With the 4 new DC Super Hero Girls LEGO sets out and these little mini-structures currently dotted around my house, I figured why not go over another one?
Previously I covered Harley’s Room and Batgirl’s Bunker, the 2 “smallest” sets of the series. Moving on up is Lena Luthor’s Kryptomite Factory with an MSRP of ~$60 and a total of 432 pieces. Is 432 a lot? It kinda depends on the type of LEGO it is. Structures are different than vehicles which are different from “beings” etc. Personally I find structures to be some of the most arduous to build simply because it’s a slow layer-by-layer process as opposed to something like a vehicle where you start from the inside and work outwards.
I like the prevailing theme of the Kryptomite Factory. It has that kinda mad scientist feel and I’m a real sucker for the black + neon green combo. It’s spooky, a little campy, and its main “action piece” works well. (I’ll explain shortly.) In total, set consists of the three-story factory, Lena’s boat, Supergirl’s boat, and a detachable wing of the factory that acts as the structure’s defense and offense. We also get 3 Kryptomites, Supergirl, Lena Luthor, and Krypto the Superdog.
Let’s talk a little about the factory itself first. The bottom layer seems to be insulated by some sort of moat or other body of water. Lena’s “boat” (for lack of better word) is housed behind a soft wall. Via a simple launcher, you can forcefully push Lena’s vehicle forward whereupon the wall is designed to quickly fall away. The second floor contains what seems to be the facility’s control center. There’s a chair, a microscope, some computery stuff, and a lab-like workstation housing it all. It also has a door leading from the interior to the exterior. The third floor is where finished Kryptomites are spit out into collection bin. Here’s the cool part: to the side is a door – like a door for a garage. If you manually open this door, you can use the collection bin to “dump” the Kryptomite down the massive slide at which point it’s caught in another collection container. This container has a chain which can attach to Lena’s boat so that she many transport this mischievous little monsters…wherever! Unfortunately, Krypto is also held prisoner on this level, and wouldn’t you know it…it looks like that somehow this Kryptomites are being created via Krypto himself. See the tube above the bin? That’s where Kryptomites come from! Follow the hose and…there’s a captive Kryto in his green, tubular prison…
I think the slide feature is great, highlighted even more by its ability to actually work as intended. I’m continually amazed at all the new ways LEGO gives its sets motion.
Another movable piece is the detachable “wing.” I’m not sure what purpose this serves other than protection – it’s got one of those mean LEGO guns on top – well it’s actually 2 guns – but then at the bottom we’ve got what, Kryptomite scraps…? Is this where Krytomites meet their maker? Just spare parts? See at first I thought it was some sort of collection area for materials. I guess that’s still possible but the whole Krypto setup seems to steer us in the direction of the Kryptomites originating from Krypto…? Maybe it’s just a box full of old Kryptonite (notice I said “KryptoNite – you know, the substance that endangers Superman – and not KryptoMite, one of those little colorful critters wreaking havoc) just to keep old Supes at bay if need be. These main areas are chock full of the types of details I love to see: there’s the streetlight on the extension, the little chain partition out front, the microscope I mentioned earlier, and the Kryptomite decal on the breakaway wall.
Lena’s small boat fits in perfectly with the factory’s color scheme, and while it is a little tiny, I can understand the need to keep it small in order for it to “hide” behind the wall. Supergirl gives chase in a much larger boat which has these weird movable guns with 180° of motion. She’s also got the perfect spot on the back for eventually rescuing Krypto.
Finally we have 3 small Kryptomites: green, blue, and purple. Generally they come in more unique forms, but I understand the need to keep them compact in this scenario so that they move down the slide smoothly. Supergirl and Lena are also included, with Supergirl now sporting her full “super” suit rather than her schoolgirl outfit. Lena’s appearance is identical to her first-wave counterpart, only this time she’s sans laser gun.
And I think that pretty well covers Lena Luthor’s Kryptomite Factory. (If you’ve noticed a discrepancy between me saying Luthor and Luthor’s you’re not crazy. See, the LEGO box says
Lena Luthor Kryptomite Factory but grammatically that doesn’t really flow, does it? Saying
Lena Luthor's Kryptomite Factory sounds much better.) Overall it’s a nice set. Apart from the “island,” the building is very sturdy, and any kids (or grown-ups) playing with it will have plenty of components to work with.