Canadian LEGO® Deals (Sept. 21, 2018)

There is not much this week in terms of new and exciting deals. The list is pretty much the same as it has been for the last few weeks at most retailers.

FREEBIES & PROMOTIONS

$10 LEGO® card available with purchases over $50 at Toys R Us. The card will be good at Toys R Us for the whole month of October. There is also free shipping on LEGO® when purchasing online.

ALL LEGO® DEALS

BEST BUY
There are 398 sets advertised as being on sale. Upon a quick glance, it appears that all the savings are in the 10% or less area.

CHAPTERS & INDIGO BOOK STORES
No change this week from the last few weeks. The website is advertising the following sales online (I am not sure if the actual stores have same deals):

  • DC Comics Super Heroes: Battle of Atlantis for $15.00 (39% off)
  • DC Comics Super Heroes: Flying Fox for $128.00 (19% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $52.00 (19% off)
  • Star Wars: Rathtar Attack for $80.00 (19% off)

COSTCO
You will require a membership to access the following deals online. The prices are compared to the regular price at the LEGO® Store.

  • Architecture: Statue of Liberty for $99.99 (29% off)
  • Architecture: Buckingham Palace for $54.99  (21% off)
  • Boost Creative Toolbox for $159.99 (20% off)
  • City: Coast Guard Headquarters for $124.99 (17% off)
  • City: Jungle Exploration Site for $114.99 (23% off)
  • City: Cargo Terminal for $74.99 (25% off)
  • Creator: Volkswagen T1 Camper Van for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Creator: MINI Cooper for $89.99 (25% off)
  • Creator: Tower Bridge for $219.99 (27% off)
  • Friends: Heartlake Hospital for $82.99 (25% off)
  • Friends: Stephanie’s House for $70.99 (21% off)
  • Friends: Friendship House for $71.99 (20% off)
  • Friends: Mia’s Camper Van for $54.99 (20% off)
  • Ideas: Saturn V Rocket for $118.99 (20% off)
  • Ideas: Ship in a Bottle for $79.99 (11% off)
  • Jurassic World: Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $78.99 (21% off)
  • Jurassic World: Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate for $129.99 (13% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown for $102.99 (20% off)
  • Mindstorms: EV3 core kit for $299.99 (25% off)
  • Ninjago: Temple of Resurrection for $79.99 (11% off)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Silent Mary for $198.99 (20% off)
  • Speed Champions: Ferrari Ultimate Garage for $119.99 (8% off)
  • Star Wars: First Order Heavy Assault Walker for $134.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: BB-8 for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Star Wars: Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $159.49 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Imperial TIE Fighter for $71.49 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Poe’s X-Wing Fighter for $79.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: First Order Star Destroyer for $142.99 (20% off)
  • Technic: Airport Rescue Vehicle for $92.99 (28% off)
  • Technic: Ocean Explorer for $109.99 (26% off)
  • Technic: Bucket Wheel Excavator for $239.99 (27% off)
  • Technic: Hovercraft for $87.99 (20% off)
  • Technic: Rally Car for $89.99 (29% off)
  • Technic: Mack Anthem Truck and Trailer for $175.99 (23% off)
  • Technic: Air Race Jet for $129.99 (32% off)
  • Technic: RC Tracked Racer for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Technic: Extreme Adventure for $169.99 (29% off)
  • Technic: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure for $69.99 (7% off)
  • Technic: Forest Machine for $139.99 (22% off)
  • Technic: 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck for $259.99 (30% off)

HUDSON’S BAY

  • Batman Movie: Bane Toxic Truck Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Batwing for $87.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Riddle Racer for $31.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Joker Balloon Escape for $13.59 (20% off)
  • Creator: Modular Poolside Holiday for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Creator: Family Villa for $76.49 (15% off)
  • DC Super Heroes: Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes: Battle of Atlantis for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Elves: Azari and the Goblin Forest Escape for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Elves: Breakout from the Goblin King’s Fortress for $71.99 (20% off)
  • Elves: The Goblin King’s Evil Dragon for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Willy Butte Speed Training for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Mater Junkyard for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes : Captain America Jet Pursuit for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Water Strider for $42.49 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Master Falls for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Manta Ray Bomber for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: City Chase for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago: Spinjitzu Training for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Star Wars: Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle for $95.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Rebel U-Wing Fighter for $79.99 (20% off)

THE LEGO® STORE

  • BrickHeadz: Master Wu for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Aquaman for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Cyborg for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Captain Phasma for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Kylo Ren for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Rey for $10.39
  • City: Prison Island Accessory Pack for $14.39
  • Friends: Mini-Dolls Campsite for $8.99 (50% off)
  • Nexo Knights: Stone Monsters Accessory Set for $12.79
  • Nexo Knights: Accessory Set for $12.79
  • What Am I: Game for $31.99

TOYS R US
Spending over $50 on any LEGO® sets will get you a $10 LEGO® gift card valid at Toys R Us for the month of October. You can also get free shipping on LEGO® when you shop online. In addition, this week:

  • 15% off on all Friends sets regularly priced under $39.99
  • 15% off on Minecraft sets regularly priced under $89.99
  • 15% off on Technic sets regularly priced under $149.99

WALMART
Remember to check your local stores in addition to the list below, as the deals might be different from what is shown online. In some cases, the stores have better deals…

  • Batman Movie: Scarecrow Special Delivery for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Classic: Medium Creative Brick Box for $27.89 (20% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Mater’s Junk Yard for $10.00 (22% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Willy Butte’s Speed Training for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Jurassic Park: Velociraptor Chase for $39.86 (20% off)
  • Jurassic World: Dilophosaurus Outpost for $39.86 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Rhino Face-Off for $19.86 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Thor’s Weapon Quest for $19.89 (20% off)
  • Minecraft: The Zombie Cave for $19.86 (20% off)
  • Minecraft: The Iron Golem for $19.86 (20% off)
  • Minecraft: The Chicken Coop for $19.86 (20% off)

UPCOMING FREEBIES

Contrary to reports from other corners of the globe, it doesn’t seem like Bricktober will begin in September here in Canada at Toys R Us. I am told it is happening though, so I suppose we will see in a week.

October1

Free with Star Wars purchases over $35 at the LEGO® Store from October 1-14.

October2

Free with purchases over $75 at the LEGO® Store from October 15-31.

Pick-and-Build Minifig Update (Sept. 2018)

I made my way to the LEGO® Store recently to check out the pick-and-build Minifigure station. It is always good to check at least once a season for some new, holiday related part. Luckily, I was not disappointed on my recent trek, and Halloween pieces were aplenty.

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The reason for my Pick-and-Build purchase at the LEGO® Store.

The parts available now allow you to build variations on past ghouls from retired Minifigure series, but you can also get your hands on Jack-o-Lanterns. Despite my recent Harry Potter Minifigure purchases (made on a separate trip), I could not resist. I made myself three characters, and scored three pumpkins in the process.

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Most of the parts for Spider Lady from Minifigures Series 14 are available in the new selection of parts at the LEGO® Store.

The first Minifig that I built was essentially Spider Woman, from Series 14. The only parts missing in the current pick-and-build selection are the cape pieces she originally came with. In terms of differences, her face print is ever so slightly changed when it comes to the makeup. The detailing on her dress is the same in terms of pattern, but it has been printed in pink instead of red. The silver spiders from the original have been replaced with a darker grey, and a necklace has been added as well. Finally, the hairpiece does not have the spider web printed on it.

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Witch pieces available in the current LEGO® Store pick-and-build selection for fall 2018.

You can also make a variation on the Wacky Witch from the same series. Her pants were not available when I went, but they were a couple of months ago. So, your local store might have them. Again, the cloth piece (skirt) was not available. Like with the Spider Woman, the makeup printing is slightly different from the original in terms of color. The colors used on her torso appears to be the same on first glance, but side-by-side, you can see that the coloring on the newer version is more vibrant. The hat/hairpiece is also a different color, going from purple and grey on the original to different shades of tan on this variant. You can get a broom stick, but I really wanted those pumpkins.

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Vampire pieces available in the current LEGO® Store pick-and-build selection for fall 2018.

My last Minifigure is a vampire. He looks pretty similar to Lord Vampyre from the Monster Hunters theme of old. He does not have a double-sided face though, and the head is not glow in the dark. Instead, he comes with only the fang-bearing print, and a grey skin tone. Like with the others, you can’t get the cape. Finally, the detailing on this Minifigure’s torso has been changed from red to purple. You can get a bat as an accessory if you so choose.

I thought these were fun, seasonal changes to the pick-and-build station. The Jack-o-Lanterns are great, and can actually be worn over a Minifigure head. I guess this really means that fall is in the air though… Did you build your own Halloween characters? Feel free to comment below.

Until next time,

-Tom

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Minifigure Monday – A Spider’s Web

A Spider’s Web
(An original Minifigure inspired poem from True North Bricks)

Bad luck does not seem to ebb,
If you’re stuck in a spider’s web.
It doesn’t matter where you tread,
If every strand’s a sticky thread.
A random string you’ll have to choose,
Even if it means you’ll lose.
Sometimes just admit you’re beaten,
And hope that you won’t get eaten.

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This poem was inspired by Spider Suit Boy from Minifigure Series 18.

Coloring Page – Male Jungle Explorer

A long time ago, I published a coloring page of this very same Minifigure. This character came in the Jungle Exploration Site set, and I drew him previously with his alternate, scared face. I made this coloring page at about the same time, but decided not to publish it right away since I had just posted the scared version. I then forgot entirely about this version… I found it again, along with a few other unpublished pictures, as I was updating True North Bricks and going through my files. Another case of better late than never, I suppose… Use the link below to download your free copy of this coloring page (it will open as a PDF in a new window). Happy coloring!

Click here to download your free PDF.

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This is a sample of the jungle explorer coloring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF.

Canadian LEGO® Deals (Sept. 14, 2018)

This week…

FREEBIES & PROMOTIONS

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Free with Friends purchases over $25 at the LEGO® Store from September 1-20.

ALL LEGO® DEALS:

BEST BUY
81 sets are listed as being on sale this week on the website. However, most of those deals are 10% off or less. The standout sales are:

  • Architecture: London for $34.99 (30% off)
  • Architecture: New York for $61.99 (17% off)
  • Architectture: Buckingham Palace for $54.99 (21% off)
  • Batman Movie: Scuttler for $88.99 (11% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Beware the Vulture for $34.88 (29% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Destiny’s Bounty for $155.99 (22% off)
  • Star Wars: Resistance Bomber for $112.99 (20% off)
  • Technic: Rally Car for $101.99 (27% off)
  • Technic: Mack Anthem Truck for $176.99 (23% off)
  • Technic: RC Tracked Racer for $84.99 (33% off)
  • Technic: 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck for $236.99 (36% off)
  • Technic: Extreme Adventure for $172.99 (28% off)

CHAPTERS & INDIGO BOOK STORES
No change this week from the last few weeks. The website is advertising the following sales online (I am not sure if the actual stores have same deals):

  • DC Comics Super Heroes: Battle of Atlantis for $15.00 (39% off)
  • DC Comics Super Heroes: Flying Fox for $128.00 (19% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $52.00 (19% off)
  • Star Wars: Rathtar Attack for $80.00 (19% off)
  • Star Wars: Resistance Transport Pod for $24.00 (39% off)

COSTCO
You will require a membership to access the following deals online. The prices are compared to the regular price at the LEGO® Store.

  • Architecture: Statue of Liberty for $99.99 (29% off)
  • Architecture: Buckingham Palace for $54.99  (21% off)
  • Boost Creative Toolbox for $159.99 (20% off)
  • City: Coast Guard Headquarters for $108.79 (27% off)
  • City: Jungle Exploration Site for $114.99 (23% off)
  • City: Cargo Terminal for $74.99 (25% off)
  • Classic: Large Creative Brick Box for $47.79 (20% off)
  • Creator: Volkswagen T1 Camper Van for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Creator: MINI Cooper for $89.99 (25% off)
  • Friends: Heartlake Hospital for $82.99 (25% off)
  • Friends: Stephanie’s House for $70.99 (21% off)
  • Friends: Friendship House for $71.99 (20% off)
  • Friends: Mia’s Camper Van for $54.99 (20% off)
  • Ideas: Saturn V Rocket for $118.99 (20% off)
  • Ideas: Ship in a Bottle for $79.99 (11% off)
  • Jurassic World: Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $78.99 (21% off)
  • Jurassic World: Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate for $118.99 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown for $102.99 (20% off)
  • Mindstorms: EV3 core kit for $299.99 (25% off)
  • Ninjago: Temple of Resurrection for $79.99 (11% off)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Silent Mary for $198.99 (20% off)
  • Speed Champions: Ferrari Ultimate Garage for $119.99 (8% off)
  • Star Wars: First Order Heavy Assault Walker for $134.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: BB-8 for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Star Wars: Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $159.49 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Imperial TIE Fighter for $71.49 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Poe’s X-Wing Fighter for $89.99 (10% off)
  • Star Wars: First Order Star Destroyer for $142.99 (20% off)
  • Technic: Airport Rescue Vehicle for $92.99 (28% off)
  • Technic: Ocean Explorer for $109.99 (26% off)
  • Technic: Bucket Wheel Excavator for $239.99 (27% off)
  • Technic: Hovercraft for $87.99 (20% off)
  • Technic: Rally Car for $109.99 (21% off)
  • Technic: Mack Anthem Truck and Trailer for $189.99 (17% off)
  • Technic: Air Race Jet for $129.99 (32% off)
  • Technic: RC Tracked Racer for $99.99 (23% off)
  • Technic: Extreme Adventure for $169.99 (29% off)
  • Technic: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure for $69.99 (7% off)
  • Technic: Forest Machine for $139.99 (22% off)
  • Technic: 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck for $259.99 (30% off)

HUDSON’S BAY

  • Batman Movie: Bane Toxic Truck Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Batwing for $87.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Riddle Racer for $31.99 (20% off)
  • Batman Movie: Joker Balloon Escape for $13.59 (20% off)
  • Creator: Modular Poolside Holiday for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Creator: Family Villa for $76.49 (15% off)
  • DC Super Heroes: Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack for $51.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes: Battle of Atlantis for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Elves: Azari and the Goblin Forest Escape for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Elves: Breakout from the Goblin King’s Fortress for $71.99 (20% off)
  • Elves: The Goblin King’s Evil Dragon for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Juniors: Disney – Snow White’s Cottage for $15.29 (15% off)
  • Juniors: Disney – Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Playground for $25.49 (15% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Willy Butte Speed Training for $19.99 (20% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Mater Junkyard for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $51.99 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes : Captain America Jet Pursuit for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Water Strider for $42.49 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Master Falls for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: Manta Ray Bomber for $33.99 (15% off)
  • Ninjago Movie: City Chase for $21.24 (15% off)
  • Ninjago: Spinjitzu Training for $11.04 (15% off)
  • Star Wars: Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle for $95.99 (20% off)
  • Star Wars: Rebel U-Wing Fighter for $79.99 (20% off)

THE LEGO® STORE
Any Friends theme purchases over $25 will earn you free friendship rings. You can also get double VIP points all month on the Friends Friendship Box (41346) and Big Race Day (41352) sets.

  • BrickHeadz: Master Wu for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Aquaman for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Cyborg for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Captain Phasma for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Kylo Ren for $10.39
  • BrickHeadz: Rey for $10.39
  • City: Prison Island Accessory Pack for $14.39
  • Friends: Mini-Dolls Campsite for $8.99 (50% off)
  • Nexo Knights: Stone Monsters Accessory Set for $12.79
  • Nexo Knights: Accessory Set for $12.79
  • What Am I: Game for $31.99

MASTERMIND TOYS
There is 20% off on City and Friends sets until September 16.

TOYS R US
The following sales are on until September 20:

  • 20% off on regularly priced Jurassic World sets
  • 20% off on regularly priced Creator sets
  • 20% off on regularly priced Ninjago sets
  • 20% off on regularly priced LEGO® Batman Movie Sets

WALMART
Remember to check your local stores in addition to the list below, as the deals might be different from what is shown online. In some cases, the stores have better deals…

  • Batman Movie: Scarecrow Special Delivery for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Classic: Medium Creative Brick Box for $27.89 (20% off)
  • Juniors: Cars – Willy Butte Speed Training for $20.00 (20% off)
  • Jurassic Park: Velociraptor Chase for $39.86 (20% off)
  • Jurassic World: Dilophosaurus Outpost for $39.86 (20% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes: Rhino Face-Off for $19.86 (20% off)
  • Minecraft: The Zombie Cave for $19.86 (20% off)
  • Minecraft: The Iron Golem for $19.86 (20% off)

UPCOMING FREEBIES:

October1

Free with Star Wars purchases over $35 at the LEGO® Store from October 1-14.

October2

Free with purchases over $75 at the LEGO® Store from October 15-31.

 

Review – Joker’s Notorious Lowrider [70906]

As I write this, Joker’s Notorious Lowrider is not yet listed as “retired” on the official LEGO® Shop-at-Home site, but it is out of stock. That in conjunction with several retailers liquidating this set probably means that its days on shelves are numbered. I decided a long time ago that I would not pay full price for the Lowrider due to budget constraints. However, the Joker and Harley Quinn variants it comes with really appealed to me. So, when I found it on sale at 60% off, I decided that it was finally worth the purchase. Let’s take a look at how it held up to my expectations.

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Joker’s Notorious Lowrider box art.

SET SUMMARY

NAME: Joker’s Notorious Lowrider
SET #: 70906
THEME: The LEGO® Batman Movie
COST: $64.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 433
MINIFIGURES: 3
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017

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Joker’s Notorious Lowrider box contents.

SUMMARY REVIEW: 80%

VALUE: 80% ($0.15 per brick is not bad at all.)
BUILD:
90% (Nicely designed set with only minor details lacking.)
MINIFIGURES:
95% (Excellent Minifig designs, great brick:fig ratio.)
ENTERTAINMENT:
55% (At full price, you get a great set, but not much build time.)

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Front view of Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

REVIEW

VALUE: 80%
At full price, Joker’s Notorious Lowrider costs $64.99 in Canada. With 433 pieces, you are looking at a cost per brick of $0.15. That is above the average that I have calculated for LEGO® sets released in 2017 (you can read more about that by clicking here). It is still not that bad though, and I would rate the value of the set at 4/5 (80%). As I mentioned earlier, I bought Joker’s Notorious Lowrider for 60% off, and paid a total of $26.50 for it. At that price, each brick set me back $0.06, which was an amazing deal, and would earn 100%.

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Rear view of Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

BUILD: 90%
Joker’s Notorious Lowrider is a nicely designed set. It looks good as a display piece, but also has many great play features. I was impressed by the design for the suspension on the car, which actually allows the car the bounce up and down. I have not seen that previously on a LEGO® model. It employs a Technic-style, hinged system of beams and pins coupled with elastic bands to achieve the springing action.

 

Overall, the Lowrider is well detailed. The trunk can be opened, and there is a missile launching system built in to attack chasing super heroes. The missiles are launched by a trigger set up to look like a sound system where the back seat of the car would normally be. I do wish a little more had been done to make the speaker system more realistic, but that is a minor complaint. Another little issue I have is that the dashboard has no gauges. Stickers were given for the licence plates, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to give one or two more for the dash. A printed speedometer would have been even better. It’s an easy fix though, if you have the parts.

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Trunk missiles in Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

Overall, the build is fun both in terms of design and play. My complaints with it are few, and pretty minor. So, I give Joker’s Notorious Lowrider 9/10 (90%) in this category.

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Cruisin’ in Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

MINIFIGURES: 95%
As with many super heroes/Batman movie sets, the Minifigures are one of the major draws when it comes to Joker’s Notorious Lowrider. You get Batgirl, Joker, and Harley Quinn with this set. Batgirl is nothing new. She looks like the other two Batgirls that I have gotten in this theme. In fact, she is identical to the Batgirl that came in Catwoman Cycle Chase (click here to read more about that set). Only her facial expressions differ from the “exclusive” Batgirl that I got with my purchase of the LEGO® Batman Movie (click here to read more on that). All the same, it is a nicely designed Minifigure that comes with the standard utility belt and batarangs. If this was the first time I had seen this Minifigure, she would earn 15/15.

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Front view of Minifigures included with Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

In terms of the titular character, this variant of Joker is really nice. While his facial expressions and leg printing are identical to the Joker that came in The Joker Balloon Escape (click here for that review), he has unique torso printing that, as far as I know, only comes with this set. I really like the vest and t-shirt look that show Joker’s tattooed arms. As with The Joker Balloon Escape, this Joker’s accessory is also a trick gun with a “bang” flag. This Minifig also earns 15/15 in terms of detail.

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Rear view of Minifigures included with Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

Joker’s Notorious Lowrider comes with a completely unique Harley Quinn. Obviously, her hair is the same as other variants, but she has torso and leg printing that I have not seen before. I have not collected all of the sets from the LEGO® Batman Movie, but I think her facial expressions are also unique. This is my third Harley from the theme, and the printing is new to me. My favorite detail about this version of Harley is her “Smilex” shirt, which is a reference to the Burton/Keaton/Nicholson Batman film from 1989. That movie is what really got me into Batman to begin with. Harley also comes with roller skates and a baseball bat. She easily earns 15/15 for design.

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Alternate faces of Minifigures included with Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

With three Minifigs and 433 bricks, you are looking at a brick-to-Minifigure ratio of 144:1. Super hero themed sets generally have good brick-to-Minifigure ratios, and this set is no exception. I give Joker’s Notorious Lowrider a ratio score of 4.5/5 (90%). Averaging this with the total design score (100%) brings us to an overall Minifigure grade of 95%.

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Overhead view of the interior of Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

ENTERTAINMENT: 55%
Joker’s Notorious Lowrider took me 63 minutes to build. At full price, each minute of build time would translate to $1.03. That is fairly pricey in my opinion. I would not rate that build time at more than 1/5 (20%). Luckily, I bought this set at 60% off, meaning my cost per minute was $0.42. At that price, this set would earn a build time score of 100%.

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Stereo system and missile launch pins in Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

In terms of enjoyment, this is a great set. I can see this set cruising the streets of my LEGO® city, or being displayed nicely on a shelf. Kids will probably also really enjoy this model for the bouncing suspension and trunk missiles. I am not completely blown away by this model, but I do really like it. So, Joker’s Notorious Lowrider earns an enjoyment score of 4.5/5 (90%) from me. Averaging this with the build-time score at full price earns this set an overall entertainment score of 55%. At 60% off, you are looking at a grade of 95%.

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Slightly Photoshopped Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

OVERALL: 80%

In general, Joker’s Notorious Lowrider is a nice set, and a solid buy. You get a good price per brick, as well as excellent Minifigures. The set is nicely designed, and a lot of fun. Its main drawback is that you don’t get much build time for the price tag. For many youngsters, that will probably get balanced by play time, and even for me, photography will be fun. But, strictly from the amount of build time, it is expensive. I got Joker’s Notorious Lowrider on liquidation for 60% off, which is a price that is hard to beat. At $26.50, this set earns an overall score of 95%. Regardless of whether you paid full price, or found this set on liquidation, it is worth the purchase in my books.

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Batgirl vs Harley Quinn!

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Until next time,

-Tom

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Harley Quinn from Joker’s Notorious Lowrider.

Minifigure Monday – Just a Little Crab and Me

Just a Little Crab and Me

Sitting in the morning haze,
To the sound of crashing waves.
Feeling all at once at ease,
With the passing ocean breeze.
Sipping from my coffee cup,
As the Sun is rising up.
Just a little crab and me,
Staring at a glistening sea.

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This poem was written in July 2018 on Playa Negra near Puerto Veijo, in Costa Rica. I have been sitting on it for a while, waiting for a moment of nostalgia.