With Comic Con San Diego (the mecca of comic books & pop culture) approaching next week, LEGO have started teasing out sets that will be shown off at the convention. Forbes has given us the first look at 3 upcoming LEGO DC Super Heroes sets which will make their official debut at SDCC, and go on sale in January 2018.
LEGO and DC are banking on Justice League to reinvigorate the franchise and get people hyped up about DC characters. Unlike typical DC-sets which are Batman-centric, LEGO are letting the other DC Super Heroes (rightfully) characters shine and give fans long-awaited characters like Reverse Flash, Lobo, Firestorm and Killer Frost.
Basically, if you’re a fan of the excellent Flash TV series, you should be on Cloud 9 with the debut of these minifigures.
Let’s take a closer look at the 3 sets unveiled. There’s no direct prices revealed, but the article says that the sets will range from US$19.99 to US$39.99, which will make it quite easy to predict the pricing based on historical trends.
LEGO 76096 Superman Krypto Team-Up (US$19.99)
76096 Superman Krypto Team-Up is the smallest set of the wave, and features Lobo and his space bike as well as a non-DC Super Hero Girls version of Krypto the Superdog, Superman’s trusty Kryptonian dog.
It’s a small set but looks to be a cheap way to grab your hands on Lobo, somewhat of a cult-favourite DC character. You also get a small kryptonite prison and a selection of trans-green accessories.
This is a must-buy for me, mostly because it looks like it won’t cost too much and because I want yet another Krypto!
LEGO 76098 Speed Force Freeze Pursuit (US$29.99)
76098 Speed Force Freeze Pursuit is undoubtedly my most-anticipated set because it heralds the arrival of the Reverse Flash in minifigure form. I couldn’t really care less about the models which include Cyborg’s helicopter and some sort of Zamboni for Killer Frost which honestly don’t look too exciting.
The Flash is my favourite DC Super Hero, so finally getting his arch-nemesis is going to be a dream come true for me. The addition of Killer Frost/Caitlin Snow is also a nice consolation.
I can already tell that I’m going to dislike the set but begrudgingly buy it for the minifigures – which makes it the perfectly designed LEGO DC Super Heroes set from a commercial perspective.
LEGO 76097 Lex Luther Mech Takedown (US$39.99)
The largest set of the wave is 76097 Lex Luther Mech Takedown which gives us the biggest LEGO Lex Luthor mech yet. I have very fond memories of 6862 Superman vs Lex Luthor Power Armour which was one of my first few LEGO sets post-dark ages and the subject of one of my earliest reviews (which is laughably bad).
The set is bursting with minifigures, and includes Cheetah, a new Lex Luthor variant, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Firestorm. Really glad to see LEGO re-use Ghost Rider’s awesome flaming head for Firestorm’s head!
This is yet another easy buy for me. It has everything I value in a set – mechs and new DC minifigures.
So yeah, those are the 3 new LEGO DC Super Heroes sets that were unveiled this morning. They will go on sale in January 2018 and I cannot wait for them. One thing I noticed and quite like is that you buy all 3 of them, you pretty much get the entire (cinematic) Justice League lineup, except for Aquaman.
This is going to be a nice (and cheaper) alternative for fans who don’t like the characters from the Justice League sets. Great for parents who will have kids going crazy for Justice League sets and who are new to LEGO!
What do you think of the new DC Super Heroes sets? Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to get any of these and which set stands out to you!