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Oct 052016
 

The Scooby-Doo franchise has gone in many directions over the years. So why not a LEGO feature like the TV special LEGO Scooby-Doo: Knight Time Terror.

This time the Scooby gang arrives at a secret treasure is hidden. However, a Black Knight ghost also haunts it. The story plot may sound cliché, but the common gags used in many LEGO features add some great touches to it.

Running the mansion are Charlie Grimsley, his brother Kyle, and their cousin Wanda who is a mechanic and groundskeeper. They are struggling to get customers by providing a treasure hunt. Also at the mansion is Adam the house historian, who Velma has a crush on. This makes how many crushes now?

After the Mystery Machine crashes, it shows more stuff inside than usual. It has a small computer, a bulletin board, and luggage which includes a box of monster traps. Most of the time, the Mystery Machine appears empty.

The mansion contains quite a few traps like a swinging morning star that Shaggy and Scooby find by accident.

Speaking of Shaggy and Scooby, those two are always looking for food. However, we don’t actually see them eat since everything is made out of LEGO pieces. Of course that doesn’t stop the giant plant monster from devouring everything.

This was an interesting feature. What LEGO sets will come to life next?

Jan 272016
 

LEGO toys have been around for a long time. I know because I used to play with LEGO when I was a kid. However, It wasn’t until about the late 2000s when LEGO took well known franchises and made video games, then eventually animated features with a cute style of humor.

One such feature is Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite. Apparently it’s about Lex Luthor trying to become President of the United States with help from the Joker by using destructive means to make it happen and it’s up to Batman to stop them.

Robin also helps out and so does Superman, despite how Batman only believes that he can only rely on himself. That’s a bit annoying but not nearly as annoying as Superman is when he talks in the third person. What’s the point of that?

The action is cool. As Joker disrupts an award ceremony, it gets real interesting when the other major Batman villains like Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, Riddler, and Harley Quinn help him out.

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I met Steve Blum, who was the voice of the Penguin, at CollectiveCon 2015 and Rob Paulsen, the voice of the Riddler, at MegaCon 2014.

What’s real common in LEGO features is buildings and machinery falling to pieces as well as being put back together. Lex Luthor has a weapon called the De-Constructor that can tear powerful black objects apart like Batman’s vehicles and it’s powered by Kryptonite.

After Luthor breaks Joker out of Arkham Asylum, Joker frees the other Batman villains who even include Bane and Poison Ivy. It’s so cool how Batman and Robin keep them from escaping with exciting vehicle chases.

 

Then it all comes down to a giant Joker robot that runs on Kryptonite. As much as Batman hates to admit it, he needs help. That’s when the Justice League comes to the rescue. Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg all make an appearance.

This was a good LEGO movie. Lately many of the modern straight-to-DVD Batman movies have been darker and more brutal. In comparison, it’s nice to see that this one is a least a little bit lighter for a change.