.49
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron Fox’s Aerostriker V2 for $29.99
  • Ninjago – Sky Shark for $18.74
  • Ninjago – Misfortune’s Keep for $74.99
  • Ninjago – Tiger Widow Island for $44.99
  • Ninjago – Raid Zeppelin for $29.99
  • Ninjago – Salvage MEC for $37.49
  • Ninjago – Rock Roader for $37.49
  • Ninjago – Jay’s Elemental Dragon for $29.99
  • Star Wars – First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter for $67.49
  • Star Wars – Captain Rex’s AT-TE for $112.49
  • Star Wars – Resistance X-Wing for $74.99
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Star Scavenger for $44.99
  • Star Wars – Eclipse Fighter for $29.99
  • Star Wars – Battle on Takodana for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Carbon Freezing Chamber for $22.49
  • Star Wars – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle for $112.49
  • Star Wars – Rey’s Speeder for $18.74

Best Buy
There are a lot of LEGO Dimensions fun packs on sale for $9.99 ($3 off).

The LEGO Store

CaveManFreebieSpending $50 or more online or in store will get you the caveman and cave woman Minifigures pictured above. This offer is valid until August 31, or while supplies last. The Ninjago double VIP points event is also ongoing until August 31. It includes the following sets: 70612 (Green Ninja Mech Dragon), 70617 (Temple of the Ultimate Weapon), 70618 (Destiny’s Bounty), 70607 (Ninjago City Chase), and 70608 (Master Falls). The following sets are also on sale:

  • Angry Birds – King Pig’s Castle for $87.99
  • City – Volcano Heavy Lift Helicopter for $143.99
  • Batman Movie – Arkham Asylum for $143.99
  • Batman Movie – Scarecrow Special Delivery for $19.99
  • DC – Classic TV Series Batcave for $263.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $87.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $59.99
  • Ideas – Adventure Time for $51.99
  • Minifigures – Series 17 for $3.19
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Stone Destroyer for $23.99
  • Nexo Knights – Axl’s Tower Carrier for $71.99
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $59.99

Mastermind Toys

  • Batman Movie – Minifigures for $2.99
  • City – Volcano Exploration Base for $99.99
  • Minecraft – The Nether Fortress for $69.99
  • Nexo Knights – The Fortrex for $89.99

Toys R Us
There is 20% off on select DC Comics Super Heroes sets. The list includes:

  • DC – Clash of the Super Heroes for $12.77
  • DC – Gotham City Cycle Chase for $19.97
  • DC – Kryptonite Interception for $31.97
  • DC – Scarecrow Harvest of Fear for $59.97
  • DC – Killer Croc Sewer Smash for $79.97
  • DC – Wonder Woman Warrior Battle for $31.97
  • Mighty Micros – Superman VS Bizarro for $10.37
  • Mighty Micros – Batman VS Killer Moth for $10.37
  • Mighty Micros – Wonder Woman VS Doomsday for $10.37

Walmart

  • DC – Batman Classic TV Series Batcave for $247.40
  • Elves – The Capture of Sophie Jones for $18.00
  • Elves  – Aira’s Airship and Amulet Chase for $35.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Party Shop for $30.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Supermarket for $30.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Cupcake Café for $35.00
  • Juniors – Stephanie’s Beach Holiday for $30.00
  • Ninjago – Chain Cycle Ambush for $30.00
  • Star Wars – Assault on Hoth for $224.90

Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Summer 2017

Back in April, I wrote a post for the April A-to-Z blogging challenge called “B is for Big – Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets“. The article has been hugely popular. Given that popularity, and the fact that it is now out of date, I thought I would give it a little tweak today. So, as of August 16, 2017, here are the top 10 biggest LEGO sets!

10. Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055)

setbucketwheelBrick Count: 3,929
Price: $329.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 0
Released: August 1, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

09. Assembly Square (10255)

setassemblysquareBrick Count: 4,002
Price: $339.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 7
Released: January 1, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

08. The Death Star (75159)

setdeathstarBrick Count: 4,016
Price: $599.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.15
Minifigures: 23 + 2 droids
Released: October 1, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

07. The Disney Castle (71040)

setdisneycastleBrick Count: 4,080
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 6, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

06. Big Ben (10253)

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Brick Count: 4,162
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: July 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

05. Tower Bridge (10214)

settowerbridgeBrick Count: 4,295
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: October 3, 2010
Retired: This set is still commercially available

04. Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

setfirehouseBrick Count: 4,634
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.09
Minifigures: 9 + 3 Ghosts
Released: January 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

03. Ninjago City (70620)

NinjagoCityBrick Count: 4,867
Price: $349.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 16
Released: August 16, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

02. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

setmillenniumfalconBrick Count: 5,197
Price: $499.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 24, 2007
Retired: 2010

01. Taj Mahal (10189)

setstajmahalBrick Count: 5,922
Price: $399.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: September 24, 2010
Retired: 2011

There you have it! The big change from my spring edition of this post is the addition of Ninjago City (70620), which ultimately bumped the Death Star II (10141) off of the list. The Taj Mahal still holds on to its #1 spot after seven years, but if the rumours are true, there is a new contender for that spot on the horizon… What is your favorite set on this list? As always, your comments are welcome below.

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

LEGO Review: Hospital [7892]

This week’s review is going to be a throwback! Not too long ago, while browsing Kijiji, I came across two sets from the 2007 City theme. I was really happy with the price I paid for the two. The seller assured me that they were complete sets, but sadly one of them was not. This is the second time that I have bought LEGO from Craigslist or Kijiji, and it is also second time that the seller has not been honest with me. So, beware when you buy things from these online garage sales! In any case, the set was 90% complete, and I can live without the missing bit. I only paid $40.00 (which was talked down from $50) for both sets anyway, and they would have cost me at least $60.00 at full price, so I am still satisfied with my deal. But, since this set is an old, retired one, I will not be reviewing it with my usual criteria and averages. I can’t really compare the original cost of this set with today’s brick prices, and I don’t have the data from 10 years ago. So, this review will be opinion based alone.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) front view

Set Summary

Name: Hospital
Set #: 7892
Theme: City
Cost: $53.18-ish CAD
Brick Count: 382
Minifigures: 4
Release Date: October 24, 2007

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LEGO Hospital (7892) rear view

Review

I was not able to find the original market price for this set in Canadian dollars. In the US, it cost $49.99. In 2007, the exchange rate between the Canadian and US dollars was about $0.94 (as in $1 CAD was equal to $0.94 US). So, if I had crossed the border and bought this set States-side, it would have cost me about $53.18. No doubt the price would have been higher north of the border. If I had paid $53.18 for this each brick would have cost $0.14. That is right on par with the current average price per brick. Given that there has been inflation over the last decade, and the fact that City sets are generally more pricey per brick than other themes, I am going to go ahead and assume that this set was not a great value for the time. A quick look on Bricklink and eBay shows this set can go for a lot more these days on the secondary market, so I maintain that my $40 for two sets was pretty good.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) front door

The build for this set is okay. It comes on a raised baseplate, which is not something that you see much of anymore today. There are three instruction manuals, the first is for a little medic’s car. This was the portion that my set was missing. I am not crying too much about that since I probably would not have kept it built anyway. The pictures of it online are not that impressive. The second manual is for a helicopter. It is nothing we have not seen before in LEGO city helicopters. The stretchers that comes with the set can be attached to the side of the helicopter. I would not want to the be patient transported on that…

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Just hang on, we’re almost at the hospital.

The third instruction manual is for building the hospital itself. The first section that you build is the roof under which the ambulance parks. Overall, it looks nice, but it has some pretty big flaws. First, when the ambulance pulls in, there is no room to open the doors and unload the patient. The second problem became apparent as I was photographing this set. The whole structure is very weakly attached to the base, and breaks/comes off with little effort.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) ambulance parking

The second structure is the hospital proper. On the ground floor you have reception, which can be accessed from the exterior by being buzzed in, or using the keypad next to the door, I suppose. A staircase leads down from the raised platform to ground level. Inside reception, there is not much going on. A desk, a chair, and a computer terminal is all you get. Some waiting chairs would have been nice.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) reception

The second floor has some beds for patients to recover in. There is a little stand with some fluids to drip into a patient, and a couple of cups. Each bed has a little screen with vitals showing on it. For the space, it is not a bad design.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) patient room

The top floor is the operating room. It does not come with a bed or second stretcher. You have to take the stretcher from the helicopter and put it in the center of the room. There are some pretty hardcore tools on the side of the room that would straight-up freak me out if I ever saw them in a doctor’s hands… but I have luckily never had to have major surgery, so I really have no idea what is actually in an OR. There is also a lamp in the room. When you put the stretcher in, the room is pretty full.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) operating room

The final section of the hospital is the helipad and ramp leading to it. It is a little odd that the ramp exits from the patients’ room, and that there is a pretty huge step up to the door from the ramp. It doesn’t make it easy to push a stretcher through. Otherwise, it’s not that bad.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) helipad

You get four Minifigures in this set. Sadly, I only got three with my purchase. There should be two medics, one driving the car, the other piloting the helicopter. I got one of them. He is pretty generic. He wears a blue cap, and does not have a double-sided face. He has sunglasses printed on his face. His torso is printed on the front, and there is no printing on the legs.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) medic

You naturally get a doctor Minifig as well. His torso print differs from the medics in that he has a printed stethoscope. He has a brown hairpiece, no double-sided face, no rear torso print, and no leg printing.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) doctor

The final Minifig is the patient. Oddly, all of the characters in this set are male. This one wears plain grey pants, and a blue plaid shirt. His face sports a moustache, and he has a pretty cheesy haircut reminiscent of Guile from the old Street Fighter videogames.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) patient

All of these Minifigures are pretty generic. But, that tends to be the case with City sets nowadays as well. They make good town fillers if nothing else. I wouldn’t give them more than 60% for design though. This hospital does gain points for its brick-to-Minifigure ratio though. It originally came with four Minifigures and 382 bricks, which translates to one Minifig for every 96 bricks. That is actually amazing.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) roof view

This set took me an hour to build. I paid $40.00 for this set, and another smaller one. The smaller one made up about 24% of the bricks in my purchase. With that in mind, this hospital cost me about $30.40. That is $0.51 per minute of build time, which is a great value in my mind. At full retail price, the build-time value would have been more like $0.89 per minute, which even by today’s standards is pretty bad.

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LEGO Hospital (7892) helicopter

Would I keep this set in my LEGO city as is? No, I would not. Don’t get me wrong, I do like it. As a kid, it would have been a lot of fun to play with. But, in general, I don’t like the open-backed design of many City theme sets. The set has a lot of great parts, and gave me some ideas for my own custom hospital. But, I will be modifying it quite a bit for my town. Mainly, it needs an elevator, and it should be modular to fit with the rest of my city. I’ll probably add more features to the interior as well.

Do you have the LEGO hospital from back in the day? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time!

-T.N.B.

 

Out & About with Minifigures – Keith Urban Live in Montreal

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Keith Urban played his first concert in Montreal. Being a fan, I bought my tickets for the show months ago. Mr. Urban did not disappoint. Not only did he perform a set list teeming with hits, he also showed himself to be quite the entertainer. I was really impressed with his crowd interaction, from pulling a bachelorette party onto stage and calling the bride’s fiancé (who hung up), to autographing a guitar and giving it away to a crowd member.

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Keith Urban live in Montreal… sadly this was the best photo I could get with my phone. No actual cameras were allowed.

My wife and I had a really good time. We are not really party-goers, and we like to sit during shows (yes, we are boring). So, I had carefully selected our seats so that we would be in the front row of the first level of balcony seats, and right on the aisle to boot. It was actually the perfect vantage point for us. There was a pit on the floor right in front of the stage for the more adventurous concert goer.

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I have been a Keith Urban fan since the Fuse album. I liked a few of his songs before that, but Fuse really converted me. Last summer, I made a LEGO-fied post involving a LEGO recreation of the Ripcord album cover (click here to see it). To commemorate this concert, I decided to make a LEGO version of the Ripcord tour poster.

I stopped writing down setlists during concerts because someone always posts them online. I guess other people felt the same way, because I have not been able to find the setlist for this show anywhere. As best I can remember, these were the songs Keith Urban played in Montreal. I am not sure if I have remembered them all correctly, or if they are in the right order. If you were there, feel free to correct me in the comments below, and leave your thoughts on the show!

  • Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)
  • Long Hot Summer
  • Break On Me
  • Somewhere in my Car
  • Good Thing
  • Blue Ain’t Your Colour
  • Put You In A Song
  • Where the Blacktop Ends
  • Little Bit of Everything
  • Witchita Lineman
  • You Gonna Fly (with Robbie Johnson)
  • You Look Good in my Shirt
  • The Fighter (with video of Carrie Underwood)
  • Cop Car
  • Somebody Like You
  • John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
  • Wasted Time
  • Hallelujah/But for the Grace of God
  • Raise ‘Em Up

LEGO Colouring Page: Jungle Explorer

This week’s free LEGO colouring page continues with my Jungle Exploration theme of the last couple of weeks. This particular Minifigure strikes me as the team leader sort. In my own LEGO world, he is a professor going into the jungle with his team of researchers and grad students. But, without further delay, click here to download your free PDF file.

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Canadian LEGO Deals (Aug. 11-17, 2017)

Hudson’s Bay:
The list has not changed much, but it is a little shorter than last week.

  • City – Fun in the Park for $37.49
  • City – Prison Island for $89.99
  • City – Police Patrol Boat for $44.99
  • City – Ferry for $29.99
  • City – Airport Passenger Terminal for $97.49
  • City – Airport Air Show for $82.49
  • City – Airport VIP Service for $44.99
  • City – Cargo Plane for $22.49
  • City – Airport Starter Set for $9.74
  • Creator – Super Soarer for $9.74
  • Creator – Fast Car for $18.74
  • Creator – Propeller Plane for $18.74
  • Creator – Lakeside Lodge for $29.99
  • Creator – Corner Deli for $37.49
  • DC Comics – Killer Croc Sewer Smash for $74.99
  • DC Comics – Gotham City Cycle Chase for $18.74
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $56.24
  • Disney Princess – Anna and Kristoff’s Sleigh Adventure for $29.99
  • Elves – Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave for $37.49
  • Friends – Foal’s Washing Station for $9.74
  • Friends – Heartlake Supermarket for $29.99
  • Juniors – Stephanie’s Horse Carriage for $11.99
  • Juniors – Lost Temple for $29.99
  • Juniors – Batman and Superman VS Lex Luthor for $18.74
  • Juniors – Ariel’s Dolphin Carriage for $13.49
  • Juniors – Snake Showdown for $13.49
  • Juniors – Police Helicopter Chase for $9.74
  • Juniors – Spider-Man Hideout for $22.49
  • Marvel – Spider-Man Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle for $97.49
  • Marvel – Avengers Airport Battle for $74.99
  • Minecraft – The Jungle Treehouse for $67.49
  • Nexo Knights – Macy’s Thunder Mace for $18.74
  • Nexo Knights – Axl’s Tower Carrier for $67.49
  • Nexo Knights – Jestro’s Volcano Lair for $112.49
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron Fox’s Aerostriker V2 for $29.99
  • Ninjago – Sky Shark for $18.74
  • Ninjago – Misfortune’s Keep for $74.99
  • Ninjago – Tiger Widow Island for $44.99
  • Ninjago – Raid Zeppelin for $29.99
  • Ninjago – Salvage MEC for $37.49
  • Ninjago – Rock Roader for $37.49
  • Star Wars – First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter for $67.49
  • Star Wars – Captain Rex’s AT-TE for $112.49
  • Star Wars – Resistance X-Wing for $74.99
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Star Scavenger for $44.99
  • Star Wars – Eclipse Fighter for $29.99
  • Star Wars – Battle on Takodana for $56.24
  • Star Wars – Carbon Freezing Chamber for $22.49
  • Star Wars – Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle for $112.49
  • Star Wars – Rey’s Speeder for $18.74

The LEGO Store

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LEGO Store Caveman and Cavewoman freebie

Spending $50 or more online or in store will get you the caveman and cave woman Minifigures pictured above. This offer is valid until August 31, or while supplies last. The Ninjago double VIP points event is also ongoing until August 31. It includes the following sets: 70612 (Green Ninja Mech Dragon), 70617 (Temple of the Ultimate Weapon), 70618 (Destiny’s Bounty), 70607 (Ninjago City Chase), and 70608 (Master Falls). The following sets are also on sale:

  • Angry Birds – King Pig’s Castle for $87.99
  • Angry Birds – Piggy City Teardown for $39.99
  • Angry Birds – Piggy Plane Attack for $19.99
  • Angry Birds – Piggy Car Escape for $12.79
  • City – Volcano Heavy Lift Helicopter for $143.99
  • Batman Movie – Arkham Asylum for $143.99
  • Batman Movie – Scarecrow Special Delivery for $19.99
  • Batman Movie – Minifigures for $3.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $87.99
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99
  • Disney Princess – Arendelle Castle Celebration for $59.99
  • Ideas – Adventure Time for $51.99
  • Minifigures – Series 17 for $3.19
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Stone Destroyer for $23.99
  • Nexo Knights – Axl’s Tower Carrier for $71.99
  • Nexo Knights – The Three Brothers for $31.99
  • Seasonal – Wedding Favor Set for $5.99
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $59.99

Mastermind Toys

  • Batman Movie – Minifigures for $2.99
  • City – Volcano Exploration Base for $99.99

Toys R Us

There is 20% off on the following sets until August 24:

  • Creator – Island Adventures for $34.97
  • Creator – Modular Family Villa for $69.97
  • Creator – Turbo Track Racer for $59.97
  • Creator – Modular Modern Home for $39.97
  • Juniors – Elsa and Anna’s Frozen Playground for $23.97
  • Juniors – Willy’s Butte Speed Training for $19.97
  • Minecraft – The Mushroom Island for $19.97
  • Minecraft – The Ice Spikes for $39.97
  • Minecraft – The Jungle Temple for $49.97
  • Nexo Knights – Ruina’s Lock and Roller for $19.97
  • Nexo Knights – Clay’s Falcon Fighter Blaster for $49.97

Walmart

While no longer available on their website in Canada, the DC Comics Super Heroes set, Killer Croc Sewer Smash, is 35% off in some stores. My local Walmarts have not had this set for weeks now. However, I visited a Walmart in another neighborhood, and I got the set for $65 (down from $99.99). The price tag was not updated to reflect the clearance price, but it was actually on sale. In addition, the following sets are on sale:

  • City – Tow Truck Trouble for $21.86
  • Creator – Sunset Street Bike for $21.86
  • Creator – Robo Explorer for $21.86
  • DC – Batman Classic TV Series Batcave for $247.40
  • Disney Princess – Anna and Kristoff’s Sleigh Adventure for $30.00
  • Elves – The Capture of Sophie Jones for $18.00
  • Elves  – Aira’s Airship and Amulet Chase for $35.00
  • Friends – Heartlake Party Shop for $30.00
  • Ideas – Beatles Yellow Submarine for $52.00
  • Juniors – Stephanie’s Beach Holiday for $30.00
  • Minecraft – The Village for $187.40
  • Ninjago – Chain Cycle Ambush for $30.00
  • Star Wars – Assault on Hoth for $224.90
  • Star Wars – Captain Rex’s AT-TE for $105.00

Justice League – Cosmic Clash [LEGO Movie Review]

I tend to browse the movie section of stores fairly frequently. I am always on the lookout for cheap movies that I can’t get on Canadian Netflix. On a recent trip to Walmart, I found the LEGO direct to DVD/Blu-ray release, Justice League: Cosmic Clash for $7.00. It comes with an exclusive Cosmic Boy Minifigure. If you follow my blog, then you probably already know that I am sucker for freebies. So, the movie made its way into my shopping cart.

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LEGO Justice League: Cosmic Clash cover art

This movie was released in early 2016, and judging from the sets seen in the movie, it coincided roughly with the wave of DC Super Heroes sets that included Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas, Brainiac Attack, Green Lantern VS Sinestro, and Darkseid Invasion. As with all of the LEGO movies, there is a lot of product placement in the film. But, I did not find it quite so blatant, or forced, as in other films, and the sets were incorporated well into the story.

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LEGO Cosmic Boy polybag polybag that came with the Justice League – Cosmic Clash movie

The premise of the movie is that Brainiac attacks Earth, attempting to shrink it for his collection of worlds. In the process, he creates a temporal anomaly and sends Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern to other points in Earth’s timeline. This allowed for some cross-theme references that I quite enjoyed. There were some alternate colour variations of the Jurassic World dinosaurs (a theme that was also out around the time this movie was released), and even some pirates. The exclusive Pirate Batman Minifigure from DK’s DC Comics Character Encyclopedia (click here for my review of that book) made an appearance in the latter. A funny point was the LEGO explanation of how Themyscira and the Amazons came to be (but, I won’t spoil it for you here).

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LEGO Cosmic Boy Minifigure

All in all, I did not enjoy this movie as much as other LEGO movies. It felt like an animated short that never ended. Don’t get me wrong, the movie had funny points, and small kids will probably love it. But, if you are adult watching it for yourself, or with your kids, don’t get your hopes too high. It is 78 minutes of child-oriented slapstick, and lacks the subtle adult humour that is often intertwined in the LEGO theatrical releases.

The exclusive Minifigure that comes with this release is Cosmic Boy from the Legion of Super Heroes. Batman encounters the Legion in the movie when he travels to a future Metropolis to save Superman. In the movie, you can also see Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad. Lightning Lad was released in Minifigure form as a Target exclusive in the United States, but Saturn Girl never got the official Minifig treatment. Cosmic boy is actually a really nice Minifigure. He comes with a double-sided face, front and back torso printing, and front printing on his legs. In addition, he has three printed dish pieces that are meant to represent his magnetic fields. Rating Cosmic Boy as part of a LEGO set would earn him a design score of 100%.

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LEGO Cosmic Boy Minifigure with alternate face

So, was this purchase worth $7.00? Sure. The movie was mildly entertaining, though very kid oriented (which I suppose it is meant to be). You also get a nice Minifigure, so you can’t go wrong there. What did you think of Justice League: Cosmic Clash? Feel free to leave a comment in the space below.

Until next time,

-T.N.B.