Lego Batman Movie

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As should be abundantly clear by now (especially in light of recent posts) I’m something of a Lego fan so that, teamed up with a whole bunch of DC characters, should have made this the perfect film for me to watch yesterday afternoon.

Perfect? No. Enjoyable? Yes.

It’s a kids’ film and I’m a bloke in his late forties – definitely not the target audience. The story was simplistic and the moral is, like the original Lego Movie, that everything is awesome when you’re part of a team, rather than struggling along all by yourself. That said, it’s very funny in places – Bane kept cracking me up for some reason – particularly the start and the end, though the middle act plods a little, and the animation is superb. It’s not bad by any means and if you happen to go see it with kids into either Lego and/or Batman, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

For me, though, three Batman Lego heads out of five.

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Justice League Assembled

And when I say “assembled” I mean literally put together by my own fair/gnarled hands:

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We all know the minifigs are the best part of Lego sets but to get a full set of Justice League figures would cost hundreds of pounds, which is money I don’t have . . . at least not to spend on myself. Sure, over the years I could buy sets for my nephews to get hold of the figures . . . but then I’d have to steal the minifigs from them and that would put a serious dent in my cool/weird uncle status.

Instead, I headed to ebay and found numerous sellers selling “custom” figures which makes me think they’re not entirely authorised but what the hell, eh? Twenty quid later and I have the Justice League in Lego minifig form stood on one of my shelves – not to mention the bonus Blue Beetle, Hawkman and Darkseid figures I picked up as well just for the hell of it.

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I fear I may have inadvertently started a new collection . . . Justice Society next, maybe? Or the Secret Six for Mrs Earth-Prime?

Either way, I can take comfort from the fact that I can always blame my mate Spike for last year’s Christmas present. It’s all his fault.

If I Had Kids . . .

. . . this would be THE best fathers’ day present ever:

I Am Your Father

And the beauty of it is, that’s a fan made set – the full story’s here and you just can’t fault the attention to detail.

Apparently if a fan submitted project gets enough votes, Lego will start selling it; I don’t normally encourage this sort of thing but if you want to show support, go here, create a Lego ID and one day my cats might be able to buy this for me.