Fisher-Price recently released the “Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Justice” playset. It is based on the Justice League’s headquarters from the classic “Challenge of the Super Friends” cartoon where the heroes frequently did battle against Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom.
The “Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Justice” playset will appeal to kids young and old as many children of the ’70s and ’80s have fond memories of the “Super Friends” cartoons. This latest re-imagining of the Super Friends’ base of operations is set to scale with Imaginext’s 3-inch figure line. In fact, the playset comes with two figures, Superman and Batman, as well as a translucent blue “Justice League” shield the figures can hold to defend against attacks from the Legion of Doom. The characters are sporting versions of their “New 52” DC Universe costumes. The figures have the standard articulation for Imaginext figures at the neck, shoulders, wrists and legs.
The Hall of Justice itself comes with a number of action features. With the turn of the red “Power Pad,” the clear plastic “dome” of the base folds open and a large projectile launcher extends out and the orange translucent torch begins to light up (which looks better than the photos would suggest). At the same time, two turrets at the bottom of the playset rotate around to reveal two more rocket launchers. The Super Friends are bringing heavy firepower with three extra projectiles. The reverse side actually has individual slots for storing the extras, which is a welcome feature to help prevent the loss of accessories. The lower launchers can be removed from the turrets and firmly secured at the top of the Hall for additional play options. The empty turrets then have pegs onto which figures can be placed for surprise appearances by members of the Justice League.
The interior of the playset is made up of two floors, including a jail on the top floor for captured members of the Legion of Doom. There is also a monitor station for the heroes to stand around to be alerted to the next emergency requiring their assistance. The functional double doors open up to reveal the monitor station on the first floor. There is a hole on the one side of the monitor station that one can insert the handle of the Justice League shield into for convenient storage. All due credit to Fisher-Price for having spots to securely store all of the “Hall of Justice” accessories.
Overall, the “Hall of Justice” playset is of a sturdy, compact design. The action features are mostly quite durable and easily utilized by the recommended age range of 3-8. The inclusion of two figures, Batman and Superman no less, makes for a strong start to any Justice League team and allows kids to occupy the interior and exterior of the playset right out of the box.
The separately sold “Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Doom” playset makes an outstanding compliment to the “Hall of Justice” playset. It comes with a Lex Luthor figure (wearing a variation of his old “Challenge of the Super Friends” costume), a functional elevator, capture cage and a rocket launcher of its own, among other features. Kids can have endless fun facing the two playsets off against each other and repeatedly launching rockets back and forth at each base, trying to knock down their respective inhabitants. Additional members of the Justice League and Legion of Doom are also sold separately.
The “Imaginext DC Super Friends Hall of Justice” playset comes fully loaded with nine accessories, including Superman and Batman figures. It is recommended for ages 3-8 and retails for around $30. It is available now, directly from Fisher-Price or other retail outlets.