Lego DC Superheroes Brainiac Attack (76040) review

Lego DC Superheroes Brainac Attack

Lego’s new winter 2015 DC Superheroes assortment is beginning to land on retail shelves across the country.  Of all the new sets, your friendly neighborhood jman was most looking forward to getting a hold of set 76040, Brainiac Attack.  And got a hold of it, I did.

What makes this one the go-to set of the new assortment?  Is it the inclusion of Supergirl?  Possibly?  Or how about Brainiac?  Maybe?  Or perhaps it’s just because it’s a set without Batman in it?!?  Definitely!

Seriously though, what makes this set is Brainiac’s skull ship.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The folks at Lego continue to impress me with their designs.  How those good people can look at a pile of bricks and see a skull, boggles my mind.  Because it’s a smaller set, the build isn’t all that complicated.  I would love to see what those designers would come up with, without the restraints of such a low price point.

The ship features a ray gun (nonono, it doesn’t really work), one firing missile (c’mon!  you mean to tell me Brainiac’s going to take on those 3 super-powered beings with “a” missile?  As in “one”?!?!)  and the ship’s iconic tentacles.

Brainiac Attack also includes the fore-mentioned Supergirl and Brainiac minifigures, as well as, Superman and Martian Manhunter.  I believe it’s an updated Martian Manhunter that’s included with this set, compared to the previous version of Manhunter that appeared polybagged as a giveaway through the Lego stores in the winter of 2014.

Another nice touch are the figure’s capes.  I don’t know if this is a one-off thing, because I just noticed it, or it’s a change we’ll be seeing going forward.  But, the capes are a lot more “cloth like” than they’ve been in the past.  Previously, the capes felt more like paper.  The capes in this set definitely have a more cloth like texture.  Which is kinda nice.

Admittedly, at 179 pieces, Brainiac Attack is more of a tease than anything when it comes to the build.  But, if you’re picking up this set, it’s probably more because of the minifigures then, for the build.

What Should You Do?  Get it!  How often is a female figure included in a smaller set?!?!?

Brainiac Attack retails for $24.99 and is available at the Lego Store and other fine retailers.

UPDATE: LEGO has retired this product, but if you want to find this set, you can still snag one on Amazon, and you can always head on over to eBay and search for a good deal on the LEGO Brainiac Attack set.




Speaking of DC, don’t forget to check out the latest episode of the Almost Internet Famous Internet show!  This week we’re talking about the classic crossover…DC vs Marvel!

By jman

Your delightfully random emissary to most things pop culturish.


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