- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2018

The leader of Atlantis gets help from the Justice League to reclaim his kingdom from a greedy sibling in the family-friendly, direct-to-Blu-ray release Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, not rated, 77 minutes, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, $24.98).

Specifically, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Lantern (the insecure Jessica Cruz) and a slightly pompous and bumbling Aquaman first go on a mission to capture a rampaging, intergalactic biker bounty hunter Lobo seeking an artifact in the secret Area 52 government base.

While the King of the Sevens Seas is busy, his half brother Ocean Master lays claim to Atlantis and enlists the help of Red Lantern Corps leader Atrocitus to not only brainwash Atlanteans against their leader but command them to conquer the surface world.

For comic book fans and Lego lovers, it’s hard not to smile with satisfaction watching an adventure that colorfully combines an eclectic set of mini-block, super-powered characters with an entirely constructible/deconstructable universe.

Expect appearances by Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson, Mera (Queen of Atlantis), Red Lantern cat Dex-Starr, Batgirl and Damian Wayne’s Robin as well as impressive Lego versions of the Aquajet, Lobo’s motorcycle, the Star City Ferris wheel, Batgirl’s motorcycle and a Daily Planet helicopter.

The deadpan humor is fast and furious with an extended mockery of Batman’s utility belt throughout and a fun scene at a remote watering hole reminiscent of the vaulted Cantina bar in “Star Wars.”

Laugh out loud moments include the Dark Knight trying to cover the bar bill using his “Batster” card, Aquaman lamenting that he can’t yodel because of an issue between the way his gills interact with his uvula and a “knocked silly” Wonder Woman exclaiming, “I love cheese, but it doesn’t love me.”

And, as standard for these Lego, computer-animated releases, viewers will be mesmerized every minute by the detailed and plastic, textured costumes (Aquaman in his traditional Super Friends garb) as well as the eye-popping color palette and crisp visual effects in the cartoon.

Best extras: Surprisingly, the Blu-ray disc contains no bonus content — not even a few vintage cartoon episodes, usually seen in DC Entertainment releases.

However, Lego fans will be giddy, thanks to the addition of a buildable version of Jessica Cruz as the Green Lantern.

Assembly of the four pieces, needed to complete the 1.5-inch-tall mini-figure, takes under a minute, and owners get the hero dressed in her emerald-white-and-black costume with a long, flowing black plastic hairpiece.

Although a great exclusive figure for a burgeoning collection, it would have been nice if Lego had also included her power ring.

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