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Ace Kim | October 1st, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Site News

76017 Captain America vs. Hydra Discounted by 25%

76017 Captain America vs. Hydra

Both Amazon and Walmart are discounting the 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra set by a nice 25% margin, lowering the $19.99 set down to just $14.97. This beats our last mention by 3%. Free Super Saver Shipping applies on your order of $35 or more at Amazon so you’ll need to pad your order with multiples or with other items. Prime members will get free shipping with no minimum. Walmart offers free shipping with orders of $50 or more on this item, or you can pick it up in store or at a FedEx Office location for free with site-to-store. 76017 Captain America vs. Hydra has 172 pieces and comes with Captain America, Red Skull, and a Hydra Henchman.

Ace Kim | October 1st, 2014 | LEGO, Sales News

10245 Santa’s Workshop Now Available

10245 Santa's Workshop

10245 Santa’s Workshop is now available for non-VIP members at LEGO Shop@Home. The latest addition to the Winter Village unofficial theme costs $69.99 and comes with 883 pieces of which you can build 4 adult reindeer, 1 reindeer calf, 4 elves, Mrs. Claus and good ol’ Santa Claus himself.

Also, October is double VIP points month. Get double VIP points for every purchase from October 1 through 31. As of this writing, the site is still showing regular VIP points but that should be corrected by the time the morning comes around. If it hasn’t been updated by the time your order goes through, give Customer Service a call and they will take care of you.

Ace Kim | September 30th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy Gets The Steelbook Treatment

In some DVD/Blu-ray news today, SuperHeroHype is reporting details for the Guardians of the Galaxy Steelbook case, pictured above. Mimicking the appearance of an ’80’s walkman, the front cover displays the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ cassette and has the play/stop/forward/reverse buttons printed on the spine. This edition is exclusive to Zavvi in the UK. As usual, here in the US the Steelbook is a Best Buy exclusive and may come with a different version of the case.

According to SuperHeroHype, the DVD/Blu-ray is scheduled to be released on December 9, 2014 here in the US. If the Steelbook’s not your thing, you can pre-order the Guardians of the Galaxy (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy) directly from Amazon. For you music lovers, you can also pick up the Awesome Mix Vol.1 on CD for a mere $10 and includes a digital version of the album. There is no cassette version unfortunately.

Nick Martin | September 29th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Next Years’ DC Sets are Bananas. Also, Invisible.

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas

The new picture sets just keep on coming, with finished pics of the DC sets showing up, this time thanks to Toyark and a whole bunch of other places. These had been leaked around various places earlier, but had placeholder characters instead of Gorilla Grodd or Darkseid. I find the Gorilla Grodd goes bananas a particularly striking juxtaposition of amazing minifigure selection, especially the N52 Wonder Woman that I’m so glad wasn’t placeholder art and what looks to be one absolutely terrible set build. I mean seriously, it’s 2014 and the best we can come up with for a net launcher is still “cram that net into an engine?”

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas Set

The only part of that set I really dig is the little truck cart. We’ve already had pictures of the Sinestro set, so not putting that here, but 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike and 76028 Darkseid Invasion. Given that Black Manta is one of the signature villains of the Aquaman universe, who is a character that’s fun to make fun of but is actually a pretty awesome character (who has a trident that can totally kill Superman)… it makes sense that the centerpiece of the set is about Batman and Robin. I do like scuba Robin though.

The Darkseid breaks the golden rule of DC Super Heroes set, in that “must have Batman.” It still has Superman, as has the other sets that didn’t include Batman, but still, it’s there. The inclusion of Hawkman is good, but I would have loved Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the same set. They are a pair, and should always be together. Green Arrow is cool, as is Cyborg, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that this leaves the DC lineup next year with exactly 1 woman 2 women and 1 person of color. They could, and they should, do better. (Thanks to banthafodder for reminding me that Supergirl is also slated to come in the Braniac set)

76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike

 

 

 

 

76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike Set

 

 

 

76028 Darkseid Invasion

76028 Darkseid Invasion Set

Nick Martin | September 28th, 2014 | News, The LEGO Movie

Sets as Awesome as a Double-Decker Couch… and Waffles!

70818 Double Decker Couch

We’ve known about the Angry Kitty set for some time, since it was revealed during San Diego Comic Con, but just2good over on EuroBricks has posted a new video that shows off an even better small set.

Pretty much all of the double-decker couch set has been out in some form. Benny (with a different face) was in the SPACESHIP!, the couch was in the Sea Cow, and the car is an old City set that I’m going to love to get more of. Of course, that waffle is just all sorts of awesome, I love the Unikitty, and we all wanted Ghost Vitruvius in the Blu-Ray set. So this set is obviously a “going to buy” for me.

70818 Double Decker Couch Set

The other set is a bit more in the average category for me, Bad Cop Car Chase, which is like an expansion for Super Cycle Chase. It’s not a bad set, by any means, but doesn’t feel as strong as the other set. At least it does come with a chair to kick.

70819 Bad Cop Car Chase

70819 Bad Cop Car Chase Set

Ace Kim | September 27th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

76023 The Tumbler Time Lapse Build Video

I shot the time lapse video of me building 76023 The Tumbler way back when I built the set for our review but I just now finally got around to posting it. I don’t have exact numbers, but I think the set took me about 6 or 7 hours to build with some breaks in between while I wrangled with my kids and other house duties. Anyway, take a gander if you’d like.

Nick Martin | September 23rd, 2014 | LEGO Ideas, News

Star Citizen Ship hits 10k on Ideas

F7A Hornet

Another build has gotten to that illustrious 10k mark on LEGO Ideas, this time the F7A Hornet, a ship from the upcoming Star Citizen game. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of the game, because it is an interesting story. It’s from the guy who created the classic Wing Commander series, Chris Roberts, and was one of the first crowd-sourcing campaigns that just broke expectations all over the place. After blowing way past their original goal, the game raised $2.1 million on Kickstarter… and another $54 million through other sources. I like to imagine that the development team is sitting on a giant pile of money like out of The Dark Knight. I’m not sure who they’re going to set on fire though… probably whoever was responsible for that terrible Wing Commander movie back in the 90s.

As an idea, this is interesting, but I’m skeptical of the reach. There are so many different ships that are being made in the game, but they’re not even all that well known to the backers (like me… I didn’t realize it was a Star Citizen ship until I read the description, and was one of the original backers). I’d be nice to see some more space stuff out there, but unlikely that LEGO would hit what is still a very niche license… especially one that conflicts with their biggest seller, Star Wars. I like the ship, and like it even more that the guy took his LDD version and actually built the thing. Even better, he’s sharing the instructions so anyone who’d like to build it can as well. I’m curious to see where this one ends up.

Ace Kim | September 19th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

GameStop Finally Updates LEGO Batman 3 Pre-order Bonus

bonus

For those of you holding out on pre-ordering LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham from Gamestop until they’ve officially updated their listings with the bonus can wait no more. Sometime between now and yesterday they’ve updated all of their pages that qualify for the Plastic Man minifigure with the relevant text and image as seen above. The game comes out for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 PS Vita, Wii U, and 3DS systems.

They are also pre-selling the download codes for the DLC Season Pass. Each pass is $14.99 for Playstation and $15 for Xbox systems. The game and first pack of DLC is due out on November 11, 2014.

Ace Kim | September 18th, 2014 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, Sales News

76015 Doc Ock Truck Heist On Sale 22% Off

Amazon is currently discounting 76015 Doc Ock Truck Heist by 22% dropping the price down from $19.99 to $15.54. Free Super Saver Shipping starts at $30, or no minimum if you’re a Prime a member. The set comes with Spider-Man, Generic Truck Driver, and Doc Ock minifigures.

Ace Kim | September 18th, 2014 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

30301 Batwing Polybag Now Available at Target

30301 Batwing

Was strolling through the seasonal section, which is set for Halloween, at Target and ran across a bunch of these Batwing polybag sets. As far as minis go, this one ain’t too bad. The yellow 2×2 plate with Technic pinhole and the light grey cone making up the jet engine is a bit of an eyesore but those could easily be swapped out for black for a more Batman-esque look. It’s a great little poly bag and worth the $3.99 price tag. Leagues better than that awful 30300 Tumbler. And there you have our 10 second review.

On a related note, Target is also the place where you could pre-order LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and receive this very same polybag as your bonus. And here they are just selling the darn things. Not that it really matters; I imagine most AFOLS would have pre-ordered from Gamestop to get Plastic Man.

Thanks to ninnymuggins for the heads up.