Both Marvel and DC comics were having huge financial success in the movie, television, video game and book markets. LEGO would continue to release sets based on these popular characters.
This year, LEGO used Batman to showcase The World’s Greatest Detective’s extensive rogue gallery and allies.
Arctic Batman vs Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice
Item #: 76000
- Arctic Batman
- Mr. Freeze
The story for this set revolves around Mr. Freeze trapping Aquaman in a block of ice. The Batboat is designed for speed and the icy conditions found in the arctic. The boat is shaped to resemble Batman’s insignia. To help it effortlessly slide along sheets of ice, skis were added to the side pontoons. Two small discs could be fired by pressing the grey buttons in the back. To help Baman aim, a targeting image was placed on the working canopy. The ice prison has a white lever in the back. By pressing down on the lever, the transparent blue “ice” bricks split apart and free whoever is trapped inside. This would be the first time Arctic Batman, Aquaman and Mr. Freeze would be released in the new DC Super Heroes theme building sets. Early releases of the set had the word arctic on the box spelled “Arctic”. This mistake was eventually fixed, but collectors will want to keep their eyes out for this spelling mistake.
The Bat vs Bane: Tumbler Chase
Item #: 76001
- Commissioner Gordon
For this building set, LEGO took vehicles from the new Dark Knight Rises film and then created their own story. Bane is driving through the streets of Gotham and Commissioner Gordon is trying to stop him with two measly road barriers. Luckily, Batman is flying the Bat and ready to take on Bane’s Tumbler.
The Tumbler used cream colored bricks to replicate the camouflage paint job used in the movie. It was built to be compact and durable. The cabin’s roof can be pulled up, so that a minifigure can be placed inside. Underneath the two rear flaps, TECHNIC pieces can be raised to expose flick-fire missiles.
The Bat is the Dark Knight Rises’ version of the Batwing. The large cockpit has enough room for two minifigures. One minifigure can sit at the controls, while another fits behind the pilot’s seat. If Batman does not want to share the cabin, there is a rope hanging down from The Bat for a minifigure to grab onto. The wings are placed on the top rear of the vehicle and can be moved into different positions. The intimidating appearance of The Bat comes from the turbines attached to a pair of arms sticking out the sides. These arms and engines can also be moved into different positions. Each turbine is equipped with a flick-fire missile and cannon.
The building set’s description claims to include a Batarang, but in reality this is one of the few sets to not have a Batarang come with the Batman minifigure. The set did come with a code for a free downloadable PC copy of the original LEGO Batman: The Videogame.
Batman Arkham Asylum Breakout
Item #: 10937
- Dr. Harleen Quinzel
- Poison Ivy
This set’s story revolves around a prison break at The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Dr. Harleen Quinzel has not taken on the Harley Quinn identity permanently yet, but she has just helped the inmates escape. Arkham Asylum is the most famous prisons in comic history. Although this facility is a hospital to help psychotic criminals get better, it is often used to hold powerful villains who require special holding cells. LEGO went all out in creating this model and it become the largest Super Heroes building set.
To fit the eight detailed room of the Asylum, the main building stands over 12” high, 13” wide and 5” deep. The outside of the building is mostly constructed of grey bricks and designed to look like an old, stone, gothic building. One of the top windows is broken and has rope hanging out, for a minifigure to climb down. The back of the building is open and exposes the inside of the asylum. The security center is at the main entrance of the building. There is a swivel chair for the security guard to turn toward and away from the desk. For a little bit of fun detail, the office has a red phone that matches the one found in The Batcave 6860 set. To the left of the security office there are two prison cells, with the typical bars. These cell doors can be opened individually or in unison. To the right of the security office is a small room for Dr. Harleen Quinzel. This is probably her secret getaway, since it has her Harley Quinn jester cap and a picture of The Joker with a kiss mark on it. The vanity mirror can be rotated around to expose mugshots of several Batman villains. These mugshots can be interchanged on the doors of the prison cells. On the far left side of the second level, we see the broken window with the rope hanging out. Next to the broken window is the specialized greenhouse cell for Poison Ivy. Moving further to the right, there is a psychiatric treatment center. The lab has a chair for the patient to be strapped down and a lamp above it. The room also has a computer and medical devices to run experiments. The far right room is an office with a desk and green swiveling armchair. There is a small spire above Poison Ivy’s cell that was specially designed to hold Mr. Freeze. His jail is built to show his need for subzero temperatures.
The front gate to the property stands 5” high and is an impressive obstacle for a 1.5” minifigure. The gate is not attached to the main structure and can be moved into any position you want. The two doors can be swung open or closed and are attached to posts. The post have large winged statues to help add to the haunted gothic architecture.
There is a prison van for transporting patients to and from the asylum. The cabin can be accessed by a door on either side, but there is only one seat for the driver. The doors in the back of the van open up to reveal a gurney with restraints. The roof can also be removed for easier access.
Robin and Redbird Cycle
Item #: 30166
This small polybag set might have escaped the notice of most LEGO customers. It was available through Toys “R” Us, if you spent 30 dollars or more (before tax) on LEGO Super Heroes building sets. However, I was able to find on ad that had a 20 dollar minimum purchase requirement. Which is nice, since most sets were under 30 dollar and then jumped to the 100 dollar range. The Redbird Cycle is a very basic model, but its limited availability has made it desirable among collectors.
Oliver Queen has been gaining more popularity over the years. The CW has successfully used the Green Arrow in two of their popular shows. He was a recurring character in Smallville, which told the story of Clark Kent’s journey to becoming Superman. In 2012, Oliver was given his own show called Arrow. It’s darker storyline proved to be a hit among their younger demographic.
Green Arrow Minifigure
Item #: comcon030
- Green Arrow
Only 200 lucky fans were able to win this minifigure at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. The minifigure is based on the character found in New 52 comics and was the same design used in the LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes video game.
This year LEGO would base their sets on the new Iron Man 3 movie. An impressive accomplishment, because Tony Stark did not actually wear his Iron Man suit for most of the film.
Gun Mounting System
Item #: 30168
- Iron Patriot
This polybag set was placed in pre-ordered packages of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game. In the United States, it was available through Walmart and in Australia it had to be pre-ordered through EB Games.
Warning: If you go on eBay looking for Iron Man minifigures, there are a lot of options to buy a set of 6 to 8 Iron Man minifigures in his various armors. They are attached to a similar Gun Mounting System. These are fake knock offs and not official LEGO products.
Iron Man: Extremis Sea Port Battle
Item #: 76006
- Iron Man (Mark 42)
- War Machine
- Aldrich Killian
This set is very loosely based on the movie. Aldrich Killian did not drive a speedboat while attempting to escape and War Machine was not chasing him. However, there was a fight near water. One minifigure can fit in the drivers seat of the speedboat, but the bow’s top can be removed to accommodate another minifigure. The boat is equipped with two flick-fire missiles, that can be launched by pushing down on a grey lever in the back. To help set the scene, the set also comes with a small buoy. The buoy was also equipped with a grey lever, but pushing this lever causes the buoy to “explode”.
Iron Man vs Fighting Drone
Item #: 30167
- Iron Man (Mark 6)
This polybag set was originally available as a promotional giveaway from May 16th to 31st, for people who spent at least $50 on LEGO building sets through Shop@Home. If you missed this promotion, a few stores were allowed to sell it after the promotion had ended. The small drone was packed with details. It came with two saws, an antenna and a flick-fire missile.
Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown
Item #: 76005
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Dr. Doom
This set was inspired by the episode Beetle Mania, from Ultimate Spider-Man animated T.V. show. For those people looking to find the show quickly, it was from season 1, episode 16. In the show, Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. are assigned to protect J. Jonah Jameson from the Beetle. The LEGO story has J. J. believing he has discovered Spider-Man’s secret identity. This causes Dr. Doom and the Beetle to attack the Daily Bugle, to try to steal this secret information from Jameson.
The star of this set is the Daily Bugle building. The three story skyscraper stands over 14” high, 7” wide and 3” deep. It is the perfect set piece for our wall crawling hero. There are studs for Spider-Man to be attached or “stick” to the wall spread out over the structure. For those characters who can’t scale walls or fly, there is a fire escape on the side of building. There are two large transparent blue doors at the bottom entrance that can be swung open. The rest of the building is covered with large blue windows. The front right window, on the second floor can be blasted out by pressing a red lever. There is a large antenna at the top of the building, to give it even more height. The letters DBC are above the main entrance and on top of the building. I had no idea what the C stood for. It turns out that DBC stands for Daily Bugle Communications. The roof is jam packed with playable features. A trap door is well hidden in the grey coloring. The large DBC sign on the top can be destroyed by pushing a red lever. There is another red lever that can shove a minifigure off the ledge. The ground level of the building is sparsely decorated and looks like an empty entrance hall. The second floor contains Jameson’s office. The layout desk has a fun swivel chair and by the breakaway window is the safe holding Spider-Man’s secret identity. The third story is a larger office for multiple reporters to work on their articles.
To add some details to the setting, you can also construct a street lamp and dumpster. The green dumpster has a built in catapult function that can launch a minifigure into the air, to simulate flying.
The Doomjet is smaller than the DBC building, but is more than capable of getting the job done. It is armed with 2 flick-fire missiles to blow up the building or keep any pesky superheroes away. There is an anchor hook, that can be used to secure the safe and rip it off the ground. The opening cockpit can fit one minifigure inside.
Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack
Item #: 76007
- Iron Man (Mark 42)
- Tony Stark
- Pepper Potts
- The Mandarin (Robes)
- Extremis Soldier
This set’s story was based on the scene in Iron Man 3, where Tony’s Malibu Mansion is attacked by the Extremis terrorist group. Rather than having Savin lead the attack, LEGO put The Mandarin in scene. While the front of the mansion stays faithful to the look of the film, the inside was changed from the living room, to Stark’s workshop. The box shows Pepper Potts in the Iron Man suit, to replicate Tony having the armour protect her, as the building is crumbling around them.
The mansion is a little over 3” high, but stretches an impressive 7” wide and 6” deep. There are three windows in the front. Two of them have images on them, as if they are displaying information from a computer screen. The third window is clear and designed to be easily knocked out. The inside lab was given a lot of fun details. The Hall of Armour has spots for two Iron Man suits, and images of the Mark 6 and 7 to indicate where they should be stored. Behind these images is a red lever that can be pulled to blow up the Hall of Armour. A computer station is built on top of a round rotating section of the floor. The set also comes with a DUM-E robot. DUM-E is holding a fire extinguisher as a nod to the first film. There is a small kitchen area, with a not so subtle pun of having a blender fill with orange stude to represent Mandarin oranges.
The helicopter is actually 2 inches longer than the building. Rather than being disguised as a news helicopter, it prominently displays the Ten Ring insignia of the Mandarin. The cockpit has room for one pilot, but there is a stand on the side of the cabin for another minifigure to hitch a ride. Since the helicopter was sent to destroy Tony’s home, it is equipped with four flick-fire missiles. To add life to the helicopter, its rotor blades can rotate.
Iron Man vs The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown
Item #: 76008
- Iron Man (Mark 17)
Although this set was inspired by the Iron Man 3 movie, there is almost nothing connecting it to the film beyond the characters. Perhaps because the Iron Man and Mandarin “ultimate showdown” was the reveal of The Mandarin was nothing more than a drunk actor. That is not the best thing to build a children’s play set around. This imagined dockside battle story is much more fun to play with. The Mandarin’s armored buggy is only 3” long and 2” wide, but jam packed with deadly weapons. To take on Tony Stark in his Mark 17 armor, its two flick-fire missiles and flamethrower are attached to a rotating crane.
Most of the LEGO building sets for Spider-Man would draw their inspiration from the Ultimate Spider-Man animated television show. However, a promotional minifigure would give fans a hint at what was being planned for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie next year.
Item #: comcon028
Attendees of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con had a chance to win a minifigure designed after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suit. LEGO only made 350 of these rare figures and raffled them away on July 19, 2013.