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Nick Martin | February 12th, 2016 | News

Hoth Base Assault Box Pictures Surface

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I updated the other post with these, but figured we’d also want to set a discussion on the set as a whole. Nothing about that image makes me feel better about this… but unless they are hiding another set in that, I’m not sure where the part count is coming on. Everything other than the door itself strikes me as too small, and the lack of Leia is all disappointing. Am I the only one that wishes it included an AT-ST instead of some of the stuff (like, you know, a Wampa).

I don’t want to tell the Empire how to do their job or anything, but maybe you should have brought more than two guys.

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LEGO Assault on Hoth™ Base will Challenge Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in an unbelievably detailed recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy. The 2,144-piece building set inspires fans to build their own scouting missions with the Snowspeeder, armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and get back to base on the speeder bike to help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes. The modular design enables fans to customize their Rebel base configuration, including a Wampa cave and Wampa figure.  The set features LEGO minifigure versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, and more. Available May 1 for $249.99.

Nick Martin | February 11th, 2016 | News

LEGO Announces Next UCS Playset Assault on Hoth Base

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Update: Adding a couple of pictures of the box that popped up on Facebook. Hopefully we will get some more pictures once Toyfair kicks off. Box back is at the bottom of the post. Just disappointed that we are not getting Leia in the set…

In perhaps the worst kept secret, as this set has been rumored since last year, LEGO has spoiled their own (hopeful) Toy Fair reveals and let us know that the next big UCS set. I’m frankly excited, because it had been forever since we’ve gotten a Hoth-based set or Snowspeeder</sarcasm>. I do also wish LEGO would release pictures so I didn’t have to find something to put in the header, but hopefully we’ll get an update on it tomorrow once the show starts.

Modular Rebel base (so hopefully the other Hoth sets will fit in), and a lineup of minifigs that seems to be conspicuously absent a certain Princess (unless she’s just lumped under “and more” now). Not a whole lot in the description to get excited for, since it seems like it will end up being Rebel heavy, and an “Assault” should feature more of that Imperial heavy artillery.

Here’s hoping it ends up being just a giant Ion Cannon.

LEGO Assault on Hoth™ Base will Challenge Even the Most Skilled Fan Builders
Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in an unbelievably detailed recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy. The 2,144-piece building set inspires fans to build their own scouting missions with the Snowspeeder, armed with twin spring-loaded shooters, and get back to base on the speeder bike to help Luke, Han and the other Rebel heroes. The modular design enables fans to customize their Rebel base configuration, including a Wampa cave and Wampa figure.  The set features LEGO minifigure versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Toryn Farr, Wes Janson, Wedge Antilles, K-3PO, and more. Available May 1 for $249.99.

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Nick Martin | February 11th, 2016 | News

LEGO Announces The Freemaker Adventures cartoon and Ideas Maze Set

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Update: The poster image started to circulate today, so adding that to the post

Leading up to Toy Fair, which Ace is currently heading towards and will be providing pictures and information this weekend, LEGO has sent a press release with some interesting little tidbits. It’s hard to say that this is breaking news, despite what the press release says… since this news sort of spilled out a couple of weeks ago. But, the Yoda Chronicles replacement has now been officially announced, named Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. We have precious little information (and no images), so here’s the blurb from the release.

LEGO Star Wars(TM) adds 25 new sets in 2016 to the best-selling building collection. Sets are inspired by classic Star Wars films, the all new animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and the animated television show Star Wars Rebels, as well as the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus scenes from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rogue One film, ranging in price from $9.99 to $149.99. Continuing for the second year is a line of buildable figures for ages 6+ featuring iconic Star Wars characters, including Rey, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, providing a different kind of building experience and new play possibilities. Sets range from $19.99 to $34.99.

I liked the Yoda Chronicles sets well enough, though didn’t have much exposure to the cartoon that it was based on.

The other news is that LEGO Ideas sort of announced their new set, LEGO Maze. No word on if this is based on one of the sets currently up for review, like the Physics set, or the old Maze set that went through review back in 2012. Perhaps it’s a fusion of both of them. Kind of a high price for a non-licensed Ideas set, so here’s hoping it comes with a kajillion pieces.

Through the online LEGO Ideas community, fans may propose their original designs to become new LEGO sets and then vote for their favorites. Each year, several submissions are approved, produced and sold as official LEGO sets. Available in April, LEGO Maze ($69.99) lets fans build, customize and play a maze game.

If you are curious, the full press release is below the fold. My personal favorite part is where they put “Iron Man vs. Loki” and Disney Princess Ariel’s Dolphin Carriage in the same sentence. For one brief moment, I thought LEGO had reached into my head and made my dream set. Seriously, imagine Ariel in a suit of armor, and hopefully Flounder dressed up like War Machine…

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Ace Kim | February 11th, 2016 | Events, LEGO, News

Can’t Get In To Toy Fair? Go To Play Fair Instead!

Toy Fair New York has always been an industry-only event, meaning you need to be either a wholesaler, manufacturer, buyer, seller, etc.; basically be involved in the toy industry in some way and not some Joe Shmoe off the street. Well this year all the Joe Shmoes off the street can attend an event called Play Fair. It’s a companion event held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York, right next door to the regular Toy Fair show. The show is presented by LEGO and Nickelodean so there’s a very good chance there will be a a play area for the kids to build as well as a display showing off some current and possibly new products. Here’s what the About page says about the event:

Play Fair presented by LEGO and Nickelodeon is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult collectors. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow.

There will be a shop where you can buy things and there are exclusives to be had. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your view on the matter, there is no LEGO exclusive listed on the website but it may be just a matter of time before there will be one. Luckily, my press pass gives me access to the event. If you’re interested in attending, you can buy tickets at the door. Ticket information, sesssion times, and everything else you need to know about Play Fair can be found on the Play Fair website.

Nick Martin | February 10th, 2016 | Sales News

First Order TIE 20% off on Amazon.com, other sets discounted

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I noticed when jumping around on Amazon.com that 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, a ship that I liked quite a lot in the review, is sporting a healthy 20% discount, dropping it down to $55.99 and giving just some outstanding value. I liked it even at full price, but the chance to build up a fleet of TIE fighters is pretty awesome.

There are some other pretty solid deals going on with Star Wars sets, though none of the latest releases. The Imperial Assault Carrier continues on with deep discounts.

 

Nick Martin | February 9th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75139 Battle on Takodana

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I’ve talked about how after years of building and reviewing LEGO sets you start to see patterns pop up in the builds and identify the mostly-anonymous people that design the sets (outside of the designer videos, it’s pretty rare to learn who is behind a set). When I set out to review 75139 Battle on Takodana, I was fairly certain that whoever designed this set was also responsible for 75017 Duel on Geonosis. There are just so many similarities between the set that stuck out that I kept thinking back to dancing flipping Yoda (and kind of wishing we would have gotten to see dancing and flipping Maz). I have no real proof that they are done by the same designer, but I’m going to stick with it.

As a set, there’s a lot to like in this little playset… the biggest thing being that this is how you can get Kylo Ren and Finn without having to drop $120 for a big gray monster and $150 on the piece of garbage junkyard ship. Also, we get everyone’s favorite outer-space grandma in Maz Kanata, who was a surprisingly cool character in a movie full of surprisingly cool characters. Topped off with everyone’s favorite stormtrooper (who, sadly, is named FN-2199 and not the more awesome TR-8R), and his buddy “I’m going to get shot and don’t deserve a number”… there’s a decent little lineup in this $59.99 set. Of course, that perceived value is hurt quite a bit that this set only comes with 409 pieces.

This set also stands out as it’s the first playset we’ve gotten for the Force Awakens. Up to this point, everything has been vehicles, and that means things to swoosh and missiles to launch. In a way, that sort of fits… TFA had a lot of locations, but it was the action in the ships and bases that stuck in your head. The battle this is capturing, the assault on Maz’s temple, was one of the more noteworthy parts of the movie (though I’d argue the battles on Starkiller base or the attack on Jakku at the start were equally memorable). There are obviously a few little elements of spoilers to the set itself, though at this point, spoiler and spoilee can split the blame and fault.

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Nick Martin | February 5th, 2016 | LEGO Ghostbusters, News

LEGO Announces Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 Set for New movie

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It’s kind of funny that we were just talking about this in chat the other day, but we now get word that there is a set coming up for “Ecto-2″ and today LEGO announces that the new Ghostbusters movie will get its own set. I was already fairly excited for this movie, and the set doesn’t change much of that… but I am now super excited for this set. And I still need to get the Firehouse set…

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Check out below the fold for more pictures, including a couple that may have some spoilery little details. Also, is this the first time we’ve gotten a woman of color minifig? We also get some details for the set itself, including price and some character names

LEGO Ghostbuster Ecto- 1&2

  • Available July 1st, $59.99
  • Based on the new Ghostbuster Movie from Sony premiering July 25th 2016
  • Includes the new ECTO-1 car, ECTO-2 bike, 1 red Daemon and 5 minifigures:
    • Abby Yates (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Erin Gilbert (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Jillian Holtzmann (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Patty Tolan (new Ghostbuster – main movie character)
    • Kevin minifig. (with a 2-sided head)
  • Features rolling car with opening side doors and opening top to place 4 minifigs inside, back opens with room for accessories, and 4 proton packs and traps.

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Ace Kim | February 4th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Game Expands Backstories

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The next installment of a LEGO Star Wars video game, The Force Awakens, will expand on some of the backstories according to this article published by GameInformer. They spoke with TT Games on the scope of the game and in addition to playing out the events of the movie the game is named after, there were will be six additional optional missions that can be unlocked that explain how certain story elements came to be. Not to say that LSW:TFA will be the source for canon backstory; they are simply making the canon accessible to younger fans. For example: the story behind how C-3PO got his red arm will be exposed in the upcoming one-shot comic on February 17th. It can’t be that involved of story considering it’s a single issue. They are already touting the extra content for PS3/PS4 owners as The Phantom Limb Level Pack.

It’s an interesting read and will give you a taste of what’s to come. You can pre-order the game right now from Amazon. Get the Deluxe Edition for Playstation 4 or Xbox One and get Sandy Finn minifigure polybag as a bonus. And if you don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One, you’re stuck with the regular edition. Booo.

via GameInformer

Nick Martin | February 4th, 2016 | News, Sales News

Dimensions Character Packs on Sale at LEGO Shop, GameStop, and Amazon

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The price war continues, and apparently LEGO wants to get into the mix for thing. Of course, the big benefit of LEGO offering these is that you can earn VIP points with your purchase. By the time you have enough packs to make the game fun, you might be able to get a free set out of the mix too! A few are out of stock on LEGO Shop, but are still available elsewhere. So, if you want to finally build that Cyberman and Dalek armies… now is your cheapest chance.

LEGO does also provide the best way to get some of the exclusives or harder to find sets, like the Ninjago Jay figure, without paying markup or having to hit up specific stores. Here’s a complete list of Fun Packs that are on sale for just $7.49 each with links to both Amazon, LEGO Shop, GameStop:

 

Ace Kim | February 3rd, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars

FBTB @ Toy Fair: Save the Date Saturday February 13th, 2016

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It’s that time of year again. The New York Toy Fair show is right around the corner. The powers that be at TIA have decided to push the event date back by one day. What was normally a Sunday through Wednesday affair has now turned into a Saturday through Tuesday. And yet it’s still during Valentine’s weekend. Not that I care…

We’ll be covering all of the licensed themes like Star Wars, Avengers/Marvels, Batman/DC, etc. and if time permits, anything else that catches my eye and makes me go “Huh” or “Ooooh” or “What the hell??”

Tune your browsers here in a week and a half on Saturday morning February 13th!