The iconic LEGO minifigure is an inarguable toy-aisle success story. Ironically, the same can't be said for most other attempts by LEGO to represent the human form. It's hard to imagine that only a few years ago LEGO was nearly bankrupt and if certain changes hadn't been made we may not be enjoying the LEGO Renaissance we currently live in.

In the early 2000s LEGO released the 4 Plus line and the Jack Stone theme. The line didn't last long and was gone within a couple years. The minifigures were larger than standard LEGO minifigures and were a little more 'action figure-y' in their design. You can't take them apart or remove their hair or hats like you can with a normal minifigure. They are able to hold regular LEGO accessories though and stand/sit locked onto LEGO bricks.

I have to admit I kind of like these guys. Especially this grizzled old Fire Chief. He's pulled a lot of cats out of trees in his day!

In researching these guys I even discovered there was a Spider-Man set with minifigures of this design. I might need to track some of those down someday.

This little guy - I don't know anything about him. He is also LEGO and I can only assume he came from a sub-line aimed at younger builders. He's like the missing link between DUPLO and LEGO. Whatever he is, he's happy!

I never set out to add any of these also-rans into my collection, they just popped up in random second-hand LEGO acquisitions. But they're fun to have around and it's cool to see how LEGO has tried over the years to innovate, even when it hasn't always turned out as successful as they would have hoped.

"Just tell me where those 'LEGO Friends' chicks hang out."


LEGO BatHorse

Of all the iconic comic book moments that have been translated to film, one I hope they toss into the upcoming Batman v Superman movie is Batman on a horse.

Fun BatFact: A Batman (or at least Bruce Wayne - I don't remember exactly how it played out - no Fun BatFact Checking for me!) on a horse scene was actually in the original '89 movie script but was scrapped for whatever reason. The scene did make it to the movie novelization.

Anyways, I took my recently acquired Decool BatBootLEGO and gave him a LEGO BatHorse to hold me over until the magic of cinema can bring me that moment.

With all the movies Batman will be in as we move forward into the glorious BatFuture, you know it is only a matter of time before we see Batman on a horse on the big screen.

Of course I couldn't just go with a plain black horse - I added the red knight horse helmet, which looks sufficiently batty and also works into the red on black color scheme that the 66 Batmobile has made iconic. To the BatBarn!


More Decool Superhero BootLEGOs available now!

I discovered another sweet lot of Decool brand superhero BootLEGOs the other day that includes another Batman of Zur-En-Arrh as well as an Anne Hathaway The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman! Also included in the lot is a masked brown costume Wolverine, Storm, Magneto and TDKR Batman.

I ordered my set off eBay and they just arrived (I will do a more in depth post soon.) They can also be purchased from Aliexpress.

Like all other BootLEGOs they are not 100% LEGO quality but they are pretty close. Both Decool and Sheng Yuan are good bootlegs and I recommend them if you are looking for cheap alternatives to impossible to find or insanely expensive LEGO minifigures.

I was primarily sold on this set because of the TDKR Catwoman, a minifig you can't get in any official LEGO release. But having a masked brown costume Wolverine and yes, a second Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (because let's face it, who ever expected one official LEGO version, let alone a bootleg, let alone a SECOND BOOTLEG!!!!) pushed me right over to the Buy It Now button. Storm and Magneto and a Bale Batman are just icing on the cake at this point. And I got them all plus shipping for less than an official brown costume Wolverine LEGO minifigure would cost me!

We live in wonderful, interesting times indeed.