Fresh from his adventures in Sector Eleven, Exo Suit designer, bestselling author and talented voice actor Pete Reid rejoins us for an exclusive look at a brand new LEGO® DC Superheroes set, 76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas.
The box art is very exciting. There's all sorts of stuff going on. An invisible aircraft is about to smash into the ground, a fruit truck is being torn apart by a furious gorilla, the Flash is jaywalking really quickly between the legs of the Bat Mech. I can only hope there are no civilians nearby. It's a health and safety nightmare.
The set comes with four numbered bags, plus Gorilla Grodd in a separate bag. It also contains two instruction books, a tiny sticker sheet and a comic.
The set costs £49.99, which seems quite a lot of money (especially given that it is $49.99 in the US). The thing to bear in mind is money is just an abstract concept. If you're a LEGO® superheroes fan, and you like the figs, it's a must have. As everyone knows, it's all about the minifigs these days, and the people in this set are gorgeous. There are five minifigs and a bloody great big gorilla in this one. Let's take a closer look.
Batman - I'm probably a bit out of touch, but the new cowl piece is a definite improvement, and I really like the new cape material. I used to love Batman when I was a lad. In my day there weren't many superhero films. Richard Donner's Superman movies were all we had, till Burton's Batman arrived, and everyone on the planet grooved to the Prince album. On vinyl. Nowadays, there are too many superheroes, and not enough Prince albums. Kids have it so easy these days.
The Flash - To be honest, I'm not that familiar with the Flash. The character was created in 1940, and moves very quickly or whatever. There have been several versions of the Flash in the DC comic verse. I'm not sure which version the fig is meant to be. The last one, probably. Whatever his name is, he looks great. Look at his lovely face.
Wonder Woman - All new print. She's pretty. She's also scary sometimes.
Legion of Doom
Grodd is the same size and articulation as the Hulk. He's got a different body sculpt, with Hulk's arms and hands in black and grey, respectively. Points of articulation are the shoulders and wrists. He cannot turn his head, which might explain his anti social behaviour.
I do wonder if they're scraping the bottom of the barrel with these Z list superheroes? I hope I'm not offending the massive Captain Cold fanbase out there. Freeze a jolly good fellow.
Let's move on from the minifigs now to the models and the new parts... although this first one is sort of a minifig accessory.
It took a few goes before I got the hang of this strange new part that TLG call the Super Jumper (Element ID 6093683 | Design ID 18663). You put a minifig on the studs (which are extremely clutchy...I think LEGO might have gone a bit too far with the clutch on this element), then you do the jumpy frog thing, for exciting jumping play action. It looks like something a dentist might put in your mouth, before pouring in some horrid pink goo, which makes you throw up. And eat your own sick.
To the 'Invisible' Jet!
The 'invisible' jet isn't entirely transparent. It's a breach of the Trade Descriptions Act, but I'll let it pass for now. A core of grey and white elements hold the 'invisible' jet together, including some of those new fangled brackets the kids are always harping on about along with their clone troopers and chimas and myspace. It's also got those new shooty things. I can't really get into them as a play feature, because I'm not six years old, or mentally deficient. When they're loaded with the trans blue laser bolt they look stupid, and it makes me sad that LEGO is for children. The 1x4 launcher brick might have its uses as a detail piece for the dedicated AFOL builder. Look, it's a play feature, and wholesome, safe fun for the kids. I am not the target audience.
I was surprised and outraged to see Trans-Clear/Trans-Light Blue large flames (6055858 85959) stuck into Trans-Clear headlight bricks. I thought putting the clear 3.18 thing into the hole of the other clear thing was strictly forbidden, design wise. Polycarbonate elements tend to fuse together at a molecular level, causing parts to break, and children to have a bad play experience. This is why we can't have entirely Trans-Clear figs.
Banana Delivery Truck
This kind of vehicle is called a tuk tuk. It has a play feature where the cab and body are on a click hinge, so Grodd can smash it down and blow the transaxle, making bananas spill everywhere (with hilarious consequences). I've done a bit of design work for LEGO, and they don't generally approve of wheeled vehicles that can't be rolled with the aggressive downward pressure of an idiot child. It's also got a deliberately poorly attached cab roof, for improved monkey smash fun times. Curious.
I really don't know what to make of this. A handsome, charismatic man, piloting a great big mech? That's a stupid idea.
I'm not aware of the Bat-Mech ever appearing in the DC comic universe, but I don't really read comics, and I've done enough research for the moment. Maybe it's in one of those early morning cartoons I never watch, or tucked away in a dusty corner of the Batcave? I'm not entirely sure the Bat-Mech fits with the universe. It's like the Spidercar, you know?
The Legion of Doom are terrified of the Bat-net. It could flop out at any moment, and the baddies would be all like "oh no, I'm trapped". Most exciting!
'You're my muse, Kenny'
Getaway Glider review. You ever encounter people who you can just hang out with and make a cool model next to? Someone who contributes something just by being there? Kenny's like that. I wanted to repeat the experiment with my alternate build of this set, and he came to visit and just gave off this spaceship vibe. I was all like, yeah, let's do this. Smash the bricks together. This is Kenny on the right, checking out a spaceship I made twelve years ago. Isn't he a dreamboat?
I don't think my microscale Armoured Freighter quite meets Space Book building quality standards, but I did what I could, and managed to use the stickers. It is common knowledge that photoshopped backgrounds are totally allowed, to enhance presentation.
This review has been lots of fun, but I have to return to outer space now. I'm getting reports of hostile activity in the Philangi sector. Apparently the Quazmodian Alliance have invaded the third moon of Trinia, and it's all kicking off.
Special thanks to Jeremy Williams for the photoshopping, and Kenny for projecting that vibe. I'd also like to thank our LEGO community support overlords for providing the set.
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