My recent vacation was largely a 30-day journey through my own personal LEGO paradise, culminating in a harrowing trip through my favorite DC Comics set released so farā€”Jokerland.

There were very few days during my vacation that I didnā€™t take plastic bricks in hand to build wondrous things. I put together everything from the massive LEGO Creator movie theater (which took me two days) to tiny little kits featuring space explorers and scuba divers. From LEGO originals like Chimaā€™s lion mech to licensed kits from Marvel, Jurassic World, Scooby Doo, Star Wars Rebels and The Big Bang Theory.

What I didnā€™t get to do was go to any big tourist attractions, so I brought one home instead.

The Joker has been twisting amusement parks to suit his grotesque definition of ā€˜amusementā€™ for as long as I can remember. This time around heā€™s brought some friends in the form of The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and like any true friend heā€™s given them each their own deadly park attraction.

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And while Batman may be wise to his nemesisā€™ carnal carny fascination, a trio of titanic teens donā€™t seem to have gotten the memo. Who can rescue Beast Boy, Starfire and Robin from this festival of evil?

I dunno.

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LEGOā€™s Jokerland set sells for $119.99 at the LEGO Shop, and unlike other sets that sell at a smiliar price (*cough*spaceport*cough*) itā€™s actually worth the scratch. Packed with cool play featuresā€”each of the rides actually worksā€”itā€™s the sort of set even the most ā€œmatureā€ collector canā€™t help but play around with.

Iā€™m partial to the Penguinā€™s spinning Deadly Duckies ride myself, but thereā€™s something wonderful about Harley Quinn on a motorcycle with Robin strapped to the underside, speeding towards flaming oblivion.

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And how about the Batmobile? This sleek and sexy ride is the sort of thing that would normally sell in its own set.

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If thereā€™s any downside to Jokerland, itā€™s the twirling-eyed clown head. Itā€™s not a matter of build quality or featuresā€”itā€™s quite solid and very inventive. No, itā€™s the fact that Iā€™ve already had nightmares about the beige-toothed monstrosity.

Despite itā€™s variety and enormity, Jokerland is actually a pretty quick build. Each ride and set piece is contained in one or two bags, and the 200+ page instruction tome zips through construction. I put it all together in just about four hours.

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Perhaps with all of that extra time more dedicated fans than I could build a nice base for the set, bringing all the parts together, tossing some trash about, maybe toss some Gotham-ish warehouses around it to set the mood.

So grab a bag, pack up the kids and drive as fast as possible in the other direction. Everyone could use a trip to Jokerland, but you only get the one.

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