Super Heroes is a licensed theme introduced in January 2012, although certain promotional sets were available in the Summer and Fall of 2011. It currently features a grand total of over thirty, based on the DC Universe and Marvel comic books and movies.
There were nine DC Universe sets (which focus on the Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern series with a guest appearance by Wonder Woman) released in January 2012, with two promotional ones released in May. Twenty-three new minifigures were introduced in the DC Universe subtheme in January.
The Marvel collection focuses on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, X-Men, and Ultimate Spider-Man. seven Marvel sets were released in April 2012, with the Spider-Man set released in July 2012. Nineteen minifigures were also introduced under the Marvel subtheme in April (and February for two of the promotional minifigures).
In addition to regular System models, Super Heroes also features buildable action-figures, known as Ultrabuild sets. These use a building system similar to that used by Hero Factory theme, and feature three characters each from the DC and Marvel universes.
The DC subtheme continued into 2013 with sets based on Man of Steel. Other DC minifigures released also resembled appearances in The Dark Knight Rises, as well as comic looks.
The Marvel subtheme continued into 2013 and expanded upon sets based on Ultimate Spider-Man with other characters featured in the show. There also were sets based on Iron Man 3.
There will also be a video game based upon the Marvel line, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.
The Marvel subtheme will continue into 2013 with sets based on Ultimate Spider-Man with an updated Green Goblin and other characters featured in the show and at two set based the Avengers Assemble TV series. At least one more set based on the X-Men franchise will be released, while the movie subtheme of Marvel will feature sets based on the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Super Heroes is made up of two separate universes, DC and Marvel.The DC Universe can be divided into two; comic book , which most of the sets are based on, and the movie verse with one set inspired by The Dark Knight Rises and sets based on the upcoming film Man of Steel. The Marvel Universe can actually be further broken up into three other universes; the comic book one, which includes a set based on the X-Men, the TV-verse, as the Spider-Man sets is based off of the Ultimate Spider-Man TV show and the "movie-verse" which is based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and currently revolves around the movies The Avengers and Iron Man 3. The Ultrabuild figures depict three DC characters and three Marvel characters as Hero Factory-styled action figures. So far, Marvel Ultrabuilds only focus on the Avengers movie universe.
Sets in the first wave of the DC Universe theme mostly revolve around Batman and his rogues gallery, but other heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern have appeared, although only Superman actually has enemies from his series (Lex Luthor, General Zod, Faora, Tor-An, and Bizzaro).
Most of the sets are very similar to sets from the previous Batman theme, but are now fully comic-based and have a more colourful and cartoony approach to the source material, as opposed to the darker colours used in the original theme, which was mostly based on Batman: The Animated Series (a popular Batman cartoon from the nineties). Many of the minifigures from the original theme which were based on their animated series counterparts (such as The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face), and have been changed to resemble a comic-inspired iteration. Characters who already were based on the comic books (such as Catwoman, Bane, and The Riddler) have changed the least, only being updated with new prints, and colours (and in Riddler's case, a new mould, the Small Clown's bowler hat).
In the Batman theme, henchmen were generic characters with only their torsos changing to match the villan they served. In Super Heroes, they are a more peronalized, such as the Joker Henchman having his face painted and different clothes, and the Two-Face Henchman having diffent faces and clothes from the Joker Henchman.
Most characters colour schemes have remained the same, except for Two-Face's, which has drastically changed from white and black to orange and purple. Batman's vehicles frequently use black and yellow where the original ones would use black and gold; he also occasionally uses a light grey and dark blue coloured vehicle. While in the original Batman sets, many villains would carry guns, most of the villains in DC Universe don't have guns at all, the exception being The Joker who even then has his false "BANG" gun.
While many of the structures in Batman would use dark colours like grey, black, and brown, the three structures released in DC Universe; Joker, Riddler, and Harley Quinn's funhouse, a bank, and The Batcave, are generally more colourful; The Funhouse mixes the colour schemes of all three villains included together (this includes colours such as black, red, white, purple, green, and yellow), and the Batcave uses both of the colour schemes Batman has used on his vehicles throughout the first wave (black and yellow and dark blue and grey), and adds transparent light blue lights.
Only one System set revolving around a hero other than Batman was released in the first wave. 6862 Superman vs. Power Armour Lex depicts Superman fighting a large, purple and green, kryptonite-powered mech piloted by his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, while trying to rescue Wonder Woman.
Even though the first wave of the DC sets are mostly comic based, two promotional items given away at the San Diego Comic-Con depict Batman and Green Lantern (who hasn't appeared as a minifigure elsewhere) in costumes based on their appearances in The Dark Knight Rises and Green Lantern movies, respectively.
In 2013, a set inspired by The Dark Knight Rises was released. It includes Batman, Bane, and Commissioner Gordon inspired by their appearances in The Dark Knight trilogy. Also included is The Bat, which is black with blue highlights, a redesigned Tumbler in a desert camouflage colour scheme and smaller than the original, and two yellow and black barricades.
10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout, features a new model of Arkham Asylum, which featured dark colours such as dark grey, black, and dark red. It also brings back the dark and gothic feeling to the theme.
76000 Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice features the Batboat in the same black and yellow colourscheme as the pervious year's vehicles and a white, trans blue, and grey ice prison. It also features Batman in an exclusive Arctic suit and Aquaman , the only non-Batman character in the winter 2013 wave.
Guns are introduced to the DC subtheme and one is given to Gordon, the villains, however, for the most part still lack guns or weapons( the exeptions being Mr. Freeze, who has his freeze gun and The Penguin who has his umbrella)
The Penguin who was featured in the original theme based on his comic book appearance, is only updated with new prints and colours. The Scarecrow and Mr. Freeze, who were based on their appearances on Batman:The Animated Series, are updated with new prints and colours and with Freeze a new helmet and gun design.
Three sets based on the upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel will be released to coincide with the release of the film. All minifigures in the Man of Steel -themed sets are based on their appearnce in the film.
76002 Superman: Metropolis Showdown depicts a fight between Superman with a yellow and black sports car and General Zod with a black satellite on a grey and tan base, that has a feature to launch the car.
Unlike with DC, LEGO did not previously have a license with Marvel, so the sets are mostly unique, and do not currently bear any resemblance to the previous Spider-Man sets (which were licensed to SONY, not Marvel).
Most of the sets in the first wave of the theme are dedicated to the movie The Avengers, which pits a team of six super heroes; Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, against Thor's brother, Loki, and his allies, an army of Aliens. Most of the heroes vehicles, are owned by a branch of the United States military called S.H.I.E.L.D. which is run by Nick Fury, and develops and deploys superhuman operatives for large threats. The vehicles are mostly dark blue with at least one sticker which will say S.H.I.E.L.D. and have the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, an eagle, but seem to have different colourschemes for different vehicle types.
The jeep driven by Hawkeye in 6867 Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape is dark blue with light grey accents, some black, and a transparent windshield.
An aircraft that appears in 6868 Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout, also driven by Hawkeye, is dark blue with some light grey accents, but also with yellow accents and a transparent brown windshield. The interior of the helicarrier, also included, has a floor that is different shades of grey in different parts, transparent light blue screens, a large, transparent container for holding Loki in the center, and white, black, and different shades of blue at different areas.
Unlike the other vehicles, the Quinjet is dominantly grey with some dark blue and transparent brown windshields.
Captain America's motorcycle doesn't follow the S.H.I.E.L.D. colour scheme, and is instead dark red with blue and black.
The Aliens' vehicles are more consistent, with a colour scheme that always includes dark tan, gold, and purple.
All of the minifigures in the Avengers-themed sets are based on their appearance in the movie.
6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown is not movie-based, but instead comic-based like the DC sets and is focused on the X-Men. It pits Wolverine on his grey motorcycle against Deadpool and Magneto in their helicopter, which is dark red, black, and dark grey.
6873 Spider-Man's Doc Ock Ambush has Doc Ock's lab in it, and is based on the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series. It features the lab being bright blue, black, and grey and a getaway car. It features Spider-Man rescuing Iron Fist from Doc Ock.
Captain America, Iron Man, and The Hulk have also appeared in their comic book costumes in various promotions.
At SDCC 2012, two promtional exclusive minfigures were released,one based on the comics, Phoenix( a member of the X-Men) and the black suited Spider-Man, which is based on its appearance Ultimate Spider-Man.
In 2013, two more sets were released based on Ultimate Spider-Man.
76004 Spider-Man: Spider-Cycle Chase features Nick Fury in a green flying S.H.E.I.L.D. car and Spider-Man on his grey, black, and red Spider-Cycle pitted against Venom and some of the black symbiote globs.
Three sets based off of Iron Man 3 were also be released. All minifigures in the Iron Man 3 -themed sets are based on their appearnce in the film.
76007 Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack pits Tony Stark/ Iron Man protecting Pepper Potts and their white and grey mansion from The Mandarin and an Extremis Soldier in a grey, dark green, and yellow helicopter.
76008 Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Battle pits Iron Man agianst The Mandarin in a flame throwing buggy in the same colour scheme as the boat and helicopter.
The Ultrabuilds are constructable action figures based on a ball-and-socket building system. All of the figures are made of a black and grey TECHNIC-like skeleton, with armor of varying colours placed upon it, although they all feature unique, semi-realistic head moulds.
The models are based on both DC and Marvel. They are built similarly to recent Hero Factory sets. All of the ultrabuild figures have two friction joints, which do not appear in similarly sized Hero Factory sets, an exclusive head, and all feature either a printed chest or torso piece, except for The Hulk.
Three DC ultrabuilds have been released to date based on Batman, The Joker, and strangely, Green Lantern who has yet to appear in a system set. The Ultrabuild figures utilize different colourschemes than their respective minifigures, and also have different weapons.
Batman is depicted as wearing blue boots, a blue cowl, blue sleeves, and blue over his chest, while everything else is gunmetal in colour, with the exception of his "cape" which is made of two long, curved pieces on either side of his back. Batman carries a sword, while in the sets he generally carries a batarang.
Green Lantern, who has only been promotionally released in his movie based costume, has bright green boots, shoulder pads, and chest, while his upper legs and lower torso are gunmetal, and his arms are gunmetal and white. Unlike his minifigure, who had no accessories in the promotion, Green Lantern wields a construct which takes the form of a morning-star weapon.
The Joker is the most drastically different from his minifigure, who mostly wears purple. As an Ultrabuild, however, he wears little purple, only having it on his shoulders, coat tails, lower arms, and lower legs. His other parts are a large variety of colours including gunmetal, bright green, and orange. He also carries a ray gun which uses colours such as transparent orange, white, and transparent neon green.
Iron Man is bright red; rather than dark red, and gold, and has a large, shoulder mounted, golden gun.
The Hulk is lime green, rather than bright green. Other differences are that he has gunmetal armor on his shoulders and waist, and that his shorts are blue, rather than purple or tan.
Captain America's blue parts are a brighter shade than the minifigure's, and he has white comic eyes, rather than more realistic ones like the minifigure. He also has a white waist, and silver armor on his shoulders.
The DC Universe subtheme's continuity is based on no particular DC continuity, but instead follows the original one used in the Batman theme, which is based on the comic books and the DC Animated Universe. So far, the story has mostly been told through the comic books included in the DC sets.
In the first comic, The Joker and Harley Quinn team up with The Riddler, and capture Robin. They hang him over a barrel of a green substance until Batman arrives and triggers the traps at their hideout, using them against the villains. Batman then rescues Robin, and the three villains then escape on the roller coaster, leaving the ending open for play opportunities.
In the second, Catwoman steals a diamond and Batman gives chase to her.
The third issue depicts Batman and Robin capturing Poison Ivy, and bringing her back to The Batcave. Bane then enters on his drill to rescue Ivy. Bruce Wayne quickly changes into Batman, and uses the Batcycle to fight Bane's drill, before it is left at a cliff-hanger.
In the fourth, Lex Luthor has captured Wonder Woman and Superman proceeds to save her. Lex's mech is destroyed, but he escapes. Wonder Woman is then shown posed heroically, swinging her lasso, again leaving the end open.
In the next comic, The Joker returns, this time in his helicopter and with a henchman. He tries to drop a laughing gas bomb on Gotham City, but the Batwing almost destroys his helicopter. The Joker and the henchman are shown grasping on to the rotor, once again leaving the end open.
In the final comic, Two-Face is robbing a bank. Batman gives chase to him in the Batmobile, at which point the comic ends openly again.
In a three-part story in LEGO Magazine and on LEGO.com, Batcave Break-in, Lex Luthor creates the Injustice Gang, a team composed of himself, The Joker, Catwoman, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face. They manage to find the Batcave and defeat Batman and Robin, but fail to decide who gets to have their revenge first, which causes them to fight amongst themselves, and allows Batman and Robin to escape and capture them all at once. Strangely, Mr. Freeze and Harley Quinn appear on the cover of the first part of Batcave Break-in, but don't appear in the story. Mr. Freeze wasn't even included in any of the sets in the first wave of DC Super Heroes, but he made an updated appearance in the 2013 line of DC Super Heroes.
In the winter 2013, one comic was released featuring all three sets. Dr. Harleen Quinzel (as Harley Quinn) with the help of The Penguin breaks The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Scarecrow, and Poison Ivy out of Arkham Asylum, while Batman arrives to stop it, but is frozen by Freeze. The other villians leave Freeze behind, and Robin arrives and beats Freeze while Batman subdues the other villians.Aquaman talks with a whale before arriving on a dock and frozen by Mr. Freeze with Batman coming to his rescue in the Batboat. Batman in The Bat and Commissioner Gordon work to stop Bane in a camo Tumbler and are successful.
Most of the Marvel sets are based on The Avengers. In The Avengers, Loki and his army of Chitauri threaten Earth. S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury puts together a team of six super heroes, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, to battle Loki and save the Earth.
In the first comic, the Alien General and a Alien Foot Soldier flew over a bridge, and then blasted some cars out of the way. Meanwhile, Captain America put on his suit and ran out of a military base. Then, he rode onto the bridge on his avenging cycle and saw the alien general shooting his gun. Captain America threw his shield and disarmed the general. The alien pilot fired at him, but he used his shield to block it. The ship flew away, and Captain America threw his shield to stop it. Like the DC set comics, it ends in a cliffhanger.
In the second comic, an "Artifact transport" was about to go into a tunnel, but Loki ambushed it. After blowing it up, the cosmic cube flies into his hand. However, Hawkeye comes out of the tunnel in his S.H.I.E.L.D. pickup truck. Loki turned around, noticed this, and hypnotized Hawkeye. Loki used his powers to lift the truck and threw it to the side. Iron Man noticed this and flew to the scene to stop Loki. Loki used the cosmic cube to blast Iron Man out the sky. Loki got away with Hawkeye on the truck, and Iron Man gave chase.
In the third comic, the SHIELD Jet was flying towards the Helicarrier. Inside of the Helicarrier, The Hulk tapped on Loki's prison cell. Thor noticed this. Hulk and Thor looked up to see the SHIELD jet smash through the side of the ship. Hulk charged at the jet and started smashing it, but looks puzzled to see Hawkeye (He is still hypnotized). Then, all four of them see Loki use his powers to summon his staff, smash through his cell, and escape.
In the fourth comic, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Thor noticed a disturbance in the streets. They flew in the Quinjet to check it out. Iron Man flew out of the quinjet and saw Loki and an alien in their chariot-like ship. Iron Man fired a repulsor blast that blew up the first part of the chariot where an alien was driving. The alien and the bricks fell on the roof of a building, but the alien started to rebuild his half of the ship. Loki sent a blast of magic at Iron Man that knocked him out of the sky, but he landed on a rooftop. Loki and Thor stared at each other with hatred in their eyes. Thor jumped and slammed his hammer on the rest of the ship, destroying it. By this time Iron Man and the alien had rejoined the battle. Loki used his magic to retreat with the alien. Thor threw his hammer again at Loki and the alien, and the comic ends.
In the first X-Men comic, Deadpool entered an armoured fortress, but Wolverine attacked him. Deadpool ran away and jumped into a helicopter with Magneto. Wolverine saw a motorcycle, jumped on it, and pursued the helicopter. He used jumped a rock and flipped off the motorcycle. He then used his claws to slice off some of the helicopter. Magneto and Deadpool went flying off. They all fell, Wolverine disarmed Deadpool, and Magneto uses his power to raise both of them, where the comic ended.
In the 2013 winter wave, one comic was released covering the two sets of the wave. Nick Fury arrives in his S.H.I.E.L.D. and informs Spider-Man that J. Jonah Jameson thinks he has deduced Spider-Man's identity and he must protect Jameson and the information. Beetle attacks Jameson in his office, and Venom attacks Beetle. Dr. Doom shows up in his Doomjet which Venom attacks and fights Beetle. The Doomjet crashes to the ground as Spider-Man swings to the fight, while Doom survives. Nova arrives to the fight and Spider-Man attacks Venom and disarms Beetle, while Nova slams Beettle into the ground. Dr. Doom blasts all four them away. Nova helps Spider-Man up, and is scared as they are outnumbered as Venom has teamed up with Beetle and Dr. Doom. Fury arrives in his car and launches a missle, Venom and Beetle attack the car and Venom has Fury hostage. Nova and Spidey aboard his Cycle race to his rescue. The comic leave at a cliffhanger as a battle starts between Nova, Fury, Spider-Man, Doom, Beetle, and Venom, with Jameson ensnared by Venom. Oddly, Iron Man shows up in the background of the final panel, possibly hinting at the summer Iron Man 3 sets.
One comic was released that cover the three sets in the spring Iron Man 3.
The Ultrabuild sets depict the six figures in "Power Armour".
In the DC sets, Batman is attempting to foil The Joker's latest scheme, while Green Lantern protects a planet from meteors. In an issue of LEGO Magazine, the Ultrabuild Joker creates a device that he uses to absorb the forms of Batman and Green Lantern into himself, creating Lantern.
The story for the Marvel Ultrabuilds in the comics is that Captain America, Iron Man, and The Hulk are fighting as The Avengers to stop meteors from hitting Earth.
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Batman Giveaway||7||Batman||July 2011|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Green Lantern Giveaway||6||Green Lantern||July 2011|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Superman Giveaway||7||Superman||October, 2011|
|New||York Toy Fair Exclusive Captain America and Iron Man||Captain America, Iron Man|
|30164||Lex Luthor||17||Lex Luthor (Power Armour)||June 2012|
|5000022||The Hulk||4||The Hulk||May 16 2012|
|2012||San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Limited Edition Print||1||2012|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Shazam! Giveaway||6||Shazam||July 2012|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Bizarro Giveaway||6||Bizarro||July 2012|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Black Suit Spider-Man Giveaway||Spider-Man (Black suit)||July 2012|
|Comic-Con||Exclusive Phoenix Giveaway||Phoenix||July 2012|
|4526||Batman||40||$14.99 / €14.99||December 20, 2011/January 2012|
|4527||The Joker||57||$14.99 / €14.99||December 20, 2011 (Latin America) 2012 (USA)|
|4528||Green Lantern||38||$14.99 / €14.99||December 20, 2011 (Latin America) / 2012 (USA)|
|5000728||DC Universe Super Heroes Collection||2012|
- DC Combiner models
- Batman and Green Lantern Combiner Model
- Joker and Green Lantern Combiner Model Two
- Joker and Green Lantern Combiner Model One
- Super Heroes Combiner Model
|4529||Iron Man||44||$14.99 / €14.99||April 2012 (UK)|
|4530||The Hulk||39||$14.99 / €14.99||April 2012|
|4597||Captain America||44||$14.99 / €14.99||April 2012|
- Marvel Combiner models
|LEGO||Batman 2: DC Super Heroes||$49.99 (Xbox and PS3) / 39.99 (Wii, 3DS) / 29.99 (DS) / 19.99 (PC) / €49.99 (Xbox and PS3) / 39.99 (Wii) / 29.99 (DS and PC)|
|LEGO||Marvel Super Heroes|
|LEGO||Batman: The Visual Dictionary||Batman (Electro Suit)||$21.99||September 3, 2012|
|LEGO||Batman 2: DC Super Heroes: Prima Official Game Guide||June 19, 2012|
|No image||LEGO||DC: Batman 8x8 1||$3.99||June 1, 2013|
|No image||LEGO||DC: Batman 8x8 2||$3.99||June 1, 2013|
|No image||LEGO||DC Superheroes: Comic Reader 1||$3.99||June 1, 2013|
|No image||LEGO||DC Superheroes: Comic Reader 2||$3.99||June 1, 2013|
- LEGO Super Heroes Movie Maker (App for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Generations, and iPad)
- LEGO Super Heroes Shields
References and sources
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 LEGO Press Room
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 ICv2
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 LEGO Press Room
- ↑ LEGO Superheroes 2012 : Les images - Brick Heroes