Release Year: 2022
Cost: AU $179.99
I’ve not built any of the LEGO Art sets, but I was curious, and found a design I really liked – 31205 Jim Lee Batman Collection. The three designs include Batman, the Joker and Harley Quinn. Three very different designs that become incredibly apparent later on. I built Batman and had no intentions of building any others! As you can imagine, it’s a grind. The set uses entirely 1×1 round plates that come in a crazy 16 different colours including two new ones – light aqua and medium lavender! Batman uses 12 of them to some extent. There’s a great colour key you can build that helps when building.
Line by line, plate by plate the portrait is built, and it’s a beauty when it’s all done. There’s also a 2×4 tile with Jim Lee’s signature, but it can also be swapped out for studs as well. Once the build is done you’re left with a lot of spare round plates! I’m wondering if it’s enough to get through another portrait! At a guess I think Harley Quinn could be mostly possible. It’s not cheap, but man the finished results look great. I think I’m going to need to purchase some extra plates and see how much of Harley I can get through.
Lastly, there is a soundtrack with it as well! It’s a 55 minute interview with Jim Lee and Alex Sinclair, the colourist, and with one of the LEGO designers. I wanted to be able to listen to it properly, and having to concentrate on what studs to put down, I’d miss things, so I decided to re-watch The Dark Knight! The build probably took a lot longer than I wanted to, but it was a good way to do it. While it was a big grind to get it done, the final result is totally worth it, for some fantastic artwork for your wall. I definitely don’t regret this build, and there’s plenty of spares. I’ll certainly give Harley Quinn a go and see how far I get.
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.